{THANK YOU} to my students!

classroom 2013

Classroom November 2013

Since November 2013 I have been back at teaching quilting & silk painting classes, pretty much full-time, after a 10 year hiatus.  Some weeks up to 5 days, depending on how many private classes I had on top of scheduled classes.

Silk Painting Class in Progress

The last class, until September was about 2 weeks ago.  I am taking the summer off to plan my teaching and show schedule for Fall 2014, design new projects, make samples, create lesson plans, paint the classroom etc…

I would like to say  HUGE THANK YOU to all my *students*.  I truly LOVE teaching and over the last  7 months you have helped me live my passion.  Thank you for supporting my classes and making classes so much fun!

Black, White & Brights Placemat Class

Display of student work from *Black, White and Brights Placemat Class*

This was a class called “Black, Whites and Brights Placemats”.  At a local art show one of my classes displayed the placemats they had made in the class.  I was a pretty proud teacher.  Their placemats were beautiful and made an awesome display.

 Below is a write up of one of my classes which was hung with their display of placemats.

Students’ write up of Placemat Class

Again, *THANK YOU* to those who attended my classes!!  I hope to see you back in class for the upcoming season.  I have lots of new classes in the works.  More Silk Painting and Fabric Decoration, Precious Metal Clay, Soldering & of course Quilting.  Sign up for my newsletter to find out about class schedules.

If you have not attended a class yet feel free to contact me with any questions you might have & I look forward to having you in class.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Happy {Heart} Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Yesterday I took some time out from filling orders to make a heart pendant.  This pendant was one of the awesome lessons from the Aspire to Wire ecourse that I just completed.


This is made from strips of copper, held together with fine silver rivets.


I used one of my glass headpins to form the loop for the chain.  I thought the droplet shape fit perfectly inside the heart chamber.
Lots of fun to make, but then it was back to working on orders and packaging some up for Valentine’s.


I am starting to enjoy packing my orders as much as making them!
Have a wonderful day filled with LOVE!



Thank You & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!
Like most people I am trying to figure out where 2011 went!! It was a whirlwind. A fun and exciting one though! Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, buys my creations, supports me at my shows, and encourages me along the way.
You have been with me through my new vegan journey and at my first vegan Christmas dinner last year!  This year was the second!


You cheered me on to finish UFO’s, and there are some that still aren’t done and some new ones for 2012!
I shared recipes with you from my vegan journey and I hope they were helpful to you. You encouraged me when I came up with new ideas and had art shows to attend.
You read my posts in February as I did a Creative Everyday Challenge. That was a great challenge and one I need to do again!


You have listened to my dog stories and looked at my agility trial pictures.


Watched me struggle and enjoy swaps. The last part of 2011 I didn’t do any swaps but will be getting involved again in 2012….i missed some of those gals (and guys!)


In May I thought my life was slowing down, but that wasn’t so, things got really busy around the house, and I really slacked off from my blogging. But during that time my husband and I have been working on a classroom for me to start teaching quilting again, we built a guest cottage and a storage shed and dealt with Hurricane Irene.


You also cheered me on with my Paint Party Fridays, which I also miss and want to start doing again. Bead Table Wednesdays were fun and kept me motivated.
You listened to my stories about my online classes and encouraged me with my new lampworking skills.


So thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you for your ear (or your eyes since you are reading!), and I hope you will continue to follow my creative journey into 2012.

In 2012 I want to keep creating and get all these new ideas out of my head!
Of course finish some more UFO’s; do more pottery {i have a potter’s wheel again ~ woohoo!}, continue to improve my lampworking skills, make more jewelry components from ceramic clay and do lots more work with Precious Metal Clay. I just love that stuff and when I work with it I always ask myself why I don’t work with it more!

Here are a few new pieces that I finished today…..

The textured circles on these earrings were made from Precious Metal Clay, and have my glass headpins hanging from them.


Potcake Necklace…….

Potcakes are our local mixed breed and there are many strays.  When I make these pendants I give $20 to help the animals of Abaco.


Have a happy, healthy, exciting and creative 2012!

