THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

What delightful guests you were! Thank you, thank you for everything. I'm so glad we got together, I loved every bit of it.   And thanks to Lori and Lesa for the great classes, Randy, Terry, Allisa, and Beth for the great help. 

 

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Schedule

FRIDAY

8:45 Hellos (You will be able to hang your coat in a closet in the Holiday Shoppe, otherwise known as the garage.)

9-12:00 Lesa’s Class (Tweet Tidings)

12:15 Lunch

Ornament exchange during lunch

1:30-4:30 Karla’s class (Sugar Plum Fairy banners)

4:30 Break (go back to the hotel, run an errand, relax, keep crafting, hang out and put up your feet, whatever you’d like)

5:00 Shopping!

6:30 Dinner

Swap #1

 

SATURDAY

9:30 Hellos

9:45-12:45 Lori’s class (cameo necklace)

1:00 Lunch

Swap #2 during lunch

2:30 (Pretty Package class)

3:30 (Twinkle Toes class)

4:30 Free time to finish up a project or to create something else, supplies will be out to choose from. 

5:30-6:30 Packing up, hugs goodbye

 

Friday night's swap will be the necklace one, so please bring it along on the first day. Also the ornament swap is during lunch on Friday. You can place yours under the Christmas tree Thursday night or Friday morning.

 

Extras:

 

THURSDAY

Come by at 5:45pm if you'd like to drop off some of your craft supplies at your seat in the studio.  You can also leave your ornament exchange under the tree. Dewdrop and Ki Ki will be doing some arial tricks about 6:15, I'll have popcorn and cider available for refreshments.

We will meet at 7:15 at:

Genovese, 

941 Massachusetts st.

Lawrence, KS 66044

ph: 785.842.0300

 http://www.genoveseitalian.com/

 

SUNDAY

Good JuJu is open from 11-1 if you can go to the West Bottoms to shop.  Thank you, Pam!


Parking tips

Guncle Randy is our Parking Coordinator and will  help get you settled in on Friday morning.  We will  have the driveway cleared or salted if needed but if there is ice, please let our guncle-icous helper get you safely inside.

It helps out space wise if there can be some car pooling.  Maybe talk to friends staying at the same hotel and ride share?

Here are some photos of how you can park.  We don't have the best grass, so as long as it isn't muddy or wet it is okay to park on it.  

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Snowbird's Song Eve plans

While my baby bro, parking coordinator and all around helper Randy Nathan, and our sis, champion assistant of all things, Terry Neibaur are in town, I wanted them to have a chance to see their great nieces do circus tricks.

So, if you'd like to join us, we are having a mini show (sorry, there will be no fire hoops or stilts walkers in my living room) with kids flying on trapeze and twirling in silks. This will be on Snowbirdsong Eve (Thursday, November 9) before our dinner reservations. Just a short performance, an hour or less, then we will head off to the restaurant. It is very casual, drop by if you can.

Come by at 5:45 if you'd like to drop off some of your craft supplies at your seat in the studio.  Dewdrop and Ki Ki will be doing some tricks about 6:15pm, I'll have popcorn and cider available for refreshments.  ( Sugarwings has decided to go with her grandfather to WY for a visit since she has a four day weekend from school. )

We will meet at 7:15 at:

Genovese, 
941 Massachusetts st.
Lawrence, KS 66044

ph: 785.842.0300

 http://www.genoveseitalian.com/

 

Here is the list of RSVPs that I have so far:

1- Maggie Raguse
2-Polly Barker
3-Penny Galemore
4- Suzanne Wingfield
5-Tami Hacker
6-Kristi Knox Day
7-Lisa Phillippi
8-Gail Florence Sell
9- Barb Buckton
10- Grace St Clair
11- Lynn Connelly 
12- Nora 
13-Karen Ricucci Hillman
14-Alice-Anne Nix
15- Carol de Sousa
16-Jeanie Hatch
17-Pam Kenny 
18- Allisa Hardy Nathan
19- Terry Neibaur
20- Randy Nathan
21- Lori Preisz Oles
22- Beth Bramel Leintz

23- Linda Postma 

24- the Other Karla

25- Myself

 

 

If you are coming and not on the list, please let me know.

