Happy Almost Fall Pumpkin Tutorial

Hey Twirl Buddies!

In last week's blog I must have jinxed the weather. Here it is just hours before the first official day of fall and our beautiful weather of last week has gone full out summer this week! Oh...my...goodness!

But wait! It will be here soon!

To help get you started on fall goodness, I wanted to share a nice pumpkin you could make. I don't do much in the pumpkin world; however, look what crossed my email. And what great timing!

Meredith of Paper Craftery created this beauty last fall. On her blog you will find a wonderful tutorial on how to quill her pumpkin.  But even better - a lesson on color and light and how to use that light to give your work depth. Love it!

I think this is the prettiest pumpkin I've seen. Almost makes me want to create one - wait for it - nope. That feeling just lasted a moment. It has now fled as fast as the cool fall weather of last week   Hehehee...

You, on the other hand, I pray will jump at the chance and twirl your fall away! Let the fall wind blow you on over to Meredith's page, Paper Craftery, and see what all she has to offer.

Until next week, twirl buddies  - may the curls be ever in your pumpkin flavor!


Wholesale Big Scale!

Greetings all you awesome peoples! You just make my day every time I think of you.

I don't know about where you live, but around here we are getting a reprieve from the summer heat and starting to feel the crispness of fall.  Not that I can complain about the summer heat of 2019 anyway. It really has been a pleasant summer.  Makes me worry about winter!

"Well, Lisa, just hunker down in your studio this winter and twirl away!" Right? As the studio and my office are just a flight of stairs away - let the snow begin!  NOT!!

For starters, I'm so very excited. I've jumped in with both feet and signed up to be an emerging artist at the annual American Handcrafted wholesale show in January 2020.  Oh..my..goodness...I'm a nervous wreck!

Check this out: Philadelphia Madness!  Yep!  That's me!!

So much work to do between now and January! Going wholesale is not for ninnies. Nope! Although I'm not a total novice, what experience I have is enough to know I'm jumping in the deep end. What's first? My studio line of unframed art. Today you only get a sneak peek, but as the date gets closer I'll give you a bigger taste of the amazing product you can expect from Never Bored Creations.

Winter. Spring. Summer and Fall. Never Bored Creations can cover them all.

Because there are 16 colors from which to choose and a minimum retail order of 12, I've put the colors into 4 color groups. You are still welcome to mix and match; however, I would like to be as retail buyer friendly as possible. The "no stress for success" thought.  lol

So there you have it for today.  Now I best get to my studio and start designing these cards!



Greentree Festival, Kirkwood, Missouri

I'm so very honored. I've been invited to be a professional demonstrator at this year's Greentree Festival in Kirkwood, Missouri!

They have invited me a couple times but Silver Dollar City Fall Festival had my attention the past four seasons. This type of opportunity is why I've chosen not to demo at SDC for awhile.

Check out the sweet outfit I use when I do historic demonstrating!

I had an opportunity to create this ensemble in a historic clothing class a few years back offered by a staff member of the Felix Valle House State Historic Site. Yep! I made it - all of it...right down to the knife pleated petty coat (not showing for decency reasons, of course! Hehe!)

The era is approximately 1815. I've chosen that era for two reasons: First, it is the heyday of Ste Genevieve. So I wear it to demo events in town. Second, the LAST thing I want to deal with is corsets and hoop skirts!

Well, that's what's up here at Never Bored Creations. Should you live in the area, come see me at the Greentree Festival September 14 - 15, 2019!. You'll find me in the Folklife Artist demonstration area.

Here's to no time for boredom!!

Your ever lovin', paper twirlin' enthusiast!

Etsy, new body of work, and more...

Although I've been quiet here on the blog, I've not been quiet in the studio! Nope! Busy as a spring bee, yes-eree!

For starters, I moved my product from Rust on North Main Street down the road to Sassafras Creek Originals. The biggest reason was to free up time. To be part of the artist co-op of Rust, I worked the shop one day a week. Thanks to you, I need that day back!

Sassafras Creek is a 1700-1800's gift shop here in Ste Genevieve which is perfect for Never Bored Creations paper filigree and the historic work I love to create! And I now get all five days in my studio. Win! Win!

Owner, Kandye, encouraged me to use Fraktur art paintings and lettering to inspire new designs. This little 5 inch x 7 inch cutie can be found for sale hanging on her shop walls.  There are several elements and techniques in the piece that can be found in antique filigree from that time period.
Kandye encouraged me to paint and age-antique frames for my Fraktur work. This frame started out as a used, light colored, wood frame I picked up at a yard sale. A little black paint, sand paper, and shoe polish (yes, shoe polish!) and voila! Beauty shines!

On to Etsy! Finally fulfilling my promise, I have listed several necklace pieces in my Etsy shop. I'm still deciding how to list specialty items. Many of my creations, like the one below, can be done in any color I have.
This color and the peacock color listed on Etsy are papers I have cut with a paper shredder. I have a cutting machine; however, I love the fibrous look of the shredder! It gives it a natural nature look verses the smooth edge of machine cut papers.

Please check out all my pretties at Never Bored Creations on Etsy!

Well, quill fans, that's it for today! I pray your days have sparks of joy and you have no time for boredom!

Twirlin' on...


Things they are a changing

Hey all you amazing paper lovin' peeps!

I want to thank all of you for helping make 2018 the best year ever! It was a crazy busy year!

As for 2019? I'm so very excited about the changes I've got in the works!

First, I won't be at Silver Dollar City this fall. They've made changes. I've made changes. What a blessing the past four seasons have been. It also connected me with most of you! Thank you for supporting me. I do have some events in the Branson/Springfield area. I'll keep you posted!

Second, I'm leaving the local artist shop, Rust. It too has been an amazing ride. This would be my fifth season there. However, my business has grown in such a way I need that extra day per week in my studio. That is your fault! Thank you so very much!

I will be moving some items to another local, artist-based shop in Ste. Genevieve. That I will let you know about closer to May. But I won't have to work in the shop. In-person products available AND time in my studio. Win! Win!

I'm excited because all these changes means I can actually better serve my buying customer. I've been promising you for months I would have gift items for sale on line. But I've had no extra time to make good on that promise!

I've also been promising my quill buddies I would get new patterns made - - where does the time go!

Third, I'm breaking into wholesale. Yep! I tested the waters a little in 2018 and I liked the response.  So if you are aware of a cute artist boutique in your area you think my gift items would serve well, let me know! I would love to connect with shops in all areas across the U.S.

So there you go. Things they are a changing - - but for the amazing better!  I'm just so stinking excited!

Well, I best go get my twirl on if I'm to keep this year growing!

Your humble paper twirler,