Still learning the ropes but I have the Facebook page close to being finished. Starting to get information requests for fall classes in the Grand Bend area. It'll be here before I know it. Soft launch of website today to a select group and I'll modify it after I review the feedback...it seems to be a continuous work in progress...as always, happy crafting! Nanc
LAUNCHED -- Well, maybe small "l" launched! :-) I finally created a Facebook page for Pleasing To The Eye!
AND, I started to share with my family and friends and those in the Grand Bend area where I plan to retire to.
Already getting some good feedback and questions about up and coming classes for that area.
These classes aren't your make and take type classes. After years of teaching craft classes, I'm interested at getting into the bigger and more complicated classes. These are the classes I really get excited about - because they challenge me as well.
I love working with my hands - whether it is baking and trying a new recipe or sewing a seam in fabric! I like seeing projects evolve and mold into the end results.
I want people to walk away from the class with new found knowledge to extend themselves creatively. Is that a bad thing?
As always, happy crafting,
As I started blogging, it brought to mind all of the great people I have met over my crafting years. I'm planning on heading to Port Huron this August to connect with some US event coordinators. I'm sure I'll find new inspiration for my crafting.
While setting up my blog, and my store (for my classes), I realized that it takes a great deal of hard work getting this in place. I've reviewed other websites and they all have provided me with inspiration - I hope I can did that too!
I just finished another Flipfold Album for a lady retiring at the hospital where I work. I know she will be very surprised by the fun and bubbly presentation within the album. That's what is so neat about these Heartfelt Creations albums - you can present it in so many ways.
I never know how one will turn out; but I always think of the person who will be receiving it and their own personal tastes and surrounding. Some are for kids; some are for people who have passed away and, of course, some are for retirement gifts. Have a look at a few of the albums I have created over the past couple of years...I wish I had more pictures to show you!
As always, happy crafting
I'm inspired by so many things - nature - photography - commercials - people and sometimes interesting and unique items. When I had an opportunity to obtain some store mannequins, all I could think of was how I was going to alter them into art pieces. It took me a few weeks of looking at the pile of them sitting in my craft room. I've never seen an altered mannequin before - but I had seen altered dress forms - and I found them very unique.
So, I decide to enhance the colour of the background on the mannequin and the results are shown on the "Unique 101" page further on in the blog. You may find them vintage, modern and even trendy. All I know is I sold them fast.
Since I started working with products from a new company in the USA (check my feed to your right), I wondered how they would look covered in coloured papers and flowers? Hmmm - I just may have found my summer project.
A colleague I work with is leaving the hospital after working there for over 30 years. I know I had to create something special for her last day. I wanted something fun and a bit eclectic! (Our basement flooded and I'm working with a very small stash of paper. :-() I found a fun and bubbly paper pad and decide this represents her - fun and bubbly! Here are the results! Go to my "Flipfold Albums" page on this website for more pictures of the inside and outside. P.S. I know I need a new camera but I can't decide on which one...any help out there?
I mentioned yesterday, that I'm starting to develop the details of upcoming craft classes in the Grand Bend, Ontario area. The altered canvas I described on February 2, 2019 has inspired me to prepare three classes. Pictures are captured below and these canvases are 16" x 20". The first one is "Flowers, Butterflies and Love!". The second is "Vintage Sepia!". The third is "Travel with me!".
As always, happy crafting,
I can't believe that a month has gone by already and here we are in the middle of winter. My retirement date is now only months away and I have already started to plan for craft classes in the Grand Bend, Ontario area for fall 2019!
Today, our Canadian Groundhog, Wiarton Willie, didn't see is shadow (overcast cloud cover), which means we'll have an early spring...technically speaking spring is here in six weeks...and...Willie...he has a rating of around 50% on his guesses. So, for us in Canada, we'll still have more snow and cold weather well into March.
Last October, I was able to sit in on a vendors class at the Creative Festival held in Toronto, Ontario. The vendor was showcasing a way to use a blank canvas (no prep required), adhere rice paper to the canvas forming a collage of sorts. Then we continued to apply acrylic paint stamping, mixed media layers and other stencilled applications.
Here is the result of that day in the picture enclosed here. This has inspired me to create three types of collages that will be in my first classes held in Grand Bend.
As always, happy crafting,
I've just released the information for my first class in Grand Bend, Ontario. The Lush Lilac 3D Card Class will be a 3 to 4 hour class, depending on experience levels of the participants. The class will complete all of the elements to create five beautiful 3D lilac cards with sayings. They will also create the box envelopes to secure them in. I'm so excited to be able to offer this selection for September 2019. It may be several months away, but I know it will be a hit. Plus, I get to meet new neighbours in the area.
I have a new found appreciation for web designers. When you look at any website, blog, or on-line store you notice the uniqueness of it but the appreciation of what went into that page or site is not necessarily apparent.
After several days of working on Blog posts (from a previous time), I was amazed at how little progress I made. Wait? Did eight just go by as I fidget with font type and size? Where did the photo go I just uploaded? Publish and unpublish and publish and unpublish. Groan.
If you are a web designer and/or you have your own blog currently - I salute you - you are amazing!
I tend to work through technology by trial and error. Preferring not to read the manual (which probably could have helped in some respects).
Although this is taking longer than I had expected; I do feel good about making headway and creating something.
Not sure where you are in Canada or the World, but today we are experiencing wind gusts; frigid temperatures and ice pellets. (Northwest Basin, Ontario)
As always, happy crafting.
We all have those items on our Bucket List that we never really get around to. Working full-time and holding craft lessons can lead to no time to check a Blog off your list. Many of you, that I have invited here have asked me to let you know when I will finally have a blog...so here it is.
I've never built a website or a Blog or a shopping cart application. With some direction from my nephew Justin, here I am, doing just what I've always wanted to - have a Blog that inspires you as much as me and sharing craft lessons and in-home classes, that many of you get to attend.
Since 2012, I started to photograph and document many of the classes and projects I have been involved in. In the projects, I always had some great help. The classes came from inspiration around us. I have always liked to think outside the box when it came to being creative.
For many years, I taught classes in my house. These were inspired by a simple conversation with my fellow crafter, Carol Ann! She encouraged me to bring more people together and to have fun "ladies" nights!
These inspired me to reach out to the Wellness Coordinator of the hospital I work at to hold Wellness Craft classes referred to as "Crafty Connections". Although the budget wasn't very much, I was able to gather up supplies and participants, and every class was filled to capacity!
Over the last 18 months, I've been attending workshops and seminars to enhance my skills and learning more about crafting in general.
Now that I am getting closure to my retirement date; I can spent my free hours working on this Blog and preparing to create craft classes again - this time in my new home area of Grand Bend, Ontario
Weekly posts will be coming soon.
Please join me while I explore new ways to use our hands and our minds.
As always, happy crafting,