Sunday, January 31, 2010

The "Saloon No. 10" Assemblage

My husband Brian loves history and has always dreamed of having a "No. 10" Saloon in our home for a guy's place ~ (in case you don't know...Saloon No. 10 is the saloon that Wild Bill Hickock ~ was gunned down in Deadwood, South Dakota back in the late 1800's) ~ anyway, since my husband knows how important my art studio is to me, he has given up the idea to have his "saloon" in my studio area. I decided to make an assemblage for him that would reference the No. 10 that he could hang in his existing office ~ and this is what unfolded as I started pulling pieces and parts from my archives of found objects that I have been collecting for years. I think it turned out pretty well ~ and Brian certainly got a kick out of it!

I love old game pieces that have letters and numbers on it...the old antique map from an old abstract, along with the old document with the Spencerian handwriting, was perfect to use as the background.
The little cap gun ~ which says "Big Chief" on the side of it ~ was found at an antique store as I was still putting the project together. I had my eye out for something...and it was the perfect thing to pull it all together!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me Paper Mache' Workshop ~ Thursday's March 4 AND March 18th ~ 6:00 - 9:00

You will be shown how to make these fun Paper Mache' Birds ~ each little bird develops his own personality as he is being created by the maker! All materials are supplied.

Instructor: Lauri Meyers

Workshop fee: $50.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Miniature Keepsake Scrapbook ~ Wednesday, February 3rd ~ 6:00 to 9:00

Make a one of a kind miniature keepsake scrapbook to display your photos, ephemera, pieces of lace, buttons, old postcards, or any special memories of your life.

Supplies to bring: Bring 14 different coordinating fabrics no smaller than 15" x 6" ~ all other materials will be supplied.

Instructors: Marilyn Gash and Lauri Meyers

Workshop fee: $50.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

PMC ~ Precious Metal Clay Workshop ~ Thursday, February 4th & Thursday, February 11th ~ 6:30 to 8:30

Precious Metal Clay is made from finely ground silver. In this two part introduction to PMC you will learn the basics of working with this amazing material. It is a clay that once fired, becomes a fine silver (99.8% silver content). You will receive a package of clay. The first session you will learn to work with PMC to sculpt, stamp, mold your pieces. The instructor will fire your pieces. The second session you will finish your fired pieces. This is not a certification class.

Tools to bring: Email instructor with ideas and she will suggest tools to bring ~

Instructor: Robyn Macintosh

Workshop Fee: $125.00
Includes PMC, firing and polishing.

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Beeswax Heritage Home Workshop ~ Wednesday, February 17th ~ 6:30 to 9:30

Come be inspired and create your own Heritage Home to display your loved ones. We will be learning collage techniques using paint, charcoal pencil and beeswax. We will be making new embellishments look like beloved vintage pieces by using Black Patina and Glimmer Mist. Due to the vintage items (key, journal paper, sheet music, button) used in the sample, these pieces may vary. Instructor will be providing all materials including copy of bingo card.

Supplies to bring: Bring your own vintage embellishments to make it truly your own, copies of vintage photos in various sizes measuring 1-1/2" to 2" wide and 1-1/2" x 2" in height printed on cardstock (please do not bring originals as the beeswax will ruin the finish), old paint brush for beeswax, eat gun (if you have one), distressing brown ink. The instructor will have limited supplies will be on hand and will be glad to share.

Instructor: Sheila Rumney

Workshop Fee: $50.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Grandmother's Jewelry Box ~ Thursday, February 18th ~ 6:30 to 9:00

Don't let those memories go to waste. Use those bits and pieces from your loved ones to make a beautiful one of a kind piece of new jewelry with history. Clip on earrings from your mother or grandmother, perhaps an old broach? Turn them into something you will love to wear. You will learn basic jewelry making skills ~ wire wrapping, cold connections, how to cut apart found metals.

Supplies to bring: Old jewelry, old tins, anything you want to incorporate into your pieces. 20 gauge jewelry wire and 24 gauge tie wire.

