Well, we rented out the classroom today to a group of ladies who love a little doll called "Strawberina". They are really collectible dolls about 8" tall with sweet faces. Today the ladies were making an outfit for their dolls. The ladies arrived with sewing machines in tow. Here is the result.
Next up at Small Studio is Ingrid Dijkers. She will be teaching her "Ambrosia Journals" Next Saturday and "Into the Crypt" on Sunday. We have a few spaces left. Call the store (440-808-8599). We are open Tues thru Sat 10-5 and Sundays when we have a class scheduled.
There are so many new things arriving at Small Studio. Stop in and have a look.
It has been a "show & tell" bonanza here at the Small Studio. That makes me very happy.
Joan Heinrich brought in this wonderful felt creation. It was created in response to a Cloth, Paper, Scissors art call. They sent out camera bags for artists to alter. Joan added this character, Leona Danielle, atop the white camera bag.
Customer Jess Kulpa combs the beach for beach glass and then creates jewelry. She bought the tiny bottle here at Small Studio, filled it with blue beach glass, made a stopper with rolled paper and finished it with wire and chain.
Saturday is our FREE PlayDay. Call the store to reserve your space 440-808-8599. Sept 7th Launie McDevitt will be teaching Zentangle 101. Sept 21-21 Ingrid Dijkers returns with her fabulous workshops. Sept 28th, Betsy Begue teaches French Cartonnage, the art of box making.
I carry quite a bit of the Coffee Break Design line. In fact I have always carried CBD stuff no matter where or what kind of store I have owned. Owner Kristen Hubick does a great job with this company, but it will always, always remind me of the original owner and very original guy, Mike Meador. So many of us still miss him and his humor and his friendship. It has been in the back of my mind to be more organized in how I present CBD kits. Here is what John and I came up with for Small Studio.
Now that samples and clearly designated kits are easy to see, I think you should come in and find some treasures to create for yourself. Tomorrow would be good for me. Saturday we are open 10-5 just for you.
While you are thinking about us, don't forget to sign up for our workshops. The first one this year is this month featuring our favorite journal maker, Ingrid Dijkers. You can read about our workshops here.
One of our favorite customers who we now call "friend", Randy Cecil, came in on his lunch hour for a little bit of Show & Tell for me. Do I need to say again how much I love Show & Tell? I didn't think so. Anyway, he and his wife, Peggy, have been playing with one of Graphic 45's boxes and the new French Country paper (both available at Small Studio). Here is the lovely result:
Hop on over to our web here and sign up for Ingrid Dijkers workshops on March 23-24th. We are so lucky to have Ingrid join us again this year. Her workshops last Fall were a big hit with everyone. Ingrid has a wonderful eye for the unusual and she is a very good teacher. Come play.
It was a beautiful day in Ohio today.
I taught a little book class at Small Studio today. I haven't taught a class in years and i had forgotten how fun and rewarding it is to teach excited and creative students. Everyone's finished book was perfect and beautiful. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Our next store class is the 23rd of Feb. with Aimee who will be teaching a drawing class on Face Basics. There are still a few spaces left.
Ingrid is a really good instructor and her classes are always popular here. Be sure to go to our website and fill out the registration for her workshops. While you are there check out our other wonderful instructors and sign up for those too. Registration is ongoing until the workshops are full.
Below is baby Orlando playing with our Halloween decorations. So cute.
I have been working on the workshop line-up for 2013. So far we have: Keith Lobue Michael deMeng Andrea Matus deMeng Dan Essig Teesha Moore Tracy Moore MaryBeth Shaw and Julie Snidle Carol Owen Ingrid Dijkers
Save up your pennies for a wonderful year.
Ingrid is one of my favorite people and now a whole bunch of students know why. We had two days with Ingrid and each day was a different journal. I loved the process of the first but was too busy during their show and tell period to get photos. But they sewed...
They spread out while they worked...
And they were very happy with the class...
The Twirly Swirly Journals were great fun, too. Here are some of the covers:
Ingrid is a wonderfully generous and interesting instructor. The students were very happy with both workshops and Ingrid has agreed to come back again!
