Friday, November 21, 2014

Say Good by to the Frenzy Stamper in Scottdale with a class by Me!

To all those who live in the Scottsdale area and  it’s  vicinity, the beloved Frenzy Stamper in Old Town Scottsdale  is closing her doors for good Dec.24th . Debbie Bick the owner is moving on to  new and exciting things. We all wish her the best . The shop has been a premier mixed media shop and has served the area for over 12 years . In honor of Debbie for her service to the mixed media  community and to say A HUGE thanks to Debbie for giving me my start in teaching and luring me in with M& M’s ,I am teaching ……

“ Caption Nemo’s Lover”  a 2 1/2 day class for  $235.00, includes a deli lunch and all materials needed to make the project . bring you won scissors . and anything YOU may want to add to her to make  her extra personal .Only a few spots in the class  remain!!!! 
The class starts -
*Dec 5  2/1/2 hours  (Friday evening) Dec.-6 hours , Dec 7 - 6 hours. ending at 4:00 pm  . For those that can not make the Friday evening class . I am shooting a  how too video  for the that part of the the class .It will  posted on Vimeo. Sat morning I  will have  pre made your parts from the evening class that you missed .So Sat.   you can step right in line  with everyone else  and watch the video  on my computer during class  break  or later on .

If you wish to  come in from out of town, Debbie or I can recommend a  hotel and and the airport  is a short 15- 20  ride from Old Town Scottsdale ,an area filled with wonderful shopping,  restaurants and hotels, all walking distance form the shop.
my email for questions  is

the Frenzy Stamper  web site for  all info

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My tiny house on wheels

I thought I would show a few pictures of my trailer project .It does not look like much but let me tell you a lot has happened to this little baby  since we literally dug it out of the desert earth, it had been sitting in for years. We then had it towed  to the house on a flat bed . All the  outside rim trim was taken off so the metal "skin" could be removed and wood rot replaced on the  frame. That included every  bit of trim removed,the windows ,vents,  major frame work  etc. All the hatches and doors need readjusting too.
I hope when I get the funds I can take my dead computer to a service center and have them see if the hard drive is ok and hopefully  salvage all my pictures ( I have older ones of the trailer )The  Apple store would not touch it as  they said it could have toxic damage??!!! so what good is the $350 warranty I MISS STEVE JOBS!!!
If the trailer had not been a free gift -Bless Linda for this !!!!! it would not be worth it I am sure . But it was a blessing , one meant to be and so I embrace dearly  as such. 
After  the wood rot was replaced and the metal  "skin" put back on, new water seal tape was added and  the trim put back on ,over 1000 new stainless steel screws  where used .On  the inside all new plumbing  all new electrical service, was added  upgrading from 20 amp to 50 amp service so the trailer can handle the new roof top ac unit, heater, computer  ( and creative power tools of course) re-fridge  and added lighting . We also  added a tiny bathroom as you can see with the custom made steel shower pan. The toilet will be real ,no porta potty for me -yuk  and a tiny hand  held shower . To add head space to the bathroom that had to go over well well , a skylight will be  added over the bathroom to give it 10 more inches of head room. It is tough to squeeze this all into a 13' x 7' trailer and add nooks for  all my art supplies .Plus a nook for the Doggie's  water bowl and food bowl and they get a doggie door in the front door too. 
So to make room  I took out the full size bed  and am making a "ships captions twin bed" raised and  with curtains and tons of pillows will a be part of the cozy plan . I loved the  old vintage appliances  and formica  and the whole vintage look ,but in the end opted for a new contemporary style by using left over materials from the house remodel ,thus repurposing and saving money ( the old appliance were going to cost  an arm and a leg to repair and still they would not have safety equipment them ) .So  we added a piece  of stylestone counter top with and it will have  river rock back splash left over from what  we used in the house . Then I  bought new new state of the art appliances for the kitchen. MUCH SAFER for full time living and lighter for pulling with a V6 truck engine. I bought them on eBay so it took many auctions and losses  to get the right price.  It still is very scary to  make this huge leap in lifestyle ,but every time  I  see a little more done ( as I get the money) I get a little more comfortable that it will work for me. . So that is my share today. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lost love, found again !!!

Years ago I   headed back to college in my thirties. I already had a degree in Illustration  and had been   using it for over ten years . But something was missing . So after much research I picked  what was then called  CA college of Arts and Crafts . I intended  to explore a second degree in ceramics and this was the perfect college to do so  as it had been the  teaching home of  the great ceramic artist Robert Arnison  who founded the ceramic art movement  of taking a ceramics from functional  craft forms  to fine art.  I studied   ceramics their  in in doing so I became  a part of this  generational movement ( 3 times removed ) . But alas while their on a whim  I took a metal smithing  in course and feel in love. But I also fell in love for real with Mark and after 2 years of study made the choice to move to southern  CA and marry Mark. A choice I will cherish all my life as he gave me the BEST 12 years of my life. But now 22 years later I find myself exploring  my lost love of metal again  while  added mixed media elements  in  hidden ways. I hope  these pieces  find their way to a future  teaching venues so I may pass on the fun I am having getting to re know my  lost love.

