Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Photo Art Frame" Workshop ~ Thursday, March 25th ~ 6:00 ~ 9:00

I love to make "Photo Art Frames" to display my most cherished photographs.  I just became a grandmother recently (what an indescribable joy ~ I must say!!) and made the Photo Art Frame shown above of the new little guy in my life ~ Max McAlister ~ and gave it to my daughter and her husband for the new nursery. I matched the colors of the baby's room, and used a darling little image of a giraffe ~ which has always been one of my daughter's favorite animals ~ and some scrabble letters to embellish the front.

The vintage Photo Art Frame holds a dear photo of my Mom and Dad "sharing" cake at their wedding.  I started with a vintage photo album page to make this one.

There really is no better way to display a special photograph than in a frame that you create yourself ~ rather than an ordinary picture frame.  I offer a unique workshop in my Vintage Arts Studio so that you can make a special piece of art to frame your treasured photo.

NOTE:  These frames are made so that you can replace the photo/s at any time if you desire.

All you need to bring to the workshop is a 4 x 6 photo.  I have a nice selection of children's images that you can choose from to use or you are welcome to bring your own.  If you have any other special embellishments that you want to use in your design, bring them as well.  Otherwise, I will provide the remainder of the materials to complete your Photo Art Frame.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

K.C.'s Newest Monthly Antique and Vintage Market Opening ~

The snow was falling and the fog was settling in, though the temperature didn't feel that cold.  My mom and a friend of ours, Lisa, and I went to the opening of Kansas City's newest monthly antique and vintage market in the historic Kansas City West Bottoms ~ called "Bottoms Up."  
As we found our way to the location next to the railroad tracks and just north of the 12th Street viaduct ~ it was in an old Holsum Food Products warehouse ~ that had been long closed down, but still had remnants of days gone by ~ how appropriate for searching for antique treasures!

Some of Kansas City's best dealer's were presenting some pretty amazing finds in this 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse setting ~ some very high end, primitive European pieces that were hard to "touch"...but also some very reasonable finds that anyone could bring home.

The old historic buildings that were towering over us and the viaduct that we stood near looked rather ghostly, but somehow comforting, with the snow that was falling over the city this early February day.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Precious Metal Clay Workshop ~

The Precious Metal Clay Workshop was held last Thursday in my studio. Robin Macintosh was the instructor who showed us how to work with the amazing clay that has a 99.9% silver content that, once fired, becomes a silver charm!

It was as easy as working with play doh ~ but the finished piece was much more interesting! Each participant was able to make approximately 5 charms to be fired in Robin's kiln.