Sunday, March 29, 2015

Flip Your Wig in Huntington Beach on April 18th!

Come out to The Folk Artist in Huntington Beach on April 18th and join me while we step back to simpler time where shiny flip-top t-birds, pretty girls with red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hairstyles were the scene! 

We will be creating these darling carry cases with a lucite pink curler handles and vintage bobbie pins to hold all the beautiful artwork you will be making during our creative time together.  

I will teach you how to design fashionable, brightly colored wigs out of paint chips and think outside of the box to make your artwork pop and be uber-stunning!

Message me with any questions.  I'd love to hear from you!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sneak Peak of New Workshop "Flip your Wig"

I'm super excited to be teaching another new class!  I will be instructing a workshop at The Folk Artist in Hungtington Beach, CA on April 18th! 

This is class is going to be really cool!  

Here is info on the class and be sure and check it out here.
It's a fun-filled mixed-media collage workshop that is truly refreshing. Step back in time to old-fashioned beauty where shiny flip-top t-birds, pretty girls with red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair styles were the scene. We will be creating our own fancy paper purse which contains your handmade beautiful artwork for this day of creating and designing.
Charming kits are included in the price of the class and contains beautiful and retro visuals that will bring back memories of days gone by. Just bring your craft kits that should include scissors (tiny, regular and decorative), glue sticks, paper cutter, favorite markers and a few favorite paint colors, favorite papers, scraps and ephemera. 

Shhhh.... I will share a little secret.  These wigs are made out of paint chips!

Please let me know you've stopped by.  I'd love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Spirited Journey for the Soul at Make Art in LA on June 13th

I'm excited about the class I will be teaching at Make Art in LA on June 13th.  I've been creating some more pages and reworking a few as well.  Sometimes I walk away, or "sleep on it" and then new ideas come to mind.  I embellished these two a little more (from my last post) and I now I think they complete.

I love the little honey bee's umbrella.

All the 4x6 cards are safely held in a pretty handmade suitcase.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Spirited Journey for the Soul Workshop

Check out my upcoming workshop at Make Art in LA on June 13th. 

 I will show you how to create these 4x6 cards by utilizing beautiful images, paint, markers, glue and your own creativity! 

Take your unique artwork away in this handmade suitcase suitable for display in your own creative space!

Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Hottest Day of The Year so Far Was the Day Holly Spent 12 hours at the Flea Market...

I need to get a t-shirt made that reads, I Survived the Melrose Trading Post in 93 Degree Weather! This picture was taken about 8am so it was actually really nice out.  Around 1030am it really started heating up and never cooled off.  It was a very long day.  I learned a lot about flea markets vs. arts and craft/mixed media fairs.  Let's just say that I'm going to stick with the crafty venues!

The day before I vended at the flea market, I decided I wanted to plant some cute succulents in vintage containers.  I found these French mustard pots at a local thrift store and really enjoyed putting everything together. I wouldn't have been too upset if they didn't sell because I really loved how they turned out.  But they sold! 

The skirt I'm wearing up above is one of the easy-peasy "pillowcase" styles I found on Pinterest. Just two pieces of fabric sewn together.  I made a matching top too!  When worn together it just looks like a dress.

Hope you're all staying cool... or warm wherever you are in the world.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My New Workshop: A Spirited Journey for the Soul

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching again at Make Art in LA on June 13th!

Exciting and artful destinations await you with this step-by-step class.

You will walk away with a gorgeous handmade portfolio filled with your beautiful works of art.

Click here for more information on signing up.

This is just a sneak peek of the beautiful 4x6 portfolio cards I will be teaching in this 6-hour class.

Contact me or Make Art in LA for more info!


Monday, March 09, 2015

Altered Books Through The Years

Fabric Bride Book to hold special trinkets and cards

I've designed so many altered books and journals through the years. Here is a small collection of my favorites.  Some I kept and some I gave away.  

Fabric Audrey Hepburn book

Paper and fabric French skinny book

An Artfest 2007 Journal that I kept before and during my Artfest experience in Port Townsend, WA. 

