To Think About

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Sunday, May 31, 2009


We are very pleased to be unveiling the cover of our newest book, scheduled to be released Summer 2009. This book is published by some wonderfully talented ladies: 3 Authors & 9 Contributing Jewelry Designers have created unique projects exclusively for this book! An amazing variety of styles with over 40 projects from the very simple (Quick N' Easy) to the very elaborate, all in one book! Easy to follow instructions with lots of step by step photos!

Friday, May 29, 2009

First Thoughts of Asilomar

Just returned home yesterday afternoon after spending 4 delightful days at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, for the Art & Soul retreat. Getting to spend all day watching demos and playing with paint, paper and canvas was a true joy! Also getting to spend it with a dear creative friend from WA was even better! Although most of the days were foggy, it was sunshine in our souls as we created art and met new friends. I will post some pictures in a day or so. Still catching up, and you know how it goes- reality hits with a vengeance once home!
Roberta Schmidt told me about an Antiques Mall in Monterey (Cannery Row). Mary Beth and I stopped there yesterday on our way back to Santa Rosa. Wow! What a find!! I could have poked around there all day! Great antiques! My favorite find was a large photo from 1918 showing a group of young girls all holding embroidery samplers. They were part of a class taught by the Salvation Army in Chicago to slum girls. Can't wait to scan it and reproduce it in smaller form to be used for projects.
I took Misty Mawn's "32 Flavors" class- lots of fun journal techniques were shown to us. Although I didn't have time to actually complete any of the demo ideas, I will be able to incorporate the ideas into other projects and journals.
I also took Stephanie Lee's "Crack It" class. What messy fun!! Really loved this class a lot. I will be writing an article for the Latest Trends July newsletter and go into more detail.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Heading to Asilomar for Art & Soul on Sunday. My first art retreat! I get to attend with a good friend who lives in Washington state; one I don't get to see too often and so it will be wonderful to catch up on our friendship and enjoy the arty experience!
My computer is slowly getting back into sync. Just got it back last week; that's why no new scans of art work. Will post about my retreat expereince when I return! And hopefully have some projects to show!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tags for a Retreat

I have started working on some tags to be swapped at the Art & Soul retreat in Asilomar later this month. I plan on making 50 at least, and will have some goodies attached to them as well. These six feature stamps from Layers of Color,

Friday, May 01, 2009

Latest Trends May Newsletter

The May newsletter from Latest Trends is now up and available for your viewing pleasure! We are featuring a favorite friend of mine as our guest artist, Mary Beth Person. She does beautiful calligraphy!! If you are going to Asilomar the end of this month you can meet her there. She will be my roomie!