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Going to Tucson and Life after 2016

2017-01-22T22:40:20.178-06:00

 Hey there my friends!  I've been gone from my blog for awhile.  Yes, life has a way of kicking you in the pants.  I know I'm not the only one.  I won't pretend that I am. The end of 2015 and all of 2016 has been one life event after another.  Too many to tell you here today, and too many to cry or belly laugh till you cry about!What I do want to share with you is my trek to Tucson, in just about a week.Yep, the largest Gem & Mineral Show in the USA will be going on and I am so very blessed to be able to go there for the 5th straight year.  I've been teaching in Tucson these past years, for Vivi Magoo Presents, Art Retreat in the Desert.  Here are the three very exciting classes I will be teaching in person for the last time:And...I will also be a part of the Marketplace on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.6-9pmDetails are here.  A Beautiful DilemmaFebruary 2, 2017  Bohemian RhapsodyFebruary 3, 2017  Rustic Fare:  Fused Fine SilverFebruary 4, 2017 That's it for now.  More plans are in the works for 2017.I expect this year to be a GREAT one.Hope to see you soon....dianexo[...]



Merry Christmas!

2014-12-25T21:48:18.844-06:00

I want to take a moment and thank you, my family & friends, for supporting me this past year,whether it be online or in person.I feel so very blessed to be doing what I love, and sometimes wonder if one day I'll wake up and see that it was all just a beautiful dream.The year has flown by faster than I can possibly believe, and in just a very short week, I will once again be running thru a new year.So, with that said, I wish you (and I) a bit slower yearand thought I'd share our funny face New Year's photo with you too....just for fun!I have BIG plans and many classes in the works for 2015,and hope to share ALL the details with you very soon here,and on my website,Rosa & Josies.So, thank you, thank you....so very much for sticking with me here.Lord willing, I'll see you next year!~ dianexo[...]



My New Website and a Giveaway

2014-10-09T22:00:03.156-05:00

How do you like my new logo?It is now part of my new websitehttp://www.rosaandjosies.net/ I have to tell you my friends, it's been a busy 2014!I have been traveling both east and west,and everywhere in between.My first teaching gig was in Tucson, Arizonafor Art Retreat in the Desert.What a great group of students,along with shopping the TUCSON GEM SHOW, which is held during the same time of the retreat,was hands down one of my past year'smost fun TIMES!!   Then, my bestie, Deryn Mentock and Iboot scooted up to Virginia,to teach at Boots & Bliss.  In May I made a stop inPaducah, Kentuckyat Ephemera Paducah.  July brought me to Santa Ana, CaliforniaandStudio Crescendoh.And, finally a stop in Phoenix, Arizonaat Art Unraveled! With all that said, I've caught my breath, and completed my new website!  I've been working on my new "go to site" for the past couple of weeks!With this EXCITING reveal,I'm offering a giveaway...a choice of one of two DVDs currently offeredat Artful Gathering,the wonderful online art retreat I am a part ofeach summer!Window to My Heartor   Etched and Layered Cuffs Here's what you can do to win:Leave a comment here regarding which of the two DVDs you'd like to win,ANDWHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY NEW SITE!With this little request, I'll toss your name into a BIG TEXAS cowboy hat!! If you share it online via Facebook, Instagram or your blog, (and let me know),you get another toss into the hat.I hope you join me on my new websiteand if you sign up for my newsletter,YES...another time in the hat!!The drawing will end on Wednesday, October 15th!Watch for my posts on Wednesday for the winner,along with more information regarding my new site and logo...ANDI have more plans ahead, along with more giveaways!  [...]



