Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spring Break

It's getting about time to change up our indoor vignettes in anticipation of seasonal changes outdoors!

If you don't want to sprout your own, there are some faux plants that can arouse spring fever under glass.

Green grass sprouts,

Bulbs blooming,

....are they real or aren't they......?

Go ahead, lighten up your furnishing colours,

add pastel blooms,

and maybe a welcoming spot for birds to nest.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Studio reno update.

Here's what we've been doing for the last couple of weeks.

Its a fresh new space with a brand new colour scheme.

I'm trying some new techniques on the floors,

and the ceiling

Coming next, storage & work areas.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Wing"ed out, an intense but gratifying workshop.

Sunday we had a full class in the studio to learn techniques for creating Wings. 

 There were different media using wire, transfer film, machine embroidery, angelina film, micro-beads and glitter.

Lots of glue, glitter & giggles ended up enveloping all of us in the room. 

The wing techniques learned that day will be sure to be showing up in many one-of-a-kind dolls, angels or creatures. Again the diverse talents & imaginations of all brought out many different interpretations. 

Excuse me, but I think you have a little glitter on your nose.... 

Who knew that sewing machine cords weren't made long enough for stand-up sewing?

Here are some of the final products....




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mosaic Vase Workshop

Students came into the workshop with different ideas, diverse colour palettes and lots of enthusiasm, but a little unsure of what was in front of them.

Sunday they sorted through jars of glass and mosaic tiles, looking for the perfect inspiration.
We cut, pieced and adhered the stained glass to clear glass vases, not quite sure of how the finished product would look.

It was with anticipation that we left the vases overnight to cure. 

The next night everyone was back, eager to grout.

It can be a dirty job, but my class enjoyed the perfect spot to mix and apply the messy stuff. 

Once the grout set for a bit, we polished and cleaned until the rainbow colours appeared through the cloud of dusty haze.

This part is like Christmas morning to me!

And then.....the big reveal!

The "Mosaicists" and their finished pieces.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Before pictures:

Found some photos of my studio so we'd have some "before" pics...

Here is the spot many of my faeries were born.

A great work space is all about the tools, 

the fabrics,

an inspiration board,

but mostly, its about the STASH!!!

Now we just need to update the decor and then the put it all back together.
I have oodles of design & organization ideas that we will soon be starting, so keep watching!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Clean Palette

My new working studio is under construction.
Unfortunately before we could do anything, we needed to empty all the "stuff".
(Its amazing what you find...I found all kinds of goodies to be used in some cool creations.)

But, back to the renos.......

This view shows where I had my creative workbench, TV, cubbies & drawers, tool boards & shelves.

In this shot, behind what used to be a fabric bolt shelving wall, was my stash storage room. 

For any of you that had been in my work area, you know how much "stuff" has been removed....

Now, for the fun part! It is time to begin putting all the ideas and wishes into reality.
Keep watching and follow the process of implementing our latest big project.

My goal is to have the champagne workshop on a wine cooler budget.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

and the winner is...

Congratulations to Tammy Dionne who won our giveaway of this wonderful basket full of great craft supplies and goodies to keep her busy on a cold winters day. Tammy Liked us on our Vintage Pixie Studio Facebook page, so was entered into our giveaway. The response to our giveaway was fantastic and it was a lot of fun so be sure to watch for another great giveaway soon.