Friday, October 16, 2015


(Custom Artwork "Song Birds" 16 x 20 mixed media canvas)

I feel so very bad for my poor neglected blog and pinkie swear I will get back in the swing of posting.  I have been super busy in the studio trying to learn to do video taping/editing and developing a couple of online classes as well as submitting some teaching proposals, making custom art, playing in my art journal, writing, and finishing up some personal art projects.  I have missed my blog friends so very much and apologize for not keeping in better touch.  I am finding that I need to find a better balance between all work and no social media or social media and no work, any suggestions?

In between all this work, there has been quite a bit of joy...the Handy Man and I just celebrated our 35th Anniversary, the grands all had birthdays and are one year older, happy, and healthy, the Handy Man and I made a commitment to spend several weekends camping, kayaking, hiking, and day tripping to have some relaxing quality time together over the summer and have had some fabulous fun and laughter, we will be closing out the season with one last trip soon.

I am will be spending the next few days working out a plan for some open studio time to host an intimate workshop here in my home studio.  I have yet to get all the fine details worked out and am still waiting for confirmation of a fabulous artist who I am hoping will join me in teaching the two day workshop.

I wanted to find out if there is any interest before I go full tilt ahead in my planning.  My thoughts were that this would be a weekend workshop, most likely a Friday and Saturday with four students in attendance.  My studio comfortably accommodates four with individual roomy work surfaces and room for myself as well as another teacher.  Keeping the workshop small will ensure lots of individual attention for each student.  The work shop will include a make and take project, a class kit with everything needed to do the project, demonstration techniques, lots of tips, and bonus lessons from another guest artist.  Also, morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch will be included in the workshop package.  A bonus of a free goody bag will be gifted to each student.  The class fee has yet to be determined as I await a response from the guest artist but will be kept as reasonable as possible.

So, if you live in the area and are interested or are traveling through my area, or just want to plan a get away for you and three of your friends for an artful adventure here in The Natural State I would love to host a workshop for you!  If anyone is interested I would love to here from you.

My clock says I have been social enough, I need to pack some orders up to ship out this morning.  I hope you all enjoy a beauty filled weekend!


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bobbie said...

How I wish I lived close by!! I can think of nothing more fun and inspiring than to spend a few days creating with you!
All best luck on your endeavors!

Vee said...

Oh it makes me wish I lived nearby. This would be so much fun for groups of friends.

Any suggestions for balance? Hahahahaha... I know no one who has found that balance yet, but I hope that you find it.

You sound relaxed and happy, Sandy. I love that! And I love you!

JD/ Jill said...

Makes me wish I lived close by

Happy Belated Anniversary to you...

suggestions for balance...I would be one of the last persons to give anyone advice...I'm struggling these days to find time to make anything.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy anniversary to you and your sweetie - we celebrated our 36th in September (and would happily do it all again). How I wish I lived in your area because I'd be signing up for your play days in a heartbeat. As for time management - I'm a poor one to give you any suggestions, other than to say perhaps setting the kitchen timer for an allotted time at each project?

Marianne said...

I would love to visit you and your studio. Not exactly sure where you live but anywhere in the continental USA is easy enough for me.

Createology said...

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations for making 35 years. That is quite the accomplishment in these days and times. Balance is elusive for so many of us. I believe it takes a lot of thought and time management...kind of like putting ourselves first which is something many of us women are not good at doing. Best to you...

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