Friday, March 27, 2009

Saturday, March 28...I'll be at Piecemakers!

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For those of you who live in my neck of the woods, stop by and see me, I'll be at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa for a Trunk Show on Saturday! My art will be on display, including a few pieces that are available for purchase, and I will be doing little demonstrations throughout the day using my new "Jubilee" face press mold and Apoxie Clay. I hope to see you! I'm sure it will be another fun filled day at Piecemakers!

Saturday, March 28
11am - 2pm

1720 Adams Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 641-3112

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Second Day in Sitka Alaska

What a fun day. This is my 2nd day in Sitka. It has been snowing all day. This is one of the little harbor in Sitka. The boats were so "salty" and full of character. It was really fun walking out on the docks looking at all the boats, and the view of the ocean was breathtaking.

Tam took me on a little tour of Sitka today. We also went to Totem Park and walked around a bit.

Here are two of five huge King Crabs that Chris, Tam's husband, brought home my first night here....I ate one of those crab legs with dinner. I have never tasted anything so yummy - talk about fresh. The crabs are such interesting creatures. I also ate Halibut Cheeks for dinner....I bet you didn't know fish have cheeks! They are pretty tasty!

A face only a mother could love!

It was the oddest thing, when the crabs were right side up, they were crawling all over the place and very active. This in itself gave me a very odd feeling just because of their size (it was totally Sci-Fi-ish. Then if you flip them over on their backs it was like magic, they were suddenly motionless. Like they had just finish with a rubdown at the Fondell Spa and Resort, and were waiting to finish up with a hot salted steam bath! Yum!

One of the highlights of my day was visiting a small bear sanctuary. There are two brown bears that live at the sanctuary right now. They were rescued when they were just little cubs after there mother had been killed. Now they are 2 years old and just as happy as can be living in this truly remarkable home that has been created for them. A man named Les has poured his heart and life into this Sanctuary for quite a few years. It was very apparent that this is his passion, and all his hard work has and perseverance has saved these two bears. They really do look like big fuzzy teddy bears and it just makes you dream about cuddling them. But, they are wild animals and their enormous size and apparent strength demand and deserve respected. They are truly magnificent animals!

Tomorrow will be the first day of doll classes. I met the ladies tonight at dinner, and they are a vibrant, fun lovin' group! This is going to be FUN!!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

My tiny fae....

Tiny Fae 004, originally uploaded by cmahlstadt.

I've been playing again! This is the tiniest fae I've ever made! She is about 6" from head to toe. In my last post I told you about a nest wall hanging that I have been working on. Lots of machine embroidery, with a 3D nest and branches. Well now I have added a tiny little faerie sitting on one of the branches (she is peeking at the eggs). I have really enjoyed this project. It is still a work in progress... I am still pondering how I want to mount the whole piece to hang on the wall. I have a few thoughts. I'll keep you posted.

Here is a link to my flickr where I have more pictures: Feel free to take a peek! I'd love to hear what you think!


Friday, January 30, 2009

I've been playin'....

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Road to California Quilt show with my good friends Patti Culea and Karen Wooten. We had so much fun. The show was very inspirational and my time with my girlfriends was even more so! We explored, we shared, and we drank lots of starbucks! So FUN!!!
Then this week I met Patti up at CHA…oh my gosh!!!! What a great day! So many fun things to look at! My creative juices are on OVERLOAD!!! I just wish I didn't need to sleep. What a nuisance!
As a lot of you probably know Patti does A LOT with free motion embroidery, and every time I see her she has something new (like a book) and everything is always so yummy! So…I figure….I have a Bernina that will do free motion embroidery….I'M GONNA PLAY!
Oh my gosh!!! Free motion is so much fun! I have dabbled a little in the past. Took a purse class a long time ago. But this time, it just clicked! I have had so much fun!!! Also, I think Spring Fever is brewing! Everything has a nest and eggs. So the piece grew from my heart....I just love it when that happens.
Here's a couple of pictures for you to take a peek at. It’s not finished yet...I still want to add some pink velvet trim at the bottom, add a frame of some kind, add a few beads, add a tiny little fae sitting on a branch…..
Thanks for letting me share!
Hugs, Cyndi

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dazzling Daze Spring

I am tickled pink to announce
that I will be teaching at DDS 2009!
Space is limited so get your registration in ASAP.
This is going to be an AWESOME event
that you won't want to miss!!!
Follow the link above to read more about the Dazzling Daze Spring 2009. Patti has a wonderful writeup on her blog!
To register for DDS or for more info contact Patti Culea at

Monday, January 12, 2009

girl power party....

