Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hurray for Paper Cowgirl 2010!

Paper Cowgirl is the "Best Little Art Retreat in Texas"

The annual event will take place once again in the quaint town of Waxahachie, Texas, June 24th -26th! I am SO excited!
The Two Cowgirls in charge Cindy and Tina...
We will remember and honor our sweet friend Tina (HUGS)
The Swaps...
The shopping...
The food...
The Classes...
a few of the girls...
Heck Yeah I'm a Paper Cowgirl! I'll be there!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Learning New Things

During my winter break from school, one of the things I did was organize all of my loose beads and vintage pieces. I wanted to do something with my pearls and velvet beads and got "in the mood!" Here's what I came up with...

I watched some addictive BRAVO TV and made these necklaces. Now I need MORE goodies to play with. So much fun!

Just scanned my fur (faux of course) pieces to use as "digis." I also scanned all of my vintage pattern cover girls...took a while! I love being able to use my goodies again and again! Who could resist a leopard crown and matching tote?

Since I already had my little "pattern" covergirls out, I decided to make a clipboard for my friend's daughter who is getting married this spring. This time I used a copy of the complete pattern cover. I'm always inspired by the super talented Jane of Jane's Apron. In Artful Blogging a few issues back, she showed a darling clipboard with a pattern cover. I thought this wedding pattern was perfect for mine. The flower and pearls are from my vintage stash. Thanks Jane!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Great Friend and Artist

This is my sweet and very talented friend, Tina (Glue on my fingers, Paint in my hair). She helped create the fabulous Paper Cowgirl, an amazing retreat here in Texas each summer. She and I emailed back and forth many times and spoke on the phone before I finally got to meet her in person at Paper Cowgirl. She even asked me to teach a class there last year. I was so honored.

My friend Tina passed away early this morning. Tina was a wife, mother and young grandmother. She had a huge zest for life.
Tina had many talents. She was a soldering queen, (she taught me!), collage artist, faux finishing expert, and so much more. She made me laugh through our emails and in person. What a free-spirited happy girl. I have been lucky and blessed to have had Tina in my life.

Paper Cowgirl friends Cindy, Tina, and me...June '09.
Lisa and I had a wonderful time collecting artwork from around the country early this fall, and putting together this amazing book of friendship for Tina. SO many of her dear friends contributed.

We titled the book "The Power of Friendship." You can see the little banner at the right of my blog. The book turned out to be a huge support for Tina. She absolutely loved it and cherished it.
Tina will always be an inspiration to me.
Thank you for being my friend Tina...I will miss you.