Sunday, December 30, 2012

The holidays...

are almost over but we're enjoying every moment from quality family time, to getting to a movie, to fantastic time with friends.  Soon work calls me back.  But I'm ignoring it for now.  This is the relaxing part right?  Then why am I so exhausted (happy exhausted mind you). 

This year was an experiment in new things for me/us from new ways to eat to expanding twistedfiberstudio into new adventures.  Autumn brought a renewed outlook on what brings me the most joy -- teaching and making art and even may I say crafts.  You see a list of classes that we will be teaching in the new year.  (New classes will be posted as they are scheduled - stay tuned and check back in.)

Earlier this month, my BFF from university ( and fellow artist was talking to me about her finds at local resale and thrift shops that she's using for everything from crocheting to journal making to a dozen other art projects.  Well I was convinced.  So a date was scheduled to hit the shops. 

This past Friday was the day!  And three, or was it four, shops later we had multiple bags of items. Jewelry for use as charms, ornaments for next Christmas projects, raffia, tissue paper, straw wreaths, heart charms (Valentine's day is close), red silk flower petals, and so much more.  We saw some of the funniest things too. 

The infamous wooden plaque...
My friend's daughter AKA Girlie joined us and we started counting the number of wooden plaques with lovely photos laminated on them.  We almost had enough for gifts next year.  But the treasures and memories were wonderful.  In fact I talked my husband into going to another one on Saturday.  He bought a couple nostalgic things as well. 

On that note I wish all of you a very happy new year and may all of your dreams and wishes come true! 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's here...

Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope everyone is with family and friends, enjoying time with each other and creating even more memories.  Happy New Year and may it be a safe, joyful and creative year for all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pop up Art Fair

Thanks to my friend and trainer Lisa, who decided 10-12 days ago to have a pop up art fair at her studio and invited me to join her this past weekend.  It was so whirlwind that I didn't get a chance to tell you all about it.  Seriously terrible marketing on my side. My apologies. 

Now for the great news ... drum roll, please... we are "popping" up again this Saturday from 1-4pm at 195 Northfield Rd. in Northfield IL at the Work in Progress Fitness Studio.  Yes a true pop up. 

Jewelry, paintings, book page wreaths, art collage, handmade journals and more!   Stop by and see us. 


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fantastic Wreath Class

Lee and her wreath.  Beautiful!

Yesterday, Sue and I played with taught a fabulous group of women at the Morton Grove Public Library how to make a holiday (or year round) wreath with book pages.  The hardest part was tearing the pages out of the book for most of us. 

Sue and I saw new techniques and ideas for finishing the wreaths.  Thank you Celeste, Renee, Lee, Candice, Cathy, Judy, Esther, and all of rest of you.  Special thanks to Nancy for inviting us to teach. 

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope you did too. 

Here are a few photos from the class.  Every one of them are gorgeous. 

FYI Renee won the raffled journal.  Congratulations Renee!