Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Judy Niemeyer Quilt Retreat

      I just spent the most wonderful week in Kalispell Montana with a great group of gals....and an awesome quilt teacher.....Eileen Urbanek. We all learned how to put together the Glacier Star Pattern by Judy Niemeyer. We stayed in the Quiltworx retreat house on the Flathead Lake. (wonderful)

The views are AMAZING!!!!!!!



      We did one field trip day....and went to the quilt shop that Judy first started in. Before she became the "Judy Niemeyer". Very nice shop. And we got to tour the "Quiltworx" headquarters as well. (very cool)
                                     .....the different parts to my quilt that I worked on.....
                                                        .....coming together......
      Pam on the left working on her quilt...and Christy on the right working on hers.......Love how we all made the same quilt...but our color choices made each soooo different, and wonderful!!!!
        ...... Here you see Eileen explaining to Terri and Gwen the process of the stacked seams.....
                                                                                        
....Terri and her quilt....Looking good....Looking good :):)

                                              .....Me working away on my quilt pieces......
                 Me and Eileen..... She is the MOST amazing Certified Instructor on the planet:):)
                                                                                     
                                           Our group for the week.....(two missing)
       We also got an amazing show and tell....first Eileen's quilts.....she has made 80 Judy quilts:):)


                                                                       Just amazing!!!

and I will end this post with one more wonderful view from the retreat house deck....sigh.....I could sit here all day long:):) They said you can usually see the mountains really good...but there are fires in  the next state....and the smoke was hiding the views. Which makes me excited to go back again....because these views were wonderful even with the smoke.

I would recommend the retreats at Quiltworx any time....so if you get the chance....DO!!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Where Blogger's Create... WINNERS!!!

     Well....it's about time I got back around to announcing my "Where Blogger's Create" winners:):) I have been one busy traveling lady ever since the Studio tour on Karen's blog. I have just come home from Montana...and I went through all the wonderful comments left for me on that post, and picked my Mixed Media winner and Quilty winner:):)
                                                                             
  
The winner of the mixed media  prize is...... Rita Barakat !!!

and the winner of my Quilty friend give-a-way is ...... Nancy Reinke from A Joyful Cottage.

These are your presents Ladies:):) So, send me your home addresses...and I will package them up and send them on to you:):)

Thanks to everyone for leaving wonderful comments on my blog about my studio....

Much love...Sandie

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Update On My New/Old quilt

This is how far I have gotten on my New/Old quilt. I pieced together my Judy Niemeyer quilt.... "Pepper-dish". I need to do appliqued flowers all around the yellow parts....I haven't started working on that yet. I just got back from a 3 week trip to my hometown. 

....and tomorrow...(I'm soo excited!!!) I fly to Montana to my very first Judy Niemeyer Quilt Retreat!!! She is not teaching this class (Judy) ...but one of her amazing CI's . (certified instructors)
But, I will be staying at the Quiltworxs compound!!!!

I am starting my very first "Glacier Star" quilt. I am doing this first one the original size...60x60. But they have add-on papers you can buy to turn this pattern into a queen size quilt...so I will do another for my bed later:):)

I have not done any thing on my Old quilt...(sewing machine cover) But I will get to it when I get back.

I will be picking my 2 winners for my "Where Blogger's Create" give-a-way today...and getting their packages ready to mail. Stay tuned:):)

Thanks for stopping by....
  

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Collage Girl

  I made a new collage girl for an instagram friend. She made a beautiful mermaid for me...so I set out to make her this girl...so we could swap artwork. I start my girls with old papers...and then draw and paint on the papers......

                                             I like to use gouache watercolor paints.....


                     I love to see the different paper prints come through the face......

Thanks for stopping by....

I am writing this post in Florida...as I am visiting my family...
As soon as I get back I will pull the winners from my "Where Blogger's Create" post:):)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Necklace with Karen Valentine

      I took an AWESOME class with the ever lovely Karen Valentine!!! She taught the "Altered Tin Keepsake Necklace" class at Audrey's a few weeks ago....and I was excited to get in on the action. Above is her sample with my kit for class.


Fun was had by everyone...here you can see sweet Marrianna working intently on her red tin.
All done:):) .....and posing with the teacher:)) I always have a good time with my friend Karen.
Class photo of all the finished necklaces...Thanks again Karen for a wonderful class.

Thanks for stopping by:):)
 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create Studio Tour

It is that time of year again!!!!  Where Blogger's Create Studio Tour with Karen Valentine:):) WELCOME to my studio.     I am also having 2 give-a-ways at the end of this post. One for my Quilty friends and one for my Mixed media friends. 
 
 I have been super busy creating a very new Happy Art Place. LOL...if you look at my studio file...you will find that I have had 4 different places to do my art since I moved to Arizona. I just couldn't find the right fit...that made me happy...and want to hang out all day and create:):) But, I believe I have finally found my art home ... well, I know I have...cause my family can never seem to get me out of my studio:):)
Remember where this all started? (above) It was a 3rd car garage facing the back of my house. The wall on the right is my kitchen wall inside the house.
I am very glad to say...it looks a wee bit different now.... come with me and lets take a look:):)
This is the same corner as above.... I am VERY organized now!!! I even got a label maker for Christmas...and have labeled everything. Anyone can come in here and find what they need..
 This is the captains chair of this spaceship:):) All my must haves are near me...so I can be creative at any moment:)
I have 3 of these Ikea carts...LOVE them...with the tile floors they move super easy.
                                                ....sigh.... just makes me so happy.....
         I even have goodies hiding under the tables..... The door on the left goes into my kitchen. I now have 3 work spaces to play on...my desk, the brown one in the middle (which I plan on dressing up) and the Ikea butcher block near the french doors:):)
 
I will paint the top of this table white...then add fun colors to it...leaving the legs black.

   The glass doors...used to be the garage door...now just very pretty french doors. (that my poodles like looking out of) I have my TV, which is on wheels so I can move it to face which ever table I am sitting on. (my son put them on for me:):) My comfy chair for reading or drawing...and snuggling poodles:)

My butcher block....which I love because it is tall...so I don't have to sit if I don't want to.
You can see the curtains I made behind the butcher block.
More storage and things that make me happy:):)
Under my bears I keep all the art journals I have made and filled...truthfully only 4 of them are filled:):) The rest I'm working on:):)

     Here you can see my inspiration wall. All the art is from other artist that I admire. This wall gives me inspiration to make my own art....and it just makes me HAPPY:):) The smile sign is a vintage metal sign I got from Sweet Salvage.

      My Happy Art Swap cards are hanging on the line...and in the vintage crate in front of the line....more happy art that I love:):)

                       The flat files are filled to the brim with all kinds of paper:):) 
 
                                                 I just LOVE my studio:):) 
                                                                         
                                          Thanks so much for stopping by......
 
          Be sure to head over to Karen's for the linky party ...to see all the other studios:):)
 
         Now on to my 2 give-a-ways.... All I ask is that you leave me a comment as to which prize you would like a chance to win, and be a follower or become a follower to participate in my give-a-ways:):) 
 
        Quilting friends..... I will be sending you a fabric bundle with a pattern. 
                           (Color theme...teal/blue/limegreen)(wall hanging size)

       Mixed Media Friends...... I will be sending you a brand new "FLOW" magazine (tons of paper goodness fills this magazine) and 3 tags filled with wrapped washi tape on each tag. (all different color tapes)

             Thanks for stopping by my Artsy friends....Please have a great day:):)
 
                                           Much Love...... Sandie



                                 

        
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