Elves, are you ready?

The Salvation Army’s Toy Town brings the miracle of Christmas home to families in Sioux Falls.

Be a Personalizing elf! It’s time to don your inner-elf, and step up and smell the paint pens. Give back with your God given gift of Personalizing!!
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This year there’s a new location and we have our own room! See you there!

Toy Town 800 N. Cliff Avenue Personalizing & Toy Distribution

There are day and evening hours!Monday, December 20, Tuesday, December 21, and Wednesday, December 22,

Toy Town Sign-up

Thank you, all!

DIY Plein Air Pochade Box

For a class taught at the beautiful Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, I created an inexpensive pochade box for artists new to plein air painting. Those students received the conversion kit to transform a Hobby Lobby paint set into this wonderfully small and handy
paint-anywhere-anytime
pochade box. 

Download the free PDF with complete instructions, and supply list. Enjoy!

I hope it encourages you
to paint when you
least expect! 

Curls and corners

I will be trying out some hand painted botanical T-shirts at the June 26 FAM (Falls Art Market— 4th Saturday of the month all summer).

I have 6 designs: this one is Curly Fern & Bleeding Heart, and there is also Daisy & Dandelion, Eucalyptus & Boxwood, Larkspur & Grapevine, Roses & Buds, and Tulip & Violets.

Don’t miss the Falls Art Market season opener after the farmers market May 22! (My T-shirts will be at the June 26 FAM.)

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like…normal

Kristi and Janet hedged out everyone else in being the first Community Ed students of the first Post-pandemic class in JOE’S Garage 2021 Season!

Spin It! is the Spinner Ring de Jour in the longest running class of JOE’S Garage. We have made spinner rings in several styles and in various metals, in small groups and for larger parties.

Jewelry Designer’s Dream Templates

There are few shortcuts to beautiful handmade jewelry. The design process is painstakingly meticulous. Planning, measuring, creating test pieces, and mock-ups before ultimately holding the final piece in your hand. I love this, and I fight this. I believe in the process, but I want to skip to the good stuff!

As a graphic artist, I created these half-sketched design blanks and templates to facilitate and jump start my own design process. I wanted to make them available to other jewelry artists, too. Use these true-to-size templates to quickly sketch your ideas, and have organic design shapes that don’t look machine made.

These templates are just one of lots of great perks my Patreon Benefactors receive. Please consider becoming a sponsor! Click on the Patreon link to read about all the levels and what benefits come with each one. Thanks for checking it out!

Sketch on them, use them as sawing patterns, or sheet stock mock-ups.

Jump right into designing the fun part! From basic to nearly fully developed—begin sketching on a template blank from a point of precision.

Each template sheet has many blanks to sketch, cut out, and build on.

Each template is filled with options. You are welcome to photocopy yours for your own use.

See all the template options Here!

Please share this link with anyone you think may like a shortcut to BEAUTIFUL design.

Blank bands, shanks, and mounting areas get you to your finished vision.
Imagine planning a surface texture on various widths of bands. The widths are true to scale, as are the size 7 ring circumferences.
Work with gem dummies in 6 and 8mm widths, to keep your sketches, and mock-ups accurate.
Wax carvers, and casters will appreciate the 3-perspective planning space on an assortment of ring bodies.

Une Table Pour Une Personne

I’m on day 144 of my Duolingo French training. That’s what I did during Covid. That, and I learned to cook. Anyway, I learned basic things like: dry your meat before you brown it, and never over cook it. The cheery owl in the track suit expands my mind, and Dinnerly expands my waist. C’est la vie, or C’est ma vie.

Spring is around the corner, and I have set a table for one…and deux. All of my classes are naturally spaced at extreme ends of my 8 foot work table for small groups of like-tribe—as we refer to those we maintain hugging status with. A few more than 2 may also work. Serendipitously, we often wear protective eyewear, masks, and gloves anyway, so it’s all good!

Bienvenue! Welcome to the Garage. On the menu this season is Soldering with a side of Dandelion Seed charms, a refreshing New Leaf Enameling exploration, and the House Specialty: SPINNER RINGS. All through Sioux Falls Community Ed.

Bienvenue!

Welcome to the Garage.

Silversmithing classes for the more serious, the connoisseur, are available á la carte, by the hour, and in a veritable feast of courses to accommodate your tastes and schedule. Sorry, take-out, and delivery are not available, though you can stop by for a taste anytime! Please call ahead!

Lent Fabric Painting

Meditative Mantra Mandala—that sums up the goal, vehicle, and choreography of this focus on Jesus’ Temptation from Matthew 4.
A lovely group of ZOOM attendees followed a path to complete a painted dish towel that will hang as a memory of that event. My hope is that focused meditation, aided by simple repetitive brush strokes, will forge our prayers in other parts of our brain (and heart) through the motions, and our other sensory experiences. Beyond reading and hearing, by seeing the symbols formed by the painted strokes, praying while smelling the acrylic medium, searching for understanding and enlightenment while being aware of others completing these same steps, I have faith a deeper connection is made.
I am moved by each artist’s devotion. It was challenging, and scary, to present a class with such an important message.

WWJD? He would, he did, sacrifice all.

Black T-shirt version

Screw Winter

My good friend, Andy, shared her nieces during the spring of covid. You can’t see it, but I added a face shield to my glasses in order to speak during classes.
Ali takes a shot at a guerilla birthday during Covid-19.

Hello my Friends,

I have had so many false starts since Covid hit, I gave up and crawled under my rock. I managed, I persevered…I had no imminent reason to fear the worst, and yet, the looming continued for all of us, anyway. The cycle of dread, paranoia, and inexplicable imperviousness left me feeling adrift. 

Early on I went through the motions of staying uninfected, and my husband and I continue still to fly under the radar. In late December our three living parents were not able to, and caught the covid, though each of them came through well, I am very happy to say. Like everyone, we look forward to the day we can hug and hang out again.

During optimistic paranoia, I revamped my studio to accommodate a limited number of students in relative safety, and then cancelled most of my classes. Then I reconsidered, and added classes. Community Ed then issued guidelines to cancel…and so it went, back and forth.

During a bout of imperviousness I substitute taught as an art teacher at Roosevelt High School, filling in during the fall for a soon-mom-to-be. Great experience! Loved it.

In the space between, I have been thankful for evil screens that connect me to family, growing grandsons, grocery shopping, and church; for computer-based freelance work, big windows, and the safety of the capsule of a vehicle. I miss touching, and I’m not even all that touchy-feely. 

I have been blessed to be able to continue with my creative loves. And I have been humbled to know with certainty that given the chance to apply myself wholly to an endeavor of worth I will ultimately miss my mark. AND that hope springs eternal, and here we are…

I am looking forward SO much to spring, and our new world, and fresh direction. I plan to open my studio garage again this April with a focus on casting and private classes. Let me know you’re out there, share your journey. It’s been too long! Forgive me for dropping the ball, and thank you to all of you who picked it up. You know who you are.

I’m still at the same site. Stop by and leave a message, or drive by and toot or text!

Screw winter! Spring is Coming!

Love to you,
Natalie