September 26, 2011

GIRLFRIENDS Special ... and a winnner

Lucky number 13 {aka Amy} is the lucky winner of the girl's weekend art giveaway!
Congratulations Amy !! Can't wait to meet you and your friend in class ; )
There's still some time left and some seats available in class for you and your girlfriend. 
For THREE DAYS ONLY I am running a class special. 
Today {Monday}, Tuesday, and Wednesday if you and a girlfriend sign up together {must register at the same time} both of you will receive a 20% discount off the class fee!! 
 Please email me at:gypsybrocante@gmail.com 
To sign up for class with a friend.

xo
Jill

September 19, 2011

Girls ART WEEKEND giveaway !!

Getting together with friends and spending a weekend filled with art workshops and classes on the prairie sounds like a pretty good time, doesn't it? 
Wouldn't it be even better if you {and one of your BFFs} could attend ALL of the classes for FREE plus a FREE night of accommodations?


That's exactly what we {me, Jeanne, Jen, and Anne Marie}want to give you a chance at!

The winner and her choice of friend will win a seat in every class happening at Art on the Farm at Nada on October 7th and 8th.

You'll begin with my jewelry class, Salvaged Treasures, on Friday evening between 4pm-7pm ... where you'll spend three fun filled hours creating your own pieces of jewelry from a treasure trove of treasures I will supply you with!
If one of my readers wins you will also receive a "Gypsy Loot bag" as a special gift.

then ...

You may want to shop the vendors before you head off to
 Jeanne and Jen's class at 7:30 Friday evening, 

then ...

 head on back to the hotel to rest up for a full day of creativity on Saturday. 
Your Hotel stay is on us! {Breakfast included}

Wake up bright and early...
to attend Jennifer Rizzo's, Reflections of the Prairie ... mixed media art, from 9am-11am
after that ... take a shopping and lunch break... 

and ...

head back to class, for an entire afternoon creating with Jeanne Oliver!
and

plus ...
you'll have your own reserved parking spot at Nada,free admission both days, and ...
surprise goodies from Anne Marie herself!
 You will need to go to Anne Marie's place HERE for all the details of how to enter this packaged valued at over $500! ... but DON'T wait time is ticking ... you only have this week m-f to enter, now what in the heck are you waiting for???
xo
Jill

September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party !!

My first bead soup and what fun it's been! 
I had the luck of the draw to be paired with Dorcas of "Wondrous Strange Designs" ... she creates the most beautiful beads. You can see HERE what she sent me in our exchange....and you can see below what I have created with my treasures for today's party.
The focal point is a marriage of two clay pieces hand made by Dorcas.
The frozen Charlotte is so dear and the colors in the raku glaze are amazing, it appears to change color depending on the light and from which direction you are looking at it.
I added my own piece of antique lace behind the Charlotte to create a place of attachment for two more of Dorcas' creations ... a single wing and a leaf ... I also embellished with additional ribbons, pulling more of the necklaces primary color hues together.
For even more sparkle and interest, I added my signature touch of vintage rhinestones here and there.
I like the juxtaposition of the earthy clay beads with the crystals and rhinestones.
My bead swap package included some lovely silk {I believe to be sari?} ribbons .. in gorgeous lavenders and golds. I desperately wanted to use them in a "new to me" way in my design ... I wasn't quite sure what to do until I found THIS tutorial. BINGO! I turned my silk ribbon into wire wrapped links.
This bead soup exchange was a terrific way for me to challenge myself and stretch my imagination. I had the pleasure of working with beads created from another artist's hands and spirit, that's a pretty special feeling ... Dorcas was so generous with what she has gifted me with in this swap. I have enough beads left to do another piece of jewelry ... I'm thinking of doing a bracelet next. 
Thank you dear Dorcas!!
Dorcas has an Etsy shop FULL of more beautiful designs ... you can take a look at all of them HERE.
    And when you're done looking there make sure you look HERE.
Because there are about 360 MORE bead soup participants to check out!! Our hostess, Lori Anderson, of "Pretty Things", is one incredible party organizer ... I can't even imagine the hundreds of hours she has devoted to this party ... Lori THANK YOU for making this fun party a reality for all of us.

Have a wonderful weekend ... You can find me hopping around in Bead Soup all weekend!

xo
Jill

September 13, 2011

Salvaging treasures .......