Monday, September 8, 2014

" Always on the Move " Starts Oct. 15 2014

Registration has started for my on line class "Always on the Move " so head over to Terri Brush's site and sign up now! Class is $85 and starts Oct. 15, 2014 running 6 months! Registration for access to the sight is required and FREE so please do this as well. Links are below this post. A class kit is available for purchase . You may pre purchase the kit or read the supply list on the sign-up site for the materials you will need. Even if you purchase the kit there will be a few tools, etc., you will need to supply yourself So please read the list on the site. (links below) All info is on the sign up site. Kits purchased on my Etsy site will ship SEPT. 25, 2014, The kit will ship priority mail and is $60.00 .This fee includes the shipping. My Etsy link is below too . There is a list of a few things you will need to supply yourself in addition to the kit and if you do not purchase the kit you can read the kit supply list to see what you need to gather yourself in the form of materials or email me with any questions ( email below) .
XO Julie

Class Sign  ups  and info = 
Kits on Etsy = Bisbeebliss

Thursday, August 21, 2014

sneek peak at my new line I call " Industrail whimsy "

Look to my blog ( juliehaymakerthomsposn blogspot ) my website( )  and facebook pages ( julie haymaker thompson) and (blissbee ) for my 2015 class line up .


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HI, Everyone Art Unraveled   a premier art event is just around the corner It is not to late to signup ! I have 3 classes with a few spaces in each one still open  . I have kept my class numbers small so each person  will get more personal  attention  from me.   This is my schedule . I will also be selling at the vending event.
*Defending my Love ( heart) -June 27 day  class 
*Bird  on wheels - Aug. 4th ( evening class )
Alterations (a fiber arts project ) - Aug  5th day class 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Journey

                                                                 I am on my way .

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Blissbee wholesale

I am launching a wholesale  shop and am looking for small boutiques that want unique hand made lower priced items . These are items that I made and did well  in my boutique "Blissbee" which I closed in April . I am  working with etsy to get  into their new wholesale site but they seem to not be able to get past the idea of etsy supply shop " bisbeebiz" and say they do  not what to carry wholesale supplies .  I asked them to reconsider and sent them pictures but have not heard . My email  to them  will most likely  end up in the mac trash can . If anyone knows of any store owners  that my work would fit well with please let me know as I would appreciate it so much!!! I cannot afford a  wholesale trade show   yet so I am relaying on word  of mouth and the internet.  My web site has all the info and bigger better picture. This is just a promo video . Thanks Julie 

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Registration started May 1st for my  online class " Lets go for  ride" at the  wonderful online  class site Artful gathering. My  class runs  for one month starting June . Here it is…and the link is  featured again below . Hope you can join me !!!

Artful Gathering ( Click Here to link to the site)
The class is $70 and you may buy the kit on my esty site ( bisbeebliss to go with it or provide you own supplies from the  supply list  provided  on the site.  XO JULIE

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Busy getting ready for Gaslight Gathering this weekend may 2-5 in San Diego

I am busy racing the clock to make  art work for my 2 day  vending  event at Gaslight  Gathering in San Diego Ca.A   9 hour drive for me.  I will stay with me beloved friend Dotti aways  a special treat to see her and  and hopefully another dearly  loved  friend Jo .
This will be my first time doing  this show/event  it is about Steampunk and Victorianna . 2 looks I love. The house  is filled with art work parts EVERYWHERE even in the oven . Also I am ordering supplies needed for my kit for  "Lets go for a ride" I am doing for Artful Gathering an online class .sign ups start MAY 1st and  kits are on  sale  on my esty shop
Bisbeebliss. . But will not shop if you order until  after I get back from my event this weekend  I am always  a day  late  and  a dollar short . Then a  blessing came from my  Creator who knew my needs and gave me the  best etsy  sale  day in  a long time it was  enough to order  3/4 of what  I need for the kits. I am sure the rest of the  funds   will come through too . Just for today I am blessed :) The gift of available  funds made me cry I was os grateful. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gettting ahead of my self to the fun stuff!!!

