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.