So I have been promising this post for two weeks now.. lol okay seriously get your act together christy. Promise friends.. right now I am simply doing my best :) good news that today I woke up with such a huge feeling of peace and clarity and soo looking forward Plan B.. and all the exciting and wonderful experiences it will bring! I have made huge plans to simplify my life over the next few weeks.. and focus on really what matter most to me. I can't wait to share with you how and WHY am i doing this.. I have a big announcement for next week.. a new on-line class inspired by something and someone totally unexpected. My first personal online class of the year.. a big 6 week workshop full of self discovery, art and creating your living canvas. I don't think I have been this excited about something in SO SO long. Not just excitement but passion.. PASSION For it. It's making my head spin with creative thoughts all day and all night long and has been the HUGE catalyst for me to take some giant steps that I am making in my creative path, with my relationships and my personal inner soul. EEK!! can't wait to share! I will be posting about that next monday and tuesday. First introducing you to the person who pushed me into this big change.. and then announcing the class behind (and guess what? I will also be announcing my first retreat.. my own retreat very soon.. that will happen this fall based on this class but so much more. that will be filled with art, growth, inner strength, friendship, campfires and more. I can NOT WAIT! and I am keeping it very small, to only 15 or so ladies.. it's going to be very intimate and we will all stay together in the beautiful mountains. Dang I can't wait! lol)
Okay.. so back to the subject.. holy cow I can get so sidetracked fast with talking about that. I told some of the ladies about it at inspired and seriously I was in tears I was so excited for it. It truly is going to be something that will change the way you live your life. Your Living canvas.. through art.
So speaking of art.. as you know a few weeks ago I was at Donna Downey's Studio (a dear friend of mine)..
in North Carolina and attended one of THE most.. if not THE most amazing event I have ever taught at. Infact it's kinda what has sparked this interest for my own personal retreat. Honestly because when I teach.. I REALLY want to teach. I want to connect and share and really bare my creative soul with others. You can't do that at big events where 40 students at a time come in for 2 hours.. and are hurrying to finish a project and then leave and then next 40 students come in. You just can't. But when you get to share an entire weekend with the same 20 beautiful ladies..
and teach and work with them and spend time with them and take your time telling your story and showing them techniques.. it just TRULY fills my creative soul! Donna was an amazing host and her studio was so stinking cool.
Her store was jammed packed with stuff I had to buy. lol.. but she also made it so personal and special for everyone. I had been to donna's big events before but never made my way to her actual store and studio where she does personal classes. So it was my first time there.
LOVED how bright and cheerful it was!
Loved the way her store was set up.
I also loved her classroom and that she had available to all the students a huge array of products that they could use. It was awesome. We both brought gifts for each of the students.. and made sure they were packaged just so.. with personal thank you notes and personalized albums to keep their art in. It was so fun puttting them together.
I also loved how we team taught.. I would teach some, then she would teach some. and I have to say the tag part.. where we just taught techniques on tags.. was probably my favorite part! LOVE showing people new things and just letting them play. That was super fun.
Of course i also taught to full projects.. a she art girl.. FULL of dimension.. we played with clay, wire, chipboard, modeling paste, sprays, stamps, gels, glass beads, inks, glass, utee,.. you name it we used it!
We also made an 8x8 canvas that was built as a quilt with glass tiles and a faux soldering technique on it. then of course the 20 or so tags they made..
Plus donna's art journals part..
PLUS their own canvas that they created and made their own using all the techniques and products they learned about during the weekend.
It was by far creative overload! lol
oh did i mention the food? um hello.. donna's mom seriously ROCKED!
it was soo good and packaged adorable! She had the best coleslaw this side of the atlantic ocean! (so pretty much the best coleslaw ever..lol)
AND if that wasn't enough.. two nights for dinner Donna picked everyone up in a stretch limo..
and took us all to dinner in private restaurants set up just for us.
Seriously cool. Donna you truly rock!
(ps. thanks Kelly Luna for some of these pics! you rock!)
I can't wait to go back and teach.. I have decided to cut back on teaching this year.. to be home more. But that is one thing that I know I will go back to because I LOVE the format and love that I got to get to know those women in such a personal level. Can't wait for my own retreat this fall and to be able to connect again. Can't WAIT!!
anyhow.. thanks for letting me share!
Our kits shipped out this week for the Scarlet Lime Mixed media Kit club!
So I will be posting the video using this month's kit this week.. either wednesday or thursday! watch for that!