Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Holidays

Monica Lee and I made this wreath to send a photo to all our friends. We are teaching flower making workshops this December and January and these are the examples we made for them. 
                           We have also collaborated to make Zipper Flower Kits.  All the workshops that I or we taught have been filled, which gave us a reason to make the kits.   This photo shows some of the sample flowers you can make with the bits and pieces that will go into the kits.   You will be able to make a minimum of 4 zipper flowers.  It will also contain step by step instructions.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Not Your Ordinary Wreath at Ruth's Table

 Some of the wreaths made at Ruth's Table on Sunday December 3.
Melanie and Monica (AIR at Ruth's Table)
Liz with her wreath..see the dog....
Talia, Lola and Ann

Close up of a wreath made by Monica

Her I am teaching the table of ladies how to make the book page wreath.

Sunnyside Conservatory Holiday Craft Party

Monica Lee and I are going to give a FREE workshop at the beautiful Sunnyside Conservatory.  The historic conservatory is located in San Francisco on Monterey Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  We will make holiday cards and envelopes and this year we are adding ornaments.  Many of our materials will be donated by SCRAP, our favorite store.  Please feel free to bring materials to use and share but there is no glitter allowed.  It is happening on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 12-3PM.
You can send the handmade cards through the mail and support your US postal service.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Repurpose Book Workshop at FabMo

A few of the wreaths made by the participants from discarded books.
Monica and I had a great time teaching what you can make
with discarded books on Sunday November 13, 2011
at FabMo ( 
One of our favorites is the wreath. 
Monica with Laurel, Jaine, Sara and Sharon

Hard at work with Kathy, Stephanie and Lynne

So many cones!



Monica's cake centerpiece

Jaine's finished wreath

Results from the class...see the colorful from children's books.

Monday, November 7, 2011

San Francisco Beaders meetup

My first mesh wire lace necklace....unfinished, need clasp.

I hadn't beaded in a long time and I had a bunch of beads that I had always been interested in putting together.  I had researched beading on the internet after seeing a Martha Stewart show, but never got around to do it.  Last spring I visited with a dear friend, Jeanne Allen, who showed me a wire mesh lace necklace she had purchased.  It was quite beautiful and I thought I would like one.  How serendipitous to have this group showup on the meetup email. (I also go to the Adobe Illustrator one).  I decide to go on a grey Sunday to the wonderful warm home of Alexis Rossi.  Alexis and Rivkah hosts the group.  It was so relaxing beading and gabbing with like souls.  Everyone did a different style with the same wire mesh lace.  It was fun to see the creativity.  I had a great time! This is my first meetup with the San Francisco Beaders group.  What a fun group of ladies.
Rivkah, assistant host, Alexis, and Carie (hard at work)...

Lori and Sandee

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friends of Calligraphy Trivial Pursuits XXIV coming soon

Each year Friends of Calligraphy holds an event for their members called Trivial Pursuits.  This is the twenty forth year and I am the coordinater this time.  It will be  a fun day,  January 14, 2012,  with 6 different teachers teaching one hour workshops.  It is a great time with lots of goodies and a catered lunch by Laura Bernabei.  Vickie Lee is getting lots of stuff for the goodie tote that I am making, see below.  I will post next year the photos of the envelope contest. One of the requirements to win a place at the event is a decorated envelope sent on a specific date.
This is in my living room where I am sorting
Flax paper samples to give in packets of 7
for each participant
Sample made and 100 handles to cut for 50 tote bags.
These will hold all the goodies contributed to the
Trivial Pursuit event.
At my sewing machine...50 tote bags to make
finished tote orange! 
tags I made to put onto the totes for identification..
need to cut out, punch holes and add string....