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There are just a couple more days in which to register for my workshop at Fanshawe College in London this weekend. It promises to be a lot of fun. Lots of projects planned. Just follow the link, download the pdf course guide and it is listed on page 14. If that date does not work for you, my weekends in Southampton at the Art School are coming up on July 6 and 7th and Aug 10 and 11th. Hope to see you there.

Fanshawe College.
http://www.fanshawec.ca/continuing-education/register

Southampton Art School
http://www.southamptonart.com/adult-classes/Jewellery

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Registration is now open for the Summer Art Program at Fanshawe College.  I will be teaching a weekend workshop on June 22 and 23rd 2013.  These weekends are so much  fun.  Techniques are taught, originallity is encouraged.  Follow this link to the PDF Program. http://www.fanshawec.ca/continuing_education   Download the London Campus Course Guide (Hint, hint,  My class is on page 14 LOL)  Hope to see you there.

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This coming Saturday November 10 2012 we will be offering a day of 1 hour classes at Robert Hall Originals in St. George, Ontario.  Two in the morning and two in the afternoon.  These classes were recently offered at the Ancaster Gem and Mineral Show and were very popular.  Here’s an opportunity to learn 1 – 4 techniques so you can blow them away with your Christmas gifts!! If you’d like to see the complete class line up for this fall you will find it at  www.stix-n-stones.ca  and we are working hard on bringing you a great spring 2013!

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I am pleased to tell you that there have been 3 new classes posted for the end of this season.  If you get a chance stop by  www.stix-n-stones.ca to check them out.  These will be the last new ones posted this year.  As usual the spring line up will be posted shortly before Christmas.

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These are a couple of projects I will be teaching at the Southampton Art School.  The second piece is designed so that the bead can be taken out and replaced with a different stone for a completely different look.

 

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So I have finally finished with my new workroom and I thought I’d let you take a look around before I got it all messed up : )  Here goes.  First I organized all my beads into these neat little screw together containers.  I must have cleaned out 3 Dollarama stores! but they came in 3 different sizes and are perfect for the job (I think)  So now I can see all my beads.

Then came the trip to Ikea.  I bought 2 CD cases and 2 bookcases and, being Ikea, I was also able to get doors to fit on the bookcases to neaten things up a bit.  At the lumber yard I was able to get a shelf that fit the length of all 4 pieces and it will serve as a countertop.   It is a handy space to spread things out on.

      

My stones are organized into these tool cases that I have gotten over the years at the local Home Depot.  The little compartments are removeable and interchangeable.

   

The closet has been outfitted with shelves and houses the cases with the stones, a photography setup, the tumbler, more storage, etc.

There are two desks in the room, one on wheels that I can pull up to any chair.  There is a spot for my computer and I am saving for a new wiresless printer.  I installed a bulletin board and last but not least, hung my autographed picture of Pierce Brosnan : ) (A gift from my daughter).

    

  

So, no excuses now!! : )  There is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Time to get to work.  I’ve got fall classes to organize!!  I doubt this room will ever be this neat again. LOL  Thanks for looking.

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Having worked only with Sterling wire I found copper to be a challenge to work with in the beginning.  Now that I have completed a few projects though, I find myself really enjoying it.  It is so much more freeing and relaxing, knowing that if my design does not work out, I will not be putting silver in the trash.  These are a couple of tree designs I have been working on lately.(One tree, One Goddess Tree)   Maybe once I am happy with the finished product I will re-do it in silver but I’m kinda liking the look of the antiqued copper.

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