Here is one of the interior pages, this one by Ingrid:
Thank you, Ingrid and thank you to the students for everything!
The creativity just doesn't stop over here in Westlake OH. My new friend, Kim Montagnese, bought a few sheets of the beautiful paper we carry from Budapest. She covered a chest with this paper and vintage photos of one of the local islands. She made this project for a fund-raising auction and her chest fetched a whopping $2500 for charity! Kim was kind enough to share her photos with us.
And the top....
Thank you Kim! Your chest is wonderful.
Hey friends, don't forget Ingrid Dijker's workshops this coming Sat and Sun. at Small Studio. Last minute sign-ups accepted. Call the store 440-808-8599 (10-6 EST)
Students Kathy Herda and Randy Cecil brought in show and tell from Tracy's Saturday workshop. From Kathy:
The little car actually moves along the little leather road! So very clever, Kathy. I love how differently everyone's minds work.
Below a photo of the work of students Carol and Sharon from Canada.
Randy even added detail to the inside of the leather pieces:
Thank you both for sharing your projects and enthusiasm with me since I could not be at Tracy's workshops.
Don't forget to sign up for Ingrid's Journal workshops on Sept 8th and 9th. We are going to to have a great time creating.
Hmmmm. Tracy's students who live locally have not brought in show and tell as they promised (Isn't that right, RANDY?). I will need to get some photos from Tracy.
Here are some random photos from Teesha's last class: Handstitched Journals.
There are few things that make me happier than having a classroom, in this case two classrooms, filled with students happily creating. I am very lucky to have such excellent instructors come from all over the country (and Canada and Australia) to teach here in Westlake OH. That makes it lucky for you, too. This weekend we had students from OH, PA, VA, MD, TN, IL, MI, WI and Canada. Thank you to every one of you and to Teesha and Tracy for being here.
A group of ladies came to the store on Saturday. It was hot and they needed to keep cool. They lined up their drinks on the front counter and hit the store running. It was great fun having these ladies led by Teri Whidden back again.
We had another group of ladies show up on Friday. These ladies are pretty laid back and require no hydration. They are hoping to go home with you and just sit around at your house.
John and I finished the last of the birds and they are ready to go to The Summer Market next week at Veteran's Park in Avon Lake. It begins Friday night at 5pm and continues Saturday until 4pm.
Altered Books with Carol Owen is this coming Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss this if books and fun are your thing.
In August we host Teesha and Tracy Moore. We are moving Tracy's workshop to a larger venue to accommodate the wait list people (I will contact you on Tuesday) and a few more lucky souls who may want to sign up. Everyone in these classes will be contacted about directions. There are also a few spaces left in Teesha's Saturday DayPlanner and Sunday's Hand Stitched classes.
In September we have Ingrid Dijkers with 2 one day workshops and Pam Sussman with two one-day workshops. Books, collage, boxes, journals and wonderful fun with both of these ladies. All classes have space in them.
In October, the unique and wonderful Keith Lobue joins us again for three days. Go read all about these workshops on our site and his.
I know, I know. I have been neglecting my blog. We have been busy. We have so much coming up personally and at the Studio.
We have single Copic Sketch markers now in stock. You asked for them and well, I agreed. Not only that, but my daughter Amy (not to be confused with the Aimee who helps out sometimes at the store) has just been certified as a Copic instructor. She and her family will be with us mid July to mid August and she has promised to do a demo for the store. She is really excited about Copics, watch for that announcement.
Our July/August schedule of classes is newly online, so be sure to check that out. Aimee Kluiber and Barbe Saint John will be teaching classes in BookBinding, Collage, Layering, and Resin.
Avon Lake's Summer Market held the last weekend of July has invited Small Studio to participate. We will have a booth there at Veteran's Park right on the shore of Lake Erie. John and Amy will man the booth while I host Carol Owen that weekend for our Workshop Series. There is still room in her Altered Book two day workshop.
July 14th is Bastille Day. We love everything French and will have a little celebration at the store with a few treats, a fun French word game, a simple craft for you to make and light refreshments. Make a purchase and get a free "Kiss Me I'm French" pin.
