It’s creative playtime for adults in these classes!

mug for blogIt’s been nearly two years since I’ve taught classes in our studio/shop. I enjoyed the break but recently felt that urge to jump back in. I’m happy to say a terrific opportunity just opened up and I’m taking it.

I’ve joined the Brighton Art Guild, a group full of so many talented artists, and a perk of membership is the availability to use their classroom alongside other teachers from the Guild.

I’ve been able to prepare for a couple of classes quickly and you’ll find them listed here: Linda’s Shop.

It’s quick and easy to purchase a class and you’ll also see the dates, times, and supply list. All of these classes are currently taught upstairs (there is no elevator) in the CoBACH Center. You’ll also find a link to the Brighton Art Guild; be sure to check out the great classes from other instructors.

My first offerings are Art Journal Adventure, which is a four-week series. We’ll play with paints, inks, stencils, gesso – all sorts of fun stuff. It begins Tuesday, July 24. It can be messy so be sure to bring an apron or wear an old shirt.art journal 4

Scrap your Stash is a very popular offering because it uses stuff you already have in your stash! We make one 12X12 layout using your papers and embellishments. 20150314_225852It sometimes is an original layout, at other times Pinterest-inspired. The point is I show you how to make your stash work for you. We alter paper and learn to create many of our own embellies for these designer-style pages that usually use only one or two photos. The first Scrap your Stash class runs 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 30. There is a Scrap your Stash Marathon scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 as well.

Join me in some creative playtime and help spread some happy scraps! Look up class offerings with dates and times at Linda’s Shop and Follow me on Facebook by liking my page for the latest updates.

 

 

Through the years

On September 7th, Green Door Studio will have officially been open for 3 years. We started out on this crazy adventure after I was laid off from my job. I had always dreamed of having my own business, and my mom was out of her mind enough to be a willing participant. Since then, I have gotten married, moved around, had other jobs, quit working, and became more involved again in the business. Mom has been the consistent face of the business, and has worked her butt off to make it what it is today.

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Mom and me on opening day, September 7, 2013.

We went from having a fairly empty shop:

to having a very crowded shop:

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in a brand new location:

This journey has been a whole lot of hard work, but luckily we’ve had wonderful friends and family helping us along the way, from one location to the next. The most amazing of all is my dad, who helps us with pretty much everything.

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(I’m a little surprised he hasn’t disowned us yet.)

While we do paint furniture in our own styles:

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we also do custom paint jobs with either your furniture or our unfinished furniture:

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and large variety artsy classes, which are always a great time:

and we have a great selection of home decor and accessories:

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We have also recently become a stockist for Pixie Dust Paint Company, carrying the company’s full line of mineral paint additives and all-natural, vegan-friendly finishing waxes.

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Our three-year celebration begins Wednesday, August 31st and ends Saturday, September 3rd. On Saturday, come enjoy light refreshments, creating a fall-themed tag, and discounts including 10% off purchases $50 or more or 15% off purchases of $150 or more. (Sale excludes custom-paint quotes, classes, and previous purchases.) Discounts are valid Wednesday-Saturday. We will be spilling out into the parking lot, weather permitting, with every piece – finished or unfinished – that we currently have at the shop, in storage, and at our houses.

Candy Scraps will also be a vendor on Saturday, so come check out her garden-themed pieces and more.

Green Door Studio is located at 6105 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48114. Our phone number is (517)-618-7700. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

Remembering Grandpa Doyle

Dennis and I were talking this morning in his room about junk that needs to be sorted and gotten rid of. As I was looking around he mentioned the stack of his mom’s pictures. They were sitting under a shelf in a storage cabinet, just out in the open. Under the pile of photos was a little brag book of photos called ‘Grandma’s Show-and-Tell. We opened it as we turned the pages we could see our two youngest kids grow up right before our eyes.

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Those photos brought back a flood of happy memories as both of our parents are gone now. We were fortunate our kids were able to spend a lot of time with both sets of grandparents as they were growing up.

This morning I also read an article that says in 10 years the most photographed generation will have no pictures. I actually read the whole article and it really hit home. My photos are very precious to me and the thought of my children not having those photos down the road to jog their memory of all the good times they shared with family and friends really made me want to get back to my scrapbooking.