Tools to bring: Jewelers pliers, wire cutters, tin snips.
Email instructor with questions about supplies or tools ~

Instructor: Robin Macintosh

Workshop fee: $50.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Paper Memory Quilt ~ Thursday, February 25th ~ 6:30 to 9:00

Take the ephemera of your life and make a charming piece of art. We will combine paper, fabric, buttons, beads, stamps, just about anything that has meaning to you, into a 9 patch memory quilt. Instructor will provide cold press watercolor paper for background.

Supplies to bring: Paper, fabric, embroidery floss, beads, odd pieces of jewelry, buttons, dried flowers, favorite stamps, ink pads, paints, ANYTHING that will help tell your story.

Instructor: Robin Macintosh

Workshop fee: $50.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Charm School Soldering Workshop ~ Saturday, February 27th ~ 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

You will learn all you need to know to create beautiful soldered charms... the kind that are smooth and flawless! This workshop will take you from "beginner" to "can do it myself" in just three short hours. Come learn from the girls that were taught by the well renown soldering artist Sally Jean Alexander. All supplies and tools are included in the fee. You will come away having completed two charms and with the supplies and know how to create another.

Instructors: Ali and Kara

Workshop fee: $125.00

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Little Diddle Printers Drawer Collage ~ Wednesday, February 24th & March 3rd ~ 6:00 to 9:00

This is a fun workshop where you create a collage in a printers drawer of all of the wonderful "little diddles" that you have been collecting all of these years ~ each little space measures approximately 3-1/2" x 4" as shown in the photographs. This class is limited due to the fact that we only have 5 of these particular drawers available. There will be a small collection of additional little diddles that will be available for purchase that you might want to use in addition to the items that you bring.

Supplies to bring: "Little diddles" as referenced in photographs ~ color copies of old photos, buttons, ribbons, laces, old hardware, clock faces, tart tins, old keys, typewriter keys. etc. etc. etc. ~ bring it all! Fabrics and some copies of ephemera will provided.

This is a two-part workshop...the first session we will lay out all of the "little diddles" where you want them ~ the second session we will glue it all in place.

Instructors ~ Marilyn Gash and Lauri Meyers

Workshop fee: $75.00 includes printer's drawer (limited to only 5 people)

To register for this workshop call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Baby Keepsake Memory Album ~ Wednesday, March 10th ~ 6:00 to 9:00

This is truely a favorite workshop...making a special handmade baby album using beautiful papers, fabric, buttons, ribbon and a custom cover using your choice of beautiful old baby/child ephemera. I will have several cover images to choose from ~ or you can bring in your own image which can be made into your very own one-of-a-kind cover for that special new baby in your life.

Supplies to bring: 15 to 20 coordinating 12 x 12 scrapbook papers, 1 yard of a coordinating solid color heavy weight (like a canvas) fabric for the assembly and binding of the album and 1 yard of coordinating 3/4" to 1" ribbon. All other supplies will be provided.

Instructor: Lauri Meyers

Workshop Fee: $50.00

To register for this class call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Photo Memory Shadow Box Collage ~ Wednesday, March 24th ~ 6:00 to 9:00

This is a fabulous workshop where we take a cherished family photo along with some pertinent memorabilia and other creative embellishments ~ fabric, lace, ribbon, buttons, etc. ~ and transform a shallow box into a very special shadow box collage.

Instructor ~ Lauri Meyers

Class Fee: $50.00

To register for this class call (913) 963-2985 or Email:

Vintage Flower Vase Creative Workshop ~ Wednesday, March 31 ~ 6:00 to 9:00

Make a unique flower vase by wrapping bottles using old papers and adding embellishments. You will also make three ephemera paper flowers to display in your new vase.

Supplies: Bring a medium sized bottle. All other materials will be provided.

Instructor: Lauri Meyers ~ $50.00

To Register for this workshop - call (913) 963-2985 or Email: