Friday, February 8, 2013

Artsy Opportunities Abound

At a class last night, my friend Lisa S. said something to the effect that we're so lucky to have so many wonderful classes on offer here in Oklahoma, and she's right!  I've had three great classes this week, and missed one last week due to illness.  There are so many classes coming up - including amazing local teachers along with four Donna Downey classes - that I can't decide what to take. Of course, I'd love to take them all, but that's just not feasible so I may have to draw straws!

My first class this week was taught by Bobbie at Paper Crown.  We made the cutest little Valentine's banner and a lovely "Message in a Bottle." 

This was my first class with Bobbie, and we discovered that we went to high school together.  She's a few years younger, but it was a small school so everyone pretty much knew everyone.  Someone else in Tuesday's class knew another of our classmates.  Small world!

Thursday evening I had another class at Paper Crown, this time taught by Jackie.  We made Valentine's crowns, and they were so much fun! Jackie had lots of different images and embellishments for us to work with, so every crown came out a bit differently but they were all beautiful. You can see them all on her blog, Good Grief Girdie.

Bow close up

In addition to the cute nametags and wonderful treats Jackie is known for, she also has lovely door prizes. I was fortunate to win one of her Character Construction paper dolls, and I just love it!
This morning I had yet another class, this time at My Heart's Fancy. Lisa B. showed us how to make this fabulous steampunk heart - love, love, love!

In addition to all this wonderousness, I was so happy to see old friends (great to see you, Lisa S. and Bobbie!), make a few new ones, and learn some new techniques.  I told Lisa B. today that one tip she gave me was worth coming to class for on its own - I needed a straight pin to open my Paper Glaze. She popped a "pop dot" (the little foam circles used to elevate paper elements) onto my bottle, stuck in a straight pin, and now I'll always have one handy when I need it.  Now, why didn't I think of that?  Thanks again, Lisa!