This photo was in the little brag book and I really just wanted to get it out and onto a page. It’s amazing all the memories that flood back when I’m scrapping the older photos. My youngest is turning 33-years-old this month; she was much younger here. My in-laws had retired to Florida and we were able to fly Kevin and Rachel down so grandma and grandpa could take them to Disney. They had the best time and couldn’t wait to tell us all about it!

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I really tried to use fun, festive papers but that old nostalgia thing just kept creeping in and I settled on a vintage paper with a printed nursery rhyme. It seemed to fit my mood and the photo. I added some glittered hearts to represent all the love and cherished memories of this time. The layout also called out for a piece of delicate vintage lace I had collected on a recent road trip. I kept the title simple – grandpa – it says it all.

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This layout is the sample for Scrap your Stash, a class offered in the Studio from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. I’d rather document my memories in a scrapbook that can be enjoyed and looked at over and over, how about you? To get started, call (517) 618-7700 to register for class; $12.

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A canvas of many layers

hand-dyed coffee filter flowersIt’s been a while since I’ve felt inspired to work on a canvas but now the ideas are just bursting around in my head and I can’t get them out fast enough!

This is a 12-inch by 12-inch canvas. There’s such a variety of techniques showcased on this canvas. We’ll make these gorgeous flowers from hand-dyed coffee filters.

The flowers are die-cut and I’ll show you how to roll them and to use several shades of paints to make them come to life.

Pretty lace and silk ribbon is added – with a pearl-head stick pin – to create a shabby-chic look.

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Students will work with plaster gauze, paper strips and gesso to create texture and movement in the background.

Acrylic paints are layered over gesso with a hint of shimmer added with Ranger’s Pearl Paint Dabber.

Who doesn’t love the look and smell of beeswax? I’ll share techniques for using beeswax to add a soft look to your project. And then, how to age the entire piece.

This class kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5. Class runs till 4 p.m. Check out the info on our calendar for all the details you need to know or call the Studio at (517) 618-7700.

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Studio continues to evolve

We often get asked just what is Green Door Studio. Truth be told, we don’t really have it figured out quite yet. We’re still evolving.

When Rachel and I decided to open this business a little over two years ago our thoughts were that we would offer classes and sell our painted furniture. Over time the business has changed a bit but remains pretty close to what we had in mind.

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We still scour estate sales and auctions for pieces to redo and now we’ve expanded to custom painting.

dining_set_green_door_studio_720The custom painting has kept me really busy lately and I have commissions waiting to come in well into February.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_class_2Classes run the gamut – from how to make a burlap wreath and ATC’s to art journaling, scrapbooking, card-making and mixed media. Students recently learned to use a Styrofoam ball, plaster gauze and an old bed spring to build an adorable snowman with tons of personality!

At the end of October we made the decision to move our business after scouting out a variety of locations. We didn’t go far – just about three miles North but our space is more open and nice and bright. We really like our current home.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_classThe classroom area is spacious and roomy. It seats up to 10 comfortably and is still cozy and intimate – just the way I like it!

Green Door Studio is not your typical cutesy home decor/gift/craft store/studio. There’s no pretty fairy lights hanging from the ceiling and no mood lighting. We cram it in and sometimes I’ll admit it ain’t real pretty.

We sell some craft supplies – inks, glues, paper pads – Kaisercraft and Graphic45 with some Prima in the mix.

You’ll find furniture pieces – mostly good, solid, vintage project pieces (take as is or we’ll paint it for you) and painted pieces. The odd little piece of this or that comes and goes – rusty bed springs, brass pieces, vintage bingo numbers and the like.

To keep up with all the goings-on for Green Door Studio check our newsletter (in the sidebar above) and head over to our Facebook page and give us a ‘like.’

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Facing the changes

20140903_101812My gosh! Where does the time go? Thanksgiving is here and it seems like just yesterday I was out West on vacation with the old guy. Thanksgiving dinner this year is at Rachel and Kevin’s. The newlyweds are hosting a family dinner for the lot of us.

