Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resolutions of the Heart Class

I promised you a post on my Resolution's of the Heart Class with Diane Cook & I want to share that with you today! I will post the finished piece in a day or two. I have already shared the Out Post Inn B&B (CLICK HERE to view that post)that I stayed in while taking the class. If you remember the weather was AWFUL that weekend. RAIN, WIND, MUDDY COUNTRY ROADS & BAD HAIR DAYS! Group photo from the class. Back row left is me with my wind blown hair & Carrie (what an amazing pottery artist she is & I am happy to say she will also be attending the all jewelry event ADORN ME (click on the button on my sidebar for more information) in Houston this March. I can't wait to spend time with here again. Front row (left)is teacher extraordinaire... Diane Cook, Agnes & Clara ( who both live in that area & have a space at the twice a year Antique Fair). Indeed it was a WONDERFUL CLASS!! WITH WONDERFUL LADIES!!!!!!
Terrible photo of me... I told you BAD HAIR DAY for me but, here is our wonderful, talented, sweet teacher Diane Cook & I standing by her mannequin with some of her fabulous jewelry pieces. You can see the stained glass windows behind us in this photo. Why? The venue was the beautiful Round Top Public Library which is housed in the Hope Lutheran Church, a historic Gothic building first constructed in 1925. If you click HERE for the post Diane did on the church & class OR on the church name above you will see the link for the historic information. The photo below is of the inside of the church/library. You could feel the divine presence in this room.
Below is a closeup of the pressed tin on the walls of this historic building. They had all been painted white & were stunning.
If you read Diane's post you & the library link you will learn more about the antique German bisque storybook characters that sit atop the library shelves. Below is just one example of MANY of the pieces.
Here is the table set before the class. I loved the woodwork on the stairs leading to the 2nd floor.
Table with class supplies. And you can see a set of book shelves with porcelain piece on top.
Next is a photo of Diane teaching us about different patina's in the library kitchen area.
Below sweet Diane is working with the patina & someones wire. I made the apron Diane is wearing in the Art Exchange that so many of us participated in this past summer. I will have to do another post & show the details another day. We learned SO many techniques in this class. Diane gave us so much information! We worked on basic jewelry design theory, basic wire wrapping, discussions on using vintage pieces to be re-worked into new designs, and we touched on etching. OH HELP DIANE!!!!!!!!! I think that needs to be a WHOLE CLASS! Well worth the time & the money spent on the class. I only wish we had stayed somewhere that we could have continued to work on our piece after class (the library closed at 5:00) As in any class like this, you never complete your piece. You learn technique & go home to finish. I could have seen Carrie & I staying up in our Jammie's, happily working on our necklaces in the B&B dining room.
Below, BUSY classmates working on their pieces.
I hope you have enjoyed the walk down class memory lane. Tell me what you think. I love to hear your comments. Check out the different links & come back to see the finished necklace. Have a great day!


Lisa said...

What a wonderful class that was. I recognized the apron right away! That is an amazing place for a workshop, so much 'atmosphere' & inspiration all around. Reminds me of the music conservatory you took me to in Round Top. Can't wait to see the finished piece. Lisa

Alice W. said...

Looks like it was lots of fun...and a very pretty building! Look forward to seeing your finished piece...

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Wow Charlene ~ I bet that was just an amazing time ~ Awesome teacher, friends and beautiful place to have a class ~
I cannot wait to see what you created ~

Blondie's Journal said...


What a lovely place to have your class. But I do know how you feel about having to pack up and go at 5:00. My sister went to a scrapbooking workshop at a hotel and there were all sorts of people in the room in their PJ's at 3:00 a.m.!!

I am really excited to see the finished project!! Great post!!


Diane said...

Charlene~You are such a wonderful lady, I can hardly wait to see you again at Adorn Me! We did have the must fun time didn't we? I loved every minute of it. And, the library was indeed an answer to my prayers. I finished my etched piece, and will share tonight. You just might be surprised =)
p.s. thank you again for the beautiful apron...i will be wearing it at Adorn Me!


What a lovely building and excellent place to learn. Look forward to seeing your creations. Hope to see you in Feb. Beautiful blog banner, and yes it does have a silvery look! ~ Angela

The Feathered Nest said...

Ohmygoodness Charlene!!! You go to the best classes EVER!! What a gorgeous place and what wonderful things you are learning, can I be a little bird on you shoulder?? You are a wonderful artist and learning more and more by the day ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Nan said...

How fun for all of you to be in this beautiful space. Can't wait to see what you made. Nan

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I know that trip was wonderful. You had to learn so much in that class. Can't wait to see your finished piece. Can't wait to see you use some of the things you learned. So glad you got to go.
Hope Miss Reba is doing okay! You take care and I'll talk to you soon.
Hugs & love, Pat

Sandy said...


This looks like it was such a fun event. A small class made for more hands on time and the local is just beautiful. Hope you are staying warm down there in TX! We are freezing our fannies off here in all this ice and snow! Have a great weekend!

Alisa Noble said...

Sounds like a great class! Can't wait to see the finished piece.

Inspired-Simplicity said...

Looks like you had a great time and made some great new friends. Can't wait to see your new piece.
xo C.

Bunnym said...

What a beautiful building Charlene!
Make sure we all see the piece when it is finished.

Monica said...

Hi Charlene,
what fun! I would like to attend a class like that with lovely ladies in a pretty building! Can't wait to see what you made!
Have a great week,
Monica x.

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