Friday, March 23, 2007

March 23, 2007

Hello all!
Yesterday was my LUCKIEST Day! No, I did not Win the Lotto!
Two Wonderful things happen though! First, MY NEW IMPROVED The Artists' Nook Website went live! Same web address But with a Great New Look!
Big, Huge Thank You to my Queen of Web Design-Tracey Kazimir-Cree! If you are looking to update your website, create a website, add a shopping cart, do emailing of news or anything web related, YOU Must contact Tracey! She is AWESOME!
Next, on the timetable is to add a shopping cart! Yeah!
Ok, the other Lucky thing that happened, Was....Hold your Breath......ArtitudeZine is back in stock!!!!! We love this magazine but have not had it since Winter 2005. So we are soooo Happy to have it back in stock. I almost did a back flip when the Fedex guy came by with the box. But I realized it was not a good Idea, for myself or anyone around who would be witness that!
Since we are celebrating new website looks, Check out Lynne Perrella's new look.
Jill Berry's 5 books in a Day Workshop- Still at Early Reg Discount Pricing! I decided to keep Jill's workshop at early reg. pricing of $110! The workshop is Sat March 31st 10 am - 5 pm and will need to have some prep time for the instructor for class kits so PLEASE sign up as soon as possible so we can be ready. Here is what Jill posted on my Yahoo Group about her workshop: "It is a bookmaking class for all levels, and will have five structures finished in one day. We are also doing some collaborative painted pages, or non-traditional paste papers, to use in ourbooks. Check out Christine's website or mine I love teaching and love books." & I will say she is a great teacher and a wonderful person!! Guaranteed fun for all.
MORE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: Bev Glueckert - Artist from Montana- Teaching Monoprint, Collagraph & a variety of printing techniques April 13-15th -Early Registration Pricing on Bev's workshops end this Sat March 24th. These are great techinques for the collage artist!
Cory Celaya-Artist from Arizona- Teaching Found object Jewelry, Encautic Wax, Foil Collage and Roses & Resin project April 27-29th. Plus she will be demonstrating "Intro to Mixed Media" on Thurs April 26th at 6:30 pm Her early registration discount pricing is through April 6th. Sign up soon and save!
Art Challenge!!!! We have an art challenge for artists to create artwork based on a theme! This will be display as an Art Exhibit here at The Artists' Nook in May with the Art Opening Reception on Friday May 11th. Deadline to register is March 31st, So Don't Wait!!! Visit The Artists' Nook Website to get more info on this challenge.
Weight Watchers Update: This week when I weighed in on Monday, I lost 4.6 lbs! Yeah! But it goes to show how much toxins were in my body with the lack of eating well. I was told that since I had such a initial loss that much next week will not be very much if at all. So my plan was to hit the gym hard this week to prove them wrong!! My plan was to go before work... But after 3 days of attempting that plan, I came to the realization that after work will be better for me. I like to sleep in!!! I am yet to go but today is a new day and I have hope!
New in at the NOOK: Book board cut to 6 "x6" & 4"x4" sizes, some rubberstamps, bookcloth, PVA in 8 oz size, & more stuff added to the markdown section.
That's all for now!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

Just IN! deMeng Art Apron! Every artist needs an apron! For only $20! Come get yours at The Artists' Nook 402 N College Ave Fort Collins CO. Don't live close, no worries, We can ship! Just contact us by email at or phone (970) 416-1148. Even the company who printed these were impressed with the graphics! Michael, you Rock!

We had a great Art Party this weekend! The project was the Inspirational Accordion Board Book. This project is offered as a workshop on Tuesday Morning March 20th 9:30-1:30 pm. More details on The Artists' Nook Website

Basic Soldering/ Image Under Glass Workshop Saturday March 17th 2-5 pm, 5 Books in a Day w/ Jill Berry Saturday March 31st 10-5 & Precious Metal Clay & Dichoric Pendant w/ Peggy Houchin Sunday April 1st 11-2. Don't miss out on these great workshops. More details on The Artists' Nook Website

Ok, now on a Personal Note: I joined Weight Watchers & join a health club on Monday. I have been this path before as many of us have. Gain, Lose, Gain Lose! Since running the store full time, I have neglected myself. I have had great success with Weight Watchers in the past (lost 50lbs. twice) and know I will again. I had done Weight Watchers 2 times, once after my 3rd Son & another after my 4th. I had done a different weight loss program 3 years ago which was great but there was more supplements, timing of eating and restrictions. I feel Weight Watchers is more realistic for me! The weird thing was when I weighed in to get started, (no I will not tell you what that weight was!) It was the exact same weight as when I started to lose 3 Years ago! I guess that is my breaking point! I know it is hard to predict the future but I really feel this will be the last time I do this! It is a lot of effort to lose the weight, but little effort to put it on! So I plan to keep it off this time! I respect myself too much not to! As I teach in my art classes everything we learn is important for the next thing we do. We learn in layers, each one important for the next step, project or journey. I really feel this way with my weight loss/gain. If I had not gone that route of loss/gain etc, I would not have the knowledge of the past experience to set my mind on my goal and future!