It’s been a crazy busy Fall since we made the decision to move the business. We pulled off the move to our new location and with the help of family and some good friends we were able to get the joint organized and up and running without closing for even one day!

I’m back on schedule with the custom painting jobs and Rachel is back to painting pieces from her home. Classes have been running smoothly and you’ll see more pop up on the Calendar soon.

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We’ve made some social media changes by eliminating our web site and just sticking with a blog and our Facebook page. You’ll still find the link to our Calendar and Newsletter here on the blog sidebar.

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving day however you choose to spend it. Be safe and enjoy!

Linda

 

Spreading the word …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotHowdy! Just wanted to pop in here and give you some updates on what’s happening and what’s to come.

I received word last night that another cottage has opened up for the weekend of my Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat. This means there is space for 4 more students for the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Sunset Shores in Clare. I need to know of interest by Friday (Feb. 1) and payment can be made to me via cash, check, or credit (through Etsy). Email me at lneffscraps@gmail.com. Participants will be the first to create two new mini books on my teaching schedule for this year!

Here’s the Retreat info:

Join me for a fun-filled instructional weekend retreat at Sunset Shores Cottages nestled along the edge of Stevenson Lake in Clare, Mi. This retreat is all about mini books and mixed-media and it’s happening soon! This Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat is slated for Feb. 15, 16 & 17, 2013.

Attendees have an opportunity to create two eclectic and vintage-style mini books, plus a third mystery project over the weekend. It’s an intense weekend of painting, inking and experimenting with new-to-you techniques and I promise everyone a very exciting, creative weekend. Space is limited to 12.

You’ll be housed among four cozy, adorable cottages (three to a cottage) and will enjoy learning and working in the spacious craft room and taking delicious home-cooked meals in the dining room with views overlooking the lake.

Your creative mystery weekend includes lodging, meals, beverages, and guest thank you bags, along with materials and personalized instruction to create three projects. Cost of the weekend is $285.

My very first retreat weekend adventure was held here last August and we had so much fun and the students really enjoyed their projects. I hope you’ll join us this year for another great weekend of crafting!

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Adding stores to my teaching area:

I’ve been busy adding new stores to my teaching area and am happy to announce it now includes Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw, The Paper Hollow in Sterling Heights, Altered Art Addicts in Jackson and Inspiration Station in Ovid.

There are several mini books and card classes on the agenda and I’m in the process of finishing up a new Tempting Techniques Tag Reference Book (former Ranger Ramblings). Classes are beginning in February with my Retreat at Sunset Shores, and March in the stores. Some are scheduled into May with more to come!

Check out the link to my Class Calendar and Schedule for information and register for these classes currently scheduled at your favorite store.

And, if you haven’t already, please ‘like’ my Facebook page for additional class updates and crafty information.

Sunset Shores Winter & Spring openings:

I’m passing along some information from my friend Vivian who owns and operates Cottages at Sunset Shores in Clare, Mi. When looking for a nice tranquil and serene place to escape to for a scrapbooking weekend, quilt retreat or just a few days away with the girlfriends, check out Sunset Shores in Clare.

A short two-hour car ride from the Howell/Brighton area makes it the perfect place – far enough away the family won’t bother you, but close enough in case of an emergency.

The cottages are available year-round, weekday and/or weekend. Lots of festivities take place in and around the Mt. Pleasant and Clare area throughout the year and these cottages are a great getaway. Soaring Eagle Casino is 20 minutes down the road and there are quite a few top-notch golf courses as well. Great fishing on Stevenson and surrounding lakes, and the lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

I’ve stayed here mid-week with my sisters for a few days just to sit around and chat and share a bottle of wine and Dennis and I spend at least one week of vacation here during June. We like to stay in the cottages any time we can sneak away for a day or two; it’s just very peaceful. Love sitting on the deck overlooking the lake and reading a good book.

In addition to mid-week openings this time of year Vivian also has the following retreat weekends (includes meals & lodging) available. Visit Sunset Shores for more info and call her at (989) 386-7030 to book your reservation.

Availability:

  • Feb.1-3
  • Feb. 8-10
  • March 1-3
  • March 22-24
  • April 4-7
  • May 3-5
  • May 10-12