Thursday, October 11, 2012


 I have been trying to think of ways to express thanks to all of you who take time out of busy days to drop in and visit.  I am more grateful than you will ever know for this online community.  I have made some really treasured friendships.  I find so much encouragement through you all.  I can't tell you how many times in conversation I will say, "My blog friend...(insert your name here)..." because I do think of each and everyone of you as friends.
 One small way I can say "thanks" is to host a give away but that only benefits a small few and I wanted to include everyone.  While I am hosting a give away today I wanted to give something more.  Over the next couple of months I will develop a free online class called Step-By-Step Saturday.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in and create alongside of me a project from start to finish.
 Here is how the class will work, the class will be created as its own blog so there will be no jumping links to find the next weeks step, everything will be contained in order in one place.  This will be a public access blog with no codes, etc.  As it stands at the moment I think the class will be between 6 and 9 weeks, this could change slightly as I develop the class according to the steps in the process.  I plan to have materials lists for each week posted in the class introduction so those can be gathered ahead of time.  Each new step will be posted on Saturday, tentative date for class start is the first Saturday in January.   
 Many of you, after seeing sneak peeks of my new art work, expressed an interest in creating something that uses your own heritage bits and pieces so that is the direction I am going in.  We will be creating a substrate as a foundation for building our piece on, covering some fun techniques, making embellishments, and having a messy good time together!  I plan to launch the class in January 2013, this gives me time to get the tutorials done, glide through the coming holidays, and hopefully gives you something to look forward to in the coming new year.   
 Also, I plan to try and use a lot of really common supplies without you having to go out and make purchases for too many special things.  This is going to be a really fun and great challenge for me and hopefully something you will enjoy.  Now, for the give away!
 The hand made cuff you see featured in this post is my small thank you for your friendship offering.  The cuff base is completely hand stitched fabric, lace, and fiber with an overlay of embroidery.  It features vintage mother of pearl buttons, hand made duponi silk flower embellishment, hand wired glass bead/vintage pearl flower and leaf sprays, as well as hand tatting (done by my best friend Pam).  The fabric cuff has an insert of an adjustable metal cuff blank and is lined with a soft flannel for comfort.  
 To sign up just leave a comment...that's it!  Anyone and everyone is welcome to sign up, no restrictions apply to this give away.  Sign up will be open for the next week with a winner being announced on Friday, October 19, 2012.

I am still plugging away at my first heritage piece, stitching rumpled roses, making silk flowers with hand beaded centers, and embroidering/beading trim... 
 I am off the studio see if I can complete this piece today!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!    


The French Bear said...

You are such a doll!

Rowann Wilkerson said...

So excited about your new classes ! You create the most amazing treasures. Anticipating !!!!

Nancy said...

Your class is a great idea, and I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful cuff.

Karen B. said...

Hello dear Sandy,
first of all I hope you are feeling much better these days and omg... I can't wait for your new classes next year!!! I will mark my calendar!!
Have a wonderful day,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Createology said...

Sandy thank you for not only creating classes and tutorials for us but also not beginning this hectic season. January is perfect. Your cuff is beautiful and you are so generous to give it to one of us. I do the very same thing in conversation and others do not understand how I can have such good friends that I have never met. Their loss for certain. Blessings dear...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for planning on setting up a class in the New Year. I hope I can join in. I see so many beautiful creations but since I am in the UK I obviously cannot attend classes given by wonderful artist in the US, I only read about it.
The Cuff is beautiful and I look forward to reading all about your Classes

Desires of the Heart said...

Oh Sandy, I am so excited over your new class, what a generous person you are and oh so very creative. I just love the cuff and would be so excited to win it and show it off!! Your new piece has my mouth watering, I just love all the intricacy you put in your pieces. It is such a joy to explore each and every inch and see what you have done with your creative mind and hands. So glad you are feeling better, I truly enjoy your blog so very much!! Mine is sadly neglected, but I hope to get back one of these days. My Mom passed away this summer, so I have been really busy since with all that goes with that. Have a blessed day. Linda

Boxwood Cottage said...

