Tuesday, October 30, 2007

One Stop Shop

Anyone from my playgroup coming to this? (Look at the cute badge.) It's gonna be so much fun! Shopping, shopping, SHOPPING! I'm also going to be selling my jewelry, journals, frames & pendants. I better get going!! Lots of art to make.

Come on out and do all your shopping in one night! We will have consultants from from at least 10 different companies...(all within the group). Please let everyone know about this as it is not just for us. You can help support your fellow moms and get some Christmas gifts while your at it! We will have Tastefully Simple, Beauticontrol, Mary Kay, Stuff-N-Snuggle, Discovery Toys, and many more!! There will be door prizes and some refreshments! Payment will be required the night of the party. The party will last from 4pm-9pm. You don't have to be present to win!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Thanks So Much

This is way too sweet. It totally made my day. I've never been nominated for a blogging award before & here's my first one. Julie over at Fabulous Finds Studio has put me in such wonderful company. Please take a look at her blog & etsy store. I found her via etsy & just love the work she does. So creative & so me.
I've slowly been getting back into the groove of things, or at least trying. I have been able to blog more than I was able to this summer but it's never enough...
How does one pick nominees to pass on? Have you seen my growing list to the right of blogs I stalk? Alright, here goes...

  1. Seeking Everyday Beauty... All Andrea's work is gorgeous. Her blog & store are both beautiful. I just look forward to looking at her wonderful work. It's like getting a little gift everytime she posts.

  2. Art Junk Girl Lia is a girl after my own heart...inchies. I LOVE making these for pendants & she's making 1000 this year. She even sent me a RAK of my favorite fashion ones. This is my favoritest post for sure.

  3. Creative Chaos Karin has some of the best stories. I crack up over her kid stories. Her son is about the same age as mine & a Thomas the Train fanatic. She also does beautiful work. I have her crown tutorial over on the right.

  4. Miz Smoochie Tia cracks me up. I just love her humor & zest for life. Not to mention the artwork & thrifting. She's one cool gal!!
  5. Mommy Craft Steff & I met via our Yahoo group. We did a goodie swap & boy was that fun. She's a great artist, a student & mom of two. I don't know how she manages it all.
  6. Paper Goddess I don't remember how I stumbled upon Kori's site. She does write ups on sales & local craft stores in the DC/MD/VA area. We're often in the MD area visiting family, so her info is so fun. She also has the funnest classes/kits.
  7. Sandy McTier Sandy is also military & it's fun to hear her stories. She is an amazing artist. Go look at her work. She let me pick her brain when I started teaching classes. She was so kind to share her experiences with me.
  8. Scrapping Till the Cows Come Home Bonnie has such a big heart. I did a swap with her & she wrote me back the most heartwarming email thanking me for doing the swap. She included some fun goodies from South Africa & TONS of her personal artwork. I was so honored to receive such wonderful work. Bonnie is amazingly talented & does so many different types of work. I also did the Cabinet of Curiosities challenge she hosted & that was the first time I had done anything like that. It made me confortable posting my work on my blog.
  9. Gina Armfield Gina kinda got me into this whole blog thing. I saw a project she did on DIY & stumbled upon her blog. Boy am I ever glad I did. It changed my life & helped me find such a passion in art when I was at such a low point of my life.
  10. Under the Red Roof All her pics are gorgeous. Not to mention the flocked wallpaper, VINTAGE. Just drooling thinking of it. I'm a fairly new reader to her blog, but I stalk it often.

There it is. Pretty long winded, but I just love all these blogs & their authors :)

This Weekend's Class ~Paper Dolls~

Just a quick post. I don't have internet access yet, but here are the pictures for the kids decor class this weekend. Contact AC Moore directly with any questions. It's this Saturday 1pm-3pm.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Classes

I finalized my November teaching schedule at AC Moore in Dover. I've updated the side bar & added the new class descriptions on this post. The other classes are listed on this post.

Beginner/Intermediate Jewelry Making
Mosaic Pendant
Make your very own unique pendants. I'll teach you how to make the base pendant from wire & weave beads into your frame. Use your leftover beads or "bead soup" for this class. You will no longer have those "orphaned" beads with no where to go. I like to use 2-3 color combos. If you are new to beading & don't have leftovers, no worries. Not only will you accumulate some soon :) but the store sells great bead packs with a variety of styles & sizes. They are all color coordinated & also serve as color inspiration. If you're stuck, go take a look.

Basic Jewelry Making: Slider Necklace
Use double hole sliders to make unique necklaces. I adore these components. There are two sets of holes to string. The uses are endless & I love to look for different & unconventional ways to use these. The necklace pictured is an asymmetrical design. One side has the double sliders & 2 rows of Czech fire polished crystals. The other has clear Czech fire polished crystals & some beautiful pink, black, & white vintage German ovals.

I also use the sliders in my Chunky Funky bracelets.

I did a demo yesterday at AC Moore with the bead spinner & some of the new beads for sale. (I used to love getting new merchandise in when I worked retail.) I also enjoyed using the bead spinner. I don't do seed beading as much as I used to, perhaps because I don't want to spend my life picking up each bead. It worked pretty well, although you'd have to use silk or cotton string or fireline. It's way too thick for size 11 seed bead to go through the big eye needle & .012 nylon coated wire.

New Beads!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Book Review

Wow, great jewelry book! Must have for your library. I've been making jewelry for almost 10 years so I'm selective about the books I buy for my personal library. There is a good intro for beginners with basics covered. Info on findings, tools & vintage items. As for the projects, there are over 70 included. This book is jam packed. I'd make just about every project listed. I usually buy books & use them as jumping off points. I love books where I intend on making a majority of the projects. The photography is stunning with lots of vintage items for inspiration. Instructions are clear & well written. She adds additional design tips with many of her projects.

How did I get this lovely book? All this & more can be yours for $1/book + shipping & handling for a GRAND TOTAL of $28 + a free tote. Hee hee. I sound like a commercial for them. Well, I got 5 cool books :)

New Jewelry

These are my new pieces at LaDeDa in Easton, MD. If you are interested in purchasing something please contact the store directly 866-91SASSY or ladeda@goeaston.net. I plan on adding some descriptions of the jewelry featured here. If you have any questions regarding measurements or materials please contact me kate_vee_me@hotmail.com kate(underscore)vee(underscore)me(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My First Class

I taught my first basic jewelry making class & had a blast. Sandy was my first student & got me all to herself. We even got to go shopping together for her materials. I just LOVE spending other people's money :) Take a look at what she made. BEAUTIFUL. This was her FIRST piece. It was so much fun. I'm so excited to teach some more.