I have coupons at the store for Free Registration or Scrapbook Kit at Weight Watchers when I invite a friend. Good thru 4/21.

Take Care,


Thursday, March 08, 2007

March 8, 2007

Hello all,

Here are a few pictures from our Art Boutique of Tara Parr's prints of her Photo Collages & Laurie Zuckerman's Photo Transfers.

Lots happening---Beat Night Friday March 9th 6 pm-9 pm at the Main Gallery & Artist Studio Of Poudre River Arts Center 406 N. College Ave. A night of poetry readings, music & spoken word!

Art Community Events- Added to the website workshops with Artists: Katherine Skaggs, Maya Dobroth, Joannah Merriman & Loveland Art Academy

Plus, Bellvue Store's Month Art & Antique Show Fri March 9th-Sunday March 11th

Denver's Zine Fest March 24th all on the Art Community Events page of the website.

Workshop samples in at the store for Cory Celaya workshop April 27-29th

Just in at the store:

Pretty Little Things by Sally Jean Alexander- This book is filled with wonderful soldering glass projects!

Altered Arts Magazine

Cloth Paper Scissors

Somerset Studio

More items added to the mark down area! Those who came by last week got some of the good stuff! But there is more to be had!

Open Studio Time- Saturdays March 10th & March 24th.
Come into The Artists’ Nook Workshop and work on your projects in our creative space. Use our stamps, ink pads, paper cutters, binding systems, resources library & more.
One Flat Rate of $10 Stay for one hour or the whole day! Please RSVP (970) 416-1148

Upcoming workshops- Basic Soldering/Image Under Glass March 17th 2-5 pm & Inspirational Accordion Board Book Tuesday March 20th 9:30-1 pm. More Info

Thursday, March 01, 2007

March 1, 2007

Here are some pictures of artwork from the Art Boutique. Jewelry by Leslie Smith, Lynn Henry & Peggy Houchin. Shrine by Venita Hawkins-Bird, Photo by Laurie Zuckerman. "Life is a Gift" by Tracey Kazimir-Cree. Paperdoll by Sandy Vanderpool. Lighted Assembalge by Tiffini Elektra X. So much more to see so Stop by & Check it out!
Karyn Gartel's Workshops March 23-25th House of Junque, Softly Spoken & Sacred Nature Early Registration Pricing thru this Sat March 3rd. After that the price will go up! Don't miss out! More workshop details on The Artists' Nook Website Workshops section
Karyn is a known Canadian artist & is her first time at The Artists' Nook. I met her at Art Unraveled last summer & I love her teaching style. Everyone's artwork that came out of the class was different & captured each one's artistic style. That is what I loved about her as a teacher!
Workshops this weekend: Sat March 3rd Pears Basics 101 - Basic stamping learn about ink, paper & more. Color 1 2 3 4 Learn 4 different color mediums in 4 different techniques.
I have been Spring Cleaning! To make room for the New Products coming in from CHA, I created a Mark Down Section in the store! The back corner is filled with marked down items like stamps, embossing powders, paper making kits & more! This section will always be there & I will add to it daily but the items will go quickly because of the good deals! This first batch of items will be lots because I have years of accumulation!
First Friday Art Opening "Artwork & Music of Jonny Wright"
Friday March 2nd 6 pm-8:30 pm Music starting at 7 pm
Come by and listen to Jonny play music while enjoying his artwork on The Artists' Nook walls!
ART CHALLENGE Redefined! Whitney Clifton stepped forward to help me with the art challenges. We came up with a true art challenge where you as an artist will stretch your creativity with a specific theme for each challenge but you don't have to make multiple pieces to swap! The artwork from each challenge will be on display as an art show at The Artists' Nook at the end of each challenge & each participant will get a book of pictures of all the art in the show! This first Challenge's register by March 31st. Intrigued? Art Challenge information on The Artists' Nook Website
Catalog of the Month "Invoke Arts" I love their stamps so much that I want them all! So here is your chance to pick out what you want & I will go with that! The catalog will be on display for the month of March. Ordering will be on April 1st.
One of a Kind Show in Chicago This is an opportunity for artists to show their artwork. Dec 7-9, 2007 deadline for applications May 1st More info