For quite a while, I've known what my 2 Birdsong classes will be, but I have had to wait till I pulled together all my materials before I could finish the examples for the class.
When I take a class, I like to see a full photo of what I'll be doing, not just a snippet of a corner. It's good to plan for variations and extras that I'll want to pack to personalize the project.
And when I teach a class, I have to know that the examples are accurate. That I'll be able to find enough of each item needed to make sure every kit is equal and of the same quality as every other kit.
But while I do want the kits equal, I do like them to have some flexibility and choice. So, I've got options for the students. These books can be made with the canvas as the outside cover, or as the lining. I've got a few selections of vintage fabric to use along with the canvas.
And I have been hand dying velvet ribbons to coordinate with the vintage curtain fabric and barkcloth that I've purchased to create the covers.
As well as hand painting little charms to dangle from the ribbons of each book.
(back of the book)
There was no problem with finding plenty of old lace, I have it by the bucket load out in the studio. I'll be measuring and cutting it to stuff the kits with, and since it is vintage and the velvet is hand dyed, no two books will turn out exactly the same.
That is my favorite part of a class! I adore looking around the room and seeing all the individual takes on the project.
This class will show step by step how to create a journal from a provided pattern based on an old cabinet card photo folder.
And will include some old photos to add to the books.
After we have assembled the books made of old, floral fabrics and canvas (no sew), the foofing will begin, with lace, velvet, millinery, ribbons, charms, and a vintage picture.
This book has the floral fabric used on the inside cover, instead of on the exterior of the book. All the books will tie shut with soft ribbons topped with sparkly bits of rhinestones.
On day two, for my second class, we will fill the pages up. I have pages of tips on doodles, lots of vintagey goods, and plenty of images and wallpaper to provide to make each book a work of art.
But that isn't all! Beth and Hope will each pitch in for part of the class with their favorite tips on art journalling. It's a three for one class!
Each student should be able to leave the weekend classes with a completed book, some finished pages, and lots of ideas on how to complete the journal at home, as well as a fun bag of supplies to work on the rest of the pages with.
Classes are at my Lawrence, KS studio, here at my cottage on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. More about the event can be found here and here.
The other two classes will be taught by Lori Oles and Lesa Dailey. How lucky am I to snag this magnitude of talent to come to teach here???
What is Lori Oles making for her Birdsong class? This wallpocket, layered with loveliness!
Vintage lace, old papers, all gathered up in a pretty, peek-a-boo pile, where you can see through from layer to to layer of vintage goodness under the (pre-sewn) pocket to be filled with Nature's bounty.
I can't wait to make one myself!!!!!!!!
If you'd like to make one, and join us for the weekend, the info is here.
Lately, I've been obsessed with creating art journals. I can't get enough of making books. My Friday afternoon class at Birdsong will simply just have to be about how to make a book from scratch. We will create the covers, add signatures of pages, and decorate the exterior, all using "The Good Stuff".
Pictures to come, soon.
On Saturday afternoon, I'll provide a packet of great old papers, pictures, and embellishments to start in on making some pages. You will get tips and ideas on using your hand made book, as well as "Good Stuff" to finish it with. Vintage wallpaper and millinery blooms are definitely going to be in the kit, as well as photos, pictures, old text, ribbons, lace, rhinestones, all my faves- YUM!
Along with the class at Birdsong, all guests will get my online class, "Creating an Art Journal" in case they would like some further inspiration once they get home.
Beth Leintz will chime in with some of her favorite journalling how-to's also. She will join me in tag-team teaching. You can find Beth in many issues of Sew Somerset magazines, with her stitchery, and she is every bit as handy with a glue bottle.
I'm lucky to have such talented friends willing to share their skills!
But wait, that isn't all! We also get to learn some decorative handwriting skills from Hope! These two experts are going to be part of the last class of the day, when we delve into filling up the books we made.
Hope Wallace is a self taught artist and designer living outside of Baltimore. Hope is known for mixing old elements with modern principles to create unique and whimsical designs. Her work has been featured in several national magazines, including Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion and Country Living. Hope also has a love for art journaling and enjoys sharing her pages with others to inspire them to start a journal of their own.
Lesa Dailey has joined us for the weekend to teach one of her whimsical creatures that are featured by Bethany Lowe. If you haven't met Lesa herself, I'll bet that you have met one of her delightful characters at your favorite boutique.
Here is an example of some of Lesa's expressive little cuties.
