Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oh my it has been forever since my last Tangerine post. It has been so incredibly busy. There is a lot going on here is the scoop...

Classes, Classes, Classes

I got a lot of heat when I decided to taper down the workshops, I think what I needed was time to learn how to do it right, it was a little too much work for me last year (I got a little overwhelmed). I have it down now I think, I seem to be feeling a lot groovier about it so we are gearing up again for some regular workshops. I have some great instructors and I have a little bit more time to do some teaching myself, very exciting.

Check out the Tangerine Website for all the details! Here is a little teaser:

This Saturday I am teaching a paper clay doll workshop, we are doing the tiny mermaids you have all seen in the store. They are sweet, have arms that swing, embellished fabric tails, and twisty wool hair decorated with itty bitty shells. It is a long class but we have a lot to cover and everyone should goes home with a finished doll (for those of you that promise you will finish your project when you get home but never do). There might be one or two spaces left.

Julee Hermann is doing a "Get your holiday craft on" class next week. Super special intro class price, to get you all giddy and inspired. The morning class is for beginners the class that follows will be doing a project a little bit more challenging. It really doesn't matter where you are with your solder skills it is always a treat to have some class time with Julee.

This month I will also be teaching an altered jewelry class, smalls shrines-big impact. This is a very popular class, super fun, messy and the end result is almost always breathtaking.

In December Iva Wilcox will be teaching a beeswax collage class. OK so imagine this, lots of vintage imagery, paint, stains, the smell of natural beeswax melting, and going home with a project you are proud to give but might just keep because you love it!


Every year I make a couple dozen ornaments for the store tree a wee thing that is a different color every year. This year the tree is a light brown and the ornaments are all made of paper and vintagy things...sweet! The ornaments are leaving as fast as I can get them up so you need to jump on over and grab one or two before they are all gone.

Is it me or does this holiday come earlier every year?

The new Papaya calenders are hear and they are even better than last year!

We have the BEST stocking stuffers; flying monkeys, Jesus bubble bath, unicorn bandaids, snake pens, stationary, mustaches, ginger puppets, colored pencils pony playing cards....


The store has been moved around a little to make more room for classes, and in January we will be bringing down a wall for some serious art supplies. The paint, adhesives, linen canvas, wax, markers, and a million other yummy art stuff should be arriving soon.

In the spring we will be doing more painting, collage, and some sculpting!!!

The website and blog will be getting a face lift finally, and the dreaded mailing list and promised newsletter should be a reality before we know it (I know, I know I am slacker!)

A video is in the making, I will put the link here just as soon as it's complete.

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Winter is a great time to make art so put on some soft socks a big sweater, break out a space heater, plug in the glue gun and get makin' mama! Oh don't forget cookies and hot cocoa!!!

My favorite gifts are made by people I love. Here is a list of some of my most favorite gifts I have given and received...

Anything baked with good chocolate, real sugar, and packed in a tin.

Homemade Pesto, salsa, chocolate sauce, and caramel, especially if a little spoon is tied to the jar with a ribbon.

A knit scarf.

A ribbon pin with old stamens in the middle.

Baskets filled with all the makings for a pasta dinner or a cookie making orgy.

A cigar box filled with crafty supplies; glass glitter, a great white pen, Dresden, ribbon, lace, old sheet music, a good paint brush, a squeezy tube of glue, vintage pearls, and felt flowers.

A basket of yarn balls and a crochet hook.

A hand thrown tea mug.

A giant canning jar full of gumballs or Hershey's kisses.

A handmade card with a really long letter about childhood memories, a funky photo of the two of us with missing front teeth and a promise to always be friends.

Have a super November day.

Make Art=Be Happy

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