Fly

2014-04-25T10:34:06.521-05:00

 I'm not sure I can say anything more than this...
 
diane
xo




The Treasure Hunt

2014-04-09T08:23:06.442-05:00

Hey Guys...there's anArtful Gathering Treasure Huntgoing on! This year we are having a treasure hunt at Artful Gathering, and it is really simple to play along. This is the second week of the clues, which if you look just below, you will find the full description on how to find them.Here's how you do it...simply find the secret Big Red Square somewhere on my blog to get your second secret word! The word you're looking for is up at the top of the box, in quotation marks! LOOK for a red block, on my side bar, it has a crown in it!(If you missed last week's clue, just hop on over to my friend Riki Schumacher's blog for the answer!) You can find out all you want to knowhere!Be sure to go to:  www.artfulgathering.com to read all about the rules and prizes.There's some really great prizes that include:   one full paid class of your choice, plus the corresponding class DVD.  Along with some very cool runner-up prizes, that aren't so shabby either...Jewelry, Vintage Goodies, Class Kits, Artists' Books and more!My donation is a bit of vintage goodies, brass wing stampings, and a baby bundle of recycled sari silk. And, just in case you haven't seen what I'll be teaching this year,you can see both class details  in the Workshop Cataloguehere. In Session One, I will be teaching a beautiful necklace calledRomantic Wrapped. It is for 6 weeks, beginning June 6-July 17th!And,in the Second Session, I will be teaching my cuff class called,On a Wing.It will also be for 6 weeks,beginning July 16-August 26th! If, you haven't pre-registered, you might want to go on over and do so now,(which will also give you the ability to flip thru that wonderful class catalogue)! as on May 1st the doors open for full registration.That means you will be able to register for any of the instructor's classes,offered in both Sessions One & Two.Also, at that time, you will have access to our Etsy store links,where most will be offering a limited number of class kits.Here's wishing the best to you on your treasure hunting fun,andhope to see you in the classroom...very SOON!Don't forget to pre-register here now:Artful Gathering 2014(P.S.....if you leave a comment hereand/or share on Facebook and/or TwitterI am having an EXTRA little drawing for a prizeonTuesday evening at 9pm CST!) My FACEBOOK [...]



Gratitude

2014-01-21T11:35:21.596-06:00

I am not one to make New Year's resolutions.  I don't wait that long.  If I need a change, or am due to begin something new....I just do it!Mind you, I have not always been that way.At the beginning of the year, I began to once again think of all the significant people that have been a part of my life; ones I have met (or been born to) in my life.Those who have changed me...for the better.  I don't think of, or remember any, who might have changed me in any other direction other than for "good".But, that is just me.  I look for good.I believe I search it out.I will begin by giving due credit to my parents for that.Both, actually, but I do think my mother a bit more so.My mother came from a very poor family,and her father, though he loved all 13 of his children,drank. A lot.  It had to be hard to be a child of an alcoholic.Not only was my mother in constant mental turmoil,  I know she felt deep humiliation for not having (her very own) shoes, clothes and sometimes enough food to eat.  What she did have was a loving mother who did what she had to doto take care of her children, caring for them in a way that stuck with them thru thick & thin....and made them feel rich, even though they were dirt poor.Thankfully she also had older sisters & brothers who helped out the family~for most of my mother's younger life,and for those siblings even before and most after her, in the birth order. My mother never talked much about her childhood, and if she did, it was never in an ungrateful way.How can that be?  Today, at the age of 56, I stand amazed by that, and HER.My father came from somewhat of a different background.He only had 2 brothers and 1 sister, and his family was one of the (somewhat) "well-off" ones in the small town that they both grew up in...as far as I can tell.They had plenty of food, and owned a large parcel of land,which my grandmother had inherited. My grandfather was a farmer, and raised sweet potatoes on that land.  My grandmother was a seamstress.  My dad isn't even in this picture of his brothers & sisters above.He came about 13 years after this was taken...thus making him the REAL baby of the family.  Perhaps, that is also why he became the mischief one.A prankster of sorts. He could really tell a good joke.  I kinda believe I get my quick wit from him.  Can't tell a joke like he did, that's my oldest sister's talent, but I sure have a funny streak show up quite often....and have known to be a bit mischievous myself.(When I was much younger, of course...lol).***********For some wonderful reason, way beyond my control,I believe that this year will be a good one.Don't ask me how or why...I just know it.And,I say this with all humility, as I truly have no idea what 2014 will bring.I have several venues scheduled ahead, for teaching.Some new, and some I've been to before...with much delight!Beginning in just a couple of weeks, I will be in Tucson, at Art Retreat in the Desertand then, I will travel along with my friend,Deryn Mentock, for a short teaching gig in the DC area, calledBoots & Bliss!Yeeehawww, to that!In the meantime, I am diligently working on my two online classes that I'll be a part of,for the third year...Artful Gathering 2014.For the first time, I am traveling to Kentucky, to teach atEphemera Paducah in May! AND...I will be in Phoenix, this summer,to teach, once again, at Art Unraveled.***********So, for just one moment today, won't you consider who has made a difference in your life?Say, if you possibly can,a huge thank you for all that you have been given.For those, both good and bad.You (as I) have no earthly idea why you might have been given the life you are living,and the hand you've been dealt.I do believe it is by a design we will someday come to see.Maybe that will be... in 201[...]



