Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FREE Quilling classes!

Two classes that I will be teaching that are FREE for the public!

Sign up either by calling the library or online by visiting the library's calendar of events.

Wednesday, October 8th at Lansingburgh at 6PM (1.5 hours long)


Location: Lansingburgh Branch, 27 114th St., Troy, NY 12182
Phone: 518-274-5310



Wednesday, November 12th at Troy -Main Library at 6PM (1.5 hours long)

Snowflakes/Snowman Ornaments

Location: Troy Main Library, 100 Second St, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-271-9154

Main Library

100 Second Street

Troy, NY 12180

518.274.7071 phone - See more at:

Main Library

100 Second Street

Troy, NY 12180

518.274.7071 phone - See more at:

Main Library
100 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
518.274.7071 phone - See more at:

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Troy Art Center - The Shop selling some of my items for the holidays.

The Shop at the Troy Art Center is having their annual holiday shop open up.  These are some of the items I dropped off  to be sold there.  I have about 13 items total. I have been busy with a move that happened at the end of August, teaching craft classes and creating items for the craft shows in the area. I have a limited supply but I am making new items. 

Dates of when the shop is open October 31 to December 23, 2014
Location:The Art Center, 265 River Street Troy, NY 12180, (518) 273-0552,
November & December
Tuesday-Friday: 11 AM-4 PM
Saturday: 11 AM-3 PM
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Note: The shop will be open late on Troy Night Out in November & December. Watch Troy Art Center website for special late-night hours to be announced.

I got hooked on making paper beads from newspaper circulars and magazines and made paper bead stars. I have seven stars that I made and left The Shop to sell for me.  The prices on the stars range from $8 to $10.

I made four newspaper circular ads vases. One of them is going to be sold at The Shop.
The price is $18.

I made several miniture paper beads ornaments from newspapers and magazines, covered them with nail polish then quilling paper, added the pearl dots and hodge podge and glitter glue to seal them. Prices range from $7 to $10 for the ornaments.

Coming soon maybe a picture of the quilled black pendant and earrings cost is $18.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Next Craft Show Appearance

The craft shows that I will have table at:

October 18, 2014 

Time: 10 am to 4pm.
Location: Our Savior's Lutheran School, 63 Mountain View Avenue, Albany NY 12205.

November 15, 2014
10 th Annual Christmas Craft Fair
Time: 10 am -3pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express, 400 Loudon Rd, Latham NY 12110

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crafts projects created between August 2014 to October 2014

I have been busy being creative and have been behind posting blog postings since I moved to my own apartment in August 30th. During that time of the move and after and into October I have been creative since I had also craft classes and craft shows and the occasional side project request to prepare for. I also got inspired by creating paper beads too. I took a class at one of the local libraries then joined a bunch of Facebook pages to learn more about paper beads and to get inspired by the other artists on the web. I also have been getting curious about newspaper weaving. I got curious after I weaved the vases I made after I watched you tube videos on how to do that craft. Not sure if I will take up Newspaper weaving but it has got me interested it looks like wicker after the artist has weaved the newspaper tubes into whatever project they are working on. I dare you to look up newspaper weaving on you tube and see the amazing things people make with paper. Very entertaining. Stay tuned...maybe one of these days I will will create something from newspaper weaving. Please check out the pictures below of all the items I have created. Some may be coming to a local craft show in future weeks. Also click on the pictures below to see the larger images.  I also have a Facebook page and will be posting these images there next. I am curious if craft people use instagram to post craft photos rather then selfie's of themselves on there and if it is useful to get lots of followers that way. I wonder if craft people find Instagram helpful at all? Let me know I am curious.

 Made the above tags can be used for gifts. The birds were made during the time of the time when I taught the Girl Scouts in 2013. I was not able to teach them this year since I was preparing to move and needed to save my money.

 These stars or snowflakes are actually called Coopenhagen flowers that I got inspired from a you tube video online. They are small about the size of a silver dollar. I made them using a hair comb weaving the paper in-between the bristles.

 A co-worker was moving on to another job and another co-worker pushed me to make something for her. This was very last minute started looking for pictures of horses online put the gold velum paper above it to see through to the image. Started creating it during an hour lunch time at work to work on it for a half hour. Then the next morning got up at 4:30 am to finish the project that finished at 6am. I knew I would have no time during the day to finish the piece since her going away party was at 3pm that afternoon. I was not thrilled with this piece since it was sooo last minute. I also included a quote I found on the web about horses that was included on the inside of the card. The person who I gave the card to absolutely loved it and gave me a thank you card a few days later.

The above image is a zentangle piece that sits in an 8 by 11 frame. It is a large piece. I plan on keeping this one. It sits on my desk at work. I used a purple Bic pen for the ink that took several days to create it.

