January 2, 2010

What’s up in 2010

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:14 am by Judy Mackenzie

Happy New Year Everyone: I hope you all had a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Years season with family and friends or curled up with your pasta roller making very cool things.

I have just spent the last few days playing on the internet as I have deprived of this wonderful pastime while I was entertaining my son from the east. It seems creativity is at an alltime high.

What are your plans for the next year. Do you have any learning goals or new types of skills that you want to learn. I am working on narrowing down my interests. I promise this year I will put more pictures in the blogs. Be happy and keep learning…..


November 18, 2009

Road Trip to play with Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 11:13 pm by Judy Mackenzie

Vantrio rides again. The three of us took to the story roads on Monday to sharpen up our polymer clay skills with Ronna. We naturally had a great time in the workshop, shopping and of course eating. What would a vantio road trip be without all three. I am not sure if you have had a chance to see Ronna’s newest book out called Ancient Modern but it is well worth picking up. Eugenia and I were immediately drawn to Ronna’s work and Linda has developed an solid interest over time.  Ronna’s workshop was based on this book and we picked up some great tips on how she makes her unique designs.  Eugenia made the necklace on the front as soon as we got the books (released in August  I believe) and it looked so great. I then had to try my hand at the same creation. I loved it but in closer inspection realized I had made it so big. The beads were huge. When I put it on my head looked very small, which is not a good look for me.   Note to self; keep the beads small. Anyway, I am spending the next few days practicing some of the techniques. As I mentioned in my last blog that Ronna is a face book pal and today she posted a great link I would like to share with you about about the origins of polymer clay.  I have had a quick look at the link and it is well worth a peek.  http://polymerartarchive.com/ Enjoy for now  I am going to try to put some pictures on the site ,

November 14, 2009

Here is a great blog to watch for those who like to bend metal.

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 12:21 am by Judy Mackenzie

Sharilyn Miller has been putting out books like crazy lately. As you know our Eugenia has had some of her training with this gal and has had two of her pieces of jewelry featured in Sharilyn’s most recent book. If you have a look on blog she has another book coming out and an e-book. Guess what? You can already make all that stuff. I love it when I can look at someone else’s great ideas and then add my own flair. Yippee. Judy http://www.sharilynmiller.com

November 13, 2009

Social Networking and Art

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:11 am by Judy Mackenzie

I have been having a blast lately by adding various artists and companies to my face book connections. Do you have face book? It is such a great way to stay connected not only to our friends but also to our crafts. For example,  Rio Grande is on  face book and they send out great videos and product updates on a regular basis. This is so helpful.  I also just joined the face book connections of Ronna Sarvas Weltman, who I will have the pleasure of taking a class with next week. This is such a great way to get up to date information  and videos on areas that are of great interest to all of us.

I have promised to add more information to the blog as I am always telling Linda and Eugenia about videos I have been watching on You Tube and great info I get from the Rio Grande face book updates. So I promise to spend more time sharing all the fun I have hanging out on the internet. What did I ever do before the INTERNET. It’s just too scary to think about it.