Monday, August 31, 2009

A Gemini Personality Goes to Art Group

This past Thursday was the first time we got together for our Art Group at Janna's shop Collected Treasures. WHAT FUN WE HAD! We don't have a name yet & that seems to bother Janna but, didn't seem to hamper any of the fun. We'll have to work on a name. Here is Carolyn painting her darling little pink house. She had one finished to show us when she came in & it is so cute. I made a couple of these last year to give as a Christmas gift to my friend Susan. They remind me of those wonderful glittery houses that my Grandmother used to have (from Germany). I had only met Carolyn a few times but really enjoyed getting the chance to visit with her & get to know her better during our get together. She is going to take the soldering class that I am going to teach at Collected Treasures. I know we will become friends & can't wait to get to know her better. And the other cutie in the photo is Lisa. She is working on totally cool soldered bottles. Go to her BLOG & check out the closeup photos of them.
Here is a little different angle of Lisa & Carolyn.
And our Diva Janna back there flipping that pretty blonde hair. She was working on a mirror that she wanted to Mosaic. And then there is Pat & her teapot that you can see in the photo. She drilled holes in it & strung silverware to make a wind chime. It did have a pretty sound to it. We were supposed to do a stool to use at the worktable & most of the girls finished theirs(no I didn't because I haven't found the stool I want yet but, it's coming) go check out the stool Pat did for this get together it was done in crazy quilt & she did an awesome job. If you enlarge the photo you might be able to see Janna's mirror better.
And here I am wrapping some items to solder. And my friend JoAnn (in the purple) working on her crazy quilt bracelet. It was kind of the style of Beth Quinn. She used sentimental fabrics (items from her Granddaughters) & buttons.
My silly wine glass with pink marabou & my wrapped solder pieces. My solder project is pictures of all of my friends when we had a Witch Party last year. Not sure if I will make a garland out of them or give each witch her finished piece. They are a little large 2 x 3 inches & done with beveled glass which makes them heavy to wear. But, they would make a fun necklace. ???? Who knows. And a mermaid there at the bottom(sorry the glare makes her hard to see). Now on about mid evening the girls all started teasing me about my stuff being so organized. That my glass was in a labeled case & the charms all lined up in a tidy work area...
Here's my glass case for my soldering. Glass is divided up & LABELED so I know what sizes & types I have.
Inside the case... Now they really start the talk. And then I tell them that I had been organizing my clear stamps at home & putting them in page protectors with little Velcro dots (so they don't fall out) & how they will be in a ring binder divided into subject so I can find what I'm looking for because I am sick of not knowing what I have or where it is.

At this time they are booing & hissing & about to throw me out of the group.
Here's my binder with the stamps. Looks good right As I said they are about to kick me out!!! And then I tell them HEY, WAIT! I AM NOT ALWAYS SO NEAT & TIDY!


To make this point I would like you to see my work table in my studio (I am ashamed & embarrassed but, it is true). This is one reason I could not participate in the great event when everyone showed photos of their perfect studios. TAKE HEART SISTERS! I'M NOT ALWAYS A NEAT NICK!!!!!!


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh my gosh !! I cannot wait to join you ladies soon ~ It looks like a group of amazing talent and fun ~
Thank you for showing us your work table at home because that makes me feel so much better ~

Coastal Sisters said...

It looks like you had SO much fun! I am glad you are enjoying yourself!!


Collected Treasures said... can STAY, because I like the way your studio table looks and because you called me Diva......LMAO jana

The Feathered Nest said...

What FUN Charlene!!!! Looks like you girls had a blast together! You are very organized sweet girl but when you get to creating, look out! I'm the same way....I always have to have a clean up party right after finishing a project :) xxoo, Dawn

Diana said...

What a fun group, Charlene! I know you will enjoy many hours of laughter and creative joy as you work on your projects together.

Lisa said...

Great post! You are all such a talented group! I will visit those I don't already "know"! Glad you are not always so organized! I am but I'm not really creative I just organize the stuff! hehe
Hugs, Lisa

Cottage Panache Antqs Blog said...

Awww Charlene ~ I want to play to!!! Looks like fun. I'm either painting walls, scraping floors or watchin my Grandaughter. No time for fun right now ! Darn it!
And right now my bff is a heating pad!! LOL

The White Bench said...

F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S, Charlene!!!!!!!!!LOVE*LOVE*LOVE your stack of papers on your studio desk!!!!!!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

It's so nice to get together with crafty friends. It's been so long since I've done it.
Your thought on children respecting your things has really got me thinking... sounds very logical! Maybe I should pull out a few pieces and give it a test. :D

lisa said...

That was such a fun night! I can tell everyone that I saw in person the 2 sides of Charlene. You should see her guest room!! Crazy!

Christine said...

A soldered garland of your friends would look cool! By the way, you're definitely an organized artist, no matter which side of your Gemini appears!

Sorry to hear that you won't be making it out to Ca soon. Anyway, we're getting deep in to brush season and the skies and weather have been really yucky. Best to visit in the Spring! And yes, we'll do some serious shopping at the L.A. District!

Take care,

Lynn said...

I'd love to belong to your group!
Lucky You!

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