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Karla's Sugar Plum Fairies

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I will be making 14 neutral and 14 pink kits, so you have a choice.  If you are a bright colored or traditional colored holiday enthusiasts, the neutral kits should be simple to add some highlights to and change if you'd like.  Please feel free to bring any embellishments you'd like to.  I'm happy to see everyone make changes to suit their personal tastes, don't feel like you have to create the banner exactly as I do.

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Since many of my supplies are vintage, there will be slight differences in some kits, but each will be equal to the value, style, and design of the original.

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And I will have some extra photos printed in case you'd rather have a different little girl on yours. Some of you have purchased banners or kits from me in the past and might recognize a couple of these children as some of my favorites to work with.

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Like this gal. I can never get enough of her.  I've used this photo a lot.   If you aren't as fond of her as I am, or have purchased something from me with her on it previously, there will be a couple of other little sprites to trade out.


Personalizing your Sugar Plum fairies

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The Sugar Plum fairies on our banners are copied from old, sepia photos and printed onto matt photo paper.  I chose to add some touches to mine with glitter and metallic pens, markers, and colored pencils.

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This is an extra step you do not have to do, but if you want to, you will need to bring some markers and such for embellishing.  One thing I do to make the girls stand out is to run a brown marker around the edges after cutting her out.

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Here is an example of a few that I used. I really like Gelly Roll pens, in metallic tones, and can't seem to make anything without adding a sparkle from the clear glitter one.  I also enjoy using the glitter pens that have the brush tips so I can paint large swathes onto the girls.  White, opaque pens are great too.

Colored markers in shades you'd like to see in your banner would be a good idea too. 

I'm assembling kits in neutral and in pinks, so keep that in mind when you pack your colors.

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Here are a few other examples of fairies I have added marker too.

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 I always color them in before cutting them out, so its okay to be a bit messy, she will be trimmed up afterward.

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You can go all out with color, or just add some highlights here and there.

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Also, if you want a hint of lip or cheek color, a rose colored pencil is best. Those are softer than the harsh lines of markers.

It is up to you, but please note that this banner will have 5 pieces to create, and you don't want to spend the whole class coloring and not get any further. If you are like me, coloring is addicting and it is easy to get carried away!

 

This video was made years ago, but you can get an idea of what pens you might want to bring from them:

 


 


Supply Lists

Here are our supply essentials for all of the classes. Please note that many overlap.  In all but Lori's class you will need glues, and in my there is a LOT of gluing to be done, so please be prepared and have plenty.

Previously, I have written about my ideas on glue.  

 

 

Lesa's Friday morning class-

  1. Needle and neutral colored thread
  2. Glue (fabric and paper)
  3. Scissors for fabric and paper
  4. We will have hot glue available, at the main table, but if you have a battery powered glue gun, you are welcome to bring your own. I'm sorry that there are not enough plug ins for everyone to use  electric ones at your seats.

 

Karla's Friday afternoon Sugar Plum Fairy class-

  1. Scissors for paper, ribbon, and lace
  2. Scissors you can use for chipboard and pipe cleaners ( Tim Holtz red handled scissors are great for all uses and can be purchased with the 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby, JoAnns and Michaels. I love mine, and use both the long and short handled pairs)
  3. Detail scissors for cutting out the fairies, big ones would be awkward to use.
  4. Ink pads, one metallic, one distressed brown or tan
  5. Sanding block
  6. Hole punch or crop-o-dile 
  7. Glue that works for paper, metal, lace, beads, tinsel, and more. I prefer The Ultimate, as it works for everything.  And it grabs quickly,  you aren't waiting for it to dry so you can move on to the next thing.  
  8. The kit contains all elements needed to finish it, but please bring anything you'd like to add for personalization.  Such as glitter or metallic markers and pens, more info HERE.

