Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Couple Bottles, A Couple Classes

This is a reminder that Pam Carriker's class, Journal 365, at Creative Workshops, closes registration Thursday Mar. 31, and will no longer be available to new students. 
 If you register before registration closes you will then have one year to complete the class.  Until March 2012.  All the videos and pdf's are now up in the workshop and will remain for you to view and work at your own pace until next March.


A new class went live at Creative Workshops yesterday!
Interactive Altered Book with Dawn Meisch.
 Using an altered book as the base, Dawn will teach you how to create pop ups, pull tabs, pockets, spinning wheels, hidden flaps and other movable parts.  No experience required.  So come join Dawn and learn some fun techniques to give your book projects some pizazz.

I've been buried in so many non-art projects that I am beginning to feel I have a keyboard permanently attached to my fingers.  But I did manage to get into the workroom this weekend and at least finish a couple small altered bottles I started over a month ago!





♥ Happy Tuesday Lovlies!
    Give it your creative best! ♥



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Friday, March 25, 2011

Do you Ever have Days...

Do you ever "those days" when you wonder
Why Bother?

I Certainly Do. 

Today I was following some links and came across this image and it immediately grabbed me. 
I said to myself ...Self, this is a most excellent thing to remember!




If I start comparing my self, my art, my blog, my business, my philosophy to someone else's then I hit that wall that says...why bother.

Most of the time I manage to corral self comparisons, yet, being human, sometimes it is difficult.  As I have aged I think I have learned, somewhat, to control the urge.  Because those thoughts are self defeating.  Luckily those are days in the minority...but when  caught unaware by those insidious thoughts I find I am left with a terrible taste in my mouth and as the awful question pops up to ask ...why bother?

 So strongly did the statement call to me I followed the image link and discovered the artist has an Etsy store.  Her name is Valentina and her shop is called Valentina Design.  I have always been drawn to pen and ink work and Valentina's intricate designs are a joy to behold.  But aside from her drawings, this piece she created with it's message, spoke loudest to me.  It should speak loud to all of us who have "those days". 

I need to pin that saying to my inspiration board.

Happy Friday lovely bloggers. 
 No matter where you are, no matter how near or how far,
you are dear to my heart.

xoxo
Gail

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We Have Winners!

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment for both Giveaways....Pam Carrikers class this summer at Artful Gathering and my tags.  The winners have been notified.

Over at Artful Gathering we now have a tab at the top that has Workshop Descriptions.  This is information we have so far received from the teachers and will give you a good idea of the scope of classes beign offered at the event.  We posted the class cost if we have it.

Just a reminder that registration is required before classes can be purchased.
Registration is $5.00 and can easily be paid for with Paypal, or a Credit Card for those of you who don't like or want to use Paypal. 
You can go here to Register and save your spot!

 Our Artist Spotlight artist this week is JoAnna Pierotti.






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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Glorious Spring

Spring has finally poked its head out here in the mountains.
Have I told you that this is my favorite time of the year?
When I can walk outside without bundling up like a snow man
when I can finally open my windows and doors,
I am a happy, happy woman.

I walked around the yard the other morning and discovered beauty.






Happy Spring day lovlies!
If you haven't entered the giveaways yet, scroll down...there are two!
They end tomorrow.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pam Carriker Blog Tour

Two blog posts in one day?!
Two GIVEAWAYS in one day?!

Today is the last day of Pam Carriker's Blog tour in celebration of her new book Art at the Speed of Life.  During the tour Pam has graciously introduced each contributor in her new book.  I didn't realize today was my day...ergo the reason for two posts. :-)

I met Pam a number of years ago when we both served on a design team together.  I was drawn to Pam's
warm personality and her wonderful artwork.  As I got to know more about Pam I was also drawn to her capacity for setting goals and following through and her dedication to working hard to
reach her goal of being a working artist.  I think this book proves how dedicated Pam truly is.  When I asked Pam to come on board as a teacher at Creative Workshops, she jumped right in with her first ever video class.  I knew this was someone I could work with. I never worry about Pam not following through or not meeting deadlines.


