I'm back peeps!! Miss me? Ha. My family sure did...especially Lily. Geesh. She suffocated me in bed last night and right now as I type! I can barely type for her body. So.....so MUCH to tell you about the 6 days I was away. Yep. 6 whole days of no laundry, no cooking, no bedtime routine, no rushing around to this and that, no taking cats to the darn vet (which we have had over $1000 of vet bills this month alone!), etc....but I did miss my goodnight Mommy and of course my sleeping partner that weighs over 10 pounds.
Anyhoo....Portland. I have decided that it deserves a 3 part blog post. So this is part one. What I took to fatten my creative belt one more notch. I arrived Tuesday around lunchtime because Tuesday night I had a class. Come to find out both classes I signed up for were with this adorable artisan:
Jean Van Brederode. An amazingly talented enamel artist. Tuesday night was a total technique class on this fancy pants piece of equipment I so have to get now for the studio:
one only presses 12 tons....at home she has a mac daddy 20 ton one. Why do I need this? Well, because after cutting my own pattern with a jewelers saw and piece of acrylic I was able to make this adorable bird pendant. And could press it over and over and over. Uh...huh.....addictive. And with only 3 in the class we totally got the personal attention and time to play!!