Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

When witches go riding and black cats are seen the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near

Friday, October 30, 2009

Vintage Living Fall Workshops

Hello it is good to be up and running! I finally have my pictures up and my computer working properly.
First hand of business is to show you this lovely package I received weeks ago from Betty at Sammy Girl She was so generous with her give away. I was so excited to have won and have this package waiting for me when I got back from my CO trip.

It was all wrapped so cute...

This was a great book...

Isn't it just wonderful and so is her blog, please go on over and say hi to Betty for me at Sammy Girl and tell her what a wonderful gift she gave!

Thank you so much Betty!

For the past 2 weeks I have been giving workshops on Thursday evenings at the shop. It has been so much fun I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed the lovely and talented women that have come to do art. I am hosting workshops every Thursday through Christmas and I am so thrilled that I have had the classes full so far. I have room in my up coming workshops which are posted on my sidebar. So if you are in the neighborhood sign up for a little fun and a little inspiration.

This is looking out my shop door, isn't it fabulous, the church across the street has a pumpkin patch. They sell them for a charity and it makes the whole street so festive.

The colors are so magnificent this time of year...

So this is the workshop this week, Junk Jewelry... what a bunch of fun girls! We had so much fun making bracelets and they really were wonderful as you can see.

We are all packed in the back of the shop in my studio... cozy I should say!

I promise I will get more OTT lights...

Aren't they just fabulous!

Thanks girls for a great evening! You are all fabulous~

I am catching up here since my computer had been acting up - So this is the workshop 2 weeks ago. It is the Fabric Collage workshop that I gave in honor of KC Willis. I had just gotten back from her fabulous studio retreat and I gave some insight on how KC does fabric collage. It was a fun evening. Here are some pictures from that night.

Kathy and Judy working very hard on their art and they both turned out lovely. They are two very talented ladies and they both have blogs you will want to visit. Kathy has a wonderful blog called A Spectacular Mess
and Susan also has a wonderful blog called Circle of Buttons

Some of the fabulous wall hangings the gals made, really talented women.

Yes, and that is the talented Miss Judy from Tapestries of Nature. We have been friends for many years now and I so enjoy her company.

Susan and Kathy

I brought out the camera too late that night and missed some of the gals that left earlier. I didn't get a picture of Judy from Inrigue Designs but her collage was wonderful.

Judy hard at work
Here is some of my handiwork.

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always I enjoy hearing from you


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

...And the Winner is Marcie at The Rustic Victorian

Sorry I haven't been on my blog but I am having trouble uploading pictures. I am trying to solve the problem - hopefully it isn't anything serious and I will be up and running shortly. I hope all is well with everyone. This is my hectic time in the shop so I haven't had the time to tinker with the pictures.

Congratulations to Marcie of The Rustic Victorian she won the necklace from the 100 follower give away!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Colorado Trip and 100 Follower's Give Away

While I was away on my KC Willis Studio Retreat I was lucky enough to have hit the 100 follower's milestone! So that means a give away is in order to celebrate all the wonderful friends I have made since I started the Vintage Living blog. I have to say how much I have enjoyed each and every one of you and do so appreciate all of you. Thank you all so much for being a part of my thoughts on paper or should I say online. So I am giving away a piece of my jewelry. It is a necklace made of freshwater pearl, chain and found vintage charms and buttons. All you have to do is leave a comment on my CO trip and I will pick a winner. Thanks so much.

Welcome to my Colorado trip... at the studio of KC Willis
I drove from Chicago to Longmont CO in 2 days and loved it! I stayed in Ogallala, NE the first night and looked for Gus but no luck. The weather was a beautiful 74 degrees, I had the top open and the radio turned up with nothing but corn fields and open was great!
I drove into Boulder the next day around noon and spent the day looking around and shopping. It was overcast and cold but it didn't dampen my spirits any - but if there are mountains in Colorado you couldn't prove it by me.

Open fields of Nebraska

This is a restaurant I ate at while in CO called The Fort, it is in Evergreen in the foothills. I drove down to meet an old friend and his wife that I hadn't seen in a few years. To be perfectly honest he was my first boyfriend. :) Him and his wife live in this beautiful place.

Yes, that says Beware of Rattlesnakes... and they were on the menu.

This is the only look I got of the mountains of Colorado...

And these are the lovely ladies I spent the next 4 days with making art, laughter and friendships. From left to right Diane, Eileen, KC, Stephanie, Jacquie and myself. We met at this wonderful little quaint restaurant to get acquainted the night we all got into Longmont.

I stayed at the Raddison and the room was lovely with down comforters and a sleep number bed. Mine was 35.

Here is the cool studio of KC Willis...the first day was full of sunshine and inspiration. We all had come from different parts of the country from Wis to Mich to Ill.

KC in front of her special little Victorian house she turned into her gallery/studio.

Some of KC Willis' collage pieces.

I love her artwork, they are pieces of art that tell a story and are truly inspirational.

Here we all are again

We worked in the studio together during the day from 9 to 4 and then met again for dinner around 7pm.
Here is one of my meals...tempura shrimp, not only did we make art we ate it also.

Diane and Jacquie

We all just had such a great time giggling and just being girls...isn't it great to just have fun and be yourself.

Steph and Diane

And then we woke up to a winter wonderland!

But we were cozy in the little Victorian house and we made art!

And of course ate some more...

And then there was art!

So, in case you haven't gotten the idea that I had a great time I just want to say that it not only was inspirational but magical. KC is the most giving artist not only of her talents and resources but of her self and her heart. I truly was impressed that this is her ministry to inspire and show the love of Christ in her art and to teach and share with others. Thank you KC. And I encourage anyone that wants to grow and be inspired to sign up for one of her retreats.... or anyone that just wants to laugh and find a little magic.

PS. I have been asked when the give away ends and it will end on Saturday and I will post the winner on Sunday. Sorry I didn't include the information.