I am full creative mode lately, preparing projects for the swaps I am involved in for the upcoming Moulin Rouge event hosted by Kim Caldwell.
***SPOILER ALERT**** If you are involved in the jewelry box swap, 3x3 collage swap and Souvenir Journal swap and do NOT want to see any sneak peeks, please CLOSE your browser immediately!
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Ok, let me share some sneak peeks of my projects. Ooh La La.....
First, here is a glimpse of one of my Souvenir Journal pages.
Ready for another peek......Here is my 3x3 square for the 9x12 canvas collage swap.
Lastly, is my favorite. Its a one on one vintage jewelry box swap. We know who we are creating the box for, but they do not know who has them. So, here's the box I made for.......Ha! Thought I would tell you who I have? No way...sorry. But, I am SO pleased with how this box turned out. I won't show you the inside that is filled to the brim with lovely, sparkly things, but here is the outside.
So, be sure and check back after March 20th, and I will post pics of the finished swaps, along with other pics from Kim's fabulous event! Thanks for stopping by!
I was so honored to be asked by Jenny Doh to be a Guest Curator on her Crescendoh website. My story is up on the website, but, please take a moment to spend some time online, as it is filled to the brim, not only with touching Art Saves stories, but with inspiration, products and online classes. Thanks, Jenny!
Art: Another Dimension in my Life • by Cheryl Stoneham
ART … Throughout my life, I’ve always loved dabbling in different art mediums, but have never considered myself an “artist.” During my years as a child at home, my refuge would be drawing, doodling, and sewing in the solace of my bedroom. Just a few short months after the untimely death of my brother (my only sibling) from cancer at the young age of 23, I gave birth to our first daughter. As I held this beautiful, new life in my arms, I then came to realize just how fragile life is, and that each day must be lived to the fullest, as we never know when our short time on this earth may end. That led me to scrapbooking, as I felt the need to document our heritage for my family, including my husband and then two daughters.
An Empty Nest Fast-forward to five years ago. After the hectic, fun-filled years of raising our two adorable daughters, my youngest graduated from high school and headed off to college out of state, leaving me and my husband as “empty nesters.” Although I am employed full-time as an escrow officer in the real estate industry, my whole life over the past 22 years had been centered around our girls. I have always believed that we must raise our children to become independent, contributing members to our society, but when our last daughter headed off to college, my whole “being” left with her. I no longer felt “needed.” Yes, I adore my husband, but it just wasn’t the same. I wouldn’t say I sank into a depression, but I was definitely lost and melancholy.
When I Needed it Most I started attending art classes and weekend art events and through that, also learned about blogging. I started a blog and through both the art classes/events and blogging, I found a community of women that “got me.” Through art, lifelong friendships have developed that will endure the test of time. Traveling across the country taking art classes from many different artists has given me inspiration, not only from the artists, but also from my fellow students. My family is still so very important to me, but art has added another dimension to my life and I cherish my “art family” that has developed because of it. Art truly “saved me” when I needed it most!
Every queen needs her crown and on Saturday, a group of us attended a class taught by the adorable Sherri Baldy held at Whimzy in Tustin. Sherri shared her fabulous talent for creating her gorgeous crowns. Let me share some photos from the day...
When we arrived for class, Sherri had made each one of us one of these cute bags to hold our class kit. The kits were filled to the brim with luscious goodies to use. She also gave us an instructional booklet with all the details of the class, which I LOVE, so that I can remake this project again and again.
Sherri also brought us some of the tastiest cupcakes for class. I had the Dulce la Leche, but she also had breakfast cupcakes with bacon on top. I was told the bacon ones were out of this world!
Oops...I guess I got off track...put cupcakes in front of me and my mind wanders! (hee hee!) Anyway, on to the class project. She had us make a small crown form so that we could learn her technique, but then had large ones already made and spray painted gold, so that we could go home with a finished project. Love that! Anyway, without further adieu, here is my crown.....
Aren't these crowns beautiful? Of course, we had to take a class picture with our crowns and tote bags....
Back row...Me, Marilyn, Sherri, Andrea, Terry and Kim
Thank you again, Sherry, and also Sheryl & Dianne at Whimzy for a magical day!
Hello....is anyone out there? I wouldn't blame you if you quit checking my blog, since its been such a LONG time since I posted. Well, I could give you all kinds of excuses, but, I won't bore you with the day to day issues. More importantly, I want to share some pictures from two classes I took this last Sunday at French General in Los Angeles.
French General is a store filled to the brim with treasures. If you have never been there and are in the Los Angeles area, its a MUST GO! Allow yourself at least a couple of hours to browse.
