Magical Monday

                A few more photos of Maureen Carlson's studio

 A few little things, that make me happy
Eye Candy


 Hope you are having a magical Monday.

Reflect, Revive , Refresh, and laugh a Whole Lot

 Bottom, left to right
June, Jodi, Me
Deb in turquoise, & Maureen.
I had the greatest time at Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts. 
Maureen is an International Polymer Clay artist.     
 Being with Maureen, is like you’ve known her forever, a good friend,  the kind that feels like no matter how much time goes by, you just pick up, like no time at all was passed. She is inviting, enlightening, (is that a word?) kind and always affirming. 
I met Maureen several years ago and have taken a few classes,
but I never stayed overnight in her unique magical retreat center for creative arts.
 It’s AWESOME!  It’s nestled in a beautiful setting in Jordon, MN. and sits next to the Minnesota River.
Yes!  A great place for a retreat.  When I arrived to my charming little bedroom, I thought she had turned on a fan, knowing that I like white noise.  I looked at the fan, the fan was off.  Then I glanced toward the window…what I heard, was the rushing water of the river.   How cool IS That!

I sat here an had my morning tea, in my jammies.
Maureen's web site is

Here is just a sampling.
Wall Faces by Maureen.
Maureen teaches a class on Wall Faces.
 Pretty Cool, eh!
Very Cool.

Jodi's Wall Face
 Deb's Stackable
Maureen teaches a Stackable Class
June's Character, from one of Maureen's books.
 we had a wee bit of wine
at the end of the day.

Do yourself a favor, and go to her wonderful site.  Better yet, visit Maureen's Center for Creative Arts!
It was fantasy week at Maureen’s, what that meant,
if there was something we wanted to create, she would help us develop the plan, and we would bring it to fruition.  Stay tuned for more of Maureen's wonderful creations.....and my First Fairy.
Wishing you a way to Reflect, Refresh, and Laugh a Whole Lot,

Decisions, Decisions

My Mini critter. My husband said, "so...what is it. Ahh, a monkey? A bear?
I replied "Yes"

It was intended to be a mouse.
Gotta work on more of a pointy nose.
But, she still is pretty darn cute!
Her tiny jumper is made from felt,
embellished with little felt flowers and buttons, hand stitched.


   Exciting News?
Stampington is sponsoring an event, here in Minneapolis. this September.
It's called Creative Connection.
It will consist of business classes, speaker presentations, 100 booths, and artisans selling their wares.
I have been accepted as a vendor.
Stampington publishes 28 very popular magazines, beautiful photography, tutorials, and highlight various artists, in a variety of mediums.

So I gotta get BUSY! 
I struggled at first, trying to decide,
if I would concentrate on creating dolls, 
mixed media mosaics, or miniatures.
 Even polymer clay jewelry.
When I realized I was starting to think..."what will sell",
 rather than what my heart desires to create,
 I stopped myself. 
 I decided nothing is more fulfilling to me,
than the creation of the doll.
So at the end of the day, at the end of the four day show,
if I don't even sell one doll. .  I stayed true to myself.
And I'll have my lovely ladies to return home with.
Until they find someone who is exactly the right person
who will love them as much as I do.
It feels right.
                         Below is my new lady's beginning.
                         My inspiration was from a fashion
                         magazine, I think "Brides"
                         When I'm in the book store,
                          I can't resist, browsing through
                          the beautiful Bridal & Wedding Party designs.
                           Just breathtaking, exquisite fabrics, lace,trims,
                           flowers, head pieces, Ahhh
                          Until next time...Have a blessed day.


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