Monday, May 26, 2008


Thanks to everyone who came to our Annual Yard Sale Sunday morning. We had a truly successful sale, as did the sellers outside the store. Also, huge thanks to my staff, who set the whole thing up...I wasn't even allowed to browse or shop...they slapped my hands...and the weather was great..not too hot. So, Happy Memorial Day...I hope everyone had some down time to catch up on rest, art, reading, yard work...whatever makes you feel good. 

So, looking ahead, we have Mr. Michael deMeng arriving here Friday night this week, for three classes. All the info is in the recent newsletters, which can be read through the website,  on the "news" page.

I am devoting this week to developing projects in the Creative Cafe, and I will post pictures as soon as they are ready. Also, I am lucky enough to get to go to CKU-Houston this year, which is coming up in early June. I will see my ex-fiancee (we are "just friends" now...really, does that ever work??) Tim Holtz at the event and will say "hi" from everyone. You all know he is coming to teach 6 terrific classes at our first ever "Holtz Holiday Festival!!"  This will happen over the weekend of September 27-28, 2008,  and the classes will be Christmas related, with a possibility of one or two being winter-themed.  I will give everyone plenty of notice for class sign-ups. All the info will be posted in the weekly Wednesday E-Mail. Class descriptions and costs will be posted 2 or 3 weeks before registration. You can sign up for the e-mail newsletter also at the above-mentioned  AE website.

The following teachers and events are  lined up, so far, for the rest of 2008:

May 30-31-June 1-Michael deMeng (a few spots left)

June-all month-come in to enter a give-away for a Disney vacation for 4 people. More details to come.

July 8-12-- A Museapalooza--release of the new holiday images from A Muse along with classes
contests, make-and-takes.
July 12-13-Chrissie Hines returns for bookmaking
July 26-27-Irina Kitaeva-bookmaking-Gypsy Journal & Metal Work Book

August 3, Sunday- Dave Brethauer, from Memory Box- coloring classses, pencil & watercolor
August 9-10- Caroline Lao, owner of Maya Road, multiple classes using cool Maya Road stuff
August 23-Diane DiTullio, designer from Prima-clear and bling-filled books

September 27-28-His Highness, Tim Holtz, "Holtz Holiday Festival"

October 18th-Marissa O'Brien-a full day of Precious Metal Clay-15-20 pieces of silver jewelry (think holiday gifts!!!)

November 15-16- Lisa Engelbrecht (visit her site, Incredibly talented  lettering artist, and to say that really understates her art. From her website, connect to other places she is teaching to view samples of her work. (This will be a fantastic weekend because I am turning 60 on the 15th!  (Actually, as a retailer, I think I am only allowed to turn 59.95)

I am in negotiations with a few others. Details will be forthcoming.

The best way to get the latest news about what is happening is to sign up for the newsletter, which I send out weekly. See notes above on how to do this.

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