The above images  are a small assortment of beads that I made in different sizes. I painted them with nail polish then sealed them with modge podge so the nail polish stink would go away. The largest bead on the far right is about 6 inches possibly. The gold round bead in the center of the picture is almost the size of a quarter or you could fit it on op of a quarter. This photo above is the before I transformed these beads into ornaments which you can see pictures below of the ornaments I created.

 The ornaments above were made from the paper beads I created. They are about one or two inches in length. They are very small. The glitter and gold and silver colors on the beads came from nail polish. 

The above photo is an ornament of many thin paper beads that I added pearl drops to at the end of the beads.

 The above image shows paper beads made into ornaments painted with nail polish. The size of them range from 2 inches to 4 or 5 inches in length. Pearl beads added to them that had in my scrapbooking stash that I was not using for anything else.

The above image shows paper beads made into ornaments painted with nail polish. The size of them range from 3 inches to 4 or 7 inches in length. Pearl beads added to them that had in my scrapbooking stash that I was not using for anything else.

 The above picture is paper bead stars. I made about 12 or 13 of them. They come in different sizes and colors of the light purple and mixed magazine colors that you can see in the above image.

 The above image are CDTA Bus passes turned into roses. It takes two passes to make one rose.

 The above image is a hollow pumpkin with leaves around the bottom of the pumpkin. I taught a class on how to make this and it takes about 2 to 3 hours to make. I cut out a pumpkin face I found from the internet.
 The image above is a large newspaper coupon  vase it stands about 2 or 2 and a half feet tall. The large crepe paper rose cover a large food plate. I sold one orange rose for $25 at work to co-worker. it is very hard to carry them since the rose get smooched easily and very hard to keep them in their beautiful shape. I have to re-shape them once traveling with them. I wonder if there is any way to safely carry them with out smooching them.

The image above is a zentangle of a flower that took 11 hours to do. It sits in a frame that is 8 by 11 and was created on purple paper, with different shades purple, and green gel pens. It was a zentangle mandala I found for the top flower then added to it and made it in a flower pot. The template can be found here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

September 6 & 7, 2014 Craft Fair

I will have a table at the craft fair mentioned below

Shaker Heritage Society

25 Meeting House Road

Albany, NY  12211


September 6th and 7th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the outdoors as you explore booths representing over 75 different crafter's at our fall Craft Fair. Get an early start on your holiday shopping as you discover jewelry, jams, quilts, apparel, pottery, soaps and decorative items for your home. A Family Activity Station will feature activities for all ages throughout the weekend.  Site tours are scheduled on both days at 11:30 and 1:30.  Admission: $4 per person. Military Veterans and children under age 18 admitted free.

Print out the coupon to get a discount for admission by link below (click on the discount coupon to print it out):

Here are some items that will be sold at the show that I have made. These are not all the items that I am selling. I figure I give you a sneak peak.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

April/May 2014 - Princess Doll, Beer Mug, Birthday card

Here are my latest art pieces I have created in April/May 2014. Click on any of the photos below and you will be able to see the photos in a larger format.
The above piece above is a quilled Princess with white roses and a white crown.
The tan color of face and arms is made from manila file folders. I have not made
faces for any of the dolls I make since I am not happy with the ones I have created
since they look really bad and I think they ruin the doll. The dolls stands about 3 to 3.5 inches tall.

I made this birthday card above for my roommate Todd. I used 
color pencils to color it in after I used a pencil to sketch out the
 front of the card and the inside of the card. I got inspired from the web
to create the card.

 I made this balloon and heart flower card for my mother for her birthday.

The above zentangle sits in a 8 by 11 frame and sits in my cubicle
at work. This was done in purple ink pen. Took several hours to
do possibly over 4 hours. Did it in small portions so it took several
months to accomplish. First large zentangle I framed.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


My next appearance will be at:


Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Location: The Schaghticoke fairgrounds are located at 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke, NY.

Some of the confirmed vendors to date include Tastefully Simple, handmade woven baskets, various jewelry designers, Thirty One Gifts, kitchen cutlery, Twisted Iron Works, florals and wreaths, Tupperware, handmade scarves, Gray Horse Manufacturing (women's clothing), maple syrup, bird and bat houses, handmade quilts, country home d├ęcor, Avon, handmade chocolates and fudge, and more. Local small businesses, just to mention a few, will be on hand promoting everything from insurance and newspapers to generators and energy efficient and home improvement products, stoves and awnings.

Bring your appetite, local food vendors on hand all day. Raffles too, including tickets to Countryfest on July 13th at the Schaghticoke fairgrounds. Rain or Shine, this is an indoor event with free admission to the public. (I copied and pasted the information above from the website about the show.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy news and decorating Ukrainian eggs, zentangle and some quilling items

I have been really busy. I have been behind in posting things I have been making. This is what I have been working on is that I taught a quilling valentines card class in February at the Pine Hills Library in Albany NY, took a class to learn how to make Ukrainian eggs, created some zentangle designs on the side and created some quilling items.You can see pictures below at the bottom of the post.

