As in our first two parties, this will be a casual, relaxed, arty weekend, filled with projects, friendships, and fun.
Classes are being held on Friday, June the 7th and Saturday the 8th. Two classes each day, with lunch, drinks, and treats both days. Friday night we will have a party to ooh and ahh over our swaps, enjoy a glass of wine and dinner together. With a little shopping on the side too....
Projects from kits filled with original, vintage supplies, will be taught by Beth Leintz, Lori Oles, and myself.
Photos to come, but I can promise you many lovely, old goodies to play with from us all. You will receive everything you need to complete 4 pieces of art.
I'm thrilled to have both of these friends coming to teach with me. As well as being chocked full of talent, they are two people who always make me laugh, and are fun to be around. Birdsong isn't just about the projects, its about hanging with your buddies and having a lovely time.
Beth is a long time antiques dealer with a soft, low color style in her art work. She has been published in Sew Somerset,Somerset Life, Art Quilting Studio, Simply Handmade, and Romantic Country. She has worked as a designer for the Vintage Workshop and taught at our previous Birdsong and at Paper Cowgirls.
Lori Oles is one of the Bonnes Vivantes for Stampington and has an never ending imagination full of beautiful ideas. Her work can be seen in almost every issue they put out, I'd give you a list, but I lost track a long time ago. Needless to say, she is quite talented and has a lot to share.
I live about 50 minutes from the Kansas City, MO airport and there are numerous hotels within 10 minutes of my home.
If you have any questions, please email me at:
EDIT- the class has almost filled in the week that registration was open to past guests to get first chance at signing up! How nice that so many of our friends want to return, that is such a compliment. And I look forward to seeing them all here again.
There is a possibility of a couple spots left. Please email me if you would like a pay pal invoice or to arrange payments by check.I will also have a waiting list, until all of the sign ups are confirmed by a deposit.
Birdsong 2011 was sooooo fun, I just have to do it again! For 2012, we will gather at my cottage on Friday April 27 and Saturday the 28th.
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I hope you can join us for the party!
Sign ups are open
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You will get two, 3 hour classes each day, along with, lunch, drinks, and treats.
Each morning we will have some mingle time with coffee and chatting before we begin our classes. At the end of each day, you are welcome to stay on and work on your project if you'd like more time to play. Or feel free to bring something else you'd like to work on if you want to take advantage of the creative atmosphere and do some more creating after hours.
On our first night, we'll have a little swappin/shoppin party with pizza and wine, vendor tables filled with vintage goodies, and luscious swaps to trade artwork.
Please let me know if you would like to host a swap.
This event will be held in my studio in Lawrence, KS.
The studio is at my cottage, on ten acres right on the edge of town. I live 50 minutes from the Kansas City, MO airport and ten minutes from many hotels. (there is also a brand new Comfort Inn opening in March, reservations can be made at this number : 1-877-424-6423)
This will be a casual event, down-home and comfy. No reason to wear a party dress to work in, I'm a tee shirt and jeans person myself. I want you to feel relaxed and at home while you are visiting. Remember, you will be a guest at my home, not just a student at a workshop!
Our theme for the weekend will be nature inspired, just right for a Springtime celebration. What better way to welcome Spring than being with a group of creative women and honoring Mother Nature with our art?
Photos of the classes and info about what we will be making are to come soon.
Lisa McIlvain will return with her bag of arty tricks for one class, and my talented buddy, Beth Leintz will also be sharing her skills for another class.I will be teaching one class each afternoon.
Lisa McIlvain's work has been featured in mulitiple Stampington publications and she teaches at Paper Cowgirls as well as many other Texan locations throughout the year. You can see her work at:
Lisa's piece is an invitation by the fairies to come into their world of vintage beauty. We will build a vignette covered in ephemera as a multi media home for these sweet sprites. And if you have ever been in one of Lisa's classes, you will know what beautiful supplies she gives us to work with!
Beth Leintz is an avid antiquer and sells her estate sale and auction finds at antique malls, shows and on-line. She enjoys using vintage paper, notions, trims & fabric in collage and quilting creations and her work has been published in Simply Handmade, Sew Somerset and Art Quilting Studio. You can visit her at bethleintz.typepad.com/gathering_dust
Beth is digging into her deep drawers filled with paper and pulling out a selection of old text and handwriting to show her signature torn paper collage backgrounds. She'll also provide collage sheets of images and birds and walk us through how layering and building levels creates drama in your work.
My own work has also been featured in Stampington/Somerset publications as well as Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Better Homes and Garden Paint Decor, and others. I've done over 50 articles as writer, stylist, designer, or artist. My background is in painting, but I have a love of all things vintage and pretty. I also love having company here at the cottage and look forward to seeing you here!
Karla's first project, one more to come!
Hiding under the paper mache mushroom is a Charlotte fairy dressed in millinery blooms and petals.
More little flowers plucked from old hats grow in the moss carpet under her feet. Although, her feet aren't touching the moss, she is suspended above it, in flight.
We will assemble the whole scene from scratch, and every thing is supplied for the class.
Pieces of Time Karla's second project, is a pendant made up of vintage beads, bits, and baubles in taupe, cream and rose with a dainty old watch and a touch of tatting.