Saturday, January 26, 2013

Class is Live!

Hello everyone!  Happy snowy blowy cold January 26th! Woo, our winter has been crazy different this year, has yours?  Well, if you would like to play in the snow yet stay toasty warm, consider signing up for my Upcycled Snowman Class at The Art Studio.

These fun little snowpeeps are kind of addicting to make, I have to warn you!  You can customize them for holidays too, so gather your supplies and create a lasting Valentine for your sweetie by making an upcycled snow peep.  The class is priced at $5.99, so it is a wonderful bargain.  
In addition to the great classes already listed, there are other brand spanking new classes available now, two by talented instructor Christy Butters.  Both look like SOOO much fun, one class is a Valentine's Day Mixed Media Wall Hanging class, and one is a Valentine's Day Cards Mixed Media class.  You can check them both out at The Art Studio.  Another talented instructor, Mo will have a new class soon, so stay tuned!

Well, I am off to work on another upcoming class, I have a sneak peek for you below.  It is a fabric art journal or mini album class, and it is boatloads of fun.  Definitely addicting!  I recently made 20 of these little art journals, and gave most away as gifts.  Stay tuned for when the class will be available at The Art Studio.  

One other wee bit of info, I signed up today for something that looks like boatloads of fun ~ Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  Check out the deets here.  Signups are only until Sunday January 27th, so zip over there pronto.  I like to tinker with beads and wires, usually in my art journals, art quilts, and in embellies for my scrappy projects, and in ornaments versus making jewelry.  I do make jewelry, but not as much as I would like.  This bead soup blog party sounds like so much fun, I can't WAIT to play!  As a lover of pretty much all things sparklie, this is gonna be fun!  It is good to try something new, isn't it?  We all need to find time to nourish our creative spirits, and keep our brains and fingers nimble.  :) I hope you will try one of the great classes at The Art Studio and learn a new technique or how to create a fun or inspiring project soon.  You won't be sorry, I promise!   

Stay warm this week!  I wish you a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fast is Fine Too


Hello!  I hope you are enjoying a lovely January.  It has been crazy chaotic as usual for me.  I have decided one of the things I am really going to work on this year is finding an hour here and there to complete a quick project.  I am always happy to tinker on things, even when I only have 15 minutes to do so.  This year though I am also going to look for ways to complete projects in an hour or so.  Working a full time job, a part time job, developing my classes, taking care of a family and hoping to go back to school leave me with little free time.  In the past I have done bits and pieces of projects (and will continue to do so) but since I am kind of anal about having my projects look just right, I haven't given myself permission to do things in a quick way.  Don't get me wrong, I am all for other people doing so, I just have a hard time giving myself permission to do so.  So I am digging into my stash of fabric, scrappy, and crafty supplies and creating things that make me happy, even if there isn't a lot of detail or time in each one.  This weekend I stitched together a Valentine's Day wall hanging.  Normally I wouldn't dream of doing this without quilting it, putting a binding on it, making sure everything is exactly square, etc... but I do not have time for that right now, and I have been holding onto this fabric panel for about 5 years.  Enough I say!  Just stitch the dang thing together and be done with it. It looks lovely hanging in my hallway, even though it isn't quilted, and it has no binding. Instead I used some of my favorite favorite fusible fleece for a batting layer, and plain batiste fabric for the backing!  Less than one hour later it was hanging on my wall and looking absolutely fine.  So if you are like me, and have a hard time giving yourself permission to take shortcuts or to make something that is less than a 150% effort, get busy.  No worries, just make something!

Don't forget, my upcycled snowman class starts next Saturday at The Art Studio!  I'll post a link to the class as soon as it is available.  Talk about addicting, these fun little sparklie peeps are totally addicting to make.  Consider yourself warned!  :)

I wish you a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Time to put up the Valentine's Wreath!

My goodness, we are about at the halfway point in January already, can you believe it?  I put my Valentine's Day wreath on the front door today since that holiday will be with us before we know it.  I made this last year and used lots of Ruby Rock-it cardstock and some bling, as well as feathers, ribbon, and glittery hearts and snowflakes and a little red bird.  Of course I had to use the S, since I am still lovin that monogram theme  for my wreaths.  :)

I had a few minutes to work on a set of Valentine's Day tags this weekend, and it was a lot of fun.  I will have a tutorial up at the Art Studio the week before Valentine's Day, stay tuned for details.  In the meantime, I have a photo of some of my Valentine Day fabric from my stash.  I played with some of this today.  Love that I am using more fabric from my stash instead of hoarding it and just looking at it.  It is a lot more fun to use it, believe it or not!    

 Speaking of The Art Studio, I can't wait  for my Upcycled Snowman Class to start on January 26th!!!  I will post a link here to where you can sign up, as soon as it is active.  This one shot class is priced at only $5.99, which is a super great deal.  In the meantime I have a couple of sneak peeks for you. 

Well, I have a long day tomorrow, and have to be up just after 3 am, so I better get my rear in gear and go to bed.  Time for more crafty stuff later this week, or on the weekend!  

I hope you all have a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy January 2013!

Hello everyone!  Did you have a fabulous new year's eve?  I hope so!  I can't believe we are already in 2013, wooo, time sure does fly!
I have been busy as a bee working on some upcoming classes for the Art Studio, and I can't wait to tell you about them.  I have a wee little sneak peek here for the first one ~ Upcycled Snowmen, which will go on sale in a few weeks.  It is such a great deal too, only $5.99 for the class, as it is a one shot class.  That means that once it begins you can see the information and jump in.  I will still have a gallery you can upload your creations to if you like, but basically this is a self paced quick class that anyone can enjoy.  I know these little snowpeeps have completely addicted me as far as creating them!  Maybe I should have people sign a waiver before they can take the class.  :)  Don't say I didn't warn you......

Well, I am off to work on other items for classes.  I have 3 more classes (think fabric and think mini albums, shhhhh) that will be available in the next few months.  Details coming soon, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite snowman creation was.  I love to read your comments!
I wish you all a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!