Home from a wonderful trip to the Midwest, I’m excited to share my exciting experience finally meeting and spending time with the marvelous Mary Engelbreit herself, and my sweet friend Charlotte Lyons at the Mary and Charlotte’s Studio Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. To celebrate 40 years as a licensed artist, Mary along with Charlotte hosted over twenty creative women from around the US, and four crafty instructors, yours truly included! Just stepping into her studio was the chance of a lifetime- see my video here!
Over the long weekend event, Jenn McGlon of NoodleAndLou taught attendees how to make this sweet Happy Bird project. Charlotte Lyons of House Wren Studio shared a felt stitching project that was taken to various awesome levels by the class. Crystal Sloane of Vintage by Crystal showed us how to make our own adorable spun cotton figures. Jone Hallmark of polkadotponie gave a wonderful stamp carving demo to all. And Mary gave us a peek into her techniques for coloring artwork with pencils and markers utilizing a page from one of her latest coloring books.Saturday morning in the studio I taught one of my all-time favorite projects- the Mason Jar Luminary House Cloche. Yes, that’s a mouthful, but it’s just so many things wrapped up in one craft!…And the women ROCKED IT!Here are the (mostly-) finished projects lined up, and HERE is a more detailed video I shared of them as well.One of my favorite moments of the weekend was happening upon a group of gals further embellishing their little houses in the lobby of our hotel at 10pm that night!Nothing beat spending time with my good friend, the ever creative Debi Adams of Spellbinders who flew out from Phoenix for the event. We had loads of laughs and girlfriend time in and out of the studio.But one of the best moments of all was being welcomed into Mary Engelbreits home. Oh, look, there’s one of my art pieces, Girls’ Friendly Society, on Mary’s mantle!!!! You can find a wonderful photo tour of her home from that night on Debi’s blog here and here.
Thank you to all the wonderful women who made that weekend so special. And to my new friends, you know who you are, I can’t wait to spend time with you again.
Group photo by Jack Fulton
If you are in or visiting Northern California, please visit me at my studio for an upcoming workshop to craft your own Mason Jar Luminary House Cloche July 22 or August 3, 2017. You’ll find more details on the EVENTS page.
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