Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When In Greensboro - Just Be

Just Be, is a lovely boutique in Greensboro that represents handmade and fair trade work.  I love this store for so many reasons!  Here are just a few of them...

  • The Ladies of Just Be are friendly and welcoming.
  • Shopping there feels like a visit with a dear friend.  (One who has REALLY cool stuff!)
  • I can always find the perfect unique gifts for the ones I love.
  • Their displays are absolutely gorgeous!
  • And in the name of full disclosure, they represent my work.  :-)

I recently delivered a huge selection of my work, and below you'll find a few of the photos that I took while I was there.

You'll find Just Be at 352 Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, or at their second location at 935 Boston Drive, Burlington, NC, 27215.  You'll also find them online here.

This public art across the street from Just Be makes me smile.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Wine & Creating In The Studio

Nothing goes together like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookies & Milk, and Wine & Creating.  At Creative Studios NC, we embrace all three of these concepts with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and folks have been asking us to clarify our position on alcoholic beverages in The Studio.

While you won't see class titles like "Wine and Design" or "Drink and Draw" among our offerings, you will find a wide array of classes in all media.  Card Creating, Scrapbooking, Painting, Art Journaling, Metalsmithing, Jewelry Making, Collage, Assemblage, and more will be offered, and we'll also host a variety of Open Studio Events, Private Parties, Crops, and Artist Demonstrations.  Guests of legal drinking age are welcome to bring and enjoy their very own snacks and libations at any and all of these events!

No wine was harmed in the making of
this photo, just a really
long hot day
of moving.  
In most cases, we'll invite you to pop your corks at the beginning of our time together.  Occasionally, we'll ask you to delay gratification until the use of caustic chemicals, high heat, razor sharp implements, and imminent danger has passed.  (We love our wine; but we love you more!)

First and foremost, we hope that you'll eat, drink and be merry with us each time that you're in The Studio, and we're hoping to see a lot of you!

For more information about Creative Studios NC, and upcoming events, please visit us on the web at or on Facebook at www.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Creative Studios NC - Classes With Connie Goodrum & Kristin Spurlock

We're off and running at Creative Studios NC, and I'm so excited about all that this means for each of us, and for our community at large.  During the process of opening the studio, I've had the privilege of meeting two new artist-friends, and each of them will be offering classes here on Saturday, October 24th.  You won't find these classes anywhere else, as each will be taught exclusively taught in our studio.  If you're in the area and available, please join us!

The first class is from 10:00 until 12:00 with Connie Goodrum.  In it she'll lead students in creating two - two page scrapbook layouts.  (That's right; four pages total!)  Each student will receive the Legacy Collection paper pack from Simple Stories along with 6 sheets of coordinating card stock. Connie will walk artists with all levels of experience through tips, techniques, cutting, layering, and design.  She asks that guests bring adhesive, a trimmer and scissors; and everything else will be provided.

The second class, Apron Art Doodling, will be offered from 2:00 until 4:00 on the same day by Kristin Spurlock.  In this class, each student will be provided with an apron of their very own, and they'll have full use of a wide range of Sharpie Markers throughout the class.  Students are also welcome to bring paint pens and other permanent markers for use in the class, and some will be available for sale in the studio.

As an added bonus, any student who registers for both the morning and afternoon class sessions will also be treated to two hours of free open studio time from 12:00 until 2:00.  During this time guests will have full use of our working studio space and tools too.  

For more detailed information about both classes, and to register, please call Jan McClay at 910-245-4129 or email her at , or visit Creative Studios NC Online.