Gosh Sandy what a gorgeous cuff you have created, it would be such a pleasure & honor to wear such a piece of art from you! The free class you are planning sounds truly awesome and I'm looking forward to it!:) What a great and generous idea!
Yep I also refer to many bloggers near and far as my friends and I also think that with many blog friends I have far more in common than with my real friends.
Hope you're feeling better!
Sneding you happy Fall wishes from Germany
Carola xoxo~

Vee said...

Your new venture sounds delightful. Please count me in.

And please count me in on the giveaway, though I really should step aside because I've been blessed so much here already. Nope. Too selfish. Please count me in. ☺

bobbie said...

What a sweet lady you are!! That cuff is breath-taking, and I'm looking forward to your tutorial in January ~
Hugs ~


Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
Your giveaway cuff, is stunning,- with all the beauty you created,and I would be so happy to wear such a fantastic art piece from you.
Your free class I will so look forward to take part in, and January is the perfect time, after all the festivities in December.
Thankyou for doing that for all of us,it is so generous of you.
Hugs, Dorthe


Your on lin "free" classes sound very interesting! I'm looking forward to them. Thanks!
Please don't enter my name for your pretty giveaway, I just wanted to let you know that I am interested in learning!

Lululiz said...

I love your idea of the online class, it is such a wonderful way to give something to all your blog followers, and I truly appreciate it. I know it will be many hours of work for you. Good idea to start it in the new year, get Christmas out of the way and get ready for a new challenge, yay.
Almost forgot to say thank you for offering that beautiful cuff as a giveaway, I would love to wear it.

Blessed Serendipity said...

What a gorgeous cuff bracelet. It's truly beautiful. How wonderful that you will be offering classes soon.


Ruth Kelly said...

The hand cuff is gorgeous. You are so clever.

myletterstoemily said...

you are so generous to offer a class to those
(not me!) who are inclined to make lovely
things with their hands. i am a total klutz.

but, i know beauty when i see it, and i
always find it here.

kimber said...

The new online tutorial is just the thing for the New Year and I cannot wait to play with you! The cuff is absolutely stunning! Thank you for doing this online tutorial and for offering it to everyone.

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

How lovely, both the bracelet, and the upcoming class. I want to be in on the class, for sure. What fun!!!

Blessings from Cindy said...

Anything you create has such special touches and your beautiful cuff is no exception! Your attention to detail is unmatched! I will look forward to your online classes in 2013; such a wonderful gift for us all. Thank you so much...

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Yay, your class sounds like a great creative time!

Love your gorgeous cuff bracelet! Beautiful sneak peeks at your heritage piece too, looks lovely!

Peace and blessings to you and yours!

Lorrie Orr said...

Your class is a lovely gift to give all of us. Thank you. It's fun to have something to look forward to for January.

Beautiful cuff! So glad you are feeling better and starting to create again.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sandy
I thought that was such a lovely gesture of both the on-line classes and your Giveaway of the cuff to your blogging friends who really appreciate you
especially in light of the difficult time you have been having of late with your own health and that of your mother's.
Bless you woman! How kind is that!
I certainly hope I will be able to follow along in January.
Sending you many warm thoughts even when I can't always leave a comment!
xox Suzy

Lady Jane said...

The hand cuff is beautiful... I am so looking forward to your classes. I added a note to myself to make sure I dont forget to check it out. Your things are amazing thank you for thinking of us. LJ

Beth Leintz said...

What a beautiful cuff- and the beaded heritage piece you are working on is gorgeous, please share more of it with us!

Looking forward to your Jan tutorial.

ekewin said...

sounds like a great class...looking forward to it

Katherine Wolak said...

I am SO joining this class! I am overwhelmed with how beautiful your work is and This is like an early birthday gift! THANK YOU! As for the giveaway, beautiful doesnt begin to cover it, You really created an extraordinary piece! Im so happy to get in line! :) Good lick with finishing your project, its looking fabulous so far!


Leanne said...

so the first class will start at the beginning of January? Cool! You are one generous lady!

tkoblondee said...

Gorgeous cuff! So creative...

FredaB said...

I will be watching for the class in January. Sounds like fun,

The cuff is beautiful.



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