Sometimes it’s the little gifts that often go unnoticed that make life really interesting and rich. This Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with our friends at Clipper Street Scrapbook Company teaching Spellbinders classes on Father’s Day cards and Spellbinders™ Media Mixage™ with ICE Resin™ by Susan Lenart Kazmer.
I’ve been to Clipper Street a few times and always enjoy their warm, friendly spirit…Store owners Lori Wakelin and Deanna Hutchison, and all their amazing customers are a real pleasure to work with…they foster an environment of creative collaboration in their community. Interestingly, they really specialize in mixed media arts…the artists who frequent the shop are skilled in gelli printing, painting, jewelry making, mixed media collage, encaustic wax and lots of really creative pursuits. So, I was really honored to bring Media Mixage them this weekend. I knew that working with them would be a gift…
Our classes were sold out…I knew we’d be really busy…
Our Saturday workshop was “Personal Stories,” we used bezels and ICE Resin along with personal photos and personal trinkets and ephemera to share stories about our lives and families. I am always a little nervous when teaching “Personal Stories.” Students often bring treasured photos and objects from loved ones, and it’s our goal to combine them into tiny collages that let us remember and share, sometimes, very emotionally charged memories. Yes, the pressure is on when I am asked to die cut original photos or copies of photos…sometimes we work with originals that are over 100 years old.
My friends at Clipper Street really blew me away with the memories and stories they’d chosen to share…
Fran shared stories of her mother and grandmother…I loved how these images look under ICE Resin. It was a real gift to learn more about Fran and her heritage, and she created an amazing piece of art to share with her friends and family…
Naomi and Joan shared images and stories of their Asian heritage. The images and were quite elegant and I loved learning about their cultural ancestry.
Here’s a photo of Joan’s Japanese grandmother…this is the photo that was sent to her fiancé in Canada…the marriage was arranged by “matchmakers” in Japan.
Here’s a photo of the “matchmakers” and her great grandparents.
The cultural details about Joan’s story we’re little gifts for me…I loved learning about how her grandparents came to Canada and made their lives together there. Her finished piece is stunningly elegant, and every time she wears it, she’ll share a memory of her family and their interesting journey.
Each story, each bezel, each experience is different and it’s wonderful to see each memory unfold within a bezel.
There’s a technique that I love to make sure everyone masters and that is doming their resin…the ICE resin is self leveling and self doming…if you look closely at the projects you can see that the resin actually mounds up on top of the bezel creating a dome. A nice dome almost magnifies the images within.
After our bezel class, we offered demonstration all afternoon so everyone in the store could get hands on experience with the new Artisan X-Plorer™.
You can see they are giving me a hard time about something!
We made small metal butterfly charms with the metal blanks from Media Mixage. It was really fun…I always learn new things too.
It’s always a joy and a gift to visit with Clipper Street. I’ve known some of their customers for a few years, we keep in touch, so it’s always nice to meet up in person for a chat, a hug and some crafting. Celia always shares little gifts with me…stories about her Irish/Scottish/English heritage…I find her stories fascinating…they were pioneers in Western Canada.
At the end of the really creative couple of days, I got to kick back with the store owners Lori and Stacey for a quiet walk on the pier at White Rock BC. It’s only a few minutes from the store…it was a real gift to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest for a few minutes.
It could not have been a more perfect day.
While we were at the pier, we saw people fishing for crabs…since I have never met a stranger, I asked one of the guys if I could help him mind his crab traps…I haven’t gone crab fishing for years…within a few minutes we were pulling the lines and harvesting bunches of fresh crabs…most of them were too small and were thrown back…I asked if they were selling them, and he acted really surprised…no, it’s dinner.
In just a few minutes time, after work we’d created some fun memories that will always be a gift to me…Thank you again Lori and Deanna for hosting a Spellbinders day at Clipper Street…and for making the trip so memorable.
Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest gifts when we make sure to notice and appreciate them. As we were walking back to the car at the end of our excursion, I spotted an antique heirloom rose blooming…it was the perfect way to end my day.
Til next time,