Wednesday, January 27, 2010


CHA was wonderful yesterday. I attended with 10 other amazing artists/friends.
We had lunch with Beth Livesay from Stampington Publications.
She is an absolute doll!

I also got to meet Jenny Doh, the previous Editor in Chief for Stampington who has gone out on her own to start
Another lovely lady, full of energy, inspiration and great heART and soul!

The displays were amazing as were the products.

One of my favorite little things I brought home was a tidbit of inspiration.
There was a fishbowl in one booth that had these little sayings printed on pink paper.
You were to just randomly grab one.
Mine read as follows...

This will now be posted on in my workspace to remind me that it does take courage to create art that reflects who we really are. 

I am simply an artist, showing you the world through my eyes.

Be FeArLeSs in your creativity!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ode to the rain!

I LOVE the rain.  Being a So Cal girl my entire life.
I relish in real weather! 

It does bring out the cook in me, though I do cook every night pretty much anyway.

This is my son Dylan video taping me singing in the kitchen while cooking dinner. I too a pic of him, video taping me...

I have baked cookies twice this week.
Chocolate chip and peanut butter.

Night before last we had homemade Italian Wedding soup.
A family Fave!

Tonight it will be Cheddar Cauliflower soup and Broccoli Quiche.


I need to start a food blog, since cooking is my second past time.
A place where I can post all of my recipes.

Stay warm, safe and Love your Family!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Blog!

I am starting a new blog.  Vintage Bling will remain for updates about Vintage Bling, my shows and classes I am teaching. Vintage Bling is about my jewelry, accessories and altered/upcycled clothing.
My decision to start another blog is simply for Inspiration.  I am often told that I inspire people.
It seems funny to me, but it is something I hear regularly from strangers as well as friends who
visit my home, my studio, view my work.  As a multi-faceted artist I dabble constantly in other mediums.
Whenever the fancy strikes, I try something new.  This blog is where I will post these flights of fancy.

So, if it is inspiration you are looking for, let me be your Muse and please visit me at
"The Winged Muse"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Classes I am teaching

I will be teaching two classes at out of the Blue at the end of the month along with some other amazingly talented ladies!
First, I will be teaching the Peace sign earrings or a necklace if you are so inclined.
This is a Great class for teens as well as adults.  Having been a Girl Scout leader for
3 years, I love teaching young people as well as adults!
The second class is for the fingerless gloves.  These are HOT and the cost is about the same as buying them already finished, only I will be giving you my secrets so you can make as many as you want on your own after you take the class!
Come join the fun!!!!
I promise, these are both easy to learn and don't require huge skills!
If you are interested in signing up, give me a call (909) 481-6682 or drop me an email.
Friday 1/29/10 | 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Seashell Letters with Debi Beard
Cost: $50
Includes everything to embellish a 9-inch letter
Students can bring special shells, sea glass, vintage jewels or buttons
(cost remains the same)
Seashell C
Contact Debi Beard at Out of the Blue to reserve your spot!
Saturday 1/30/10 | 9-11:00 a.m.
Soldered Flying Heart with Rita Reade
Cost: $75
Includes materials to create a beautiful soldered bubble heart charm just in time for Valentine's Day! You'll learn the basics of soldering from this talented artist who is a seasoned teacher. Class size is small for optimal attention! A second afternoon class may be offered as this one is bound to fill up quickly!
Rita's Heart
Contact Rita Reade to purchase your class (Paypal or check)
from her Etsy shop!
Visit Rita's fun blog at:
Saturday 1/30/10 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Peace Sign Earrings with Lisa Loria
Cost: $45
Cost includes everything you'll need to make these fun earrings
with this multi-talented, whimsical artist. This is a great class for teens!
Peace Sign Earrings
Contact Lisa Loria to reserve your spot!
Sunday 1/31/10 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Altered Fingerless Gloves with Lisa Loria
Cost: $45 one pair of gloves or
$80 two pairs of gloves (1 short, 1 long
Cost includes everything you'll need to make these beautiful, funky &fun gloves with our resident artist-of-all-mediums, the talented Lisa!
Lisa's Gloves
Contact Lisa Loria to reserve your spot!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Siren's Closet

Spent Most of Friday with my Pal Debi at her shop, Out of the Blue, in Solana Beach. She is re-inventing part of the store and Em and I went to help her merchandise the store and get it ready for Saturday, when Beth Livesay from Somerset Mag was coming to visit.

Deb has transformed two rooms of her store.  One into a classroom, were you can learn everything from Soldering by Rita Reade of , Shell letters by Debi Beard,   and also jewlery making, altered art and fingerless gloves by myself.  Classes will also be done by Lots of other talented ladies as well.

"The Siren's Closet" is one room that will house altered and custom made clothing, shoes, belts, gloves, handbags, jeans,  hats, jewelry,  you name it.  If you you can wear it, you will be able to find some beautiful garments and accessories here.

On Saturday we met Beth Livesay who took with her lots of Altered Couture items that we all created back to her office for review and possible publishing in one of the many magazines she is Managing Editor for.   Beth was a sweetheart.  We had a lovely lunch with her at a yummy eatery named Claire's. It was a great time.  My daughter Emily was a trooper and helped just as well as any adult.
What a lovely two days spent with Debi, Emily and my dear friends Rita, Deb, Rachel, Erin and of course Beth who I hope to get to know better.