And Lori Oles will be creating layers of loveliness with a "Pocket full of Posies" wall hanging, featuring vintage lace and ephemera.
Lori's work has graced the pages of what seems like 99% of the Stampington publications for years. She was considered one of their "go to" gals for many projects.
If you are interested in joining us, Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th, at my cottage (featured last year in Where Women Create and Romantic Country magazines) in Lawrence, KS, or would like more info, please contact me at:
For more information,and pictures from past events, please scroll down.
Wow, five years??? How lucky am I to have such a great group of friends come to Kansas each spring to visit me and be a part of Birdsong?
We will be having 2 classes, plus lunch on Friday June 5th, with dinner, wine, shopping and swapping that night. On Saturday, there will be two more classes, with lunch. Coffee, tea, and plenty of goodies will be served throughout.
The airport is 50 minutes away, in Kansas City, MO. It's good to arrive on Thursday, classes begin Friday morning. My home is in Lawrence, Kansas, and sits on ten acres right off I70.
Cost is $395 and can be broken up into 3 payments.
Registration is now open.
If you are interested, please contact me for an invoice at:
I hope to see you here!
ps- if you got here through the button link on my blog and would like to see more photos from past Birdsong events, please click on "main" at the top of the page, under the banner to get to the full site with all of the previous posts.
PS- I just saw this USA Today post about top ten cities that make a good day trip. How nice to see Lawrence, KS on it! And is is on this list too. Yep, a "cool town" indeed.
When I saw this phrase, "Songs and Wings" in an old book, I knew it needed to be a part of my project for our classes in June.
We will be making a mobile, filled with vintage lace and ephemera. It's been a lot of fun to sort through my hoardes collection of vintagey goodness to pack up pretties to make this. I've been cutting hundreds of feet of lace and ribbon to pack the kits, flipping through old photos, drawing up patterns and cutting up papers.
As soon as this kit is compiled and packed away, I'll be starting on the next one. Please check back soon to see our other projects.
Thanks so much to all of our "Peeps" who signed up for Birdsong! In less than a week, we have filled up our space. I wish I had more room, thank you for your inquiries.
Past attenedees of any of my workshops, including the smaller ones throughout the year, and sponsors are allowed pre-registration for classes. If you would like to have early registration options next year, maybe you'd like to become a sponsor this year? The ladies always appreciate their delightful goodie bags!
I'm happy to announce that planning for Birdsong Four is underway and once past attendees and sponsors have had first chance at signing up, I will open registration to the public.
If you have attended one of my workshops in the past, or have been a sponsor, please contact me if you'd like to pre-register.
OPENS TUESDAY JAN. 21ST FOR NEW PARTICIPANTS TO REGISTER
It's exciting to invite a group of creative people to come and play with me in the studio, I can't wait to reunite with past guests and maybe meet some new friends too.
This year's teachers will be myself, Andrea Singarella, and Lori Oles. We have been friends for years and I am thrilled to have them both here for our weekend adventure. Andrea is about the most kind hearted and talented person you'll ever meet and my buddy, Lori, while being one of the most prolific creative minds I know, is also about as witty and fun as a person can be.
Birdsong is held at my home in Lawrence, KS. This city was just remarked upon in Country Living for being so cute. I'm afraid most Lawrencites might think we are more hip than cute, but hey, we'll take the compliment. Anyway, it's a fun downtown area to visit while you are here, with lots of independent restaurants and shops.
Lawrence is about 50 minutes from the Kansas City, MO airport and there are numerous hotels within 10 minutes of my home.
This is the same weekend that the West Bottoms Antique district in Kansas City is open, with many warehouse sized shops filled to the brim with one of a kind finds. If you find yourself coming in a day early, First Fridays are a good time to scratch your antiquing itch. (This is not part of our party, just an idea for you out of towners who want to get out and about while you are visiting)
My studio was recently featured in Where Women Create and is the destination for our 2 days of play time. There will be two classes each day, and the kits will be complete with everything you need to produce the 4 unique pieces of art being taught.
Our workshop will be Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8, 2014
Saturday night we will open swap surprises and have a shopping venue set up with lots of vintage treasures, art supplies and some other pretties. The food is all home cooked, using organic items from our own garden as much as possible.
If you have any questions, or would like to join us for our 4th annual Birdsong, please email me at:
If you would like to be a sponsor for the weekend, all gifts are appreciated and your website will be listed on the side bar of my blog. (Until the Birdsong 5 sponsor list goes up the next year.)
Here is this year's button if you'd like to use it for your own site.