A great idea of what you can do with tiny fabric dolls

My Dog round robin book

My Marie Antoinette round robin book 

Paper Doll round robin book utilizing copies of Mom's 1940's paper dolls

And... last but not least the first altered book I had published in Stampington's Gallery Magazine called, Paris Dreams.

My wild imagination continues to thrive! I'm working on a new class that I'll be teaching in 2015.

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, March 05, 2015

New Class Concept in the Works!

Sneak peek!

I've been concepting my new visual journaling art class for the past couple of weeks.  I've made several bursting with color and vibrant pages that I'm very happy with.  

Here is one, "Peacock Girl" that will be included in the very rich, layered, storytelling... and FUN class I'm going to be teaching in 2015.  

Stay tuned for more!


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Always Working on a Project... or Two or Three... or...

That's me!  Always working on several projects.  I like it that way.

An upcycled shawl made of vintage doilies, hankies, part of a portion of a vintage embroidered pillow case and lace... all hand sewn and assembled.  This was a lot of fun.  On this sort of project I really have to just go with the flow and see what happens.  I'm quite happy with the end result.  It's a colorful and pretty piece.  

The back has an incorporated vintage pillowcase and appliques I made from favorite rose-printed fabric.

This is called a pillowcase top.  I took one piece of fabric, cut it to size, then cut two pieces (front and back) and made the single tie/strap.  Note to self.  Slippery, silky metallic fabric is not the most fun.  Next time go with cotton! haha  I got all sorts of ideas on these cute pillowcase tops and dresses from Pinterest.  Try one! Super fun and easy.

And last but not least, Phoebe got a new little yellow bluebird sweatshirt with pretty ruffled sleeves.  This is an small adult size sweatshirt cut into the right Phoebe-sized shape, then sewn and voila!  Turned out quite adorable for her.  She likes yellow.

Hope you're all having creative weeks as well.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Loverboy, Romeo in His Handmade Bowtie

Awwww.... isn't he handsome?  I saw a great tutorial on how to make doggie bowties on and knew I had to make one for Romeo, my mom's dog.  I think he looks quite handsome.

He's a good little poser.

Here it is up close.  I want to make more!  I think I'll make Phoebe one too!

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Inspiration, "Make it Sweet" and My Very Own Quote!

I put this inspiration frame together a couple years ago and haven't changed it around too much because I just love it.  When I glance over, I smile.  There are real vintage photographs of ladies with their little white dogs, best friends, my grandmother leaning against a tree and a couple Paris scenes.  A tiny Bichon Frise banner that I made a few years ago hangs on silk ribbon and there are a couple little trinkets from friends.  I've seen some amazing boards on Pinterest... makes me want to put together another one someday.  

Here is Phoebe Genevieve's sweet little area where she has her breakfast and dinner every day.  I've had the chien sign for probably about 13 years as it's been passed down through my other two beloved dogs.  I think Phoebe knows that this is extra sweet and special just for her.

And lastly, I've been saying this for years and years and my dear friends who know me well have heard it dozens of times, especially the ones that might feel left out when they aren't invited to something.  This is my way of saying, chin up Buttercup... it's okay.  There will be another party.  Or like my Mama has always said, "Make your own party" or "Take your own party with you."

What are you working on today?  What's your inspiration?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Glitterfest this Saturday, Feb 28th and More to See!

Pretty little pincushions with something extra  

We all need Paris-themed items in our lives don't we?  I know I do.  Here is a little collection of pincushions I handmade with my beloved, Paris, France in mind for Glitterfest.

... And more petite collage on canvases featuring one of my mermaid girls.  REAL crystals have been incorporated at the bottom of the piece.  

I also have an event coming up that I'm very excited about.  It's International Women's Day and this particular event is specifically for Russian women.  I created these sweet little Matryoshka doll pendant necklaces with them in mind.  Or anyone really... I think they are rather charming. 

I just had to share this great quote! This was painted on the bathroom wall at a fun Mexican place in Huntington Beach, CA called Fred's.  I just loved it.  The bathroom was so pretty and completely hot-pink with cherubs painted on the ceiling.

And these characters were strategically placed by their hostess desk.  Just loved them!

Happy Monday!