Workshop Supplies: Art Is…YOU!

I’ve busy this week organizing most of the supplies for my upcoming Art is…You full-day workshop here in Petaluma in September. We will be crafting collage component cabinets (CCC’s) from 6-drawer units I discovered at the Craft & Hobby Association Show last January. They reminded me of many of the vintage multi-drawer parts cabinets I own and adore and thought they would be just right to spruce up and fill up with wonderful items for use in collage projects.

Here’s a little bit of the action behind the scenes of the class kits in progress. (As of this writing, there are still a few spots left in my workshop. So if you’ve been on the fence about going or which classes to take, I hope these shots tempt you just a bit!)

Each CCC student will receive a booty-load of ephemera tucked into a vintage expense record ledger. Bingo cards, tickets, book pages, music sheets, cigar box tape, seal stickers, and more.

They also receive smaller goodies as a starters for filling the cabinet drawers. Student loot includes all you see here! Vintage ticket, cards, hooks, ribbon. Even brass hardware to attach to the drawers. See those sweet little bags on the left, those are Little Bitty Bags sponsored by Whisker Graphics. They have so many designs and colors, but for these kits, I thought the kraft, grid and notebook bags would be a sweet fit.

The little spools tucked into the vintage tobacco bags are for winding Divine Twine around, thanks also to Whisker Graphics for sending their Sweet Dozen- 12 fab color combos! Thank you Whisker Graphics!Everyone also receives a vintage spice bottle box full of even more bits and bobbles.

Most components come from vintage stash I’ve been collecting for workshops, like these watchmaker parts vials. But some cool collage components are sponsored by They include an aluminum container of little charms and a bag of postage stamps, teeny tarot cards and a leafy branch charm. They included sample packs of Decopatch paper for everyone and Decopatch brush to use with the Decopatch varnish! There are a few extra goodies for the class to use including a large alphabet stamp set and Terrifically Tacky Tape. Thank you!

I wanted to include some textiles to tuck into our cabinets and finally found the perfect fabric for collage! Charlotte Lyon’s Walnut Hill Farm collection sponsored by Blend Fabrics. Her darling designs include images of beautiful music room alphabets, embroidery-stitched designs, button box trinkets, dandelion pattern, lace, and vintage rummy cards. Of course the fabrics in this Walnut Hill line of fabrics are excellent (and sooo soft) for sewing most any creation, but I’m thrilled to include sample packs of the collection in the workshop for tucking into our cabinets until collage inspiration strikes. Thank you Charlotte and Blend Fabrics!!One more thing…every workshop student is receiving their very own cop of Scraps, An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage, by Elsebeth Gynther & Christine Clemmensen. I reviewed this book previously and it’s now one of my most favorite collage resource books.I’m not quite ready to seal everything up for good… would you believe there’s still more goodies to come? Hope to see you here in P-town in September!

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SOUVENIR: Lifestyle Magazine Summer Issue Giveaway

My latest obsession… . A seasonal lifestyle magazine featuring gorgeous homes, beautiful ideas for entertaining, delicious recipes, simple crafts, lifestyle and travel stories and amazing shops and collectibles.

is the creation of Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Heather Bullard. Fellow Contributing Editor to Country Living magazine, I’ve always admired Heather’s beautiful styling and photography talents. (As a lover of laying hens, I nearly went ape when I first saw her spectacular chicken coop!) I was introduced to her Spring issue of  a few months back when visiting The Antique Gardener and ordered it immediately. To call this a magazine feels like an understatement.  is an experience. Whether downloaded in digital form or ordered in print, you’re going to love so many things about it. One thing you’ll notice is that here’s no advertising. However, if you’re an avid shopper of what’s new and exciting, you’re in luck with the Emporium- pages of Fresh market picks from the issue’s contributors.Peruse the free preview of  to tempt your senses.

I do appreciate a magazine in print, however, I am really enjoying the flexibility of the digital version of . With my morning coffee on my iPad…at my desktop…and on-the-go on my iPhone.Sign up for the mailing list to be notified when new issues are released.


Heather is giving away the digital Summer issue of Souvenir to FIVE JSIM readers!

TO ENTER: “Like” on Facebook to keep aprised of things behind the scenes then come back here and leave a pleasant comment on this post. That’s it!

DEADLINE: Giveaway ends on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at noon (PST). Winners will be notified and announced here shortly after.

Entry to the giveaway is now closed and the winners chosen by are:

#46 Mary Ann

#39 Jennifer

#20 Maureen

#32 Melyssa

#13 Vicki

Congratulations ladies!


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Penny Blossom Charms

Fun with Amazing Glaze from my friends at -Pretty Penny Blossom Charms! Learn how easy it is to make these little beauties on my blog post over at SC Johnson Family Economics.

Disclosure: I am a paid blogger for SC Johnson Family Economics.


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