Having granddaughter Kelsey and her friend Bridgette here is being spoiled to the max. We wake up to wonderful breakfasts and that is only the beginning. Today we went to Westside Market to gather ingredients for the upcoming feast on Thursday.
Don't forget to stop by Small Studio this week and especially next Saturday for Shop Small Saturday.
It is very cold out this week and the store front is chilly. I suppose it is a good thing for those who are walking in all bundled up. I have lived in the East off and on for a couple of decades, but winter still surprises me.
Today is quilt day at the store. I have two groups of ladies who rent out the classroom almost every week to spread out their quilts and sew. Our large tables are very inviting. But even when they are not here, I always have a few faces to talk to if it is quiet in the store.
If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen my announcement about retiring at the end of this year. It was always my intention to just do this store (Small Studio) for one three year lease length. I knew it was a bad business plan, but I just wanted to do one more store. Small Studio has had some triumphs and it has had a few too quiet times, but it has been great fun for me.
Over the past year I have had a number of people who have shown interest in buying the store, but for one reason or another they did not follow through. Recently Margaret came along and is passionate about buying the store. She has pursued financing with a bank, but was only offered a portion of the needed funds.
Margaret would be a great proprietor. She is an avid bookmaker. Last year she made a New Year's resolution to make 365 books and she did it! She has taught a few book classes here at the store. She has also taken a few classes here and at the Morgan Conservatory to become an even better bookmaker.
She has shared with me some of her ideas to improve the store and I think they are wonderful ideas and will enhance Small Studio greatly. She plans on increasing the paper selection, add more art supplies and include locally handmade items.
She plans on continuing workshops and classes and the PlayDays. So here is where she needs your help. She has started a Kickstarter project that offers "rewards" for donations. If she can raise the added funds she needs, then Small Studio will continue and will be here for your art needs and creative pursuits. You can donate any amount and you can do it right here.
Sometimes, well most of the time, I get so caught up in running the store that I forget how much fun it is to just make stuff. It doesn't have to be a major work of art, but just something.
The masonite kits that we sell at the store are a perfect example. They allow me to just get my hands into artsy supplies and make something without a great deal of thought or planning. The kits are quick to put together with just a bit of white glue.
We have other things at the store that are quick and easy too. Bezels can be as complicated or as simple as I want. Recently we had Susan Lenart Kazmer for two days and the bezels the students made were awesome and a bit complicated, but I just made a paper clay molded face, painted it and glued it into an oval bezel. I was pleased with the results.
I make lots of blank books. There, I confessed. More often than not, I place them on a shelf and never add content. I don't know why. Sometimes when I make myself play in those books, I can work through them pretty quickly. One Idea leads to another and it begins to go very quickly. In the book below I used twine to frame the face of one of our 100 year old photographs (cabinet card) and layered it onto a page.
Saturday, October 25th from 11-4, is our next FREE PlayDay at Small Studio in Westllake OH. Come join us. Bring a project and make stuff. It is always fun. Call to reserve a seat: 440-808-8599
Yes, she will be here at Small Studio on September 13-14th to teach 2 one-day workshops. You may know Susan from my now defunct Art Continuum. Susan taught every year from 1998 to 2004 to sold out classes. Or you may know Susan from her collection of "Industrial Chic" embellishments available for the past few years at Michaels.
Maybe you know Susan from seeing her jewelry on red carpet programs or fashion magazine layouts. Perhaps you have taken a class from Susan at one of the art retreats around the country and around the world.
No matter how you know Susan, you will want to get to know her better next month by taking one or both of her workshops here in Westlake OH at my Small Studio. Susan will be teaching a resin class and a wire class. Full information is on our website under "Workshops". Hurry and register. It is only a couple of weeks away!
John and I spent the weekend making little punk birds.
A week or two ago I made this sailboat from a kit we sell from Coffee Beak Design. Simple and satisfying.
The "Gales", Gayle Pritchard and Gail Crum swept into Small Studio today to teach "Enshrined" to a talented and enthusiastic group of students.
Thank you Gayle and Gail for a fun and inspiring day at Small Studio.
This is what we drove home in…another snow storm and it is almost April.
We are big fans of real, vintage and new clocks and clock parts. We love making art using clocks and clock parts. We even like the craft world clock gears and pocket watch cases. How about you? Do you use clocks in your home and in your art?
Don't you think it is about time you came into Small Studio to check out our eclectic array of goods? Isn't it about time that you signed up for our awesome classes?
Nick and I go back a long way. You know Nick. He is the wonderful author and artist of the Griffin and Sabine series among other fabulous books. The Griffin and Sabine series was a story told through a correspondence of art letters and postcards tucked into the books' pages.
When I organized Art Continuum back in the 90s, Nick Bantock was at the top of my list of people to have at my event. He had written the first book a few years earlier and among those in our little world, he was the inspiration for collage swaps, Bantock-like postcard groups and a ton of art. Boldly I wrote to him and invited him to talk, teach and/or sign books. I waited and waited to hear back and then one day I received a piece of Bantock art mail. I was so thrilled to even hold it in my hands, but he turned me down very graciously.. I was disappointed but we reduced his rejection envelope and letter (written in his distinctive hand) and used it in our attendee packet. The next year, I invited and he rejected and his letter became part of the Art Continuum packet again, but this time he added faux postage for us to give away! Year three I wrote, he wrote back and accepted my invitation and did so for the next few years. He did book signings, readings, slide shows and finally a full blown art class. For our part we sold more of his books at Art Continuum than any other book signing of his at that time.