Ingrid Dijkers will be joining our Workshop Series in September teaching her wonderful journals. So, in September we offer you both Ingrid and Pam Sussman and her bookbinding workshops. Lucky students!
I am looking forward to seeing you for all these fun events.
I have been invited to participate in an artistic exhibit. If my entry is chosen it will travel around the country with others to sewing expos. More on that when I have the info in front of me. Right now I am dreaming of all the possibilities and not thinking of the pressure to make it wonderful and on time.
My directive is to alter this torso using a minmum of 80% recycled, reused, repurposed material. I can spend no more than $20 on additional supplies. I am excited to get started on it.
Today brought more new product to the store. You asked for Distress markers and Dylusion spray paints and here they are:
New stencils include these absolutely different and wonderful new 6"x6" designs from Mary Beth Shaw.
And new paper tape from 7Gypsies:
And these wonderful metal birds perched on bright wooden stands arrived just before we closed today.
I think you all need to come in and see what we have and while you are here you can sign up for all the wonderful classes at our store during the next few weeks and months: Barbe Saint John, Ingrid Dijkers and Leighanna Light are first up. Don't miss any of them.
It was like Christmas at the store this week. So many deliveries and no time to play with the new products. I showed you some of the new arrivals earlier this week and here are some more:
Fun tape for your journals, mail art and other projects. Also some fun stickers:
My favorite arrival came all the way from Mexico. We received an order of tin nicho shrines in many sizes.
And in many, many styles:
We had our first real class at the store on Saturday taught by Candace Rich. It was a great class making cloth-paper by layering and layering different papers and materials. It was a success and the classroom has been officially christened by students using glues and paints and sprays and other messy, fun art supplies.
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful instructors coming to Small Studio to teach.
April brings Barbe Saint John to steampunk us up with some wonderful jewelry classes featuring Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ice Resin. Have you seen Barbe's book 1000 Steampunk Creations?
Then we have Ingrid Dijkers who has taught at Art Fest and other national retreats coming here to teach her whimsical techniques of making journals. Ingrid is such a talented artist and a real sweetheart.
Following Ingrid we have our first workshop instructor, Leighanna Light. Hurry and sign up for her classes which are just one month away. Leighanna has also taught at many national retreats and we are excited to have her here in the greater Cleveland area.
All information, photos and supply lists can be seen on our website. Go here to read all about these wonderful opportunities.
I love getting mail, especially decorated mail. Ingrid Dijkers sent me this wonderful package today. Actually she sent it to all of you.
Ingrid is so much fun. We hit it off immediately the first time we met. We both have Dutch backgrounds, although hers is much more recent than mine. I think Ingrid's dad was born in Holland. My Dutch ancestors came here in the 1830s. BUT my daughter married a nice Dutch young man whom she met in Holland when we lived there years ago.
Oh, what was in the package you ask?
Samples for her class at Small Studio on April 21: Vintage File Folder Journal. See I told you it was for you.
We have so many wonderful classes and workshops coming up. Won't you join us?
Registrations are coming into the shop on a regular basis for the Small Studio Workshop Series. They are arriving from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, New York, Texas and other far away places. They are not coming in the same numbers from Cleveland, lakewood, Rocky River or Westlake. This was a common occurance when I hosted Art Continuum too. I don't understand why. I am happy that people want to travel here to take classes from all these wonderful instructors, but local people who do not have to go to the expense of travel and lodging seem to take the opportunity lightly. Any comments?
Here is the line-up. Registration is open and simple. Links to their blogs/websites are on the left of this post.
May 4-6th, Leighanna Light
June 1-3rd, Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus
July 28-29th, Carol Owen
Aug 24-26th, Teesha and Tracy Moore
Sept 21-23rd, Pam Sussman
Oct 5-7th, Keith Lobue
All workshops have openings although some are getting close to being full.
I have been working on store classes too and I am excited to offer you in the coming months classes beginning in April by Barbe Saint John who will be a regular Small Studio instructor.
And Ingrid Dijkers is coming in April, who I also hope to entice to be a regular visiting instructor at Small Studio. Info for both instructors will be online in the next day or two.
