The smiling, beaming faces say it all....
We were tired from all the learning, friendship and fun.... but glowing with happiness. B'sue Boutiques Workshops are a time to learn, but to do so in a relaxed atmosphere among friends who seem more like family.
Of course, this was Christi Friesen year, so the 'kids' were bouncing off the walls with excitement to see Christi again. She didn't let them down!
Christie Friesen, for those who don't know, is the Princess of Polymer Clay. She has written, what? 12 books on the subject! She teaches classes in exotic places like Japan and Australia, to name a few! Christi is quite in demand because she demonstrates that TRULY, anyone can play with clay and have success, right out of the gate.
Christi also takes note of everyone in the room and is available to all. She does not disappear into her hotel room at the end of class, but parties hearty, involved in everything everyone else is doing. She does that from early morning til late at night. Let's face it....Christi loves a party!
She even made herself a student in my Vintage Assemblage with Wire class! It looks like she was having a great time, too.
We learned so many things....how to make a little dragon with wings, such that it could easily be made into a brooch OR a figurine, as you like it. We learned how to make molds and use Sculpey Ultra Light Clay. I am so sold on that stuff now that soon I'll have it available at B'sue Boutiques
Everyone loved the Swellegant class! Here is Janet Wilson, of Chickie Girl Jewelry, simply mesmerized by something new.
I was intrigued most by the dye-oxides as, being a vendor of brass stampings, I'd always concentrated on using the Patinas from the SWELLEGANT line:
Now it was my time to learn from the 'master' how much fun the dye oxides are with polymer clay!
This one is made from a mold I made, from one of our brass stampings...
Sculpey Ultra Light treated with metal coating, Tiffany Green Patina, and dye oxides, done in layers and buffed out with a piece of denim.
SO EASY and SO FUN to do! Thank you, Christi!
Some also made little owl pendants:
That one is from Janet Wilson, done up in true Chickie Girl style.
Here is Sue Shade's table, and everyone is hard at work. Sue came with her two delightful sisters!
They brought us carrot cake and brownies, too! YUMMY!
Here is a darling fairy box that Annette Carruthers made:
I'd like to thank Annette for taking so many of our group photos.
More pix thanks to Janet Calardo, who has come to every last one of our events!
We all owe a world of thanks to Katie Oskin (of Kater's Acres ) and her husband, Luke (Mr. Katie):
On Friday, there was so much clay baking going on that Katie logged 7 miles on her pedometer! Katie did all the running and baking this year, and honestly I don't know what we would have done without her.
Luke was around for needed support. Katie was so glad to have him there. We all were!
Christi's was a two day class, Friday and Saturday. Then I took Sunday for my class, Vintage Assemblage with Wire.
Many had requested that I introduce in person how to do the vintage Haskell-style assemblage using wire for attachments.
It is truly my passion!
The class paid rapt attention to my lecture and instructions...
We took a lot of candid, off the cuff photos....
But truth be told, they all did VERY well and everyone was very productive!
Here we are discussing a design issue and how to wire on a rose montee!
Later this week, I will have a post for you to show you the amazing pieces that were done in class. I was tremendously impressed that so many got a very quick feel for what needed to be done.
Each kit contained a builder and a backer piece and lots of bibs and bobs to adorn it, including some pretty vintage Czech beads and pearlies! Paula Gaskill, one of our pals who couldn't make it this year, contributed a polymer clay rose that was drilled horizontally through the base, so that it could be wired into the assemblage, if desired.
The goal was NOT to use any glue in the composition...BUT, each kit did include a small tube just in case it was truly needed.
At the end of the day on Sunday, everyone cleaned up their spots and got ready for the party!
That's what you see in one of the first pictures, ME feeding Christi a hunk of her CHOCOLATE CAKE....she is SUCH a chocoholic!
Tired but quite happy, we all eventually pulled the plug and hit the hay. Every year, though, Mary Reckmeyer has to jump on the bed! This is this year's photo of the annual Mary jumping on the bed thing:
The next morning as many as could met for breakfast one last time....and it was good-bye til next year:
Left to right, Janise Crow, B'sue, Janet Calardo, and Virginia Michelini. Such good friends....
We hate to say good-bye.
Great news, though! We've booked the event for next year already, so mark your calendars for May 19, 20, 21, 2017.
Katie Oskin of Kater's Acres is a protogee of Christi Friesen's, having worked on many projects with her in the past. She is also a Polyform Designer (Polyform being the company that makes Sculpey and Premo, our favorite clays). She will be our polymer clay teacher for next year. You will LOVE her teaching style! I will be teaching a continuance of the Wire Assemblage class. There may be some other surprises along the way, I'll keep you posted about that.
Sign ups will be next February....be sure to join us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group to keep abreast of the details as they come up. All business for B'sue Boutiques events and classes is conducted at Facebook and announced first to the Creative Group
We would also like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT of thanks to the Polyform Company, makers of Sculpey and Premo, for providing the polymer clay for our event this year. Thanks, Polyform!!
One question remains...
Will we see YOU next year?