After quite a few years, Nick Bantock has a new book on creativity.
The week started out really cold and icy evidenced by the car thermostat 9AM Tuesday morning...
Then, glory of glories, my web girl finally got the Small Studio Workshop Series up and running on our website. She made a few mistakes which have caused me some minor headaches and some disappointment for students (be sure to check the revised listings) but it has all been corrected.
My good friend Michele Monet was in today and she redid the classroom including a brick wall and hardwood floor..
It has been a fun week for me full of unexpected delights.
Well it appears that John and I still possess a California attitude towards snow. I cancelled the class today worrying that the roads would be too treacherous for some of my students who were driving in from an hour away. I was unable to get a hold of them so John dug us out and we drove in to the store on those treacherous roads. Six people did not read my cancellation and so we had the class. The others who did not make it will have a make-up class. We had so much fun and the ladies created some great little ATCs. It is difficult to photograph them since they are made with transparencies, acetate and acrylic and so there is glare. In person they were all wonderful. Here is a sampling.
Now for the news you have all been waiting for. The 2014 Small Studio Workshops Series are up on the website. We have a few kinks to work out (prices are missing from Lynne Perrella's classes), but you can now plan and/or register. Go HERE to see the offerings.
In my experience real artists usually prefer to use real stuff like:
Sometimes there is a time and place for imitation and knock offs, but the real stuff is, well, real. Small Studio carries all the real stuff above plus a great deal more of the real stuff and some select reproductions. We also have classes and workshops to show you how to use them.
Well, actually we didn't see any rainbows, but our luck has changed. It is really warming up here in Northern Ohio. Today at 1PM the temperature is (drum roll please)
When I lived in CA no one every talked about the weather, but here it is a major topic.
we were driving down the street and what to our wondering eyes should appear but a fabulous snow unicorn complete with snow ears.
Saturday, Jan 11th is our first FREE PlayDay of the year. Call the store tomorrow or anytime up until Saturday and reserve a spot. We have fun at our Playdays. bring a project and your supplies. Get those unfinished projects done finally or work in your art journal. Phone # is 440-808-8599
Our Small Studio here in Westlake has many ideas for you.
SHOP SMALL STUDIO
26113 Detroit Road
I bought a YuDu machine last year for a class, but it was cancelled, so I have a brand new, never opened or taken out of the box Yudu screen printing machine that comes with platen, squeegee, transparent, screen, black ink, emulsion sheet, DVD instructions, manual and adhesive sheet.
Included are extra supplies as shown below.
The Yudu is great for print T-shirts, papers, cards, etc. There are well over $300 of products. I will sell it all for $200. Available at the store:
26113 Detroit Road
Sorry, no shipping.
Holiday shopping season has begun. John and I have had discussions and made lists. We have even done a wee bit of exploration. We have had discussions about shopping small since it hits home with us. That is our personal side of the holiday shopping. The business side is that the store is bursting with goodies for you to give others and even yourself. I offer some ideas of items available locally here at Small Studio in Westlake OH.
For the men: Vintage cameras, vintage radios, vintage alarm clocks, vintage British route signs. We even have a beautiful vintage Bingo game.
For anyone: we have art supplies including Gelatos, stencils (lots of new ones), Gelli Plates, vintage ephemera, antique ledgers, collage papers, vintage and new embellishments. We have books on crafts and decorating. We have journals, boy do we have journals.
For the home: Small Studio has clocks, big and small, frames, Santos and cage dolls, wall decor, signs both new and vintage, initials letters and numbers. For Wrapping: we have Christmas papers and a selection of over 200 decorative large sheet papers. We have ribbons from designers and wonderful everyday ribbons.
Well, why don't you just stop by and see for yourself? On Shop Small Saturday, Nov 30th, we have a gift for you with purchase as a thank you.
Small Studio 26113 Detroit Road Westlake OH 44145 440-808-8599 Tues-Sat 10-5
First I want to post the only Fall picture I have taken this year. Fall has been late in arriving, but it burst into color this week. Here is my view out the front store window.
You should stop by the store and check out our 20 new papers and by Tuesday we will have all of our Christmas stuff ready for you.
26113 Detroit Road
Aimee Kluiber taught a very successful and happy class last Saturday here at Small Studio in Westlake OHio. The classroom was full of enthusiastic students who came to learn the chain stitch for bookbinding.
Aimme, thank you for a great class. Aimee's next class is Saturday the 26th. She will be teaching "Fashion Figure Drawing" here at Small Studio.
Saturday, the delightful Betsy Begue taught her French Cartonagge, The Art of Box Making, here at Small Studio in Westlake OH. Betsy learned this craft while living in France several years ago. The class loved Betsy and the boxes they made from scratch.
Thank you so much, Betsy and thank you students for supporting the store.
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.
My friend Zellda stopped in to share lunch this week. She is definitely a mixed media artist in every sense of the description. Her interests are varied and her art reflects that. She works in clay, photography, paper and paint. She makes collages, cards, jewelry and assemblages.
For show and tell she brought in the piece below. It all started with a piece of decorative paper she bought from my Small Studio plus a vintage cigar box.
This tiny little teeny book from 1900 is packed with advice for the "modern" woman.
My favorite advice is "Don't eat with your knife". What is yours?
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.