Guest Post on Cloth, Paper, Scissors today

DIY project wire name

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are ready for a little wireworking tutorial today. I did a little guest blog over on the Cloth, Paper, Scissors website talking about my upcoming workshop called Clasps, Links, Components and Chain. Since I know not everyone is able to jump on a plane to an art retreat, I also did a little tutorial teaching how to “write” your name or favorite word in wire. If you don’t have time to be creative right now, not to worry. There is a handy link embedded in the article to pin the tutorial for later.

So grab your round nose pliers, chain nose pliers and some 16 gauge dead soft wire and come play with me. Here is that link again to my Name Your Necklace free tutorial.

Chicagoland Peeps: I’ll be teaching this class this coming Thursday August 14th at CREATE. There are still four spots left so if you’re interested in learning how to save money making your own clasps, chains and components please join me.

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Dallas and Seattle Peeps: I’m bringing this workshop your way too. Registration is ongoing. Learn more here.

JenSig

 

 

Join me at Seaside Soiree

I’m so thrilled Elena from Charity Wings invited me to join her and her amazing group of volunteers for the Seaside Soiree again this year. It was such a lovely, three-day mixed-media art escape weekend. Sheila, Elena’s business partner, is an incredible cook and she fed us the best gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus a grand luau. In addition to teaching last year, I also got some down time to take workshops from my sweet friends Cheryl Waters and Liz Hicks. These ladies are wonderful artists and instructors.

While I really enjoy teaching at all the various retreats and events, I do have to say this one holds a special place in my heart. Elena and the ladies plan everything down to the very last detail to ensure everyone is pampered and made to feel special. I can hear the call of the Southern California coast now, while thinking about the good times of friendship and art. If you want to take a sneak peek into the event, watch this little video I put together this morning.

Day 8: Destination Creativity Blog Hop

I’m so thrilled because today is my day for the Destination: Creativity blog hop put together by the vivacious Ricë Freeman Zachary. I can’t begin to tell you how much this woman has inspired me in the past year since we’ve become friends. Her creative spirit, her willingness to always be REAL in every situation and her ability to bring that out in others are attributes that I admire deeply in Ricë.

Also, her perfectly simpatico relationship with her husband, the Ever Gorgeous Earl is a wonderful thing to see in this day and age. I watched how Earl was ever-present and actively participating in every moment of this new book of theirs. Of course, its their book. EGE took thousands upon thousands of photos, drove every mile in their cross-country journey and passed out hugs to the hundreds of women (both instructors and students) at the various art retreats. (Truth be told, I’m always in line for a hug from Earl. Years of coaching high school athletics honed his body into a finely tuned hugging machine.)

In honor of Ricë and Earl’s journey and their wonderful new book, I decided to try something a little different for the blog hop; a video book review like she does for so many artists over at CreateMixedMedia.com. There’s no editing or fancy anything in the video. I gave my iPad to my son, stood outside our cabin and had him press the record button. It may be raw, but it’s real and definitely from the heart.

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this post so you an be entered to win a copy of Destination: Creativity for yourself.

Tomorrow is the last day of the blog hop at Jill Berry’s blog. So be sure to check out what she says tomorrow and leave a comment there too. And while you’re at it, you might just want to hop back in time and visit the previous day’s authors as well. You can still leave comments there for a chance to win. Think about it: 30 minutes of your time to read some posts at great blogs and leave some comments is all it takes for you to possibly get your own free copy. Unfortunately due to the high cost of shipping, international entries cannot be accommodated for this one. So sorry!

  1. Monday, October 3rd: Melanie Testa
  2. Tuesday, October 4th: Seth Apter
  3. Wednesday, October 5th: Mary Beth Shaw
  4. Thursday, October 6th: Carla Sonheim
  5. Friday, October 7th: Lisa Myers Bulmash
  6. Saturday, October 8th: Melissa Manley
  7. Sunday, October 9th: Deryn Mentock
  8. Monday, October 10th: Jen Cushman
  9. Tuesday, October 11th: Jill Berry

I {heart} Saturdays

I bet I’m like most Americans who look forward to Saturdays as one of life’s weekly pleasures. The work week is over and Saturdays, for the most part, means family. It’s not always the kick-back time we long for, as my husband and I often trade hours in the day to play catch-up, but it is definitely the one time of the week we always make it a priority to spend time with each other and the kids.

I’ve decided that since I {heart} Saturdays so much, this is a great day for me to share something that inspires me. At first I thought I would make it something this inspires me as an artist. But then I thought of all the hats I wear — that we all wear as fellow travelers on this great big blue marble of a world — and decided my weekly Saturday inspiration is going to be a thought that inspires me as an:

artist/teacher/student/mother/wife/friend/daughter/sister/entrepreneur and all-around lover-of-life

My first image for I {heart} Saturdays comes from Holstee. The company’s self-description is “lifestyle goods, designed with a conscious.” Take a look at this image, which is the Holstee Manifesto Poster.

I’m considering shelling out the $25 to buy this poster and hang it in my studio. The two lines that give me goosebumps are “Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them” and “Live your dream and share your passion.”

Yup, that pretty much sums of my artistic journey these past few years. I’m often at a loss of words for how grateful I am for these dual worlds of mine — the mixed-media world of art and publishing and retreats and the crafts industry of Designer friends and awesome manufacturers and art materials to work with so my passion can be shared with others.

Here’s wishing all of you a truly Artful Saturday!