 

Lori's Class Saturday morning

  1. Jewelry tools- Round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, cutting pliers or wire cutters

 

Pretty Packages and Twinkle Toes (Karla's classes for Saturday afternoon)

  1. Scissors for paper
  2. Glue (I prefer The Ultimate, found at Hobby Lobby (use your 40% off coupon off $5.99 regular price, or online, a bit pricier)
  3. Scissors or wire cutters for pipe cleaners- (you could use the wire cutters from Lori's class for pipe cleaners, I also love the Tim Holts red handle scissors that cut through anything)
  4. Sanding block
  5. Ink pad in a color you want to accent the edges of the box with. I recommend a distress brown, or a metallic tone
  6. Any trinket you'd like to add to your projects
  7. We will also have free time, I'll have supplies out for cards, ornaments, or you can work on something you might not have finished Friday or Saturday.

(Not that I am trying to tell you what to buy for your own projects, I just wanted to let you know how much I like these products. I've tried crafting at someone else's house without my own supplies and I've cursed wimpy glues that do not do what I want them to do, or are so thin that I have to hold the piece in place for what feels like forever instead of moving onto the next step.  Good materials, as well as good tools make the work easier.  But if you have a brand that works well for you, and you are happy about it, please don't feel like you have to)

 

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Here is an example of some of the ink pads I like to use.  And I'm posting an old video to show you how I like to use them. For my Snow Bird projects, you might want to use a metallic with brown also. I show an example of using two colors in the video, it is brown and black, but black is too harsh for what we are doing for our Christmas creations.

Also, when I ink the edges of the Sugar Plum fairies, I like to use a brown marker to be in more control, the pads can be a little messy.  

 



 

 


Sponsor gifts

Dear Peeps, this is usually about the time when I start hitting up friends and business for sponsor gifts. But with so much tragedy from storms and fires, I feel very petty asking people to donate pretty little doodads to our party. Please understand that the delightful gift bags created by Maggie Raguse might not be filled up this year. Any donations for the bags will be appreciated and accepted, but I cannot ask others to donate to us right now in the midst of floods and destruction.

I love you all and hope you understand that you might get a pretty bag filled with just a few prizes, but a LOT OF LOVE. I'm happy none of us were hurt in the tragedies and thrilled that you are coming to see me.

As in the past, many of you will gift each other with lovely things, and if you'd like to get them to me early, I can add those to the bags. But if you'd like to pass them around during the weekend, with personal hugs, that is nice too. Don't feel like it is an obligation to give gifts, either. Your company and good cheer are all we need! Presents are much loved and so is the thought behind them. But don't feel any pressure that they are expected.

We are all very lucky to be able to be together to kick off the holiday season, many people will not be as fortunate as we are. I hope you understand my thoughts on not asking for donations right now.

I treasure your friendships and am glad to know everyone is safe. Thank you again for coming to Kansas to our event. And for understanding my decision about not asking for gifts at a time like this.


Peeps

Here is the list of our peeps for A Snowbird's Song:

  1. LINDA Owen Postma
  2. MAGGIE Raguse
  3. Polly Barke
  4. Penny Galemor
  5. SUZANNE Wingfield
  6. TAMI Hacker
  7. KRISTI Knox Day
  8. LISA Phillippi
  9. GAIL Sell
  10. Barb Buckton
  11. Lynn Connelly
  12. Grace St Clair
  13. Nora Neeley
  14. Sharon Morrison
  15. Karen Hillman
  16. Alice-Anne Nix
  17. Carol de Sousa 
  18. Jeanie Hatch 
  19. Pam Kenny
  20. Sandra Thomson
  21. Allisa Nathan- assistant
  22. Terry Neibaur- assistant
  23. Randy Nathan- assistant
  24. Beth Leintz- assistant
  25. Lori Oles- teacher
  26. Lesa Dailey- teacher
  27. Karla Nathan- hostess and head bird brain