The Winner of My Book Blog Hop Giveaway

2013-10-21T21:43:21.698-05:00

Here's my latest piece designed using Cindy's beautiful Double Infinity Links.It was also one of my class samples for the classRhinestones to InfinityI taught this past weekendin Round Top, Texas atArt Retreat at The Prairie.The class was a huge success, and this link was the star of the class! This was Kristina's finished piece.Isn't is wonderful? Just one of many...*****So, without further ado...I'd like to announce the winner of the contest I had for the Missing Link Blog Hop.  It is:Susan MarlingCongratulations Susan!  I will send an email your way, to get your physical address, so I can mail some goodies to you!Also,don't forget to go back to Cindy's blog to see the Missing Link Book Blog Tour Winners!dianexo P.S.  I will be teaching this class, Rhinestones to Infinity, at Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky~May 2014.More detail will be posted soon,but why not sign up for their mailing list,so you won't miss any of the class details when they come hot off the press!  [...]



It's All About the Link

2013-10-18T01:14:08.957-05:00

Today is my dayto give a shout out to a great friend,Cindy Wimmer's new book, The Missing Link, and is the next stop on the Book Blog Tour that began on Tuesday.Yeee....haw, welcome to Texas! It's hard to believe that it has actually been way more than a year since Cindy asked me to be a part of the design team for her upcoming book.  How could I resist, as everything Cindy does it so meticulously wonderfuland top notch! Her wire work is drop dead gorgeous, which you will certainly see for yourself, once you get your very own copy. But...if you haven't ordered yours yet I'd be so thrilled if you'd leave a comment here, as the publisher, Interweave, will be giving away a copy of Cindy's book from each of the blog hop stops.  This means you have 6 chances to win! I have to tell you I felt a bit intimidated at first,as wire links are not my main focus when designing jewelry.I can wire wrap myself out of a barrel~blindfolded...(well maybe not blindfolded)...links...well, that's another story.But, if you know me at all, you know I always love a good challenge.So, this is how it began.... Cindy gave me, along with all the team designers,Lori Anderson, Kerry Bogert, Christine Damm and Tracy Statler,the option to pick two of our favorite links out of the 30 she showcases in the book.With these links, we were to design a piece of jewelry.I chose two I thought would fit into my "style",which wasDouble Infinityand Little Orbits. Green with InfinityFound on pages 128-131 in the book,showcases the Double Infinity link. This picture was taken just before it was sent off to Cindy & the publisher.I am going to play a little game with those of you who already have the book, or if not, you can also look here, as pictures from the book (where you will see a picture of my necklace) scroll across the slider window seen in the middle of the page. This will kind of be like the game, what do you see different in the picture!There has been a slight change in the ultimate design of my necklace =) Just leave an answer here on my blog, in your comment,  and I will also have a drawing from those who left an answer,  at the end of the hop.The prize will be a (sur)prize!  So, please leave your email address so I can contact you on October 21st, if I can't link back to you via your comment! The next link I chose,wasLittle Orbits.Amber Skies showcases this link that Cindy places in the "easy" category.This necklace, and how it's made, can be found on pages 100-103 in the book.Another fun project, using some super fun links.Cindy really did a superb job writing this book.And,the links are quite unique and exciting to master.Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in on the hop.Today you can also visit Heather Powers,of Art Bead Scene.  She has joined us on the tour, and this gives you yet another opportunity to win the Missing Link. Please hop on over to Christine Damm's blog tomorrowto see what she has to share with usregarding her"missing link" journey.Before you go...one last recap of all the blog hop stops:October 15-Cindy Wimmer (Sweet Bead Studio)October 16-Tracy Statler (Make Bracelets)October 17-Lori Anderson (Pretty Things)October 18-Kerry Bogart (Kab's Concepts)Today:  October 19 (along with me)-Heather Powers (Art Bead Scene)October 20-Christine Damm (Stories They Tell)then head back to Cindy's blog,Sweet Bead Studio, to see all the winners announced onOctober 21st! There will be giveaways each day, but the winners will all be announced all at once on Cindy's blog on the final day - October 21st.  She will be giving away additional prizes:  a set of lampwork beads used in the book, wire, and her favorite coiling tool, just to name a few.So, that[...]



