Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bookmaking Arts

A local friend opened her art studio/garage for a wonderful class, taught by the patient and funny Jeannine Stein.   Even having made a few books, I learned great little tips and tricks - classes are so fun that way.    
 Here's Jeannine showing us how to bind...

 ....And here's all of us showing off our finished books. 

 Jeannine was a treat not only because of her easy-going style, but she pre-cut all the blank pages and cover paper - yay!  Check out her blog for other classes around L.A. she'll be teaching - very much worth taking!
The big job ahead though, is convincing my husband we don't need to park in the garage, when it could be so better utilized as my creative wonderland.    Look at that shelf above us!  The room was filled with gorgeous art our hostess, Mikki Soliday, had made (that's her in the front left).  Thanks for the fun afternoon, Mikki and Jeannine!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

An Enchanted, Artistic Affair

If you've never gone on an art retreat, GO!  I did my second recently, "An Enchanted Affair", put on by the lovely, sweet, Kim Caldwell.  Not only did I make some wonderful things, and learn some new techniques, but I met amazing, kindred women.  It's so fun to be in a whole room full of women who love old lace, and fabric and color, and creating things.  I'm stealing a few pics from Karla Nathan, (who is just as amazing and kind as I'd hoped she'd be) because I somehow failed to take any, again.

That's me on the right, making my "stay glued down dammit" face.  And look how lovely the whole venue was...

...the whole thing was just perfect, and I can't wait to go again next year!  The theme will be "Downton Abbey", so I'll be looking for luscious tea dresses all year.