I’m teaching at Adorn Me!

I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be teaching at Adorn Me!, an all-jewelry event Feb 28th to March 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

I’m so excited to be teaching a two-evening workshop called “Resin Paper Rocks” using ICE Resin, our signature 2-part epoxy jeweler’s grade resin. The first evening, I’ll be teaching how to make your own resin-covered paste papers to use in your jewelry and mixed media art projects. The next evening, we’ll be turning those gorgeous altered resin papers into a cute stacked ring with a simple cold-join connection that makes it so simple to create stunning jewelry in, literally, minutes.

For those of you who might be finding me for the first time from the Adorn Me! website, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m a self-taught mixed media artist who began my artistic journey in collage and assemblage and yes, even altered scrapbooking. While I made my own jewelry in high school for fun, my passion for it ignited six years ago when I met Susan Lenart Kazmer.

I was doing freelance writing at the time for some national magazines, such as American Style and Niche. I was also a contributing editor to Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine where I wrote and produced a mixed media column called Paper, Scissors, Crop!

Susan and I clicked instantly, and I began taking as many classes from her as I could. Our relationship developed over the years and last year, I joined her company as the Director of Marketing and Education. I coordinate our amazing design team, work with editors, write the blog, do our social media and a few other things like work our booth at trade shows. I also eek out time in my studio to make mixed media jewelry whenever I can, which is often between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight when my family sleeps. I’m in the process of updating my website as we speak. So, for now, thanks for taking a look at my blog.

My jewelry has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry and Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. I have feature articles coming up this winter in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire.

I am so thrilled for opportunity to teach at Adorn Me! I’ve been assisting Susan at Linda Young’s fantastic Art Unraveled event for years and I can’t say enough about the professionalism and pure creative energy that exudes from all the teachers and attendees. 

I hope to see you there. Be sure to check out the site. Susan is teaching, of course, but so are my amazing design team sisters Jane Salley and Deryn Mentock. Their classes look simply fab!

Bead and Button Show

JenO&EboothI'm getting back into the swing of life after returning home Monday after the fabulous Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. It's now Friday, so I bet you're wondering what I've been doing this week. The bare minimum, that's what. I just needed some down time after back-to-back trips.

We took the family to Florida for a week to do the whole Disney World thing. A week of Mickey Mouse and his friends in 93 degree weather and 73% humidity was a killer. Seriously, Florida is a totally different climate than Arizona. Yep, we get to 110 degrees in the summer, but our humidity is around 4%. There's a reason our state mantra is "It's a dry heat".

When I travel to places with this kind of humidity, I feel like a Ball Park Frank. My skin plumps to the breaking point, and I figure there is no point in even bringing moistruizer. For the record, I slather on lotion and drink a gallon and a half of water daily. It works for me and I truly love living in Arizona 9 out of 12 months a year.

This was the first time I've been to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. Susan got her blue ribbon for being faculty for something like 8 years of the show's 10-year anniversary. I was blown away by the vendors and classes and attendees. These ladies (mostly women though I did see some men walking around) have a passion for jewelry that's unmatched.

I bought some of the most beautiful vintage Czech glass beads in steel grays and black that I cannot wait to get my hands on in the studio. Also some other vintage glass found object goodies. The vendors just returned from a trip to the Czech Republic and came home with some of the most beautiful and authentic treasures you've ever seen. I was sketching jewelry designs and ideas in my notebook for most of the 4-hour flight home.

That's about all there is to tell for me. Will update soon with some designs when I get them made.

Here's wishing you a very Artful Day!