Snowmen

Snowmen by Sue Pelletier

Do you have some fun and funky bottles? What about knick-knacks and gathered treasure waiting to become an art piece?

Sue Pelletier has created the snowmen pictured here and also offers workshops. Sue is a mixed media artist and has been published in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Art at the Speed of Life, just to name a few.

More Snowmen by Sue Pelletier

Be sure to check out her website and have fun creating!

Before Meets After

I discovered a blog that features “Reclaimed Furniture.” The artist transforms pieces and updates them. Since I have been posting about furniture transformations, I thought I would share this blog with you.

The photo below is what caught my eye on Pinterest. The blog is called, Before Meets After.

Before Meets After

Happy Thanksgiving. I will not be posting tomorrow. Please enjoy your time with family and friends.

Workspace Table by Girl Inspired

Have you heard of Pinterest? I discovered this workspace table there and then visited the blog of Girl Inspired. The table is modeled after a Pottery Barn table.

Workspace Girl Inspired

Courtesy of Pottery Barn. White Bedford Project Table.

Courtesy of Pottery Barn. Espresso Bedford Project Table.

Isn’t this a great idea? I love the shelving on the sides and then the nice big workspace on top. This is a project I would like to accomplish after our next move. Currently, I am using an old buffet table that I have painted white and still need to add new nobs.

Kitchen Buffet Before

Kitchen Buffet Transformed (still needs nobs)

The photo below is what inspired me to alter the buffet table. I really like the stenciling, but am not sure I want it for the top of my art workspace. The stenciling would quickly be ruined. I think metal or plexiglass/glass tops are the best surface for art workspaces, do you agree?

Inspiration from another Blogger. Before and After.

If you would like, please share your favorite workspaces or ideas in the comment section.

Kansas Citizens for the Arts

Art advocates please visit Kansas Citizens for the Arts. There are two surveys on their website to help reinstate funding for the arts in Kansas. There is one survey for arts organizations and one for artists and arts advocates.

If you are not aware of what is taking place in Kansas, the Governor cut out  all state funding for the arts. This action led Kansas to lose about $575,000.00 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kansas is the first state to do this and is ranked 43rd in the country for arts support.

The state is hoping that Kansas can fund the arts through private funding. Please take the time to fill out the survey and help the arts in Kansas.

Courtesy of Linn County Kansas

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Courtesy of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has a family scavenger hunt every third Saturday of the month. It is free and at the end of the hunt they give kids a take home art activity.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families

Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.
~From the Kemper’s site

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Scrivner’s Creative Center

If you are in the Leavenworth, Kansas area be sure to check out Scrivner’s Creative Center. The owner, Cricket, has an excellent business which offers art and music classes for kids, craft nights for adults, and runs the shop as a co-op for artists. You can find unique one of a kind items at reasonable prices. Artists volunteer at the shop in return for selling their items at the shop and receive 100% of their sales.

Store Front

Cricket's dress

Cricket is very talented and kind. She makes dresses from recycled materials, an example is pictured above. She also is an amazing teacher and works well with kids. As soon as I walked in the door Cricket made sure that I felt welcome. She is a retired military spouse and works very hard for the Leavenworth community.

Thanks, Cricket, for all you do.

Soldering Workshops with Blessed and Distressed

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Today I am sharing several workshops that I have taken at The Peackock Cafe with Sheila. You can get a glimpse of Sheila’s talent on her blog, Blessed and Distressed.

In an earlier post I recommended a soldering book by Lisa Bluhm entitled, Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories. It is an excellent source for soldering with great photos and instruction. Along with Lisa Bluhm’s book is Sally Jean Alexander’s book, Pretty Little Things. It is a beautiful book full of treasures and ideas.

It turns out the Sheila has taken workshops instructed by Sally Jean Alexander and has learned amazing things. Taking workshops is a wonderful way to gain skills because you can always learn something new. I learned some tips and techniques that have really helped me in soldering.

The Peacock Cafe is hosting their last workshop this Saturday the 19th. If you are in the Kansas area be sure to check it out. It will be a fun one.