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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Arizona Bloggers Luncheon Part Two & Part one of Spring giveaway tutorial


Hello All,

Here's some more photo goodies from the luncheon, and then some beginning tutorial images from my spring giveaway that Julie won.

These are some action shots of the ladies working on their boxes:

I'm giving some pointers
Ms. Karen Valentine and
her extremely loooooong and
dangerous looking glue stick!




My sister Jenny (left) and Gail working
furiously....see the blurry hands?





Joanne Livingston getting the
placement of her figurines (mini
Blythe dolls) just right.
Melissa Waterbury working
on adding elements.

Red Head Sadie (Jenny Kuller) getting
things just so.
Everyone watching the master....LOL!




The ladies gathered around the table
for lunch.


Just a peek at all the beverages that
the lovely Wendy Landis brought
for everyone....very generous!
Lively conversations going on.  Ms.
Karen was queried many times about
blogging information, as she is the
Pro in this area!


A very quick "round robin" type
of game after lunch.

Everyone got some goodies, some
even got silly gifts like a bag of
cheetos, or some silly string.

A huge pile of goodies to choose
from for the game.
A lot of fun was had by all, and I'd love to do this again.  The ladies I knew, and the ladies I met are all so genuine, lovely and sweet.  I consider myself exceptionally blessed to have been able to spend time with them all.

Now for part one of my spring giveaway tutorial!


Julie of "http://avintagechic.blogspot.com" was my spring sculpture giveaway winner, and she chose this image to be sculpted:


Here's my workspace setup:

Basic setup
Standard tools, for me.  My preferred,
all around tool is the knife (second
from the right) with the red tip on
the handle.

This is a cake decorators turn-table,
but it works great for me.  I can work
all the way around my piece by just
turning the table.
These are old ice-cream buckets,
which I use as water buckets.  I use
the water for keeping my hands clean,
for adding moisture to the piece during
the molding process.



Baby wipes and paper towels for
staying clean.
Various pieces of wire, both twisted
and single.  These are used for
creating arms, legs, or wings.

Wire cutters and pliers for manipulating
wire.
Any kind of craft
glue for adding
stability to pieces
attached together.



A floor mat/rug to protect my carpet
from spillage/wet clay.

Styrofoam in a cone
shape for the bee
hive.  A round
and an egg shape
attached with a
bamboo skewer for
the bee's body and
head.
For me, this is totally
necessary!


Coming up next:  The creation of the Styrofoam and wire armature, so stay tuned.

Hugs,
Meri

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Arizona Bloggers Luncheon Part One

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I'd stop in and let you all know how the Arizona Blogger's Luncheon went.  It was held last Saturday, April 9th, and it was so much fun.  I have to do this in two parts because there are so many pictures, and so much happened over the more than 5 hour event.  The following, lovely ladies, were in attendance:

Karen Valentine and her shadowbox of "http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com"


Sharleen Snow and her shadowbox (blog under construction)


Dawn Binyon and her shadowbox of "http://alteredartists.blogspot.com"


Laura Ingalls Gunn and her shadowbox of "http://decortoadore.blogspot.com"

Very hard to get a good shot of her (in green sweater) as she was constantly in motion!

Gail Friend and her shadowbox of "http://cupcakesandcutestuff.blogspot.com"


Melissa Waterbury and her shadowbox of "http://distresseddainties.blogspot.com" also the manager of "Scrapbook Barn."


Joanne Livingston and her shadowbox of "http://desertmountainbear.blogspot.com"




Jennifer Rothstein of "http://dog-ma-jen.blogspot.com"


Wendy Landis of "http://leakyshedstudio.blogspot.com" (see group picture)

My youngest daughter Abby (who took the pictures) and for a brief visit my oldest daughter Caitlin helped with setting up refreshments. (no images)

And ME in the center image with a yellow headband!


And here's a group shot showcasing our lovely handiwork.

Back Row, left to right:
Jenny Kuller, Sharleen Snow, ME, Karen Valentine, & Gail Friend
Middle Row, left to right:
Laura Ingalls Gunn, & Dawn Binyon
Front Row, left to right:
Jennifer Rothstein, Joanne Livingston, Melissa Waterbury & Wendy Landis

I'll post more piccy's in the next couple of days with more about the ladies in action and the lovely luncheon part of the event.  There was also a small "round robinish" giveaway where everyone received a gift, and the consensus was that it was a successful event and lot's of fun.  I think I had the most fun, as I got to do one of my most favorite actions in the world........I got to give a lot of goodies away!  I absolutely adore giving, and before everyone left, I made sure they had a bag in which they could load up on anything they wanted off of the goodie table.  They were a very modest group of ladies and didn't take nearly as much as I'd hoped, because now I have all this stuff left over........oh well, I guess another craft day is in order.  More later.....

Hugs,
Meri