Sunday, October 13, 2013

Art Conference

Hi all!

I am an Art Teacher by day...not just a saving Jewelry Designer.  :-)

Last weekend I got to enjoy a weekend out with a bunch of Art Teachers from around the state (NC).  I had a great time learning lots of great things to utilize in my classroom as well as in my own Artistic endeavors. 

My favorite workshops I attended (I loved them all but these two were my favs) were:
*I learned about Polymer clay and "Steampunkery" (very cool..can't wait to make/design my own beads and supplies to use in my jewelry; as well as, a lesson for my older students in the Art.)
*I also got a greater grasp of what Zentangle(r) is and where it came from and the process.  Very fun and very "zen."  I can totally use this in lots of cool lesson plans and I will find a way to use some of what I learned into my artistic self as well. 

My favorite NON-workshop activity was simply walking around Downtown Raleigh at First Friday Night where there are TONS of Art Exhibits/Artists/Galleries, and so much more creative happenings.  It is rejuvenating for the Art Teacher and Artist alike.  This "walk" was so inspiring.  When I got home...I picked up a pen and paper and have drawn at least one drawing each day. Something I haven't done for  years.   I DO design/create jewelry and macramé wall hangings but this is a bit different.  So exciting to find my Artsy self again.  Thank you State Art Conference!  I look forward to going back again next year!

On my Own at home

Another attempt on my own at home

two samples that I learned in the Zentangle(r) workshop at the conference. 
These were guided by the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT(r))
Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


TFBM Magazine Giveaway!

I am so excited to share a new online Fashion magazine with you, TFBM MAG! This magazine is packed with gorgeous editorials featuring independent designers (kids and adults), industry articles to help designers run a successful business, and shopping guides to encourage people to shop indie! The magazine is fully interactive so you can click away to designers shops and to industry sites!
 Here is the mobile friendly link to check it out! Enjoy and if you want to be involved in the next issue please see the back cover for details.

BONUS For the first issue launch there is also a $500 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!  Plus 2 runners up will win $50 Gift Certificates!
I am proud to say my jewelry (two bracelets and a pair of earrings) is in this issue of TFBM! 
You will find MelanieR Jewelry on Page 80-81!
Best wishes and I hope one of my readers win this HUGE prize!  I could personally buy a whole lot of supplies if I were to win such a thing!  Imagine $500 to spend anywhere on Etsy!!!  Now, go is super easy!