Pam's book is a good demonstration of how Pam has managed to reach and maintain her goal of truly being a working artist.  It is filled with  demonstrations, techniques and time saving tips. Like Pam, it is warm and encouraging and gives you the belief that you too can work art into your life.  You get to read about what goes on in an artists thinking brain, not only with Pam, but all the contributing artists.  All of us, working artists or not, have our days of doubts and insecurities about out creativity and wonder how we can fit it into our life..  If you have not purchased this book, then do so, and on those questioning days, take it off the shelf and follow along with one chapter and discover you are not alone and you can do it.
I was proud that Pam asked me to be a contributor...I am in amazing company.

And now for another giveaway! 


I am the co-sponsor of a very exciting, first time ever event this summer, called Artful Gathering 2011.  If  you haven't heard yet, get thee self to http://www.artfulgathering.com/ and read all about it!  In conjunction with the event and Pam's tour we are giving away a free space in Pam's class - Visual Journaling 101 - at Artful Gathering in July.  This is a retired class of Pam's that has gotten so many requests since it closed that she is bringing it back one more time for Artful Gathering!  And with that free space Pam is also giving away a kit that will include
a strathmore visual journal, favorite pen, pencil, and sequin waste tool.

Now how cool is that?!

If you want to win a chance at this great giveaway you need to leave a comment on this post and this post only.  You also need to make sure you have a way for me to get in touch with you if you should win.  I will draw one lucky winner with a random number generator a week from today, March 23!

So lovlies what a great hump day in Giveaway land!  If you haven't seen my first post today scroll down to the post below this one for yet another giveaway.

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Celebration Giveaway!

So tell me. What did we do before blogs?
Where did we go online to meet like minded friends,
share lifes's stories and enjoy mind blowing
eye candy? 

Who knew you could laugh and cry, commiserate and come to care for
someone you have never met in person.

I didn't.  Did you?

I still tease a couple friends, who, when I excitedly told them about the blog I was starting, gave me funny looks and asked,
why would you do THAT? 
 I tease them about it because they both now have multiple blogs. :-)

With clicks of the keyboard and scrolling of a mouse,
blogging opened a whole new world for so many of us.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have entered my humble little world by
 stopping by, leaving comments and becoming a follower.

Today marks my 500th follower and I am having a giveaway!
With thanks and appreciation for all you lovely bloggers
who help make my world go round.


Here's the deal...I have sets of the tags pictured here
plus several other designs not pictured.
 I am going to break up the sets, mix them all up randomly
and then give away FIVE sets.  Yep!  Five!
All you need do is leave a comment on this post,
and only this post, in order to qualify for a chance to win.  You
must have a way for me to get in touch with you when you leave your comment.
One week from today, Wednesday, March 23, I will pick five
names with the random number generator.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. :-)

You may have noticed a little change on the blog with the addition of  tabs at the top of the page.
I felt the sidebar was getting to crowded looking and people don't particularly like to scroll a lot.  When someone told me they couldn't find a way to contact me on my blog, and I had a big button on the sidebar, I knew it was time to change things up a bit.  Hopefully this will help.

Yesterday I added some new items to the store that are just
waiting for your Spring projects. 
 I was alos able to restock the 8" paper mache mannequins, but in a limited number.
So stop by Shabby Cottage Studio and check things out.


Happy Hump Day!


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Searching for a New Home

So what do you think Honey, do you think you could live here?

The neighbors look friendly enough

and it looks plenty roomy inside

Go ahead, look inside, I think you'll like it!

Yeah?  I'ts great isn't it!

We'll take it!



Now you didn't think Mr. Shabby and I would
leave our own shabby nest did you? ;-)

Happy Monday lovely friends. 
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Freebie for You & Other News

Happy Sunday Beautiful Bloggers.
This morning winter made an abrupt return.  I knew this would happen, because a.) we do live in the mountains b.) it is still officially winter and c.) there is always Murphy's law to contend with. 
 I am concerned for all the growing things that started to bud during our unusually warm month of February.  I had just remarked a couple hours ago to Mr. Shabby that our Willow tree was really starting to turn green.  Now we have big, wet flakes and the ground is turning white.  Hopefully it won't last or stay long.  I mean, this girl is ready for SPRING!

