Saturday, May 30, 2009


MY FRIEND HAS A BLOG! ~ finally!
My friend Donna has a new blog - okay well, I started it for her after 14 months of telling her she needed one. She is one of the "busiest" people I know not to mention creative and inspirational! You can click on the hydrangeas below to to directly to her blog and check it out!

Painting workshops @ Hobby Lobby with Donna Dewberry

Thank for all the attendees for your patience! I know many of you have asked when I was going to get these loaded on my blog and they are.

I was thrilled when I asked Donna to come to Warner Robins, GA and she said YES! We started out with a one day workshop and after it quickly filled up she agreed to stay another day. Her and Marc drove up from Florida, had a moment in the hotel and then off to my house for the crafty gathering event that I had (pictures in earlier post below). They left my house around 10p.m. and then back to the hotel. Friday we started at 9a.m. and I really could not have gotten everything ready without the help of some really good friends - Kim, Sherry and Barb helped me both days and again I would have been sweating bullets trying to get it all done myself before the attendees came in. Thanks to Kim and Stephanie too for helping my hubby clean up after the Saturday workshop - Donna and I flew out of the store after the workshop so that she could get up to the Atlanta airport for a flight to Ohio for a grand opening of a craft store.

The event was held at Hobby Lobby in Warner Robins ~ they have the best employees and management in the world! They bent over backwards making sure we had everything we needed for the event without question!
We had attendees from all over Georgia, many from Alabama, South Carolina and even Florida.

Here is a group shop of the Friday Workshop!
Click on the picture to see it larger!

Group shot of the Saturday
(minus a few people that had to leave early)

Donna taught this beautiful painting with a wooden fence embellishment on the sides and then she painted on top of the fence. She painted a path in between and you could just imagine walking down that path into the most amazing garden.

Donna & Hobby Lobby Store Manager JOE!

Joe & his wife with Donna

Donna and Natalie

So, I almost booked every minute of the time that Donna was there.hehehe
She demo'd at the front of the store after the Friday workshop.

The ladies that were lucky enough to get the sheets she painted all took them to the frame dept. and had them framed - they were so beautiful!

Marc hanging out watching Donna paint - doesn't he just look so PROUD of his wife!!

There is a super sweet story about this lady - Carolyn. She drove with her friend from South Carolina to come to the workshop but couldn't afford to take the workshop herself. She was planning on hanging out in the hotel or around town while her friend painted with Donna all day.
The ladies at Hobby Lobby overheard the conversation she was having and decided to pitch in $$ to pay for her to stay for the workshop. When I told her about it she burst into tears and raised her hands thanking God. I of course started crying - and here we all were in the middle of the store crying because it meant so much to her. Another lady at Hobby Lobby was mad that she didn't get into the action so she donated some $$ for her and her friend to have lunch that day. Did I mention how incredible the people at the Warner Robins Hobby Lobby are?? They are incredibly generous I tell you!!

I had the pleasure of going to Betty's house in Gray, GA and painting with their Red Hat Ladies group! Betty wanted to paint Donna's famous birdhouse so that is what we did - a birdhouse with daisies and wisteria. They were such a fun group of ladies I would love to paint with them weekly!!

My middle son is away at a basketball game this weekend in Atlanta. They've won both of their games so far which is awesome! Wish we could have all gone but my oldest gets to play with a band for the first time ever since taking guitar lessons! I can't wait to see him rock it out on the guitar his nana and poppop got him for Christmas last year. Hopefully they'll share a dvd with us and if they do I'll see I can figure out how to load it on my blog!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, May 29, 2009

More Crafty Gathering Pictures
Okay, so I'm a little behind updating my blog huh?
The boys are out of school, bowling ended on a high note with a 130 (not so great), 199 and 172.
Wanted to share some more pictures with your from the crafty gathering event I had at my house earlier this month when my friend Donna came up to hold a couple of workshops! As if the two day workshops were packed enough ~ I added an event at my house the night before the first workshop and we had such a fabulous time! We created this cute little peg board that Donna came up with and the ladies just loved creating it.

We all listened, watched and learned! It's always fun getting together with friends and being CREATIVE!

EEW! I hate having my picture taken!

Am working on some other posts for the workshops that Donna did at Hobby Lobby as well as getting her blog up and running! ONCE I get those loaded to her blog as well I will post her link here!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Studio Clay Classes and more!
This week in clay class we created Orchids and Hydrangea ~ two of my favorite flowers.
We of course mad ethem with the Studio Clay by Sculpey.

I loved this project so much I demonstrated how to create them on Donna Dewberry's Orlando TV show. You can see her show here at it's real time so you have to look at the schedule to see when her show is on and watch it then. They tape a bunch of different shows and then make a master disc for that day so it takes much longer than I thought to actually go from taping to online. Lots of editing and special effects but I'm hoping the 3 shows I taped in April with Donna will be on the site soon ~ and then again after watching them I'm sure I'm going to feel so self conscience (SP?) that I with they weren't on there. hehehe

Okay, so back to Clay!



I met Gloria at one of the workshops Donna did at Hobby Lobby and she just loved and wanted to try to the clay ~ she was a natural at it and did a beautiful job!







Then on Wednesday we created a basket with hydrangea. This turned out to be such a sweet project and the two ladies that came did a beautiful job!



So, I've used my YUDU machine and failed miserably!! If any of you have one and have some tips I'd certainly be happy to hear them. Both times my emulsion didn't work right - probably operator error I'm sure but I'm frustrated. FIRST off, if you have one I'd love to hear what you thought of the DVD with Barry? I found him to be extremely annoying. In fact, while at my friends house a couple of weeks ago we were watching it and she had to get up and leave the room - it was that annoying. Anyway! I'm hoping to get some more emulsion at the store tomorrow and give it another try!
My boys finished their last day of school today! This school year sure did FLY by! I'm sure it didn't for the teachers but it did for me. Hard to believe I'll have to in High School in August! Oh my, I'm old!
I have so many pictures to upload and share with the evening event I had here at my house with my friend Donna and other friends and then the two workshops she did at Hobby Lobby and am hoping to get that done soon! I am also in the process of getting a blog up and running for Donna. I'll share the blog address with you once I get it up and running!
Have a great weekend.