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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Shotgun Shell Secret Compartment RIngs

Designing Women Friends In The Studio

I usually have my studio to myself most days, but once in awhile I have to clean it up!  This is a good thing for workflow as well as for when friends come a-calling!

Art girlz, Charlene and Dele, spent the day working on a couple of their own secret compartment rings using those simply wonderful shotgun shell bezels. 

Most of the day was spent chatting, giggling, and working.....and yes, eating a bit at our local Jacquline's Coffee and Tea Spot.  MMmm!

Here are the girlz .......laughing out loud.........and having a great afternoon!

beautiful friends and great students, Charlene and Dele! 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Workshop Kits!

Preparations Under Way For Art & SOul 2013

The kits are almost completed!  When getting ready for a teaching venue there is much excitement around our house.  The cats don't see me for hours at a time, I lose track of time and dinner might be an ice cream from the local Ben and Scooters stand.

Each and every time I prepare for a retreat, I get butterflies and lots of adrenalin!  While I print the handouts and double check the list, it is hard for me not to think ahead and visualize my potential students.  Some folks I know, but some will become new friends.  How exciting indeed : )

I look forward this year, to teaching with one of my workshops with an artist friend, who I actually met last year at Art & SOul.

I look forward to making the drive this year with another art gal friend who I also met last year at Art & SOul.

I look forward to meeting up with many other students and instructors, whom I had not seen since last year's retreat.  It is amazing how time flies though and it seems like yesterday since I was with them all at Art & SOul. 


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Art & Soul Workshops In Virginia Beach, VA

In A Few Short Weeks.....

Many fabulous instructors, artists, and students will be arriving in Virginia Beach, VA ready to create, make, and take home absolutely gorgeous things! I can't believe the workshop line ups.  There is still room to snag a space in these classes.  Check out the class descriptions, and learn more about Art & Soul instructors here:

Here are pictures of some of the things you could create in my workshops!

 shotgun shell bezel ring
My shotgun shell bezel ring

My Chatelaine Aide Memoire

My Enameled Book Pendants

Hope to see friends old and new in a few short weeks!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Art & Soul 2013 - Virginia Beach

Art & Soul Workshops
Time is Running Out To Register For This Fantastic Event In
Virginia Beach, VA

  I am gearing up for teaching three workshops at this wonderful retreat for fabulously creative people, April 24th - 28thThere are kits to make, instructions to print and bags to pack!  

 Here are a few special ring pieces made from Shotgun Shell bezels, like ones we will use in class!  AND look for a ring give away in Virginia Beach!

Check out the following videos which feature two of my three workshops.  

To register, or to see all available classes, go to:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jewelry Affaire Spring 2013 Features Target GLiTz Pendants

Target Glitz Pendants
Creating Glam Out of Recycled Shotgun Shells
Featured in Jewelry Affaire Magazine

Right now, jewelry out of recycled items are popular theme in the fashion industry.  We can help the planet and look good doing it.  : )  I am so excited to once again be one of the lucky artists publishing about these little brass bezels.

This magazine issue also has me excited because a few of my friends are also inside sharing their design techniques and stories.  One friend in particular, writing about her style of shotgun shell necklaces, is Erin Keck.  Erin and I have team taught a wonderful shotgun shell ring and pendant class together.  She certainly creates lots of beautiful steampunk influenced pieces, including clocks and jewelry, and I love that we also actually live within an hour of each other. 

This issue is one of my favorites. Full of creative pictures, helpful how to's, and wonderful design elements,  I hope that it becomes one of your favorites too.