Tuesday, October 18, 2011

dear lizzie


Dear Lizzie has been an integral part of Spark since the beginning.  The concept of Spark was born in the Dear Lizzie Bistro.  Each year Dear Lizzie has catered a fun box lunch and had items for sale in the market.

This year will be no different. Laura will be at Spark with all her girls. There will be a special Dear Lizzie shop in Noah's with all the goodness of the store in Highland.


After Spark comes to an end on Saturday night, the party will continue at the Dear Lizzie store in Highland.  There will be door prizes and snacks and lots of fun to be had. Laura will be keeping the store open until midnight just for Spark girls.


Now!~

Weather! It's going to be gorgeous. You will need to bring a jacket for the evenings and maybe a light sweater or two, but the days are going to be sunny and clear.


Friday, October 14, 2011

What sparks you? Nancy Wyatt


When April asked me to share what Sparks me I heard crickets chirping. I kid you not! Ha!
Then I asked myself what does Spark my creativity?


For me it’s many things, its colors, photographs, pretty papers, digital designs and Pinterest of course! These days most if not all of my projects start out with digital kits, my printer and I are having a mad love affair these days! I love creating hybrid projects and I must say it’s helped me keep down the clutter in my studio. Incase you didn’t know, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the cReative Design Team members for Rhonna Designs. If you’ve been to prior Spark events then you’ll know Rhonna Farrer in fact she will be at Spark this year so keep an eye out for her.

While I am here I also wanted to share with you one of my other passions. Making friends! Yes, I am one of those whom never meets a stranger! Just ask my husband, who by the way is the total opposite of me! I crave making friends and so it was only natural that I wanted to put together a pre-Spark dinner gathering last year for Spark No. 2 and again this year for No. 3!

This is not meant to take away from the actual Spark the Event, it was simply put together to allow for some of those traveling to Spark for the first time to get to know a friendly face. This is especially great for those coming to Spark solo, which by the way I think Rocks! We will be doing a small Swap at our pre-Spark dinner, nothing too complicated. I simply asked those attending the meet & greet dinner to bring something homemade or even store bought that makes their heart happy. Something that their new Spark Sister will enjoy, something that will bring back special memories of a new found friendship at Spark No. 3.




I hope to meet you at Spark; it truly is a special event! The amount of handmade d├ęcor that goes into the event is simply amazing and will leave you feeling so special! So, if you see me at Spark, please say Hi! And I may or may not be wearing my paper mustache, ha!

In the meantime, I'd love for you to stop on by for visit...www.lovestocreate.com!



**Frame and digital art used on photos are from www.rhonnadesigns.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

sooooo close!


Dearest Sparksters-

We are getting so very very close! Now is the time to get your supplies and start to think about what you need to pack. The weather in Utah has been chilly! We will post a forecast next week so you know exactly what it will be like.

If you have any last minute concerns, please jump over to the Spark Facebook page. There are many conversations going on and your questions will most likely be answered.

It's not too late to submit your questions for the blog panel! Please send your questions to me (April at secondsisterjewelry@yahoo.com).

AND...

Don't forget to bring your own business cards if you have some! This makes it easy to stay in touch with other girls after the event.




Monday, October 10, 2011

what sparks you? Danielle Donaldson



creatively anal.
an awkward yet amazingly accurate description of danielle’s art (and mind). it’s amazing how two words that are so vastly different can be paired together to create such a vivid picture. a true balance of coloring outside of the lines and making sure the lines are exactly the same width. 

danielle donaldson balances a bunch of stuff. the stuff that most people balance. significant other of 20 years, a college-aged daughter, a high-school senior son, a couple of dogs, a cat, a FULL time job and oh, her art.

she was just recently brave enough to transform her daughters room into a cute and oh-so visually stimulating “dorm room”. a bitty little corner of the house that she claims as her own. a space to make girly, a space to be brave (or not), a place to work and play.
it is filled with bits and pieces that make up her story. her version of it, anyway.


and her favorite thing to do is to just sit and stir the pot in her own noggin and dream up ways to capture her thoughts and feelings and put them on a canvas.

she uses paper from HomeGoods (you know the kind they wrap your stuff in – the newsprint kind) to sketch out her vision. then, with a flurry of mod-podge, paints, paper, frustration, giggles and a lot of nifty (and really anal, pen and graphite work) she sits back and smiles.

each mixed-media piece tells a story that she has trouble putting into words. with the hope that someone will look at it and tilt their head to the side and say, “Oh, I get this.”


and then danielle feels like she has told her story. kind of a hidden secret, “where’s waldo” kind of thing. and she smiles.

sometimes she even shares her words and process. check her out at www.danielledonaldson.com. and, you can see a fab original that was created just for Margie and Spark#3. prints will be there for sale so be sure to stop by the shop and see her work!
danielle donaldson
Contact information: danielledonaldson@surewest.net |www.danielledonaldson.com

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The winners of Margies Halloween jewelry pieces are:


The Necklace goes to:
Cmad said...
I can't stop looking at this ADORABLE necklace. I swear I have gone back to Margie's blog a million times. I couldn't even read the entry, I could only look at the picture of the necklace and drool. I finally was able to read the blog entry on Spark's blog and realized the necklace is a giveaway. :)


And the earrings go to:
Barbara said...
Fabulous! I love that it's so easy to put together. Counting the days until Spark!


Please send Margie your address!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Schedule

Here it is! 
We may need to make some minor changes here and there, but basically, this is what we will be doing!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Spooktacular Jewelry Giveaway

Last week Margie made an appearance on Studio 5. Margie is a regular contributor to Studio 5 and she always comes up with super fun projects to share. This time she was challanged to use vintage bingo chips in some sort of crafting project.
As she said on the show, Margie is giving away the jewelry she made here on the Spark blog. Just leave a comment and Margie will pick a winner on Friday. There will be a necklace and a pair of earrings given away.