Fun Times & Notes from Paper Crown

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling up to Oklahoma City, and teaching/visiting with my friends at Paper Crown. I so much enjoy the ladies I've met, and the friends I've made up there. I always leave feeling uplifted and wishing I lived closer.

Before, during and after each of my soldering classes, we talked about several art events, sites, and classes. So much so, that instead of spelling out or writing down the links, I promised I'd share them here on my blog.

So... here's what we talked about!
  • Brave Girls Camp - I have not attended this camp, but am hopeful to attend in the future. I have heard NOTHING but amazing things about this event, the team who puts it together, and the life affirming changes that occur in the lives of those who attend it. It is on my bucket list.
  • Soul Restoration - I just read that if you register for the April Soul Restoration I class, or the Soul Restoration II class (which starts in June) by March 1st, you could win one really amazing prize!! I am planning to take Soul Restoration II to continue my "restoration" process. I gained a LOT during the first class (as we talked about), and it helped me realize and recognize many key areas in my life. I can honestly say, that this class did help me change my life. For real.
  • A Gilded Life - My friends Shea and Debbie who live in a gothic style Methodist church, that they worked to renovate. They and their incredible studio is currently in this month's issue of Where Women Create.
  • Scarlet Lime Kit Club and the She Art online mixed media class - This is where I referred you guys to get canvas's, neo color crayons, and awesomely coordinated kits. Registration for the She Art class closes tonight, and class starts tomorrow!
  • Art of Spring - The event by the gals at A Gilded Life. The event is completely sold out. I am SO sorry!
  • The Creative Connection Event - If I could only attend one event each year, this is the one I would choose - hands down! I will be there!!
  • Gilded Girl Stash Society - The high end, vintage inspired monthly kit we talked about. Currently, the society is completely sold out. But, I have it on good authority that a few new spots are being added next month! If you're interested, ask to be put on the waiting list!
  • Paper Cowgirl - This is an art event held in Waxahachie, Texas each June. It's organized by Cindy and her team. Mendy Mitrani is teaching the digital art class we talked about. This is the event that Ann Denise will also be teaching at.
  • Digital Editing/Scrapbooking Classes - Hands down, the best online digi-scrapping/how to edit photos class I've taken is at Scrapbook Alchemy, a site owned and operated by Jessica Sprague.
  • Little Light Studio - I learned 90% of my blog design skills by taking Wilna's Bling Out Your Blog class.

I think that's all of topics we discussed! If I missed anything, shoot me a message and I'll add it! And, to think that with all the fun discussions we had, you all soldered too!

All of the class photos are courtesy of Jackie Peters, Oklahoma's Premier Paper Artist. She is really one heck of amazing artist and teacher. She also has a very, very inspiring blog.  LOVE that girl!

P.P.S. To the group of women that I had the absolute pleasure of dining with on Friday night... I had an amazing time! Thank you!!!!

Soldering Student Supplies

Next weekend, I have the pleasure of driving up to Oklahoma City and teaching once again at the infamous Paper Crown. During this trip, I will be teaching an introductory/basic soldering class and an intermediate class.

I can't wait!

I love the girls at Paper Crown.

They're smart and SO fun! (And Cindy keeps Diet Coke stocked in the fridge. Hello! HEAVEN!)

Anyway... all of the supplies and art needed for my introductory/basic class are included in the cost of the class.

'Cause that's how I roll.

However, Intermediate students need to bring their basic soldering supplies with them. (I'll take care of everything else)

Just in case you're one of my Intermediate students, and you don't have your supply kit yet, I'm going to share where I get all my stuff.

Robin with Glass Supplies on etsy is awesome. She really is. I wish I got SOME KIND of kickback or perk for sending you to her, but I don't.


But, I keep sending friends and students to her because she really really is awesome.

Her customer service and prices are phenomenal. (She also refunds shipping if it turns out that your package ships for less than you were charged.)

And, that just can't be beat.

Ever. ( I will ALWAYS stick by great customer service. Always!)

So, with that, these are the items that Intermediate students need to bring with them to class.

  • TileWork Surface (at least 12"x12" in size, but a prefer a 12"x18" one. Pick one up at your local Home Supply store.. ie Lowe's or Home Depot. Any tile will do.)
  • Soldering Iron* (I prefer, after much MUCH trial and error, the Weller 100)
  • Soldering Iron Stand*
  • Flux & Flux Brush*
  • Lead-Free Solder* (I use DGS)
  • Salammoniac Block (Sal Block)*
  • Burnishing Tool* (a Fid or a wide orange stick will work)
  • Clamps (I use wooden clothespins)
  • Bent Nosed Hemostats*

Everything marked with an asterix (*) can be found on Robin's etsy store. She has generously listed several complete kits with the items I recommend to my basic/introductory students.  The only thing you need to add to the kit is the bent nosed hemostat. However, I suggest that if you are placing an order for a kit (or basic supplies), you also order additional glass (1"x1" and 1.5"x1.5" are the most popular sizes. 2"x3" makes awesome ornaments and gifts) and copper tapes to save on shipping and 'waiting time' (I'm an impatient kind of girl). We will be using the 1/2" black backed, 1/2" silver backed copper tapes and the scalloped/wavy edged tape in the intermediate class.

That's about it! If you have any questions, comment to this post (making sure I have a way to respond back to you, please) and I'll get your questions answered as soon as I can.

See you soon!

I am So Behind...

I have to admit it.

Keeping it in, isn't going to make me feel better. Nor is it going to help me move forward.

I am so, so, SO behind.

I have blog posts planned out, but nothing accomplished.

I have organization to report back on, but alas.. no photos prepared.

I have opted to spend my "creative time" on other things, and as such am even MORE behind with my Soul Restoration work.

Freddy - My Seasoned Traveler!
However, I did travel down to south Texas to visit with my parents, brother, sister, and her children.

When I was younger (like 20 years younger), I used to want 6 or 7 kids. Yeah.

Addyson - 3 years old

I don't know how my sister handles her 4. She's amazing (and they are super cute!)

When I ask her how she is able to do it all... she said...

I don't do it all, it just looks like I do and... you do what you've gotta do. 

Fake it 'till you make it.

So, I'm faking it.

Nothing is done. I am behind. WAY behind.. and not just in my ghetto bootie either.

I am behind, but rest assured, I am going to get caught up.