It's Antique Festival Time

2013-09-25T20:55:23.464-05:00

If you've been with me for any amount of time, you know that twice a year I trek to Warrenton and Round Topfor the semi-annual Antiques Week.It's HUGE and several trips are in order each & every time.Yesterday was just my first for the Fall Show, and it was a bit early.I like to slip in there way ahead of time...which means some of the vendors haven't yet arrived.I am fine with that.I always go back, and then they are there.I don't fret about missing something. As,I have decided that if I was meant to have it,it will be there.Whatever IT might be!I must admit,I had no intention of buying the vintage baby doll and compact you see above.But, they called my name, and they came home with me.The top drilled baroque stick pearls....well that's another story.I have an idea bouncing around that involves these beauties,and I was looking for them.  It always amazes me when I enter a booth that is stuffed full of stuff.Yesterday, proved no different.I always make an effort each show to visit Cathy, the lace lady from Oklahoma.She has WAY more than lace in her booth, and I always make a point to visit her...mainly for vintage lace, tulle, netting, and such.This time I brought home one itty bitty bundle of lace,a good group of vintage rhinestone buttons,the crackled baby doll& and this dainty silver compact purse.Inside was half of a ticket...When I carried all my purchases up front to pay,she said...."I almost kept this one for my compact collection".Not only did this make me feel like I had picked up a winner of a piece,but she had thoughtfully remembered it, mentioning she regretted parting with it.I get that...Each time I design a piece of jewelry,then sell it... it feels like I am getting rid of part of my family.This batch of necklaces will definitely make me feel that way when they leave home.  Kind of like letting your baby go...maybe that's why this one came home with me.[...]



