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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Don’t grab the hot end!

Last Friday the weather was glorious here in Phoenix. (For those of you shoveling snow just remember for five months out of the year it is hot enough to singe your eyeballs.) I had reserved a spot in Terri Brush’s beginning soldering class. It was held in a lovely home in Phoenix that even had a pond full of koi.

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Roses and vinca’s were all abloom.

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The event was hosted by Melrose Vintage and they had set up a few of their delightful wares for sale.

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Frozen Charlotte’s in a sleigh.

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Cupid has landed.

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Lunch was beautifully presented. I coveted the chandelier.

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We dined al fresco.

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Here is a close up of one of the yummy and very chippy Chippendale chairs.

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Truly talented Terri and her amazing assistant Kristin.

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I first laid out the images I wanted to capture between glass. I created seven charms that were all very different.

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 I made just one charm for myself. It became a talisman of sorts. I adore the 3D chair.

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This is the back of the pendant. I often shop at the grocery store while dressed like this:

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I am participating in a Valentine swap and just might be persuaded to enclose this in the package I send off.

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I left this charm in it’s original silver state while most of the others received an additional patina treatment. 

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This is my wish for you.

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You have just one more day to enter my GIVEAWAY two posts down.

Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed!



Deb said...

Beautiful photos and what a great project! I live in Chandler and my daughter and I have wanted to visit Melrose Vintage for a while now. This post does it -- I want to go this weekend for sure!

Karen said...

This had to have been a ball! What are the "Charlottes" used for? Are they for dolls?
Love your pictures.
Ladybug Creek

Robin Thomas said...

I daydream of coming to AZ and taking a class such as this. If Terri does another I will be seriously tempted. And you got to spend the day with Maija and Julie! Dang!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those are beautiful, Laura! I love the chair one, too!

susan said...

Laura-What a beautiful environment for learning a new craft. I can see why you enjoyed it and loved the chandelier and ooohhh...the chair! Love your charms. I dress that way for the grocery store too--headed there right now if I can get my skirt in the car :)

Blondie's Journal said...

What an awesome class, Laura. The setting was just gorgeous!! I love your charms. I think you have found your genuine talent!


LuLu Kellogg said...

Laura, these are beautiful. Great job!

I hope you will have a lovely rest of the week!

xoxo, L

alice wayne said...

my grandma rocks!!!!!

i like how you photographed your baubles on sheet music!

see you later pp!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The pendants came out beautifully! I loved the Melrose Vintage displays. Even though they are not quite my style, I can appreciate their beauty.

Mildred said...

Oh what pretties and sounds like a lot of fun!

fairfieldhouse said...


What a treat to your creative side and your senses! You must be at the top of your class because the results are beautiful! I love all your finished pieces.


ceekay said...

Laura..your charms are precious. I just love these and would love to make one sometime.
I bought the 3 inche by 5 match boxes...3 for 1.00 at Walmart. Yes, I threw out the matches. Don't need more stuff around here. You can do the itsy tiny ones too...but you can't put much in those! Glad you liked it!

Lorrie said...

Oh what a fabulous day you had. Your charms are simply...charming! I would love to see you sashaying down the grocery aisle in your beautiful gown!


Stephanie Lynn said...

This looks like such a fabulous event! Your creations are beautiful! I love every single one you made! Thanks for sharing

Liz said...

These are DARLING! Good Job. Boy the Phoenix area sure doesn't look this today. Thanks for sharing the sunshine!


Bettyann said...

looks like so much fun..thanks for sharing your fab charms..

Crystal said...

What an awesome opportunity and such a spectacular atmosphere to learn in. It looks like your creativity was just flowing over. Your charms turned out beautiful.

How did you like soldering? My husband is teaching me and he even bought me my own iron, so I don't hurt his :o It looks like you caught onto it quite quickly.

Have a blessed day!

Lou Cinda said...

I LOVE every one of these!! LOVE THEM! The first one especially! How fun that must have been...I am envious of the class AND the sun!

Lou Cinda

LiLi M. said...

You did soooo well on your first projects! Your images and quotes are so well chosen too. Love the chippendale chairs. I try to live according to your wish ok and you will do the same according to yours!

Jeanette said...

So precious. What a lovely environment!

Mimi said...

Great craft idea!!!!
I love it and love the locale!!!!
How fun!!!!
I would like to join in the next time!!!!Of course I have really no artistic talent!!!!
I hope you can make it to lunch tomorrow, I totally understand if you cannot, we all are so busy and you in school, wow, is all I can say, how do you accomplish so much!!!!
But details if you can make it are:
12 noon at Modern Steak--Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall
Have a great day!!!
Stay Dry!!!!!
I love the rain!!!!!

Liz said...

YAY! I'm so glad your package arrived save and sound!And I'm super happy that you like it! :) Have an awesome weekend!


honeysuckle said...

That sounds like a wonderful class and held in such lovely surroundings. My daughter (Tatertotsandjello) has made some of those necklaces and I know the soldering is tricky.! Enjoy that lovely weather. I need to go shovel my front walkway:)

Linda said...

I love those types of pendants!! I have several, I can't recall the artist, but my husband got them for me many years ago.

You do the most interesting things!!

Hope you have a wonderful end of the week and weekend.

Linda :)

WendyBee said...

Your class looks like a real treat, a special experience. Your teachers really have a great thing going! I love the necklaces you created, very cleverly done. I have seen this type of charm before, and yours have an extra thoughtfulness in the words and images that make them all the more appealling. You have a real talent.
P.S. Did you see the monogrammed hankies on Alicia Paulson's website (recent post)? ( They remind me of the monogrammed teatowel/guest towel on your banner. You two must be channeling the same vibe!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh laura!!! these photos are GORGEOUS and those charms are amazing!! And U know I love me some Melrose Vintage!!!! I am over in California right now...but Hubby called me yesterday and said your package arrived!!! I can not wait to get home and see it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) Ohhhhhhhhhhhh and PS...I am thinking those charms need to go in your ETSY so I can BUY ONE!!! hehehehehehe!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Olivia and Me said...

Laura.. what a perfect 'field trip' for your class. Me and you would be out back drawing straws as to who would get that chandelier. I see that Melrose vintage has a website.. I wonder if she has a blog too.. hmmm, I'll do some research.

Love the projects!!

with love,

CupcakeDD said...

LOVE those pendants! I tried soldering once and it was a disaster! Looking forward to seeing more!

Grins & giggles,

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Yours is one the most beautiful blogs and I love visiting. Brilliant post thanks for sharing.
Warmest regards and a lovely weekend,

jenjen said...

Beautiful!!! I have spent the past 4 months or so trying to teach myself how to solder. How fun to take a class!!!

I love everything you made!


The Boston Lady said...

Laura, those are absolutely lovely and I know I'm too late for the giveaway.

You are uber-talented and keep me inspired with my little blog and projects!!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I've always wanted to learn to do this. My husband knows how so he could teach me. I just haven't gotten around to asking him.

And when I was visiting Phoenix last summer (I know, why in summer?), I went to Melrose Vintage, I loved that store. I wish I could have spent more time there.

Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Linda said...

I just remembered who the artist is that I mentioned that this work reminded me of -- SALLY JEAN. My husband bought me several of her collage charms a few years ago - I love them. Yours are just as lovely!

Linda ♥

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

LOVE those charms! They turned out great!!