Birdsong Two, AKA- "So nice, we're doing it twice," still has a couple of openings if you are thinking about coming to the cottage to see us. Sadly, one friend from last year, had to drop out due to a back injury. And there are two other spots still to fill, so grab a couple of gal pals and head to KS to see us!
Its very meaningful to me that most of the attendees were here last year too. So, I wanted to do something special for them. I've started working on some ideas for the gathering. This nest is made of wire, very much like the wreaths I'll be teaching at Paper Cowgirls down in Texas, coming up very soon.
Here is a detail of the wreath, see the similarities? Once I figured out how to do this natural look/grapevinish wire trick, I've used it a lot. I've made crowns and fairy laurels with this style of wire twisting too.
One thing I've learned, is that working with wire is sure a lot easier with the right tools. I bought a heavy duty wire cutter since I've been cutting so much of it. I had 18 people in the holiday wreath class at Kim's gathering, and I'm making 28 of these nests. Hopefully, I'll have a few people at the Paper Cowgirls class. So far, sales for my class are tanking. Its a good thing I don't have a big ego, or I'd be embarrassed. Its hard to find something that embarrasses me, or that I won't talk about freely.
I wonder if it is the photos that I sent to use on the Paper Cowgirls site? Everyone seems to think its just grapevine. I'm sure the class doesn't look like much, but there really is a lot to it, with creating the wreath itself,twisting the wires and adding beads, covering the dove in old papers, curling and adding feathers, making a nest of ephemera, cutting lace leaves, dying and inking the leaves, etc.
Hopefully, a lot of useful techniques will be learned. Or does this project just suck? I like it, and have taught it a few times and everyone seems to enjoy it and get a pretty piece from the class.
Oh well, you win some, you lose some. I'll still have a great trip to Texas with my BFF, Beth and get to hang out with Lisa and Cindy and Karen and Dawn, and all the other fun, fun, people I am looking forward to seeing!