Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A creative mind never rests....................
I opened a store on If you are not familiar with etsy pronounced like Betsy without the B, it is a totally addicting site of all hand made or vintage items for sale. It is amazing to browse the site and see all of the creativity and talent from around the world. It has many features that you will find intriguing, you can search by whatever interests you, like jewelry, clothing, craft supplies, hand knit or crocheted items - even being more specif and search hand knit scarf wool, etc. You can also do a search by city so that you can see who in your area is making what - check out Grand Rapids, I am so proud of what is made here! There are thousands of items listed per day. Just go look!
You can look up my store by going to
Leave me some feed back, add me to your favorites and check back often to see what else I have added. I will be adding new things all the time, hand made, vintage, craft supplies etc.
My store name is the beekeepersdaughter. Hope you like it!


I am very excited to tell you about the summer classes and workshops that both Dan & myself are teaching through Continuing Studies and Kendall College of Art & Design. I have been teaching there for many years and it is one of those wonderful experiences of my life. Now you also get the benefit of Dans mountain of knowledge too.
I (CJ) am teaching two sessions of "The Fundamentals of Interior Design" for Adults. This is a 7 week class covering the elements of design, the history of furniture, color, fabric and fibers, creating your own floor plans, selecting furniture etc to design a room. This is a very interactive and exciting class that meets in the evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 on Tuesdays. The first session is May 11 - June 22. The second session is July 6 - August 17.
I am also teaching 3 workshop intensives and one of those I am co teaching with Dan.
"Cottage Style Design" will explore cottage styles from the US including lake cottages, camps, cabins, ocean cottages, Maine style, Nantucket style, New Port Road Island styles, shingle style, rustic, Adirondack, Southern, California, Carpenter Gothic and of course Michigan! You will design your own dream cottage learn about cottage furniture, fabric and interiors. We will take field trips to great antique shops, patio shops and tour some of my favorite cottages.
This class meets from 9 - 5:00 June 15th - 19th

In the "The Art of Outdoor Living: Designing Your Own Patio or Porch" will explore all kinds of outdoor living areas, porches, pergolas, patios, decks and gardens. You will design your own outdoor living space and garden. We will also take many field trips in this class too.
This class meets from 9-5:00 June 29- July 2

Dan & I are co teaching " Old House Detectives". In this class you will learn how to identify all of the different historic house styles and their elements from the exterior and the interior. You will learn about the correct use of materials and how to identify what is original and what is not to and old house. We will explore all of the material, tile, plumbing, flooring, lighting, moldings, wallcovering, historic color palette and period furnishings. This class includes historic home tours as well.
This class meets from 9-5:00 June 22 - 26th

All of this information is available on the Kendall website or by calling 616-451-2787 ext 2012

So come join the FUN! and expand your knowledge :>