Oh my....what a fun day!!!! My sister Cheryl and her family are in town visiting. They are currently stationed in Japan where Ken serves in the US Marines. Let me tell you, they are quite an adventuresome family. Usually they fly commercial but on this trip they jumped on a military cargo plane. The way they describe sounds just like a warehouse with wings. The stories they tell are so much fun! It has been great visiting with them and catching up. My niece Jen is 9 and Jess is 12; and I really miss them when their not here. So, while they are here, I thought it would be fun to have a little creativity get together. I immediately started working on a little project we could do together.

Well, today was the day all six of us girls got together and had a "Girl Power" Party! In attendance was my mom (Carolyn), my sister (Cheryl), and my nieces Jennifer, Jessika, Summer (who lives close to me thank goodness), and me.

I went through my stash and pulled out anything and everything that had a retro, hippie, big daisy, girl power look and feel. Then I got my hands on pictures of the girls and photoshopped them together into a funky retro background. I thought it would be fun to use their picture, because they are the girl power in my world. Also, they are best of friends and I thought it would make it special for them. A keepsake!

I prepped everything ahead of time and put it all in individual kits. This way we were able to jump right in and start playing. I did have it set up so that everyone could pick out their own fibers and beads. First we sponge painted the tin with alcohol inks. Then we glued the picture of the girls into the tin. Next we eembellished with yarns, fibers, pearls, bead fringe, rhinestones, paper daisies, tiaras, and all things girly. Ahead of time I had cut out just the headshots from a copy of the picture. We then used double stick foam tape to stack the headshots onto the picture in the tin. This created a really cool 3-D effect. The girls put little rhinestone tiaras on the heads and then we covered the whole picture with triple thick glaze. They really turned out cute.

The girls! (left to right: Carolyn (my mom), Jess, Cheryl, Summer, Jen)

Let's get this party started!

Here the girls are painting their tins with alcohol inks. They thought it was pretty cool. They really like the way it looked. Jen thought they were a little stinky, while my mom liked the smell. Mmmmm...not sure what that's all about?

We had to take time for a little bit of mustache fun....

You could just feel the creative energy in the air....the estrogen flowing too! The boys all went to Fry's Electronics while the girls played.

My family is quite creative. My sister homeschools her girls, loves counted cross-stitch, crocheting, and scrapbooking. My mom has many talents - florist, quilter, plant guru...just to name a few. Mom is the one who taught my sister and I how to sew and crochet. Like I said many talents. My mom and grandma are the two people who continually nurtured my artsy side. I am very grateful!

As you can see the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Jen loves to draw. Her GP Tin turned out beautiful! She is very proud of her accomplishment and so am I!

A close up of Jen's GP Tin.

This is my mom's little work of art. I love the fringe at the bottom. It looks really cool!

My sister's GP Tin. I love the way the fibers make it fuzzy!

Summer and Jess' tins are still a work in progress. Summer had to leave the party a little early to go to softball practice. She was feeling a little sad because she had to leave early. But Jess said she would wait to finish her tin until Summer got home. They wanted to finish them together. Told of friends. Jen is holding up Summer's tin for her in the picture below. I will post pictures of there tins as so as they are finished!

A good time was had by all! It was special day for us. It's not often we have the opportunity to ALL be together and CREATE! It was a very good day!


Saturday, January 10, 2009

help me name my mermaid.....

I have a new workshop!
Her debut will be with the Rainy Day Dollmakers in Sitka Alaska in March. I just love her and wanted to share a few pictures!

Her face is made using my "Jubilee" press mold.

This is an altered tin doll. Her center is filled with pictures, shells, pearls, glass glitter, and marbles. Yummy!

