Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pulling It All Together


"Pulling It All Together" was the last class in a series of four classes covering topics such as basic wire wrapping, basic soldering, basic metalsmithing, and basic design principles and composition.

I'd like to introduce you to the wonderful women I had the priviledge of spending four Saturdays with in my art jewelry classes. This was, as most of you know, my first experience in teaching and I would have to say that it was truly one of the highlights of my life. Above are Carla and Mari....good friends who by enrolling in the classes together were able to spend some quality time together.
Then there is one of my very best friends, Susan, who encouraged me to teach classes. This is her sweet creation above. The beginning of a beautiful necklace. Good work Susan!

Susan....
Aren't these bracelets great! Jody is responsible for them (pictured below on the right).

Shelley and Jody. Got to love those gorgeous smiles! These two were very inspiring as they generously shared their talents and experiences with the class. Jody is a close friend who contributed greatly to my passion for mixed media arts. Can you believe it that we met while both perusing the latest publications at Michaels. After introducing ourselves, we instantly felt a connection, exchanged phone numbers and became art buddies immediately.

Meet Marylin....now this is a lovely woman....can't you just see her radiance! Marylin was so very enthusiastic and so very eager to learn. Her final piece turned out stunning.

This is Marylin's friend, Jill. I wish you could see her necklace up close. Jill created this piece for her daughter in celebration of her first wedding anniversary. Her soldered boxes encased bits of her daughter's wedding veil, seashells to remind her of her sea side wedding, and other treasures of that very special day. Her daughter has a very special treat in store, created with such love!

Lisa....was so excited about mastering the Dremel and other tools available in class. So empowering using those "power" tools you know. Her necklace turned out so great!

Susanne...this was her first jewelry class....which none of us could believe. She had her necklace completed before anyone else and did such a great job of it. Simple, yet so very sweet!

DeDe....came to class not knowing what she was going to design but did know she wanted to include this amazing antique doll leg....that she purchased at a flea market for only $1. What a find! She was estatic about her completed piece as she should be. I loved what she did.

Carrie....sends all her fellow class mates a toast of congratulations for completing the series.
As a teacher, it was so rewarding to see the excitement, enthusiasm, determination and progress each person made during these classes. I, in turn, learned much from each of them. Others participated in these classes whose pictures are not featured here. I would like to thank everyone for making my first teaching experience such a memorable and rich one. And I would like to thank Chameleon for hosting these classes. Perhaps some of you would like to come and play in my next class which will be November 8th. Please see flyer in previous post.
I will be on vacation for the next two weeks and will not be able to post. I'll be thinking about you, however, and take lots of photos to share upon my return.
Ta Ta
Diana

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"Sleeping Beauty" Workshop

Just an FYI....I will soon be sending out flyers for a new workshop I will be teaching November 8th. In this workshop, students will be designing the box portion of my Sleeping Beauty necklace that appears in the June issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. To reserve your spot in class, call Chameleon at 805-481-4104.

UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 17, 2008.....ONLY 4 MORE SPOTS LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP!

Tootles
Diana

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. Sunday I left in the wee hours of the morning and headed for the Alameda Antiques Faire which is held the first Sunday of every month. It is a mecca of antique dealers and wonderful "finds." My friend, John, and I enjoyed searching for treasures at as many of the booths as time would allow. During the summer months there are several hundred booths. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to see them all. Next time, I will get there earlier with my rollerblades on and cart in tow.

Doesn't this German glass glitter look charming in these decorated shakers.

I stayed in this charming bed and breakfast in Santa Clara which is where my dear friend, John, and his family live which is south of San Francisco.
This house was built in 1809, amazing! I loved my room and breakfast was divine.


Next stop on my quick trip to the city was to meet with Kati Koos who owns this amazing gallery in downtown San Francisco right by Union Square. Kati contacted me a few weeks ago regarding my art jewelry. I absolutely loved Kati's boutique. As her signage indicates, her store radiates the "tongue and chic" theme with very "chic" artistic clothing that I would love to have in my closet and such whimsical art.
I spent about two hours, while Kati and I were visiting, wandering through every inch of her amazing gallery. Living in such a small town as I do I don't have the opportunity to visit stores like this often and I felt as though I was in heaven.

I would like this entire Krista Larson collection of clothing (above) please....just wrap it all up and send it directly to my home. Love it, love it!



Look at these cuties.
Kati just purchases items she absolutely loves.....she has a very playful side of her.

This Mad Hatter party scene was displayed in a glass case and I couldn't believe the detail.

Oh, yes, I'll take this collection as well please.....just put it on my tab!
Here I am (the flaming red-head on the left) with gallery owner Kati and her husband, Siga. Kati and Siga purchased several pieces of my jewelry which are now featured in this wonderland of a gallery of theirs. I am so very honored and so very excited. Kati Koos is just the type of gallery I have wanted my jewelry to be in. And there it is! Wonders never cease....I'm so very blessed! So, if you are ever in San Francisco, you might drop by the Kati Koos gallery located at 500 Sutter Street on the corner of Sutter and Powell just about two blocks from Union Square.
Tootles
Diana