Classic Amy Joanne

Art & Home

I am excited once again to be a part of ToleTown.com! ToleTown is a wonderful on-line community of painters, creatives and talented designers sharing their work thru patterns and videos for you to create!

It is certainly a fun place to meet up and share Art….thank you Lorrie for this awesome gathering place!

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July 12

Another weekend full of creative fun! How ’bout you?

We were Makin’ Bunnies, well, a practice run anyway….more to come on this fun idea with bunny molds and templates too!

Of course we had good eats! Pizza…I found a new recipe for making the crust (and oh boy it was yummy) and made my own sweet sauce too! The cheese is out of the bag, but otherwise homemade goodness!

I also took the camera for a spin in the garden, we have many many bees and love to watch them in action….of course with the zoom lens!

And I worked at DG on Saturday and made some pretty displays 🙂. Keeps me busy. I would even display soup cans and nuts if it was all I had.

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‘In the Studio Workshop’, Did I just say that?

Why YES!

It has been 15+ months of waiting to create together again in the Studio and I couldn’t be more excited to begin scheduling and inviting creative friends back into the Studio Space! I mean really, we were just getting started prior to the Pandemic.

In this Studio ~ be inspired by creativity and enjoy new friendships

A place to learn artful skills and create heirloom pieces!

Our first project in 2021, is ‘Make It Merry‘ in DecoArt Acrylics and PrismaColor Pencil from the ‘In a Bowl Series’~ scheduled for 3 mornings or 3 evenings (your choice), once a month, September thru November.

And guess what? All the supplies are included to use during class and take home a finished project (as shown), along with a pattern to create again and again! brass tacks and embellishments included too.

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July 5

We had a wonderful long weekend here at Classic Amy Joanne, (well, away from Classic Amy Joanne, just being Amy). Smile.

We spent Friday in Lancaster County enjoying cooler temps, doing a little shopping and admiring soooooo many beautiful yards and farm land……and of course, eating wonderful food too!

Working a few hours on Saturday and Monday but the remaining time we worked on home projects and enjoyed our yard…..my hubby gets all the credit he’s the Gardner too 🙂.

The hydrangeas are absolutely beautiful this year!

Back to work today at Classic Amy Joanne….creating new pages in the ‘Halloween Keepsake Journal’ and playing with the new Classic Cling Rubber Stamps (coming soon)!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

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Chalkboard Art is a thing.

Then it became a thing, for Classic Amy Joanne with the popularity of Classic Chalk Art created for our local Art Center’s ‘Chalk & Chew’ Classes. You can read all about Classic Chalk Art and Chalk & Chew (here).

‘Chalk & Chew’ was a thing in Tamaqua for 7 years, the name caught on and classes filled, I was happy to be know as the ‘Chalk & Chew’ instructor.

Leona, the Art Center Director, and I grew an artful friendship. We worked together to keep the Arts growing at the Center, along with many others, those were good times. She also encouraged all Artists to create for and in the Community.

3 years ago in Autumn, during a time when I was figuring out my Artful Journey, (read about the journey and the hiccup (here)), Leona was asked by a local Coffee Shop if she knew of anyone that would create a Menu Chalkboard for their Shop.

Me: ‘Why Yes, Leona, I would be happy too”,

gulp. What did I just agree too, I have never done anything like this before.

And there I was creating a large menu board for ‘Hope & Coffee’.

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June 28

Another weekend in the books….this is what we were up to…how ’bout you?

We shopped for paint, house paint that is. Getting ready to re-work the dining room and create a sewing area in the Studio. The Associate at our Sherwin Williams said Jerry and I were a cute ‘funny’ couple….ah, good salesman 🙂. We should take our comedy routine on the road, lol!

In the Dining Room, as part of my continuous organizing-the-house project ~ I worked on the top half of the hutch.