My local customers are so lucky to have all this talent available so close by.
I always know when there is a surprise for me in my PO Box. The mail people are smiley. Today there was a wonderful surprise waiting for me from Ingrid Dijkers. Ingrid spent a long weekend last month with John and I while she taught her part of the Small Studio Workshop Series. I had not met her before, but we got along better than great. I love her work.
Above is the front of the oversize postcard and below is the back. All along the edge Ingrid has wired small black beads. They make the most wonderful sound when the postcard is handled. She made the card with punched holes so that it will fit into the book I made in her class. It is altogether very colorful and classy. Thank you so much, Ingrid!
Now, have you seen these on my Etsy shop?
Today I received photographs from my customer Ranae of Stella Ranae Vintage. Isn't this the best?
Thank you so much for taking the time to send me photos.
What a wonderful weekend here at the Small Studio Workshop event. Ingrid Dijkers came, showed us her beautiful books and showed us many techniques that we can incorporate into future projects. Ingrid is a delightful woman, full of smiles and laughter. Thank you Ingrid for a great time and thank you to all the students who joined us this weekend. You were a very special group!
Enjoy the random selection of photos:
The next workshop for Small Studio's series is Ingrid Dijkers. I love her colorful and multi-patterned style.
The above photo is from her "Over the Edge" workshop on Aug 27th. She has a ton of close-up photos on her website under "workshops". Go have a look and then go to our website and sign-up, if you haven't already.
NOTICE: Small Studio Emporium will be closed for a couple of weeks. We have a bunch of things coming up in early August and I just won't have time to pack orders. One of the events is Stampaway in Cincinnati, August 13-14th. We are packaging product, painting displays and filling out our display units just for you. Come say hello at our booth on the main floor.
We took a spontaneous road trip. I love road trips. Usually we take off for a few weeks in the summer, but it is too difficult this summer because of the Workshops, which, by the way, are great fun. More info later in this blog entry.
So we decided to throw a few changes of clothing in a suitcase and took off on a junking trip. I cannot believe my luck every time we do this, that John is 100% into this, too. We stopped at a number of antique shops and malls.
Do you have a preference when shopping? Do you tend to stop at this type of display:
I fell in love with this seating piece. It was really comfortable. The sign said it came from a Foresters Lodge. We couldn't have fit it into our car much less our house. Note, too, the beautiful dresser in the background. I am not really into big pieces of antique furniture, although I have a couple of pieces I love, but I enjoy looking at them and wondering what kind of house they were part of originally.
The last and much anticipated stop was a huge antique swap meet that only happens once a year. In fact it was the main reason we took off for the week. We got there at 7am, waited in line, paid the premium price for getting in early and grabbing the "good" stuff. Unfortunately for us, the majority of the vendors had watched the weather channel as we had not. Few of them were open and about an hour after our arrival, this is what it looked like:
Note the height of the rain drops after hitting the ground. You can't hear the thunder or see the lightning. This was Friday and we had to be home by Saturday because John is in a Golf Channel tournament this weekend. I am sure the shoppers on Saturday and Sunday had a great time but we lost out. Oh well. There will be others. It was a long ride home in the rain and storm.
Okay. Have you signed up for Ingrid Dijkers' workshops in August? Ingrid does wonderful altered books and journals. Her techniques can be used for numerous other projects. I love her work and in fact, she is the only instructor this series that I have not met, but I really needed to take her workshops!
You can sign up for her workshops here: Small Studio Workshop Series.
There is a perennial sale at Pettiti's this weekend, so early this morning John and I were there. Regular readers know we redid our yard last year. We are very happy with it except annuals seem to be just a buffet for our local deer and rabbits. This means we had some empty spots where the delectable bits had been planted. I love visiting this garden center because they do such great display vignettes. I was a little disappointed on this trip, our first this year, because they were not as abundant as in the past. Maybe the economy has dictated that they stock less quantity and fewer varieties. AND they redid the same displays that they did last year. They are still clever and pretty, but the same.
