Looking to the Future

 

 

It has been a long couple of years for me, with all that has happened-the studio fire and closing my retail store.  Now all the legal  issues are almost over and I can finally see some light.  I have had to redesign and restructure my business plan and everything that goes with it.  Z has been working on my new blog/website design and it is about ready. We have designed all the print materials.  It will be great having everything tied together.   We will be launching it next week, just in time for the BMAC show in Baltimore.   The rest of this week will be super busy, but I am excited for the new start.  Anyway I always get my best ideas at the last minute.

Teen Summer Workshops

Ready for the summer events here.  The new studio is set up downstairs and I have the summer schedule for classes and workshops is up.  First will be the Teen Thursday Workshops, below is the announcement.  It is going to get busy around here, but I seem to thrive on activity, without plans I tend to mop around and feel lost.  Space is limited, so sign up soon.

Teen Sewing Workshops

I am now offering classes in my home studio.

Maximum 6 Students 

3 Thursday in June

June 16, 23, 30

11-2:30pm

3 Thursdays in August

August 11, 18, 25

Learn:

This summer the classes will be a variety of sewing and fabric activities to help learn how to use the sewing machine better;  cutting out patterns, setting in a zipper, appliqué, quilting, embroidery, and dying/printing fabric ideas will be included.

Classes include all fabric, and patterns for all the projects, and a snack lunch.

Please Bring:
-Drinks

-Sewing Machine (please let me know if you do not have one)

-Any special sewing fabric or notions that you like to use

-Any projects you are working on and/or need help with

Cost: $60 per class

Students do not have to take all classes, but each one will have a special feature.

 

Creativity Community

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sale today.  I was a beautiful first day of out Store closing/yard sale.  The weather was great, also nice to see many artist friends who stopped by.  A great time catching up and passing on some lovely art and supplies to new homes.  We have one more Day on Saturday.  Hope more friends and neighbors can stop by-I really hate to pack it all back up-many prices you can’t even get at the thrift stores.  We have new items as well as furniture and display things, art books, fabrics, etc.  Email me if your interested in something.

Unpacking Sorting Organizing

Since closing my retail shop so quickly, I have been storing many boxes of things.  It is almost like having another household.   Art supplies, fabric, furniture, new clothing, pottery and decorative objects,  plus display and office materials all fill two storage units as well as our garage.    So for the last few week the boys and I have been unpacking, sorting and labeling a hundreds of items and next weekend will be a huge yard sale.  It is hard to go through all this again, but it is finally time to put the past behind and start fresh.  My creative work has been moving forward, but all this clutter feels like I am still a little  stuck in the past.   May 20 and 21 is the sale date, if you live near and want to come or more information please email me.  A lot of great items for sale.  Will be posting some items online so check them out here  or contact me.

Changes

It seems like things come full circle. I am back to blogging, I miss it so much. With all that has happened in the last two years I am glad to have a new direction in my life. Still creating but in a different way. Just finishing an order to ship. I hope you will follow me in this crazy creative life.

Beautiful Garden Event

Last week the Cultural Alliance had their annual Spring Event. This year was so great to be hosted at the Virginia Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. It was a great time and helped raise money to support the Arts in the Hampton Roads Area. I was helping with the event, but I did have a few minutes to sneek out for a little walk through the gardens. It was a perfect evening and I snapped a few photos for inspiration.

 The colors are so beautiful.

Fabric Friday and Focus

It has been a busy day.  I am working on several deadlines involving several different projects.  I have been thinking about color as well.  I seem to work in a random way and my focus now has been to try and create themes in color and design.  To make it easyier on myself in production as well as my personal life.  A I have been updating my studio and sorting through boxes and all it is surprising all the work I have created.  But what I also find is a kind of hodge podge of finished work.  This makes marketing harder and we tend to waste a lot of time changing directions.  I see a lot of people on blogs and forums taking about this all the time.  We all love to create and there is so much inspiration available, it is hard to get down to work with a focus.
I found this beautiful fabric by jajasavage at flickr today and it goes along with the clothing designs from yesterday as well as my current color pallette for my fall collection, so here is the Friday inspiration.

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