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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Michigan Altered Book Artists

The MiABA met at Small but Mighty Arts on June 18th for their quarterly meeting.  Artists from all over the state were there, to work, talk, and share their amazing work.

One of the many (way too many) things I want to learn to do is Altered Books.  The examples these women brought blew me away.  Many of these artists are nationally known teachers--and they live right here in Michigan!!!!
Ingrid Dijkers  "The Octopus Garden"

Most exciting for me--several of them will be teaching some of their skills at SBMA, starting this summer.  (By the way, Joanne Huffman, who is already on the schedule, is one of those renowned teachers!)  Please pay attention to the website and blog, so you don't miss a chance for some wonderful fun.

Ingrid Dijkers  "The Ambrosia Journals"

Ingrid Dijkers  "Through the Rabbit Hole"                               
Vicki Holdvick--Repurposed Journals

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wonderful new teacher coming for the summer!!!!!

I met a wonderful artist and a new friend, Joanne Huffman, from Kalamazoo, and I can't wait for you to meet her, too.  She will be teaching 8 classes (at least--may twist her arm for a few more) at Small but Mighty Arts this summer.  I hope you will make her welcome and give yourself a gift of her talents!

Saturday, June 25: 
9:30 AM- 12:30 PM 
Polymer Buttons, Pendants, 
Stitch Counters and Earrings 
in Production Mode. 

Bring your own packs of polymer clay (I like working with Premo, but any brand will do) and we will make multitudes of buttons, stitch counters, earrings and pendants for you to store up and use now or later. These are great to have on hand for knitting and sewing projects; collages; doll making; embellishments; and gift giving. I will provide a toaster oven, clay tools, cutters and texture sheets for the class to share (it may go quicker and you can make more if you bring your own. 

Class fee: $35    ($24.50 member fee)
Saturday, June 25
 Crowning Glory

Make a crown for your inner queen, goddess, or shaman. Crowns have long been 
a symbol of excellence, magical wisdom, achievement, and authority. 
In this class, you will create non traditional crowns in traditional 
or funky shapes. The base of each crown is 18 gauge wire wrapped with 
fabric and embellished with beads, buttons or charms. The complexity 
of the design is up to each student.  
For a class fee of $60 ($42-members fee), I include a kit that has a choice of 
fabric, wire, fabric glue, beads and/buttons and a bead mat. 
Students are welcome to bring their own fabrics or embellishments to personalize 
their crowns.
To sign up for classes-- 
Please sign up in advance by emailing Joanne at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How to sign up!

Come on--you know you want to-- Zentangle(R) is the most fun you can have out of a little blue box!
See yesterday's post for all the info on our great all-day Tangle--you can take the class from 11-1 if you haven't taken a Zentangle(R) Basics class and want to join in the activities in the afternoon--or if you just want a refresher.  If you just want to take the Basics class and not play, it will be the usual $35/17.50.

If you are coming--
For now, please just email me at 
or call me at 

And--today is Miss D's first birthday.  Happy birthday, Baby D!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

All-day Tangle

Next Saturday will be really fun as we have our first Tangle-Day!

From 11 to 1 we will do a basic Zentangle® class for those who have not yet taken a class with a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher). From there, the world is your Tangle-Oyster! (Meaning, then you are on your Tangle-Way)

From 1-6--it's all about experimenting, play and creating. You can choose from as many projects as you have time for--Tangled earrings, and/or pendant or charms, tangled shoes or clothes, tangling with color or white on black, bookmarks, cards, etc, etc. If you have an article of clothing you want to tangle or a vase or something, please bring it. I will have lots of supplies for the other things mentioned available, a few clothing blanks (tote bags, silk folding fans and baseball hats!) and jewelry makings to purchase if you don't have your own, and the tools needed. 

Full day with Zentangle Basics class--$50 plus materials fee if applicable. ($25 for members) 
Play day only (1-6) $15 plus materials fees if you use Studio supplies (they will be reasonable!) ($7.50 for members) 
** (Must have taken a basic class from a CZT!) 

Other news--

I taught a 1-3rd grade class at The Children's House Montessori school in Lansing last week.  I was a bit intimidated as this was the youngest class I've attempted to teach, but as always with Zentangle (R) I was amazed and delighted by what the kids produced.
And they LIKED it!  So much so, that I'm going back this week for the other 1-3 classroom.
Now to get the teachers together for a class----.

I spent the weekend at recitals.  First was my niece in Cleveland.  She has a big and amazing studio-- On Your Toes!--in Solon.  Her recitals are always grand celebrations of her talented dancers --two of whom are my great-nieces.  This year was her tenth anniversary, and the recital was spectacular.  Her dancers can do so many types of dance--from ballet and tap, to hip-hop and I-don't know-what, and do them well.  I was MOST impressed!

Then it was on to granddaughter S's recital in East Lansing.  Much smaller production, but just as happy kids.  S was wonderful, and baby N was SO impressed!