Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Visit With Riki Schumacher

This is Riki my teacher…. (If you missed the post about that go click HERE to see more about our amazing class).


And this is my friend Riki with her sweet little Maddie. I was blessed to spend a few days after my amazing Charming Romance Class with Riki, her precious hubby & Maddie (whose nickname is now Cup Cake just like my Elle’s but, that is another story entirely). In the photo above we were out for our walk on Avila Beach. It was so much fun.Avila Beach collage

The charming little town of Avila Beach rebuilt after a terrible oil spill ruined what it used to be. Now the pier, the new homes/condo’s & the charming shops & restaurants.


But, always present… The Beautiful OCEAN! But, let’s head back to Riki’s.


This Bird of Paradise flower greeted me at her front door. The flowers & trees were all in bloom. Let’s go inside & see where the magic is made!


BONJOUR!!! Hello/Welcome!!!! That’s right! Into her studio where she makes amazing jewelry & other designs. Where she is surrounded by her toys & treasures(those doll heads crack me up & there’s BEVO the Texas Long Horn that Diane Cook gave her when she came to Round Top with us last year).Doll Head collage

I love the color of the robin egg blue walls. The accent of the sweet vintage yellow shelf. She has a passion for those pretty cut crystal bottles & cruet sets just like I do. We both bought a few in Round Top.


And look at all those tools on her worktable!!!!!!!!! How many hammers are stored in a silver coffee pot at your house? Well she has a bunch in hers. And darn it the ones (silver pitchers not hammers) I bought last year are still out at Sandy’s in a suitcase that needs shipping…


A bird cage covered in necklaces waiting for an upcoming sale.


A pretty chandi & balloon valance.


Treasures laid out on a storage table.


Treasures found. Speaking of treasures…. Would you like to make some?

Like this little frame? Or these below? Well click HERE for information about Riki teaching these beauties in an ONLINE CLASS through Artful Gathering.


Beautiful goodies to tempt your pocketbook at every glance.


LOVE this gals style but, let me tell you that you can’t find a cuter, funnier, spunky little sprite to help you find your way in the world of jewelry design than Riki Schumacher. And click HERE to see more details in taking this class March 3rd at Gilding the Lilly in Fullerton (near LA). I know Sandy & another girl from our Charming Romance Class plan to be there.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of Riki’s studio. And I hope you’ll find a good place to take one of her amazing classes. Now that so many teachers are offering online classes there are so many opportunities to learn without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Be BRAVE! DO IT!!!! You won’t be sorry!

HUGS! Charlene


Riki Schumacher said...

Awwwww, you make me feel so special Charlene! What sweet words, and love seeing my space through your eyes. Ah, the beach and ocean speaks to me as well, sigh. Can't get enough of it. Come back soon and often, Maddie is ready to steal another sweet when you aren't looking! Loved having you in class, keep practicing, you will master it all! Xoxox Riki

Susie said...

thanks for visiting Charlene. I am up in the middle of the night,so I popped over to see your blog. What beautiful jewelry. Your friend is very good at her craft. Smiles to you, Susie(She Junks)

Diane said...

She is quite the sprite isn't she? Love that gal! xo

Rochelle said...

Oh my....I am swooning over here at my house - wish I had all the space of her studio than just my little 10 X 10 room! And the beach....oh how I wish I was back in my little town of Gilroy so I could visit the nearby beaches. Can't wait for May....I will surely get my fix in L.A. - yippee!
Riki truly is a gem of a lady and she certainly does share all of her "secret" of the trade when it comes to making jewelry. I just love her and her energy!
Have a great day! I'm back to my studio to create more things for vendor night at Tiffany's!
xo Rochelle

Alisa Noble said...

How inspiring!

Laurel's Quill said...

I wanna know Riki! Charlene, thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my page today (Laurel's Quill) I love jewelery am not ashamed to say I too am a "crow". Crows love anything that sparkles, so I am a bling kinda girl. Thanks again..Think I'll follow you!! Laurel

A Vintage Chic said...

What a beautiful home--and beautiful jewelry! Looks like you had a fabulous time, Charlene!

Wishing you a wonderful night, dear friend!


Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Charlene,
Just love all these gorgeous pictures! I am so happy you had fun and got to learn new techniques. Looks like it was a blast. Hope you're doing well and happy March to you!

Cindy Craine said...

Oh where do I start! The beach, the jewelry and......the DOLL HEADS. There are more of us out there!! What a wonderful trip and great memories you'll have! Plus one divine bracelet we'll all drool over when you're finished Great post, thanks for sharing dahlin'!xoxoxo-cin

Sandy Navarro said...

OMG, I just loved Riki's studio and spending some quality time w/her as well. She's so much fun, so talented and fearless with those tools!

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