I was there to take two classes, the first with Molly Meng (Kaari's sister from San Francisco) and Kaari also taught us how to make adorable beaded earrings. We altered an old book into a treasure box with Molly. I haven't finished mine, so I will have to post pics later of my book. Here is a picture of Molly and Kaari, who are terrific instructors and fun ladies!
The second class was taught by one of my favorite ladies, Charlotte Lyon, who managed (after two days of flight cancellations) to make it out to Southern California from New York. Even though it was a rainy day, Charlotte brought sunshine in her sweet disposition and taught us a class using fabrics, threads and stitching to make a "love" banner.
Here is my banner, which still needs more layering and finishing, but I wanted to show you my "work in progress".
A group of my dear friends and I all joined up for a day of crafting at French General. Here's a picture of our "rockin" table group with Charlotte.
Back row L to R - Charlotte, Andrea, me, Erin and Kim
Front row L to R - Terri, Earleeen, Annette and Cynthis
Joy Campbell was to join us but wasn't feeling well that day. We missed you Joy!
....and, much to my surprise, look who was in class.....
Julie Baxley. It was SO good to see her and give her a big hug. Julie has recently experienced a fire in her home and lost her fur babies, so I was so glad to see that she came out to LA for a little getaway to take the classes at French General.
I'll leave you with a few candid pics of our table group.
Happy 2011 to everyone! The holidays came and went so quickly but truly enjoyed the time I got to spend with family and friends. I will try to get some holiday photos posted soon, but right now I'm having too much fun with my new iPad!! By the way, I am coveting these bed linens (but in the color Prairie) from Restoration Hardware. If only the duvet cover was backordered until May. :(
Wishing you an abundance of love, friendship and family on this Thanksgiving. Let's all take the time to really think about how many blessings we truly have to be thankful for. Although we will be joyfully gathering with our oldest daughter, Allison and my Mom, here in town, we will miss our youngest, Shannon, but look forward to all of us spending some time with her on Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving!
We arrived in Omaha Wednesday evening, just in time to head over to Second Chance for a little more retail therapy and meet some new bellas.
Then it was off to dinner and drinks at Upstream.
Thursday, a small group of us headed off to Iowa to visit Hannah's Treasures....or as I call it..."Wallpaper Heaven"
On the way back to Omaha, we stopped by a small town, filled with antique stores..Walnut, Iowa. A little more retail therapy and lunch, where we met Robert and Betty, an adorable couple who own and run the local bakery/antique store.
Then, it was back to Omaha, for opening night Here I am with my roomies, Kim and Jessi.
Swaps were traded that night and I hosted the Vintage Bling Charm Bracelet Swap. Here is a picture of the bracelets all packed up for the receipients and then a picture (taken by Cari Kraft) of us with our bling on.
Stay tuned for my last a final post about SIlver Bella, which will include the classes, friends and projects. Teresa McFayden and her fabulous family really outdid themselves this year!
Don't get me wrong...I adore going to Silver Bella, but its that glittery hangover that just does me in for at least a week after.
Teresa and all the instructors outdid themselves this year. So many "virgin" bellas that were there for the first time...what fun!
Kim Caldwell and I started off by flying to Kansas City to meet up with Jessi Nagy, Karla Nathan, Carol Spinski, Stacy McGinness and Lonnie Jenck for a little retail therapy.Let me share a few pics of our shopping frenzy.
How much luggage did we bring? Luckily, we got it all shoved into Jessi's car, our "ride" for the week.
First stop...Nell Hill's Store. what gorgeous home decor! Doing the "jessi" hee hee!
Then on to Deb's Curious Sofa. What incredible eye candy awaited us, as she had her store all decorated for the holidays!
Just a little "rest" on the sofa, and then it was on to Karla Nathan's home for dinner and crafting.
Karla had a wonderful table set for us to enjoy our meal and chat, while exploring all the bits and baubles in her unforgettable studio!
This was just day one. Next morning, we were up and off to Carol Spinski's newly refurbished farmhouse for brunch. All I can say is wow!
We then all piled in the cars and proceeded to shop our way to Omaha, stopping in St. Jo's at Rusty Chandelier
Here's the screen door that Kim was coveting....we just couldn't figure out how to fit it in Jessi's SUV!
Meet Ginger, I mean Shelly (Carol's niece) trying on a wig and hat at Rusty Chandelier.
A Little nourishment and then it was off to Omaha for Silver Bella.
Stay tuned for more posts about the actual event and another little sidetrip to Iowa. Here's a little sneeky peeky....