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Last night at The Studio we had a hand built pottery  class with Denise Kupiszewski from The Mud Peddler Studio in Shepherdstown.  We created some awesome cell phone stands and wall pockets.  And it didn’t take long to create these terrific pieces.  What fun to try something new!  Thanks Denise.  We can’t wait to see the finished products when they come back next week.

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20171111_061249-2451468679.jpgI took a class last night at Art in the Carolinas in Raleigh.

Sean Dye taught us how to make “Intriguing Interiors” paintings in pastel.  It was fun to try something new.

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Walking around the show at Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair we saw so many interesting things…and great ideas.  And the funny thing is we went all the way to Asheville only to find the best new idea by an artist from our own town – Front Royal.  Melissa Yoder Ricks with Wild Hair Fiber Studio had this interesting loom to make these terrific pieces of weaving that can be incorporated into hats, sweaters, etc.  I loved them.  I’ll be experimenting with it soon. Check Melissa out here.

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Yesterday we drove to Asheville for the Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival. We’re going to learn new skills.  The colors weren’t as brilliant as I expected but still nice.   More on the festival tomorrow.

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20171012_201558.jpgIt’s time to start thinking about making Holiday gifts for family and friends.  Here is an easy but elegant scarf you can make for the fashionistas on your list.  Join us to learn how to make this one while learning to double crochet and read a pattern.  Our class will be on Tuesday, November 7th at 6 pm.  Click here for more info and to register.  And remember, “Crochet – It’s not just for Grannies anymore!”20171013_071904.jpg

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A few more photos from the trip to Capon Springs.  Here is the spring house.  The sign above the door says, “Capon Springs – called by local Indian tribes Cape-Cape-pe-pon (the healing waters) rises through 1600 feet of rock, the last 300 feet being sandstone-a natural filter.  The flow-100 gallons a minute – has been undiminished for centuries.  It’s origin unknown.” 

Wednesday night after Bingo they served a homemade pizza snack.  Yum.  It was made in their huge brick oven where they also make tons of bread which they serve at all meals.  Every morning at 8:30 the flag is raised in a ceremony and the National Anthem is sung proudly by all who attend.  Traditions are alive and well at Capon Springs.  It is such a beautiful place.

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Our final day of instructing at Capon Springs saw us working with Palette Knives.  Everyone was game to give it a try and we had fun creating some wonderful art.  Then we finally got a little time to relax and enjoyed a soak in the mineral waters at the spa.  What a treat….especially with a little Epson Salt thrown in to help the old arthritic knees.  We spent time at the Fish Pond and wandering around taking photos of this magical place and ended with the traditional weekly Bingo game. (I didn’t win.)

What a fun day!  If you get an opportunity (or you should make one) to come out to Capon Springs Resort and Farm you should jump at the chance.  It is an amazing place that is such a gift to enjoy.  Plan to come join us for the Spring Artist Retreat on May 20-24, 2018.  It will be a good excuse for you to get away and to discover all that Capon Springs has to offer!

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