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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Adams County Arts Council Classes

Simply Pretty Classes Offered This Summer At The Adams County Arts Council

Please join moi this summer for one or all of my three exciting classes happening in Gettysburg, PA!  We will not only recycle, but create wonderful pieces of shotgun shell inspired jewelry (seen as one of my featured articles in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine) and some very cool keepsake charms!  

 Shotgun Shell Rings

Wed. June 14th, 5:30 to 7:30


Wed. July 18th, 6:00 to 8:00

Shotgun Shell Bracelets

Wed. August 15th, 5:30 to 8:30
 Check out my interview with Education Center Director, Wendy Heiges.  Scroll to about 20 on the view.  I am the second interview, right after local chef and caterer, 
Fabio Carella.




Monday, May 28, 2012

Snakes In A Bucket

The Snake Hunter

strategy and,,,


Every creature wants a place to live, away from the dangers and hype of cosmopolitan central. But sometimes it doesn't always work out between nature and the homeowner. These reptile citizens were taking over the pond and causing a bit of trouble with the ecosystem (mainly fish fright).  We had to intervene.  As you can see, one waits it out and eventually snares five water snakes. Surely a solution could be for for everyone, so we took our bucket for a drive toward snake suburbia........

hanging on

a new use for the fishing rod

Five go several miles down the road to a natural pond

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bonnie Wagner Sporting A Simply Pretty Stuff Original

California Girl Loves Simply Pretty Rings
And Belle Armoire

Bonnie and Doug Wagner now live in California.  They met up with me for a quick visit at the Ragged Edge Coffee shop, in Gettysburg, after visiting with family in York.  
Funny how small the world is....Bonnie and Doug were in London a few years back, staying in the same Hilton that hubby and I were staying.  We met in the lounge there and the immediate kinship between us that was so much fun and so very cool.  Finding out that they were from our own backyard in PA was unexpected.
Bonnie loves those shotgun shell rings that I have been creating.  We enjoyed my feature in Belle Armoire Jewelry over a bit of lunch time refreshment and catch up. 


Classics Book Class

Precious Little Books And A Whole Lot of Fun
At The Charmed I'm Sure Studio

Can Jean Van Brederode throw the best create art retreats, or what??
Her studio is in the middle of the most peaceful surround....  The flowers, the forest, the birds and the woodland creatures great everyone who strolls down the winding path to her arrive at her marvelous studio entrance.  
Once inside, it is like a candy store for artists and inventors.  You will find allllll the Thompson glass supplies and a super duper enameling kiln.  There are drill presses and hammers, disc cutters and soldering irons.  All the acids and resists are shelved throughout and you will find the glitter, wool and beads tucked here and there, in between all kinds of prototypes and marvelous, marvelous, jewelry strewn about.
Gosh!  How wonderful it was to teach a whole day in Jean's studio!!  We had the most fun and the best lunch break ever (well, OK, the one at my studio with the gals was scrumptious too : )
There were 13 of us in all.  As instructor, I had the best position in the house as I was able to walk all around as I demo'ed.
The day was full of sharing and ew's and ah's as we completed all of our little classic book pendants and wore them home.  
Enjoy the view below!
Thank you girls for being great students!! 
Thank you Jean for being the best art hostess!!!!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Simply Pretty Stuff in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Summer 2012

Sum..Sum.. Summertime Is Almost Here

 As well as is the next issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine!  There are fabulous pieces again, but also a few wonderful items done collaboratively.  Editor Cynthia Levens, talked a bit about that in her thoughtful piece in this issue's "Letters From The Editor."

I have a few pieces in this issue as well.  I cannot wait for you to see!  Hints:  one has a part that would have made you blink....the other had been down and dirty!!  : )

Look for this next issue, due to hit the stands soon!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Necklaces Go Green!!

Terrarium Bottle Necklaces!

I just spent some time, in between the rainy days, removing my wicked, wicked weeds from the nooks and crannies of my flower beds....

I love our outdoor spaces now.  Over the past dozen or so years, we planted many trees, carved out a few perennial beds, worked at two pond excavations, and got a patio going....

That said, it is a good place here now.  Birds everywhere, and of quite a variety.  'Twas not the case when we moved here.  We built smack on a barren piece of dirt with wetlands at the very bottom of the hill.  It was wonderful watching the transformation.  

I decided that I would put a piece of our green living space into a necklace, and liked it so much, I am going to do a lot more.  : )  

Today was also my interview about upcoming classes with Wendy from the ACAC.  I took this latest little terrarium with me to share on local TV.  Look for the clip here soon!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Shotgun Shell Jewelry In The Studio

Happy Ammo Girls!!

Loved hosting this girl's day field trip, creating wonderful stuff in the shotgun shell bezel class.
What wonderful ideas were brought to life that day.... and what a great feast was enjoyed, which started the whole thing rolling. MMM! Eb made the most scrumptious gluten free brownies for moi!  Heavenly!

The girls ~ Jean, Eb, Nancy, Roxan, and Erin 

Good Stuff!


Crazy Creative Chicks

My long time creative princess friend Kim and I caught a kodak moment at her daughter, Julia's, bridal shower.  Wedding day countdown begins.........

hey ~ these art girlz rock

Team mother/daughter 
And Rock On!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Simply Pretty STuff At Art-Is-You

A Fabulous Show Sample Of Simply Pretty Stuff...

Make your own slideshow at Animoto.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Shotgun Shell Ring Class

Shotgun Shell Ring Class at Art Is You  Retreat

I will be teaching the Shotgun Shell Ring class, putting ephemera under glass or pieces of porcelain into bezels using recycled shotgun shell casings.  Simple soldering skills are required to make fabulous rings like the simpler ones featured in the current Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine 
Join me on Friday, Oct 5, 2012,  
from 7 PM to 10 PM 
for lots of weird, wild and wonderful fun 
at Art Is You!
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Classic Books Workshop At Local Studio

Join Me For This All Day Workshop Event!

Hosted By Jean Van Brederode
At the Charmed I'm Sure Studio 
Wed, May 23, from 10:30 to 5:00
Little Classic Book Pendant
Class at Charmed I'm Sure Studio
As Posted By Jean.....
thank you Jean!!
Lynne's very personal Little Classic Book Pendant workshop is jam-packed with techniques that you can use over and over again for your artwork! This tiny, but exquisite (1" X 1.5") journal has pages yet unwritten for your quirky poetry or secret thoughts and wishes.
Students will learn how to prepare and solder copper plates, use guilder's paste, assemble and add pages to little books with binders glue, transfer images to leather and create an ingenious, unique hinging method for closure.
You will be learning soldering skills to create the front and back of the book. Creativity will take over as you add brass findings or imprints to the cover. You'll use real leather for the spine and personalize the title with a transfer technique onto the leather. As the last step, you will fill your mini-marvel with pages of heavy paper stock, and clasp with a special swivel piece that you'll fashion with wire. Lynne's Little Classic Book Pendant is perfect to hang on a simple, yet “classic” necklace to show it off!


Bling Bling From Renninger's Antique Mall

Bling For My Rings!

On the way back from one of our many travels as of late, my husband detoured right past the wild and wonderful Renninger's Antique Mall in Adamstown, PA.  How can that man read my mind anyway?!  Well, it was, of course, a most successful forage.  Look what we found!
I know just how I will use some of them!  : )