Monday, February 24, 2014

Another 2013 update.

 Wendy Southin in her beautiful country garden… after I snapped this photo, as if on cue, a dragonfly came and rested on her hand... it was like something right out of fairy tale!
Some of you may already have seen this since I did share it on facebook. So this is for those that didn't... I had my first blog interview with my good friend Michelle Casey of Collage Your World last summer. Michelle is an amazing collage artist and a great interviewer. She made it so easy for my first time although I was still thinking about and reworking some of the answers long after the interview. As usual Michelle made me think in all new ways.
The interview is in two part, ya really can you believe it, two blog posts just about me!
So here is part one.
Wendy Southin's studio is a dream come true. Last year she relocated it from the basement to the first floor of her home. It’s a big, bright cozy space for creating in and hosting workshops. 

And here is part two.
Wendy Southin's hands… small, delicate yet also strong and agile… these fingers can do the most intricate bead and jewellery work.

That was my two seconds of fame for 2013. I'm looking forward and wondering what 2014 has in store for me and Dragonfly Dreamers.

Happy Creating!

Monday, February 17, 2014

2013 update

I realized recently that there was a few exciting things that happened to me in 2013 that I hadn't shared with you here yet. So I thought I'd share them over the next few post. If you like me on facebook you may have seen or heard a bit about them already.

Early in the year a student that had taken my metal embossing book workshop asked if I would be interested in making a wedding guest book for her son's wedding in November. It wasn't hard to agree to make it since I love metal embossing and I'm always up for a new challenge. Although I'd made a few metal covered books I'd never done a wedding guest book so I did a little researching on different kinds of books and what kind of pages are used and such. It was interesting to see the array of different variations on guest books being made now. For the most part though my customer gave me a good idea as to what she wanted. Since it was going to Texas it needed to be larger than life, but since the metal only comes as large as 9" by 11" the book could only be 8" by 10" to be all metal covered. So this is the size we agreed on. Still larger than your average guest book. The outer covers were to be tan and the inside covers needed to have some purple in. And of course it was to be metal embossed like I do my usual books. So I was off to a good start. After finding just the right paper for the inside covers and pages and a lot of hours of embossing, the book finally came together. I was pretty pleased with the end result and found a little extra time and paper to make a box for this keepsake book.

Front Cover.

Back cover
Inside cover and first page. Photo under glassine frosted paper.

Inside pages
Keepsake box 

Inside box, all wrapped in dragonfly's of course. 

Looking back at the year I think this was my favourite project that I did. So glad that it worked out and they liked it.

Happy Creating!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mini family workshop

My Mom's

Sister Nancy's

So last year my sister Nancy wanted to take the Resin Jewelry workshop but the timing was never right or the workshop was full. And then my Mom said she wanted to take it too. So I decided to do a little semi private workshop just for the 2 of them. I know, sometimes I can be so nice;)
We got together in December to make the pendant and earrings and then finally got together again last week to put it all together. 
Didn't they do an awesome job!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Piano Hinge Book workshop

I've probably said it before but I'll say it again, this is my favourite book to make. It's a little tricky and takes longer than you may think, as my students at last weekend workshop found out. Just when you think it looks like it's almost finished it's time to weave the skewer through the signatures to make the binding. It is tricky but well worth the effort. This is a real conversation piece. It was a fun group of women and they did an awesome job.




I'm working on a few other book variations and hope to be able to add them to the Spring or Summer schedule. So if you're a book lover, keep you eye out for them. I never get tired of making book.



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