Art-Is-You 2013 Recap – Part 1 of 2

Let me tell you, Art-Is-You was fantastic again this year.  I had so much fun meeting new friends and spending time with ‘old’ ones, relaxing and creating…  I’m totally revved up to use my new skills in my own work.


The photo above is me with Carolyn Dube, Jessica Sporn, and Judy Shea at one of the lunches.  The food is wonderful at AIY ~ breakfast and lunch are included and there are always delicious hot and cold choices.  This next shot is at an event that evening.  You might notice we seem a tad more rowdy.


In addition, we have Maria McGuire, my sister Fern, Kirsten Reed singing into the paintbrush, and Barbara Kessler, the wonderfully talented singer/songwriter who performed that evening.  I was soooo happy my sister flew in from Indiana for her very first art retreat. I’ve got a pretty good feeling she’ll be back in 2014!


The class that excited me most was Kecia and Jane’s Home is Where the Heart Is class.  It was two full days of collage and soldering to create a really cool 12″ high glass house.  I used family photos for mine and I am so happy with the way it turned out.


I had great tablemates – Lorraine, Francine, and Dawn. Here are Francine and Dawn.  Dawn Gold came all the way from England for Art-Is-You and it was lovely getting to know her.


And here’s my finished house.  The walls aren’t all straight, and there are parts I need to go in and smooth out, but I’m very happy with my first attempt at soldering.  I will go ahead and embellish it soon.  I was lucky to win a giveway from Kecia & Jane and I have oodles of metal bits and bobs to attach when time allows.

Marjie's glass house

Marjie's glass house

Kecia and Jane are wonderful teachers and really kept us all on task so that every student walked out with a finished project.  They will be offering this class online next year as well.

Thanks so much for the visit.  I’ll be back this Thursday with a new project for a stencil hop between Xyron & StencilGirl, and will have more on my other classes at Art-Is-You next week.



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Your house looks fabulous Marjie! And good to see my friend Dawn…our children went to the same pre-school 🙂
    Alison xx

  2. WOW fantastic project & how I would love to be in an environment with other creatives – you are blessed!

  3. Lynn Stevens says:

    Fabulous Marjie, I can’t believe you had never done any soldering.
    Wonderful job!!!! What a keepsake
    Hugs Lynn

  4. So glad you were able to do this, Marjie. You look all lit up from the inside…good for you! I love the project you shared…what a fun way to display photos. xoxo

  5. Oh you all look so happy playing and being rowdy. How nice your sister could be there…You rocked Kecia’s class, your house is gorgeous. xox

  6. Marjie you have no idea how much I would want to have participated in this as soldering is something I have tried (briefly, as in only once, bought a soldering iron and tried to bluff my way through it) and to master soldering is top of my To Do List. To have a house such as this as the end result is awe inspiring.
    2014 I aim to bring out that soldering iron and try, try and try some more.

  7. Great house! Looks like you learned a lot. What a great looking group of artists!! I ‘m so happy you were able to spend time with your sister.

  8. Classy

  9. Wow, what a great finished project to go home with! Love, love your fabulous house Marjie and it looks like everyone had a fabulous time. It must have been lovely to have your Sister there too! Hugs, Anne x

  10. Hi Marjie! That looks like so much fun and WOW!! your house is amazing – what a wonderful project! It is times like this I wish I lived in your part of the world! 🙂 Very, very cool!

  11. Love seeing all the photos! You house is absolutely amazing! I’d love to see this up close!

  12. Wow, it really looks like you had a fantastic time. I’m so happy for you Marjie and it looks like you had some wonderful people to be inspired from and to also inspire. Your finished project is amazing!!

  13. Marjie.. your house is AMAZING. So great to hang with you and the sistas again.

  14. Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Fern Edwards says:

    I had a great time – came home feeling so inspired. It was delightful to spend time with you and meet so many amazing artists!

  16. A great artistic house Marjie! And what a great meetings you’ve had!! There’s a big smile on your face on every picture…especially the one with your sister 🙂

  17. Oh wow Marjie, this house looks amazing, what wonderful ideas and techniques, I love it. You look as though you have had such a great time with a great group of gals.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  18. LOVE that house! What an incredible project.
    I so missed seeing all of you.

  19. Very cool! Sounds like a fun time!

  20. How fun!!! LOVING the photos!!!!!!

  21. So happy to share this wonderful time with you and to meet the lovely Fern! Love that house! Hugs.

  22. LOVE seeing all the photos and the faces and the art eyecandy! Thank you for sharing one and all, Marjie!! So fun to get to travel vicariously to these events with your memories shared. 🙂

  23. Love the photos, Marjie! After seeing so many photos from you and Judy and Jessica and Carolyn, I am just frothing at the mouth waiting for October 2014 and Stampford’s AIY!! Seriously, how does one wait a year???

  24. From the looks of the photos, I would say all had such a great time! I love the house you built! Beautiful!