I spent this past weekend salvaging treasures ... from my own studio.
Didn't hit one flea market or estate sale.
Didn't have to.
I have a Gypsy's stash of treasure right here.

I'm starting to prepare for my jewelry class at "Art on the Farm" ... a Nada event.
That means pulling together an amazing class "kit" for each student ... I want everyone to feel as though they have just unearthed something magical to create with ....




  I've harvested vintage and antique rhinestone clasps from piles of pearls ...... these are gorgeous, each one unique!
There is so much to sift thru ... many vintage jewelry boxes full of possibilities .... 
Forgotten cigar boxes loaded with rhinestones to sort ... brooches, shoe clips, cameos, crystals, watch parts, souvenirs.
Interesting old keys ... just waiting for embellishment in their afterlife.

Organizing and compiling ...
I haven't even ventured up to the attic.
That's the place to gather antique tin types and photographs,
plus vintage millinery, scraps of lace, and ephemera ...
all to be fashioned into art ... made by YOU!
I am so looking forward to class and sharing this time together.

To those of you that have already registered, I'll be sending an e-mail out soon with more class prep suggestions.

To those of you that haven't signed up yet and are thinking about it ... don't hesitate. Registration is required and there are a limited number of seats. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me at:gypsybrocante@gmail.com

You can register HERE

You can also register for MORE art classes on the farm by Jen and Jeanne .... These gals are teaching some uber cool mixed media art classes ... don't miss out and save your seat early ; )


Happy salvaging!
xo
Jill

September 5, 2011

Class is OPEN for registration ...

Happy Labor day!
I hope you all are enjoying yourselves and celebrating the end of summer with family and friends!!
School starts tomorrow and I've been working on my own class ...

I've been spending the past few days gathering ALL the information for my upcoming Jewelry class at Art on the Farm, a Nada event. I hope this post answers the many questions that have been arriving in my mailbox about class ... Registration is now open here!





You’re invited to join me for class ...
On October 7th between 4pm and 7pm class will be held on the prairie in a peaceful setting of the old barn. Upon entering each person will receive a Salvaged Treasure jewelry “kit”  … a treasure trove containing various found objects and reclaimed pretties to make an enchanting necklace or bracelet, plus a pair of earrings. Each kit will be carefully culled from my own personal stash of salvaged treasures and will contain more than enough items to create your jewelry with, no two kits will be the same.  An example of what your kit may contain …. brass locket, skeleton key, antique buttons, vintage rhinestones, old rosaries beads, crosses, cameo, vintage beads, various ephemera, shoe clips, antique watch parts, tin types, pearls … really the list and possibilities are endless, all discarded and forgotten treasures have wonderful potential {your kit will also contain wire and findings}… everyone will leave with their own unique piece of wearable art!
This class is well suited for ANY level of experience you may or may not have in jewelry making. ALL are welcomed, from beginners to advance! We will have fun creating and relaxing together, plus munchies and admission to Nada’s opening shopping night are included in your class.
I encourage you to bring your own salvaged treasures to class … incorporating your own sentimental pieces and interesting found objects will make your jewelry even more special. Great places to treasure hunt are: flea markets, estate sales, antique malls, thrift shops, and your grandmother’s old jewelry box … oh, and don’t forget what your grandfather may have lurking in the basement in those old glass jars, this is a super place to unearth rusty objects likes keys and hardware. Textiles can also be used in jewelry making, think tattered laces, scraps of cloth, or vintage seam binding. Use your imagination!
In class, I will help you with the design process of your piece, giving you ideas and suggestions. You’ll then learn how to wire wrap, connect, and oxidize metals. Incase you have an item without a hole to attach to your piece, I’ll also have my drill with me and we can work on that as well. You’ll learn how to incorporate the unexpected into your jewelry … making it a personal statement piece.
I will have some extra treasures for you to hunt through for sale as well … you may just find something that speaks to you and can’t live without!
Supplies you’ll need to bring with you:
Jewelry pliers, round nose and flat nose {two flat nose, if you have}
Wire cutters, preferably flush cutters
Any additional salvaged treasures {the more the better}
Additional link chain, can be old or new and clasps, findings
i m a g i n a t i o n  

Register early, seating is limited and will be reserved in order of payment.
if you have any additional questions please feel free to drop me a note at:
gypsybrocante@gmail.com



I hope to see you in class!
xo
Jill

September 2, 2011

Porch of the Month .... September

Welcome to Porch of the Month ... I believe September is a real treat of a porch ... not only is it a feast for the eyes but, also a feast for your soul ... and could only be created by one very special artist, Kecia of Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy

Before you dig into Kecia's enchanting porch and garden space you need to know a little bit about the creator behind the scenes.