No Hill for a Stepper

2013-09-20T00:47:15.535-05:00

Melanie and I At the beginning of the trail,about to climb Old Baldy,in Garner State Park.It's been almost a month since we returned home from our annual week long RV trip to a great RV park situated on a bluff just above the clear crisp water of the Frio River.It's nestled among beautiful gnarly live oak trees and several pretty high hills(which are considered mountains by this Texan). The trip is definitely one of the highlights of my year.I think we have been going to this park for well over 8 years.I went with one BIG goal in mind...to once again climb, what is known as,Old Baldy.Mind you, it would not have been my first trip up to the top, as I have climbed it probably 3 or 4 other times.But, not for awhile.I was determined to do it this time....a gift to me on my 56th birthday!I, along with my daughter, Melanie, took out the very morning of my birthday to conquer "the mountain".It is quite inspiring when you reach the the top, as there is a huge additional pile of rocks there...with the United States flag flying high and mighty in the wind(when it blows)! I have to tell you....it felt good.....going up,but especially good coming down! I have been traveling quite a bit this past year to teach.Tucson, AZ., Houston, TX., Coronado, CA., Round Top, TX.andPhoenix, AZ.I have one more teaching gig for the year, and it's next month, once again in Round Top,  Art Retreat at The Prairie.I am way excited, as I will be teaching three new classes. From Rhinestones to Infinity This is a fun new class for me.I have incorporated a huge vintage rhinestone brooch into this design,along with some beautiful links called Double Infinity links.These links were designed, and came straight from my friend Cindy Wimmer's book, The Missing Link, which will be out next month.I, along with many other wonderful jewelry artists, was thrilled to be one of her guest designers.Cindy has a pre-order link for it here.  I'll also be teaching another new torch fired enamel classat The Prairie...Ruffled Poppies Lots of fun techniques in this class!Scroll down the page and read all about it here.Last, but certainly not least,I'll teach a fun bangle class on Sunday.Birds of a Feather   So, won't you come flock with us in Round Top?  I can't begin to tell you how much fun we have at this intimate setting.  And, how can you not love anything Rachel Ashwell inspired?~ diane~xo[...]



Heart Love

2013-08-18T23:15:34.617-05:00

My Double Heart(coming to Art Retreat in the Desert~February 2014)(*edit....not coming to Art in the Desert in 2014!*)  I admit, I am in a state of euphoria right now, as we are fast approaching the end of Session I atArtful Gathering, 2013.It has been a great class, with many beautiful creations being born.Makes a teacher proud, I tell you!Drops of Crystal was the name of the class, which consisted of 3 of my favorite chandelier crystal creations.In less than a week, the second session will begin.This class really put me over the top,as it is so in-depth, I just know it is my best one yet!I put together a little trailer....just so you can see what I mean. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dyT-jo4zfNK0n6N6uhvIGIcX6vpDkR91Ip3eKYbG45TAMhpBgwcIGRb7i1Gu8chByAVeYEkYjjiLuI' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />And, to top it off...I am having a little giveaway in conjunction with the beginning of Window to My Heart! Share it on your social media site, whether it be Facebook or your blog,or Twitter... then let me know,and I will put your name in the hatto win one of my class kits. The winner will be chosen onMonday, July 15th, at 3 pm CST.I hope you can join me....I would be ever so honored![...]



Coronado Dreaming

2013-06-21T11:03:57.849-05:00

The time went by way to quickly....Art Retreat by the Beach is now a sweet, sweet memory packed away in this itty bitty brain of mine.I had loads of fun with two of my fellow teachers and dear buddies,Riki Schumacher & JoAnnA Pierotti.I knew this one would be special.But, they all are.Think this one just a little more though =)On Friday I taught one of my favorite cuff classes,On a Wing.(side note:  I'm teaching this class at Art Unraveled,and it's filling up fast =) Here's my Friday buds.Sally, Mary, JanDawn, Joan, Marilyn, =) and Crystal*****Saturday was another great class day,as I taught By the Sea,  which is one of my gilding with solder classes.I love teaching this technique, and have to tell you I never tire of it!  What a special group of ladies on Saturday....Marilyn, Joan, AnnSally, Celelesie, =) and CelesteHere's a few of their creations.I love the amazing attachments they brought along to place on their collars.*****Sunday I taught one of my torch fired enameling classes that I callFramed.I love teaching this class.  But, the tiny mother of pearl belt buckles are becoming more & more difficult to find, even though I think I might have one more batch =)*wink* Here's a couple of student's pendants.Aren't they just the best, and so full of personality?Oh, don't want to forget....we also went on a group field trip that Saturday to The Attic, a sweet antique shop on the island...all planned by our lovely hostessesBarb & Erin.What a great group of ladies!*****BTW....I have just finished a second enameling class,and it will premiere at  Art Retreat at The Prairie,in Round Top, Texas...this Fall.Barb is about to open up registration any day now....Hope to see you there,or at my next teaching gig, which is next month... Art Unraveled,in Phoenix, Arizona! [...]