Busy, Busy Christmas


I am not sure where the first two weeks of December went, in fact, I am trying to figure out where 2011 went! I sure have stayed busy!
Wanted to do a quick post to show you some new things I have been working on.
I also, finally, created a Facebook for Bahama Dawn. If you scroll down this page you will see the button on the right. Click on it & *like* it please. Right after Christmas I am going to be running a discount special specifically through that page.
Back in November the awesome Cassie Donlen, from Glass Beadle came to Abaco and spent three days helping me with my glass bead making. I can’t thank her enough! She was awesome and I learned TONS of great tips and tricks. It was my first real class in lampworking! Before that I had fumbled along, taught myself, and made a lot of mistakes.
Thanks again Cassie!!!
So here are some of my new creations……
These are just a few of the beads Cassie and I made together.  Some are hers and some are mine in this photo.



I learned how to make these hearts which have been very popular and I LOVE making them!



I am also having a blast stamping on metal, especially creating little scenes.  Will have lots more pieces with these stamped pieces as I get a chance to put together and finish pieces.



Also having fun making these puppy pendants!! Need to work on a kitty pendant also!  I am selling these for $20, and all the money goes to help the animals of Abaco.



Tree of Life Pendants are another new creation which have been popular also.



My final little show and tell are these sea glassy beads.  I make the bead, then etch it and it looks like sea glass!



Thanks for stopping by to see my new goodies!!
Have a great week!


Experimenting……

Over the last few months I have been experimenting with some new materials, trying out new ideas, taking some online classes.
I am not doing any Fall shows like I normally do.  Instead I thought I would have an open house in December with lots of new items.
Here are some sneak peeks from classes I have taken and some new products I have tried out.
This heart charm was from an online class I took at Beaducation, in PMC. 
I had worked with PMC (Precious Metal Clay) before but hadn’t really pushed myself to make anything like this.  It is 2 hearts joined with copper spacers and brass hex nuts, then riveted.

The class gave me a lot of confidence with the PMC and some great ideas for new pieces.
I put the piece in Liver of Sulphur to age it, and then was sorry I did since before that the metals were bright and there was a lot more contrast.
I am still happy with it!

I have also been playing around with some enameling.

Those are some of the first beads I made.  I am using Barbara Lewis‘ kit and book, “Painting with Fire”  and it has been very helpful.
Yesterday I got into a bit of an earring making spell.
Here are two pairs….I cant show you everything….need to save some for the open house!

I love the enamel earrings, below.  They remind me of the ocean.

I’ll pop back in soon to show you some more experiments and some new things!
Have a great week!

Bead Table Wednesday ~ work in progress from the classroom

This week I am in the middle of taking a local jewelry class. It is named Sea Glass Class, but it is so much more than that!
Here I am polishing away at my work station….

I have been making jewelry for several years now, and after doing more metal and wire work I wanted to learn how to cut more of my own original pieces from sheet silver and copper. So, about a year ago, I bought a jeweler’s saw which is a hand saw with a very fine blade that breaks very easily. I tried and tried to get that saw to work and just couldn’t! In my frustration I put (threw) the saw aside and out of sight!
Well, the first day of this class we had to use one! After a brief description and demo we were all sitting at our workstations, saw in hand, and I got it to work!! I was over the moon!!! If I didn’t learn another thing this week I would have still been happy!
I had to go home, find my saw and apologize to it!
Here are some bails that I made from sheet silver using the saw….
On one bail I soldered on a small turtle pendant that the instructor of the class made.
These two pieces still need polishing up which I will do tomorrow.
I have also had a chance in this class to use a dual fuel torch for soldering which has made things so much easier…..once you get use to the heat!
I have been using a butane torch and having problems with it lately and it was all because there was not enough heat.
Here are a few more pieces I am working on in class.
I love these pastel colors together. Still trying to decide what to make out of these….a bracelet….a pendant…..a necklace…..any ideas?
I would love to hear your opinions!
Be sure and check out what others have on their bead tables this Wednesday over at the Flickr group, Bead Table Wednesday.
Watch out world…..here I come with my jeweler’s saw!