I was playing in my Photoshop Elements this morning with a tool I have not used a lot, called Transform.  It allows you to skew, distort and play with perspective.  I wanted to see if I could create a "floor".  I got so excited I ended up creating a whole scenario for my floor.  And I'm sharing it with you. 
Right click on the image and then save to your computer.
I will also add it to the Free Iamges page.  You do know about that page right?  Over in the sidebar scroll down until you come to the button of a birds nest that says Freebies.  Click on it and help yourself.

I actually got to the work table last week for a few moments.  I had a can of this spray frost effect I wanted to try and I had a small clear bottle.  From the SCS store I had a package of  inchie Memory Frames.  I dug around in my vintage lace stash and this is what I came up with.



We are bringing a NEW class to Creative Workshops!
Interactive Altered Book starts March 28 and taught by Dawn Meisch.

You will learn to create pop ups, pockets, spinning wheels, hidden flap and other moveable parts.
The class is $40.00. 
Our classes at Creative Workshops are some of the best priced video classes around!

And just this past Tuesday Julee Herrman's class Soldering With Heart started, and they are soldering their little hearts out, so come on by and join in the fun. 
Sign up for a class...or two. 
You know you want to.

  I have gotten a lot of emails asking me about Pam Carrikers Visual Journalism 101 workshop.  For those of you asking, Pam is bringing this retired class back one last time.  At Artful Gathering 2011!  So this truly is your last chance to get in on this workshop before it is truly gone forever.  But you HAVE to register for Artful Gathering in order to purchase a class when they become available for the event.  If you haven't heard about Artful Gathering then jump on over to http://www.artfulgathering.com/ and read all about this amazing event.  You will not want to miss it.

Last, but not least, if you have been thinking about Pam Carrikers Journal 365 workshop, registration closes the end of March.  The class then stays open for one more year for anyone who has purchased the class by the end of March 2011. Once the registration closes, the class will no longer be available.  Pam shares some fun teachniques for journaling in this workshop.
So that's it for me and my news this snowy Sunday afternoon.  I hope wherever you are, you are warmer than me!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Please Meet Henry Li

 

Henry Li will be one of the instructors at the Artful Gathering event this summer.  He will be bringing us  the beautiful and time honored tradition of Chinese painting in a Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper class.  This class is structured so that beginners to advanced students may join.

Being an online art teacher and art supplier, Henry has  found himself a full-time job with thousands of fans and students all over the world. His artistic family members includes his wife Victoria, who teaches Chinese at Pomona College, also paints as her hobby; his mother-in-law, a retired Chinese professor, who practices her calligraphy every morning, and his daughter Amy who is a senior college student majored in art.

Henry has an amazingly impressive and varied  background and it is my hope that you will visit our Instructors bio page over at Artful Gathering and read about this fascinating and unassuming gentle man.  Henry works tirelessly to make his painting videos look effortless, spontaneous and joyful. Meanwhile, he has started to explore new materials and techniques that will give this centuries old art form a new life.  You can also visit Henri Li at Blue Heron Arts.



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Writing On the Floor

You've heard the saying "the writing on the wall." 
 This is a message I actually did write on the floor. :-)
Let me explain. 
We are putting in new flooring in the dining room.  When we moved in the floor was a really ugly linoleum that I knew would be difficult to live with until we could afford flooring sometime in the way distant future.  And now, eight years later that future is here.

In the meantime I faux painted a hardwood floor and rug on the linoleum and it has served us well in the interim.


As we were nearing the end of the new floor Mr Shabby and I were talking about what might happen 100 years from now if someone tore up this flooring only to discover the painted one beneath. 

We decided it would be fun to write the future owners a note...just in case they ever do decide to tear up this one.  Fun huh?  We thought so.


So I got out my trusty black marker and wrote the note. :-)
I guess I have home on my mind because yesterday I finished this banner for the
Shabby Cottage at the Corner Nest.





If you like the banner pennants I have now added this design to the online store.  You will receive two sheets or two digital downloads.  Each sheet has two designs for a total of  the four different pennants you see here, ready for you to create your own banner.
You can find the French Ephemera Banner either as a digital download or printed sheets that will be shipped to you.

Here's wishing you a Happy Tuesday lovely bloggers!

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