Hopping into Spring and Artful Gathering Hopping

2013-07-14T14:42:02.872-05:00

Life has been hopping here at the Cook homestead...in more ways than one!We just had our grandchildren over this past weekend, and needless to say, they had a blast at PawPaw & Nana's house.They jumped and hopped and wrestled, and we laughed enough to fill up a hot air balloon! Alton is 4, and loves driving his Jeep and riding his bike.  You would not believe how much Samantha, who is 14-1/2 months, loves to ride around in the backyard with her brother.  She is one little girl who loves to ride in a Jeep!She fits right into our Jeep driving, Bronco bustin' & Land Rover driving group!We've had unseasonal cool weather here, and we've been lovin' every minute of it!  Usually by now we would be running the air conditioner full blast...Yee haw, is all I can say!*************** We are getting so close to opening up class registration for Artful Gathering 2013....May 1st is just around the corner!Now...on to the hop news...and...David Everett!Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.  Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.   Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingDavid H. Everett http://chickenlipsfolkart.blogspot.com/(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



WoW! It's All Good

2013-05-06T22:51:27.125-05:00

 I have been so very busy preparing for my online classes at Artful Gatheringand my in-person classesat The Prairie...but, it's been ALL good!I do hope one day we get to meet...in either one!***** If you've been hopping along with the Artful Gathering Blog Hop,this week is my turn to be in the spotlight!Hope you are enjoying this little trip down the yellow-brick road!All in fun....    Artful Gathering Event Registration is Open!  I'm the Spotlight Artist for The Artful Gathering 2013 Blog Hop! Follow along with me for fun, creativity, and a chance to win a $200.00 Gift Certificate for The Artful Gathering Marketplace Opening Soon. The winner can apply the certificate toward any 2013 online art workshop(s). *kits and dvds not applicable. Register to the event here  I'm presenting My Brand New On-Line Workshops at at Artful Gathering 2013! Come Hop With US! Hop Rules: If you would like to hop with us and meet all the super awesome Artful Gathering 2013 Art Instructors, and have a chance to win a random drawing prize in our random drawing, then hop with us! Each week, I will announce the blog for you to visit, and off you go to meet them, and to pick up the newest secret word. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words!Only one winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will receive a $200 gift certificate for a 2013 Online Video Workshop(s). *Not applicable to workshop kits or dvds.* This weeks word is .....painting Next week, I'll announce the next person to hop to. Good luck!!![...]



Time to Visit Pamela Huntington on the AG Blog Hop

2013-04-12T06:36:14.713-05:00

It's time to meet the amazing Pamela Huntington!I finally met her last August at Art Unraveledin Phoenix!You'll just love her, and the amazing Photoshop class she'll be teaching at AG during the first session! Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.  Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.   Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingPamela Huntington pamelahuntington(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



It's Time to Visit Jacqueline Newbold on the AG Blog Hop

2013-04-11T11:26:46.499-05:00







Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art Retreat





Blog Hop your way for chance to win!






From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.






Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).






(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).










Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:



  1. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.



     

  2. Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.

     






Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!




