. ~ digital collage above by filigree moon ~ .

June 28, 2010

~ Paper Cowgirl Roundup ~

What a wonderful weekend!
Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat was so much fun.
The flurry of activity began on Thursday night
with a meet and greet
and the opportunity to swap creations
with other cowgirls.
I joined only one swap, knowing that vacation
and preparing to teach a class
would have to take precedence.
The swap I joined was Mendy's
Blossom Swap #1.
I created brightly colored blooms from
tag stock and inks.
Bandana tied bags contained a flower for each participant.
The bandana tied cigar boxes were created to hold kits for
each of my jewelry class students.
I also created coordinating tags with the cowgirl theme.
Meet and greet was wild and fun!
Ann-Denise Anderson created this cowgirl
outfit completely from crepe paper!
Below, yeh, that's me (with the braces) and Ann-Denise, the
Queen of Crepe Paper!
Many cowgirls graciously allowed me
to take their photos.

Tina Wright, cofounder of Paper Cowgirl, was represented
by her beautiful daughter, Nicole, who kindly
posed before tables filled with bags for 82 cowgirls, a
testament to the success of her mother's and Cindy Mayfield's
dream of Paper Cowgirl Altered Retreat,
which has doubled its size each year since the debut retreat.

We missed Tina dearly and found comfort with the presence of
her husband, Will, and her daughter, who arrived to
represent their beloved and her beautiful artwork.
They have established a  memorial scholarship fund in Tina's name.


Friday was spent assisting Cindy with the whirlwind of activity
at Paper Cowgirl.
Friday evening was spent dining with many fellow cowgirls at
The Catfish Plantation!
The dark skies and ensuing storm in Waxahachie
added to the mystery that
surrounds the Victorian style house that is
the restaurant....supposedly haunted, I might add.
Several local shops stayed open late on Friday to
welcome shoppers after dinner.

Saturday, my class took place in the early afternoon.
Shown below with sweet Keely Yowler,
is the amazing and lovely Jennifer Stewart, who
so kindly assisted me in setting up and taking care of details
right before and during my class.
Many thanks, dear friend!
She kindly photographed my class setup.

and helped fluff up laces and display the bundle of bling
that students were to choose from as a
focal for their creations.
After class, setup began for vendor night.
I never wore that cowboy hat, so my mannequin
took on that duty, along with sporting
two of my jeweled creations.
More tags, more fun!
Canvases and shadowboxes.
And a view of half of the setup.
Many of the photos I took just did not turn out well,
so my documentation is very limited.
Deb Taylor was the official photographer for the event
and has created a CD documenting the entire event.
Visit the Paper Cowgirl website for a link to purchase a CD.
Thank you to my fellow instructors, my enthusisatic and
fast learning students, and many cowgirl friends as well
as Cindy for making this year's
Paper Cowgirl retreat a
fabulous, funny, colorful, exciting,
and meaningful event
to remember!

June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II

Welcome to the party!
~"Where Bloggers Create II"~
created by Karen Valentine, of
And welcome to my studio,
where jars of artistic trinkets fill
light and airy wire shelving units.
Blue CD storage units house 
ink pads and accessories.
Ribbons are stored in large pantry jars,
with my "Martha" ribbons
awaiting their own storage solution.
Pine box-style shelving provides
storage for bulkier items.
Books and magazines are everywhere!
Rubber stamps are stored in
acrylic box-style frames
so that they are
stackable and easily accessible.
More books....and a cork inspiration board, which is
"framed" by decorative edge scissors.
Much of my creative space is devoted to
inspirational collections, most of which
are destined to be included in
artistic assemblages.
Glass front cases are one of my favorite
storage/display solutions, primarily for the
sake of dust-free knick-knacks.
Apothecary jars house Czechoslovakian glass buttons,
vintage pearls, vintage laces, threads on wooden spools,
seashells, pocket watches and doll parts.
These collections sit atop an
entertainment center, which is
converted into a jewelry making station.
The main interior cubby holds the
pull out television tray, which
now provides the perfect
jewelry creating surface!
I'll show that at a later date,
 as it is in disarray while
I continue creating for
Paper Cowgirl art retreat.
Below, I have compiled a few photos of
inspiration boards and supplies.

Ribbon and Trim Storage

ATC - "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rabbits"

Thank you for joining me in celebrating
Karen Valentine's party of sharing 
creative spaces and inspiration.
Karen's blog lists all the partygoers so
you can visit their studios too!

June 6, 2010

Giddy and Giddyup!

Summer is practically here and
 fun's abrewin'!
Treasures are blingin'!
I am distracted, and I start thinkin'...
...about tweakin' photos.
What would this one look like "denimized"?

And then I focus again...
  Friends are dependin' on me to
come to class prepared to teach.
Some are comin' from far away to the
great ole State of Texas...
to create and share at Paper Cowgirl art retreat.
Which gets me thinkin' again.
Stop "denimizing" photos.
Stop wonderin' what Cowgirls long ago
would have thought about an
altered art retreat.
Stop dreamin' of the past.
Get back to the present.
Paper Cowgirl is only 3 weeks away!
So, blog friends, I am taking a little break to
lasso up more treasures and create new ones.
Don't think I 've forgotten blogland, for
I'll check in with y'all's blogs, and...
though I might not comment, please know
that I care and will still post here and there
to share the latest and greatest,
 and then, later, catch up again!
Y'all stay cool,
check in, and
have a wonderful week!