Thursday, September 29, 2011

giveaway sneak peek

Our very own Cathe Holden has some good friends that own ScrapBox, makers of beautiful and quality craft storage systems. And they just happen to be headquartered down the road from Spark. They have generously offered to GIVE AWAY one gorgeous EZ View Craft Desk in white or black bead board to one super-lucky SPARK attendee! AND they’ll even ship it straight to the winner’s door! How awesome is THAT?! 

The EZ View Craft Desk – Store your Stuff in Style and see it at a glance. The EZ View acrylic glass desktop allows a clear view of the divided drawers below. The EZ View desktop comes fully assembled. You construct the base with a simple cam lock system (instructions included). Dimensions: 50″W x 25″D x 31″H

See the 3D video of the amazing EZ View Craft Desk! An EZ View Craft Desk desk will be on display at SPARK!
We want to send out a BIG thanks to ScrapBox!
This and many other amazing prizes will be given away during the event. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Jump Start!

With Spark only a month away, I decided to get ready for Halloween early so that I can concentrate solely on Spark for the next few weeks.

I created a set of printables to use to decorate my house.  I am sharing them today on my blog. Feel free to pop on over and download them if you like!

Have a fun and creative weekend!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One month to go!!!

We are excited. 

Are you?

Monday, September 19, 2011

one more thing...

Well girls, September is more than half over. Is it just me? Where is the time going?

I always love September. I love the back to business feeling. I love buying school supplies. I love apple season and crisper weather. And I love getting back on a solid schedule.

Speaking of schedules- we should have the Spark schedule ready to post this week!

We hope you are starting to gather up the supplies you will need to bring. Please don't stress over any one item! If you can't fit it in your suitcase, there will be someone willing to share. That's how we roll at Spark! 

One more thing we will need you to bring: an open mind and heart.

Please start to prepare yourself to push past your insecurities and embrace the projects and other students without judgement.

My mother-in-law gave me some awesome advice a few years back. She is a seasoned artist and she has taken many classes over the years. I had taken a class and I wasn't happy with how my project turned out. She chuckled and said that the class wasn't about creating a masterpiece. It was about learning new techniques, gaining inspiration, and enjoying the process.

You may find a new passion at Spark. Or you may find a new friend. 

Whatever your experience, we promise to send you home with a new treasure.

Friday, September 16, 2011

class supply list

Okay girls! Here is a list of items that you will need to bring with you to Spark. There are many items that you can share with a friend if you are coming together. If you have questions, please feel free to email Margie or I and we will do our best to get back to you quickly. Please watch this list over the next few weeks in case we add something.  We will let you know when the list is absoluetly complete.

Collage classes:

Black Stazon
workable fixatif (Krylon)
paper towel
gel medium
favorite word stamps and/or large alphabets (optional)

paint brushes:  (All paint brushes available through Scarletlime website)
· 1" Flat brush, or Foam Brush
· 1/2" Flat brush
· liner brush

black permanent pen (fine tip)- Faber Castell or PermaBall Pilot or fine tip sharpie works great!

DecoPauge or Mod Podge

wet wipes (IMPORTANT)

any personal ephemera you want to use- copied if you don't want to use the original (i.e.- letters, papers, receipts, postcards, etc) this isn't nessciary.. there will be some on hand.. but in case you want to use their own.

Stamping and reverse applique classes:

a ball point pen (it's important that it's ball point)

an image to carve: must fit in a 3X4 inch square, less intricut images are better for beginners...there will be some on hand if you don't want to come up with your own.

a shirt, apron or other item of clothing to applique

Jewelry class:

Junk Journal class:

vintage book (as close to 9" tall by at least 6" wide) not too shabby, you will want pages and spine in decent condition.

$1 photo brag book (necessary for inside photo page protectors)
around 12 -15 photos ( horizontal & vertical) (subject:metamorphosis) 4X6
stapler (I prefer Tim Holtz tiny attacher)
distressing or sanding block if you would like to rough up the edges a little.
metal straight edge

That should cover it for now. If we do add to this list we will make note of it in future posts so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Margie!!!

Happy Birthday to one of my very favorite people in the world!

Margie broke the mold when she was born. She's one of a kind and to know her is to love her.

You can wish her a happy day on her facebook page!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

what sparks you? Liz Eaton


I was asked the question:

    A creative space where I can create for 5 minutes here & 5 minutes there is the type of studio that I have tried to create in my home. I always have music playing, from the time we wake up, until we all go to bed, usually something on pandora one. or on iTunes. My studio is very little people friendly. I keep all things that little hands shouldn't get into out of reach & everything else is with in reach & free for them to "get into" whenever they choose. We, meaning me & my boys, spend most of our days in the studio. It's right off the kitchen & the backyard, so the boys can come & go & get me when they need me, but I usually am plucking away at some might be jewelry, art journaling, a mixed media wall hanging, sewing a quilt, making a frame or sign, working on a photo project,  or doing shrinky dinks with Dax. I love that we have this space in our home that everyone has full access to, that we LOVE to be. It is for sure the heart of our home.
& that is exactly how I want to keep it.

Oh & if I ever need to get some fresh vibes going, the best thing I have found is to do some inspiration window shopping on the computer, through blogs or pinterest, or by going out to my favorite stores, like anthropology, the central phoenix area shops, downtown mesa or anywhere else I can escape for a few (hopefully) kid free hours. The best inspiration, though, always comes when I can get away for a few days for a girls trip. I am heading up to Utah for one next month & I can't wait!

If you need some help sparking your creativity, check out this spark the event, I know it is going to help get my creative juices flowing. Until then, I hope these photos spark something in you.


Diptic copy 2
Diptic copy 3
Diptic copy
Diptic copy 4
Diptic copy 5

Liz will be part of our Handmade market this year! You can see more of her work on her blog and in her Etsy shop.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

welcome september

1. Walnut, 2. dove, 3. blocked, 4. Papaya, 5. artisan.bread, 6. Shiro Plum Dream, 7. locavore, 8. Brown Tree Leaves!, 9. color inspiration


The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
 With fruit are bending down;

The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun;

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow nook,
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook; 

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise; 
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies–

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

-Helen Hunt Jackson

We only have very few days of Summer left.  Fall is coming. And so is Spark!

Stay tuned this week for information regarding what you will need to bring with you.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Devoted is the word of the day. Maybe you didn't know that. It is.

You may be asking why devoted is the word. 

As Spark gets closer Margie and I talk on the phone almost everyday. We go over details. We talk logistics. And we mess around and laugh a lot. We think we are pretty funny. We crack ourselves up.

Today when I hung up the phone after talking to Margie I thought about what it is we are doing.  Putting on an event like Spark, where everything is handmade and attention is paid to every single detail, is no small feat. 

And yet we love every single minute. We are totally 110% devoted to the reason we do Spark in the first place. That reason is to inspire women to use their creativity to better their life. Every single person involved in this event shares our same philosophy. We are all working for the same purpose.

It is simply amazing to see what can be accomplished when a group of devoted people pull together to create something. The result is astounding.

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope you do something creative.

Elements used to embellish the above graphics are made my our very own Rhonna Farrer who just had the grand opening of her new online store. Click on over and check it out!