"Creating is my key to another time. It unlocks the gate to my secret garden; my refuge. It takes me to another era where things were simpler and I find the process soothing to my soul. Lemoncholy’s Studio began with my fondness for vintage items. Searching flea markets, I find items long forgotten, sometimes damaged, but still purposeful. They just need some love and attention. I want these found objects to tell a new story, have meaning and to be inspiring. I have a vision for them to begin again. Intuitively I combine elements in an enchanting way to provoke a narrative response that alludes to something we seek without knowing it. Often, it is a reminder of our childhood. My jewelry is about craftsmanship and virtue but not perfection. By removing perfectionism, I free my imagination to play and ultimately, this freedom results in whimsical pieces of grace and beauty."
{all photos courtesy of homeowner}

Okay Kecia ... give us the tour .... we're chomping at the bit!

"Hi my name is Kecia Deveney and I live in Wall Township, New Jersey. I have lived here for 15 years. I am originally from California, but for the time being will
continue to reside on the East coast.
  ....
... This is my first home and being that I didn’t really know anyone when I moved here, I dedicated a lot of my free time to turning my house into a home. It is decorated with flea market finds, thrift store cast offs, curbside finds and more. My unique decorating style isn’t just confined to the inside though. I’ve given my special touch to the outside as well. My influenced is definitely from California and that shabby, weathered look. My style is more eclectic in merging elements that blend comfortably together without a “matchy matchy” look. ...


 ... Outside I have created little nooks with seating arrangements where you can go and quietly read a book or entertain some friends. As you sit there, you will be surrounded by a few of the many vintage or handmade birdhouses sitting on old columns, that I have all over the yard. There is a “girls only” gypsy cabana that is a great place to sit and have coffee or maybe an cocktail, later in the day; all the while, having a great view of the plentiful wildlife that my atmosphere lures in. ...

... I often hold events with artsy workshops or entertain friends at a BBQ and we all congregate to the back yard. About 5 years ago, we bought a camper and parked it in the back yard. It is a little getaway spot and it too has been decorated in an artsy style. It makes a perfect guest house, but I’ve been known to “clock out” and spend the night in there with glass of wine and a great book. ...

... All in all my home has spilled to the outdoors as well. My son, 18, loves to have his friends over and they usually spend most of their time out back. Often they play musical chairs as I’ll find them in one spot and then later they are lounging in yet another. It is very comfortable and inviting and I love that this environment that I have created, has been referred to as “fairyland”."

Kecia is a mixed media/jewelry artist/instructor that teaches through out the country ... if you have a chance to take one of her classes, just DO IT!! I learned how to solder with Kecia and I can attest to what a wonderful teacher she is! You can find an entire list of her upcoming classes over at her blog here.
 ...and..
You can find her artwork online here.
Below is a little teaser of Kecia's beautiful jewelry ...

Pretty wonderful, wouldn't you agree? Stop by and introduce yourself to Kecia ... she'd love for you to visit!!

xo
Jill

September 1, 2011

Winner!!

Girls, girls, girls ... you knocked my socks off with this giveaway!!
Your comments were the best ... thank you everyone and I mean EVERYONE ... there were over 200 entries.
Okay, I know get on with it ... the winner is:


Congratulations Cat!!
Drop me an email here:gypsybrocante@gmail.com
with your mailing address so that I can get your new purse out in the mail to you!

Cat is a new follower of mine and I thought you guys would like to read her comment, this gal is a hoot!

"Oh my oh my...smack my pappy!!! This is the best darn giveaway evah!!! ok pleeez oh pleez enter this kitten in your fab-u-less giveaway...i've just gotta have this bag...leopard are you kidding thats this kittens favorite color!!!!! tee hee...;0) thanks so much Cat"

Stop by and say congrats to Cat ... I think she's gonna rock this bag good!!

Watch for more giveaways coming up and thanks again!

xo
Jill

ps.Porch of the month will be posted a bit later today ... make sure you come back, it's a goodie