Mar 12, 2014

Im Back From Artiscape And Wow Thanks!

Wow ! Wow!
I just got this today. 
It says in the email I was in the top 10% for 2013!!!! WHaaat?
Are they pulling my leg ?
Because I love useless trivia:
" Pulling my leg"
has its origins in the criminal world of 18th 
and 19th century London. In those days
 street robbers often
 worked in gangs of two. One would trip up 
 unsuspecting victim and the other would remove
 his money and other valuables while he 
was lying on the ground.

This All Star Award  is   for my newsletters (not the blog post feeds  you get via emails) .  
I'm not  sure what that all  means , but I am sure I have you all to thank for it :)))
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 Let me just start off by saying I cannot believe that  I got some sort of funky cold  just before I left for Artiscape, 
but there was no stopping the train at that point, or any possible way we were not having total  FUN, and we did!
Hopefully I kept my germs to myself .
Here are some students work from the Encaustic and Metal Pendant Workshop.
Oh my gosh , they all came out so AWESOME!
Everyone brought their own unique fabulousness
to their pieces .
Every single set has a totally different style and feel.

These peeps were rockin"!

textures , colors , pattern , fun fun fun !

So glad little miss Reagan was there being the awesome helper 
she was ,and surprising
class sample girl!
I'm yip yapping away explaining everything , turn around to catch up the demo pieces 
with the rest of the class , can't find them anywhere, because  she  had done them !
Here are 2 of her class samples
The amazing thing you ask ? She listened to
LOL. Will that still happen when she is 13?
I"m not sure with girls , but think there is  some sort of  automatic shut of valve
at that age 
we are unaware of. 

Just a few more days until we have some online fun with
Encaustic and Metal Journal , The Journey Begins...
online workshop!
can join in the fun for this one. you can sign up either on
my online workshop page here on the blog, or in my Etsy shop.
I will be posting some more pics of the journal journey late this week, as well
as some more pics of the other workshops, and fun
we had at Artiscape.

Mar 5, 2014

Artiscape 2014

 In just 24 hours I am off to Artiscape 2014
in Columbus Ohio. I think the snow is done here for a few days at least
so everyone can enjoy safe travels. 
Pins in finger came out today ! Dr said a few things that
made me grumble, groan , but at least they are out of my way
and we can get busy this weekend in all three workshops!
Little Miss Reagan is coming along  to help again this
year .
 I shouldnt say little anymore as she just a few months from teenagerdom !

 Above is one of the flowers from the "Awesome Metal Flowers "
workshop . I mounted it on a piece of scrap brass that has been textured 
patina -d and polished . These are awesome and look beautiful with mixed metals,
if you have little pieces of copper, brass, nickel  around the studio.
There are still a few slots open for this workshop.
More vintage tin . I could play with this for days . Soo many 
ways you can go. One of these is a puffy heart ! The other is backed with another gorgeous 
piece of brass.
Playing with new photo editor Aps!
These are addicting. I will tell you about a few of my favs when 
I get back .
I also like playing with metal baby heads. (who doesn't? )
In this workshop we are casting little  metal baby heads, and 
then creating textured torsos and vintage attire for 
one gorgeous neck piece!
Still a couple slots in this one ( I think).
More Metal Encaustic pendants . Wildly fun, and freeing.
This workshop is sold out. (but I may have a surprise 
for those who have emailed me about it when I get back :)

Blessings to you, 

Feb 18, 2014

I am in Love With Vintage Tin

 I have always loved vintage tin. I loved playing with my mother's old 
tiny aspirin tins, Bayer and Excedrin  most likely ,that she had saved from like the 50s. 
I guess they were 
good to use long after the aspirin was gone to store  teeny tinies in your purse.
Then of course there were the official tins designated for the  chocolate Christmas fudge and cookies .
I guess she hadn't gotten around to tupperware yet, as I know the neighbors had it.
She must have trusted the tins more than plastic. 
 And oh the medicine pantry! 
My Mother's first aid tape tin  was so old 
I don't' even know if she was born when it was made!
And all of pretty  talc tins etc etc.
Of course she updated eventually  and threw it all out, and now
I am left spending a lifetime getting them back , plus oodles more !
 At least you can't tell I am a hoarder as they have a designated drawer...
and shelf (well, for the bigger ones you know).
 So over the weekend I "de-hoarded"  myself a little, making all 
sorts of different cuffs with vintage tins.

 Some soldered with fun textures, 
some etched brass, 
all  with beautiful sections of 
old tins added as focals.

 I also did a  lot with the smaller tins I love so much, like the Jewelry 
Supply tin in the first picture.
 There are so many ways to do them they are addicting!
Good thing my brass and copper order arrived today!

 I also did some more metal beads , 
but this time I used 
Tracy of PipnMolly's totally fun tin tutorial you can find in her Etsy store
On these beads, I still put my fun metal texturing  spin on the backs of them. 
But, you could get lost in
complete tin metal bliss in that tutorial for days !
Artiscape in Columbus ohio 
 is coming up quickly March 6-9!
My Encaustic and Metal pendant workshop 
is Sold out ,but I just got the up to dates yesterday and there are still
a few slots left in the 
 Cast Frozen Charlotte Necklace Workshop
 and the awesome Metal flowers workshop. 
 I forgot to tell you last time that most of the stamps I have been using for
my latest etchings are from my friend Jenni Bowlin
of JBS Mercantile. Lot's of vintagy awesome goodies to play with over there! 
If you go for a visit tell her Shari said HI!

Feb 13, 2014

Little Bits of Metal Fun on My Table

Well , as promised the Dr gave me another finger available for working, and making,
and general hoopla.
So in the words of Buzz Lightyear
I know not very poetic , 
but unfortunately for me Disney references always pop
into my my head before classic literature .
I have have had my moments of being a little down,
 But quickly tell myself that its finally
all fixed, it just has to get better. And challenge myself to figure out different
ways of doing things.
And then do them!
Usually it works. 
I am excited, and have something  fun planned for the Artiscape vendor night
coming up here in just a few weeks,
and with my new "finger freedom" 
 have been working on all sorts of different findings , beads, charms,
and fun, unique, things to play with!

These beads!
I did these beads with the help of some super fabulous tweezers
 made by 
super fabulous
Tracy DiPiazza.
link to her etsy shop:
I ordered them from her a while back , and have just been oogling
oogling:v.drooling,or chomping at the bit, gleefully anxious 
 to get 
the chance (or enough free fingers lol ) to use them .

This one hurt a little (literally with all the dapping) but I was so 
happy with the results!
 I even love the way they feel.

I have been thinking about these for quite some time
and they finally just had to get out!

Happy Valentines Day!