My hubby Jerry typically makes his own snack mix each week to take along to work….we found a jar that was perfect for the mix (it held ribbon) and now it is easy and on hand! Baggy Up!

I also have been working on creating a ‘house’ box design with Cricut for an upcoming project – Gingerbread Countdown….it isn’t easy for me, I just want to know how to do something …..learning by reading or video does not come easy ….you can see it is taped and wonky….but I am getting there!

and at ‘work’ I played a little with shop (well, store) displays…Farmhouse dinner table and fixin’s. It’s been dubbed the DG Boutique 😉

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‘Been sifting thru rooms, drawers, boxes, bins, and the like. To clean-out, organize and re-group. Working intentionally towards a well organized home that holds a business within 1300 square feet.

Also needing to lessen the load since the closing of the Shop.

It is digging deep into what to keep, toss, give or donate. Asking myself ‘do I use it?’, ‘will I use it?’, ‘do I have plans for this?’, ‘you need to keep this why????‘, and so on. Some decisions tougher than others.

Sifting thru Sock & T-shirt drawers, closets, a hope chest, small appliances, basket collections, linens such as tablecloths and bedding (read here), the pantry items, cleaning and laundry shelving, the attic, 30+ years of home paperwork such as taxes and medical, business papers, a studio closet, and even the freezer.

Some areas need a little more refining and some need labeling ~ but there is light at the end. The ‘keep’ piles are cleaned and neatly placed. The ‘toss’ items are already tossed. The ‘give’ piles have been given, and the ‘donate’ piles have been donated. All the parts and pieces are in there right locations…..now just a little refining will finish the job.

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June 21

This past weekend felt like a mixed bag of ‘Marketplace’ Art!

Aiming high and a little fearless, am hopeful with a little luck thrown in…praying for the best and always joyful!

(Market Piece Club Shown is available thru the Shop Tab)

The beginning of Summer is a good time to put the plan into place for all the Fall, Winter and Christmas fun….creatively speaking that is! Here is what I have been working on.

Page 4 and 5 of the Creative Christmas Keepsake Journal

Page 1 and 2 of the Halloween Keepsake Journal (PS this will be a subscription)

An In-Studio Monthly Class in Paint & Pencil beginning in September (see Workshop tab)

An All Day In-Studio Class ‘Claus, Canvas, Cookies & Cocoa’

The new Classic Cling Rubber Stamp Reveal

A new acrylic ‘free’ pattern with purchase ~ ‘Cookies to Share’

‘The Toymaker and The Gingerbread Maker’ Zoom Class pieces

Mrs Claus Christmas Baking Countdown Surface and Pattern

Red Nosed Pull Toy (with Sheila Landry)

Selfie Elfie Ornament and Keepsake Box Set

and Many Many Many Blog Postings!

…oh an introduction to Classic Candles too

…and I even planned my Dining Room make-over, convincing Jerry we need to paint the table 🙂

As a Creative, when do you begin planning your Holiday Creating?

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Inspiration and Creativity Awaits!

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June 14

A lazy weekend of dreamin’ it was.

Which came first the perfect yarn or the denim? How could I resist more denim at Hobby Lobby and yarn that just popped into my cart? Perfect coordinates!

A meatball stroganoff casserole…..this will win the hearts as ‘completely homemade’ or an ‘on the fly’ meal! Sharing later this month on the Blog. Are you following?

We are thinking about finishing up this awkward dining area….where the window is not centered to the room but the light fixture is….refinishing the built in hutch, adding a unique piece of furniture, trimming the curtains and starting a mural wall or oil painting….oh, and maybe paint the table and slip cover the chairs….just maybe.

Playing again at my retail job ~ my boss humors me…..I created place settings ~ $25 gets you a centerpiece, a flower sprig, two napkins, a denim tied rug as a table cover and 2 complete place settings!

And…

I attempted and failed to finish cleaning my Studio closet. I kept day dreaming of projects and gave up! Maybe next weekend

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