Please HOP over and visit the Amazing

Jacqueline Newbold





http://djnewbold.blogspot.com/



(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)




Time to Visit Kecia Deveney for the AG 2013 Blog Hop

2013-04-11T11:27:03.743-05:00

Hop on over to Kecia's blog for the next secret word...She's been waiting for you!Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.  Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.   Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingKecia Deveney http://lemoncholys.blogspot.com/(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



It's Riki Time on the AG Blog Hop

2013-04-11T11:27:14.230-05:00

Riki & Vivi I know you'll enjoy visiting my dear and faithful friend,Riki Schumacher's blog,for the next stop on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!We just spent a week together last month, in Tucson, teaching for Vivi Magoo Presents.We laughed, we ate, we shopped the way cool Tucson gem showANDwe taught jewelry classes to an amazing group of students! So, hop on over to get your next secret word, and see what she's been up to....  Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingRiki Schumacherhttp://rikijewelry.blogspot.com/(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



Drops of Crystal and Blog Hop Time for MJ

2013-04-11T11:27:30.274-05:00

I've been busy taping...  Drops of Crystal...which is the class I will  be teaching in the first session atArtful Gathering 2013!Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.  Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.   Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingMary Jane Chadbourne http://desertdreamstudios.weebly.com/blog. (Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



Clicking my Heels and Blog Hopping Week 3

2013-04-11T11:27:47.551-05:00

Lorraine George, Deryn Mentock and =)I'm clicking my heels happy to say that I've made it through one of the longest teaching gigs thus far...teaching 5 classes (in a row) last week in Houston, at Adorn Me! 2013.  I so wish I would have had more time to visit with Deryn and Lorraine,but we did manage to get a quick picture on Sunday, just before Deryn & I high tailed it our final day of teaching.Now it's time to begin videoing the two classes I'll be teaching this summer for Artful Gathering. I do hope I see you inone, twoor maybe both of the sessions,held this June-August.This weeks hop features the talentedMary Beth Shaw.Just hop on over to her blog nowfor more details and the next secret word! Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.  Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingMary Beth Shaw http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/ (Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



The Blog Hop Continues AND Hoping I see you at Adorn Me! 2013

2013-04-11T11:28:11.467-05:00

 I do hope I see you in a couple days atAdorn Me! 2013...It is one of the closest venues I will be teaching at this year, being only 11 miles away from home.I have been to Tucson and back,teaching at Art Retreat in the Desert.It was amazing.The gem show was truly inspiring, the students were super duper, the weather was outstanding,AND the hotel & management were GREAT.Barb and Erin worked their retreat magic,(along with help from brother, Casey) and all went SO well,I just can't say enough good things about the entire trip.Except, if you missed it in 2013,you won't want to miss it in 2014. Yes, Barb has already put it on the schedule, so watch out for details here, or my Facebook Page (of course), or Vivi Magoo Presents,in the near future.Right now I have my eyes set on Adorn Me, as I will be teaching 5 classes ~ in a row!Can you say Yee...haawww? Yes...I WILL be wearing a pair of my new boots.AND, don't forget to visit our next stop on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!The featured artist this stop is the talentedColleen Moody!Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art RetreatOpen for RegistrationBlog Hop your way for chance to win!From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.  Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.  Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!Please HOP over and visit the AmazingColleen Moodyhttp://colleenmoody.blogspot.com;(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)[...]



The Hop Continues for Artful Gathering 2013

2013-02-20T00:00:01.896-06:00


Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art Retreat

Blog Hop your way for chance to win!


From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.


Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).

(Gift certificate applicable to 2013 workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).


Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:
  1. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.
  2. Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.

Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!

Please HOP over and visit the Amazing
Pam Carriker

(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)



Artful Gathering Blog Hop Begins Today!

2013-02-13T10:14:24.706-06:00





Celebrating Artful Gathering 2013 Online Art Retreat




Blog Hop your way for chance to win!




From June to August 2013, ArtfulGathering.com will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share our knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.




Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards an Artful Gathering 2013 online video workshop(s).





(Gift certificate applicable to workshops only and does not apply towards kits or dvds).





Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:



  1. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words.

  2. Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the list of participants who have collected all the secret words.



Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawing!




