Thanks to Lori,
(& Katie's Rose Cottage)
I got my hands on an advanced copy of the new Somerset Life.
It's one of the best ever, so many yummy pictures & great artists.
Including one of my favorites The Tin Rabbit herself, Ann.
Making her publishing debut with not 1 but 2 features!
She wrote a great how-to article about her memory pillows.
Then Kelsi Maree Borland wrote a wonderful piece about Ann's hanging luggage pockets. That sweetie Ann made one for me awhile back, I blogged about it here.
I feel so proud for her, it's pretty great seeing your art in print.
Way to make your publishing debut girlfriend!
I've been in love with Ann's art & amazing style since I discovered her blog & flickr page ages ago. I am very inspired & influenced by her work.
Many of my pieces are now adorned with one of her signature seam binding wads.
I blogger stalked this poor soul for months before a mutual friend convinced her I wasn't crazy. Now I am proud to call her friend, & on November 6 I will meet her in the flesh at her Tin Rabbit Sale.
Speaking of stalking....I eventually wore this sweet girl down too!
Life has devoted a few pages to Karla's beautiful pieces.
Oh I love these peat pots...
Especially this one!
(Okay girls, I wanna see you score a church lady hat for $5. there!)
There's another pretty cool feature in this issue! LOL
I taught a second group of gals my 'Elements of Collage' at Cottage Panache a couple of weeks ago.
Maureen did such a great job remodeling her darling shop & designing the perfect classroom.
I am surprised & humbled that people would actually pay to take a class from me.
I know times are tough & workshops are kind of a luxury. Because of that I work really hard to meet my students expectations, pulling out all the stops with great vintage supplies & sharing every trick I know.
But after seeing their finished pieces I wondered who was teaching who!
A precious picture from Charlotte's childhood became her inspiration.
She use a vintage wedding veil as the skirt of her piece & generously shared bits of it with all of us.
Diane combined many different elements & scraps of lace to create her lovely collage.
My Paper Cowgirl buddy Sherry also used a family photo to personalize her work.
She has a great blog Lace And A Few Button's, go say hi!
I love how she framed a page from a Victorian autograph book with lace.
(of course, all of her art is beautiful)
Like I said, who was teaching who?
I'm very passionate about teaching & do it for totally selfish reasons. It's certainly not about the money. If I added up the time spent preparing, the supplies & everything else that goes into a workshop I would go crazy.
Also deadlines are not my friend, so I'm usually busting my booty into the late hours getting it all together.
Around this time I tell myself this is the last time!
Then I set up the table......
the girls arrive & the process begins.
In the end we've spent a glorious day sharing ideas, stories, supplies & laughs. It's so rewarding, I learn so much from everyone & float away feeling totally renewed!