Lots of fun yummy fibers used for her tail fin and then embelished with beads and shells.

I need your help!! She needs a name....what do you think? I'd love to hear your suggestions.


a work in progress....

I have a new critter in the house. Quick get out the bug spray. Just kidding! He's friendly! I've been working on this spider....he's a little scary....but spiders this big usually are! You now the saying "a face only a mother could love". I just love him!

I started working on this guy over a year ago, but then the inspiration dried up and I packed him away for awhile. I finally got the bug (pun intended), to pull him out of hiding a couple days ago and start playing. It always amazes me how some projects can just happen overnight and others take a little longer to decide what they want to be. Here's a few pictures of my spider and his little handler. He's still a work in progress.....

My thoughts, when I first started, was to JUST a make a spider. But then it started growing, and the whole process took on a life of it's own. This is how it happened....I had this really fun nest that I had bought somewhere just because it was so cool, and I started thinking wouldn't it be fun to strap this to his back as a little carrier for a faerie? So I did that. Then it wasn't enough to just have a you can see it got bigger! So, that's when the whole "treasure keeper" theme started churning in my head. At first I was going to put a tiny faerie in the nest...but then I started thinking nest....birds...EGGS!

Okay so I had the "spider carriage", I had the "treasure", now I just needed....a "Keeper". So I made this little guy. At first I was going to have him stand beside the spider. But plans changed! This is how it happened - I had the little guy on the counter beside the spider and when I looked down at him it dawned on me that the way he was posed was just perfect for hanging him off the side of the nest. He looks so spunky this just worked so well. I love it when that happens! I do believe this is where he'll stay....but who knows!

Okay, that's it for now. I hope you liked the sneak peek! I'll keep you posted. ENJOY!


Monday, January 5, 2009

happy New Year!

I AM OFFICIALLY SELF-EMPLOYED! I'm in my studio full time now! My last day at my "job" was Thursday, December 18th. This was about the same time my fourteen year old son went on Christmas break from school, and I primarily served as taxi mom. It was a fun two weeks and my family and I had a wonderful Christmas. So, I have marked January 5 on my calendar (and my heart), as the first day of my new adventure! I am so very excited and feel blessed to have the opportunity. I believe this is where I belong, and what I am supposed to be doing!

(new workshop)

I'm looking forward to 2009. I have workshops on the calendar, new online classes scheduled, and lots of new projects in the hopper!

I have been working on my studio area. I don't have a lot of space so I needed to really work on organization and making the most of the space I do have while making it look pretty. It's gotta look pretty because my studio is my dining room.

I have two book shelves. I put the pretty stuff on the top shelves and the not so pretty stuff on the bottom shelves hidden behind curtains. Wire baskets work great for organizing all my fabrics and boxes hold a lot of my trims, trinkets, ribbons and such. I found the wire baskets at Staples Office Supply and the pretty little boxes at Joannes Fabrics. They work really well - pretty and very functional. I Just love them. Of course I got out my label maker so I could mark what is in each of the boxes. Believe me...that's really helpful.

Between the two bookshelves I have a dresser, and stacked on top I have these fun wood box units that I found at Michael's (on sale of course). I'm trying to decide what color to paint them. I thought green, as you can see, but I'm not sure. The color will probably change. Maybe I'll cover them with a neutral paper collage type of thing. I also want to make knobs with faces to go on all the drawers. I think that would be fun. Also, I have a shelf for all my favorite magazines. You gotta have those you know!

I have lots of nooks and crannies where I stash the things I'm working on, and all my little treasures.

I do have a closet in my work area. It is crammed full of tubs, racks, and shelves. They are full of all my paints, wire, glues, batting, and other utility type items and tools. I am grateful for the closet - it holds a lot of stuff and I can just close the door and hide it all!

Now the picture above shows my true nature. This is my workspace! I didn't clean up after I was done working and all the stuff that doesn't have a home yet gets dumped there. But, I have decided that I really do like being organized. So, I'm going to crack that whip and keep myself on task. It is all still a work in progress; my studio, my career, my art, my life.

Thanks for joining me on my journey. Have a blessed, safe, and wonderful 2009! Enjoy!