Please HOP over and visit the Amazing

Nancy Malay





(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)



Time Flies When I'm Having Fun

2013-01-11T00:00:18.284-06:00

In just 4 very short weeks, I will be standing in Tucson, Arizona,as I'll be there teaching three classes at  Art Retreat in the Desert.Two classes are first timers for me, coming from my teaching bag of tricks.On Friday, February 8th, I'll be teaching Watchful Resin Charms with a Splash of Bangles We'll be pouring some resin in some fun little vintage watch bezels,that can be used in the class I will teach on Sunday,or as fun charms for the bangles we will also be designing in class.Have to tell you, these bangles can become addicting.You can wear a heap of them all at one time, and you won't be able to sneak up on anyone if you do!They are fun and quite simple to make.Really. On Saturday, February 9th,  I'll be teaching my second new class,Time to NestWe'll be playing with vintage mother of pearl buckles, recycled sari silk,  vintage mother of pearl buttons, and a cool watch bezel...that you can fill to your heart's desire. Then on Sunday, February 10th,I'll be sharing one of my favorite techniques in a class calledThe Gilded Heart Lookie what you can make....you will love it!Here's a piece that Maria, one of my talented students, made last October in the class I taught at The Prairie.  BTW, Barb will be opening Spring registrationany day now...here,for Art Retreat at the Prairie!Now, back to the Desert... I do hope you can come to Tucson as Barb has a field trip to the Tucson Gem Show scheduled on Thursday before the classes begin.I know I'll be on that bus!And, today she announced that she'll haveMagnolia Pearl clothing at the retreat in Tucson!She had some of Robin's latest designs at The Prairie last fall, and of course who can resist Magnolia Pearl?They, themselves, are works of art.Take a stroll online to see her beautiful clothes.You will love them.... ***** If you'd like to see where else I'll be teaching in 2013,I now have most of them posted thru August, so just scroll back up to the top of my blog, right under the header you will see a tab that saysClasses.They are ALL listed there, and right next door you will see a tab for my  On-line Classes.This is where you'll see all the details posted for Artful Gathering 2013.Yes, I will be teaching two online classes there once again this summer.More details about which two will be revealed in a couple of months!I have lots of things going on behind the scenes...as always, but... if you are on Facebook, I'd love for you to friend me, I seem to be there a lot more these days than here!This was a class picture taken on Sunday just before I taught my class,On A Wing, at The Prairie!It was a magical day....love you guys!   [...]



Hoping in....

2012-12-10T09:39:57.163-06:00

"Loves Hope"I love a good challenge.It truly always pushes me into a direction I would not take otherwise.This challenge once again proved the same.A couple of months ago, Carmi Cimicata of Resin Crafts asked if I'd like to participate in a blog hop featuring a new line, called Instant Glam, within a line of products called Metal Complex.She sent a couple of components, one of which was a silver bezel.I chose to use it for the hop! I had found this gorgeous rhinestone necklace at the antique festival this past Spring.I knew it was destined for beauty.I first oxidized the bezel, as it was much too shiny for me.Then I sanded it a bit, just before I added a couple soft layers of Gilders Paste.Damask was first, and then I topped it with Silver.I reached into my bag of goodies(really my shelf of supplies)picking up some pewter hearts I had purchased from Thomas Mann.This is the one I chose!  Just perfect, as it has a great little oval shaped well in the middle.I found a rhinestone connector that had a hint of turquoise in it, snipping off the two end connectors.  Then I pulled out my vintage book of Shakespeare, to find my next word,hope.  I looked across my desk, finding some resin covered sheet music I had used in a previous project.The title of the song had the word I was looking for, Loves.The name of my piece was born. I attached the paper inside the bezel.  Mixed up a batch of Ice Resin and attached the heart inside the bezel using the resin.I gently lowered the rhinestone connector, which now held the word hope,into the tiny well in the middle of the heart.As the resin was drying, I decided I wanted a few drops of silver inside the well,so I added some silver glass micro beads.Simply divine.  I am so in love with this piece.  Thank you Carmi for asking me to be part of the hop!It was a blast =) [...]