So I told you a wonderful friend linda gave me a 1966 aristocrat 13 foot trailer that I can  pull with my 6 cylinder toyota .  Cal is working labor  trade for other things. For me free labor . So I get to move on to the fun stuff like  picking the colors . I know I want linen  color walls and  the  appliances are AQUA !!!!The fabric will be  outdoor for durability  . So I have selected a   palate but the choices are limited to what you can get in outdoor fabric .  The outside of the trailer will be white  and red to match  the  truck so I want to bring  a bit of red inside too. Any way here are the pictures  of work in progress .All the  trim is taken off and resealed that is the very best way instead of just adding  caulk  . Wood rot can then  be replaced as the metal can be pulled back when the trim is removed . We are lucky the rot is only at the bottom. So it is  easier to  replace then taking the entire metal panel off the entire side. The inside will  have a tiny wet bath added  and twin bunk beds a roof  top ac and heater and then on demand hot water, it will be a tiny state of the art self contained  trailer meaning you can  "Boon dock" for a few days without going in for "stuff"  I am learning the jargon . Here is  what I would like from  you pretty  please.I have 2 fabric color palates I have chosen which  do you think would  be best?. Oh the floor will be laminate wood and the counter Formica in a  brown black fake granite  color  feel.

Choice # 1 More sophisticated with micro suede  seating. 
Choice # 2 bright and fun ,but I have seen the floral and it is  rather big and bold for  a small space 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

running away or running to

    All my life I have dreamed of running away. So many  things I want to leave behind, mainly my personality as it has hurt so many people. I dream of finding  a place where I can live by myself and that who I am will not hurt others.  But  I want to still  be able to help make the world  a better place .  Oh well ,the creator so far has said no. No you can not run from your self . In stead keep trying to learn to improve  who you are.  But if stuborness  is one of your  personality  flaws  along  with  a big mouth then I am sorry dear creator I seemd doomed!?
    Life is like school that is why  we are here. Fail a lesson and  move 2 classes back, For almost 56 years I have been in that  school . I fail a lot and learn little. We are all in that school . The creator knows we need breaks and so gives us some joy breaks from time to time.   I was given  the best one with Mark  for  12 very special years. I did not deserve a whole 12 years  of  that kind of joy but was given it !!!! I chersh those years dearly and thank the creator  for them!  I have also been given the gift of  being able to create, living in the USA Some of the best pets and a few VERY amazing  loving  people who  have come into my life. They have and do  love me in spite of my huge flaws. Bless you dear ones. I am sorry my fears keep me at a distance all to often .
   But School has  been  back in session  since Mark has died . 10 long years . It has been more advanced schooling, as I am older .The past several years I have been  given hard test, This year the lessons and test   were beyond my ablity  to even understand and  I have sadly failed and fallen in the worst  way, much has been lost of me and  very   I have been badly  damaged. Much regression and sadly  the gifts Mark gave me  of self confidence have been  lost and replaced with deep insecurity, doubts and fears.  I have fallen  backwards  and landed very hard. The pain has been horrilbe . I count very few days that   I can  make it through  without tears.  But I am gratful for the  state of AZ  offering me  free  medical care  and a very good team of professionls guiding and watching me make baby steps as I try to move forward  and  try to believe that  someday I might be able   to face the world again with out freezing  in fear and lack of trust.   As Betty Davis said "old age is not for sissies".
   But as I said the creator  does  give Joy and hope . This year even in my  pain,  I have been given things to feel joyful for  and so this turns me back to  those loving friends. One of those is  Lynda !!! Words cannot describe her heart . She  is moving to Ecuador. As we talked of the move  I told her how all I dreamed of was a tiny travel trailer to live in ,but had no money.  She says ..."Oh I have one you can have, it has a kitty in it too.
I  said YES and took them both with tears of joy.
The Kitty " Grayson" had been dumped by a family after the 90 year old  owner    grandmother / mother died . Lynda saved it from being put down . Lynda has spent her life saving and working  with animals .I love her for this deeply .Now Grayson too is safe just like little Dixie  whom I rescued 3 days ago.
The trailer !!!!!  It is  a 13 foot Aristocrat that needs work. We first dug it out of the  dirt that  it had sunk into for 10 years . That  took 3 hours . Then added new  tires and hauled it home. Next comes  all new sealing . removing 600 outside screws from the  trim and  adding new sealing  tape then putting the  trim back  on and the new screws back . Then comes  new inside and outside paint and  a DEEP  cleaning . New window screens, new door locks,  new cushions , curtains , a porta potty room,a  fresh water tank and fauct  and I am set to go.  Extras may be  added such as  heat and ac with a  solar  panel  for hot water. if  money  is provided or course . The best part ...... drum roll please ........It has aqua appliances...    :)  I hope  my  pets and I will be happy  and can heal in it as we travel around  the  country  doing  vendor shows and teaching art as this is a love of mine and a way of giving back . I get so much from  watching those  in class "play"  learn and give them self a  day or more off to just create  . Thanks to all who come to my  classes . Please take a look at  this  years line up on the  left side panel . As art saves lives .This I believe with all my heart . When ever in my life I have lost all I seem to  have or know  art is  always   there ready to embrace me in its forgetful  mindlessness. doing the  bliss  of creating. I thank you lord so much that you gave me this gift  and that you gave me  the love  to share it with others SOOOO..... .  The next event  I am doing is GLITTERFEST  in Anaheim CA  and event for the  romantic girl  in you !!!

                                            Grayson giving  me winky eyes of love.