Have you bought a copy of the newest Summer 2010 Art Journaling, just on newstands now? Ingrid Dijker's "Over the Edge" has been featured in this issue and lucky us. We have her here in person teaching us all the techniques for that project Friday, August 27th. She is also teaching two other workshops that weekend and there are some spaces still left in each of the three classes. When I saw the photos for "Over the Edge", I couldn't wait to try to do them myself. That is why I invited Ingrid to come here to Avon Lake (cleveland) and teach. Come join us. It is going to be wonderful.
Life is sometimes just a circus.
This is one of those times.
We are amazed.
We go in circles.
Yes, life is just sometimes a circus.
And we are the clowns.
I pride myself on being pretty organized and in charge of making sure the chaos is held to a minimum. Somehow it has all piled up on me. It has piled up all at once.
Memorial weekend was filled with family BBQs, kids baseball and a run to the airport to pick up John's daughter, Kate, who has just left after visiting for a few days. It was a great weekend and has been a really nice visit with Kate. Kate just completed her second masters program. We are all very proud of her.
Tomorrow I leave for a few days in Indiana while John holds down the fort here. Coffee break Design is having their annual warehouse sale Saturday morning (1227 Indy Way, Indianapolis). It is always a great bargain hunt. Come and join in.
Michael deMeng arrives mid-week for his workshops here. We can add a few more if you want to come be inspired and play with us.
Right after Michael leaves John and I begin our new endeavor. We have rented a small room in an antique mall. We will be moving in the third week of June. More details and photos then. I am really excited about this.
July Teesha and Tracy Moore will be here for their workshops and then in August we welcome Ingrid Dijkers and we will also have a booth at Stampaway in Cincinnati. And on it goes.
This is all going to be great fun and a lot of work and a lot of excitement. We hope all of our friends will join us at these different events and venues. That means you, of course.
SMALL STUDIO WORKSHOP SERIES: I have a friend who celebrates her birthday all month. I love that idea and being one who likes to go one step further I decided to celebrate my birthday all year this year. It happens to be not only one of those landmark birthdays for me but also marks our 5 year wedding anniversary. What do I want for my birthday, you ask? What do we want to do to celebrate our anniversary? We talked it over and decided that we want to learn stuff. We started with learning how to solder (Kathy Herda, thank you again) this month. Then we decided we want to take classes from as many of my favorite instructors as possible: Pam Sussman, Michael deMeng, Teesha and Tracy Moore, Ingrid Dijkers, Linda and Opie O'Brien, Keith Lobue and Lynne Perrella. So I invited them over to play. Good News! They all said yes! Better News! You get to come too! Each month from May to November we will be hosting one of the instructors, or two as in the case of Teesha and Tracy. For three days each month we can learn and play from one of these greats. Come join us. Read through the workshop descriptions. Pick the ones you want. Fill out the registration form and mail it. Then sit back and gather your supplies and anticipate the fun. We are really looking forward to not only taking the workshops but also sitting next to you in class.
Here is the link to get to the workshops.
Links to instructors websites are on the left column of this blog.
Logo designed by David Simon. David is a Cleveland Graphic artist who has illustrated a number of books, book jackets and numerous ad campaigns for large companies. He taught at Creative Block and Art Continuum. David designed over 150 Stampers Anonymous stamps when I owned that company. He is an all around talented and great guy and I am proud to call him a friend.
This just in! Teesha Moore and Tracy Moore will be teaching in July! We have two rooms, so Tracy will be teaching in one and Teesha in the other. What fun. They do not teach as often as most instructors so this is a rare opportunity.
Linda and Opie O'Brien have added their names to our 2010 workshop series. They will be teaching in September. John and I are looking forward to playing with tin with them. We hope you join us.
Here are the dates of our complete roster of incredible instructors. I am so excited! I hope you are too.
May 14-16 Pam Sussman
June 11-13 Michael deMeng
July 16-18 Teesha Moore
July 16-18 Tracy Moore
Aug 27-29 Ingrid Dijkers
Sept 10-12 Linda & Opie O'Brien
Oct 18-18 Keith Lobue
Nov 5-7 Lynne Perrella
Full details and sign up info in January here and on our Small Studio website.