I also recently moved three times since November 2013.
1) my job moved to downtown troy so packing and unpacking just a few blocks from where they were situated. They had a moving company to help but it was still emotional for me.
2) I moved out on my female roommate Dec 28 2013 then moved in with two guys Mike, gay age 50  and Todd straight age 48. That didn't work out and Todd and I got evicted by Mike. The Mike's cat that was not neutered sprayed my jacket since I did not let it out on one of the super cold nights, before that my bedroom ceiling cracked after I moved in, and me and Todd both had space heaters since Mike wanted the temp at 62 in the house which was too cold. So Todd and I got evicted and I suggested to Todd to become roommates and get a two bedroom together. He said yes and I moved to my third location on March 1st. So I am settling in and enjoying my roommate since he is a County Sheriff and works evenings. So we do not see each other much. Maybe once or twice a week since he has two kids he puts time into, sports he plays and other activities that keep him busy.

I still do crafts but settling in and creating a craft spot that works for me and my roommate which has been slowing me down. Plus I have been drained by work and the wrong foods I haven feeding myself. I am trying to find a diet that is less sugar, wheat and yeast. So I can function better rather then falling asleep.

I am going to do a craft fair on May 3 and 4. I am going to be teaching three classes origami and quilling for the girl scouts this summer one in July and two in August.

Here are pictures below of the latest creations:
 The above zentangle piece was created March 2014 completely
freehand with no layout before hand. I was hanging out at my
brothers house while I created this one.
 The above zentangle piece took 2 hours to create.
I created it for a co-worker/friend at work for her daughter pre-school. 
Each child had a a leaf to decorate to put on a tree that was in the classroom.
 Made 10 mini angels for order that came in by email.
The customer bought one of my mini angels that cost
$2 at the Art Center in Troy, NY at their holiday store
they have during November and December.
 Donated 2 Easter baskets to the Annual Spring Scholarship
Luncheon for WE@HVCC which was held on March 2014.
All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the WE@HVCC
fund which is used to award scholarships to deserving
individuals and to enhance the campus community.
HVCC = Hudson Valley Community College.

March 2014 I took an art class learning to make Ukrainian 
eggs at the Albany Art Room located in  Albany NY. This is the first
 time I played with wax on an egg and color dye to create the beautiful 
 eggs. The red one in the middle with the three colors is my favorite. 
It is almost like drawing zentangle designs on eggs just doing it with
melted wax and a candle. Here is where you can find more classes 
                                                at the Art Room

Saturday, December 21, 2013

February 12, 2014 - Free Quilling Valentines Card Class

Free Quilling Valentines Card Class

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 6pm -7:30pm,
Location: Pine Hills Albany Branch Library, 517 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 482-7911 x 230 you need to call to reserve your spot!!
Ages: 16 years or older.
Link to Library website:

I will create a kit for each student to take home with instructions for each project, write up on the history of quilling, evaluation sheet to fill out to let me know what you would like to do for future projects and my business card.

My style of teaching I sit down and walk you through every step for the projects from beginning to end.
I create the same piece as the student in front of them while they are creating so no one is on their own
or will get lost. If you get stuck or confused I will help you through every step of the way.

New Items I made during the month of December 2013

Recently made items for co-workers and people who requested items to be made for ornaments or holiday gifts. Just click on the photos to see them much bigger.

For the above angel. I sold this one for $15. It stands about 5 inches tall. I used quilling paper for the hair, wings, halo, and bow and sleeve edges and edge of bottom of dress. The rest of the body/dress is tan or khaki color and that is made from recycled manila file folders.

For the above angel. I sold this one for $20. It stands about 6 to 7 inches tall.
I used quilling paper for the hair, wings, halo, and bow and sleeve edges and edge of bottom of dress. The rest of the body/dress is tan or khaki color and that is made from recycled manila file folders.
 Just some random snowflakes I made for my mother.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My October - December 2013 Zentangle Designs

While I sit at work half an hour before I am due to be there or at breaks and meal times and during the hour I am waiting for TABE test students to take their tests at work. I sit and be creative. Sometimes I go through other zentangle sites to get ideas what to doodle. I do part of the template in pencil first before deciding to change it over to pen. I use bic or gel pens depending on my mood. I find it very relaxing and usually get lost in time.  Below each picture is where you can find the template online and print it off for yourself.
I have been really busy preparing for craft shows and making things for people that the zentangle doodling have been put on hold. Maybe I will do more after the new year.
The above zentangle dare #49 came from template that can be found from this site

The above zentangle dare #75 came from template that can be found from this site

The above zentangle dare #76 came from template that can be found from this site

  looking for this one online ?
The above zentangle dare #37 came from template that can be found from this site
The above zentangle dare #12 came from template that can be found from this site

The above zentangle dare #70 came from template that can be found from this site
The above zentangle dare #71 came from template that can be found from this site