Monday, December 16, 2013

an Artsy Weekend {Fabric Arts}

We are going to sew!
Bring on the fabric and the fabulous teachers.

Let's just jump right in to introducing them to you.

You may recognize this lady...she's a staple in Sew Somerset and in 
fact the apron we will be making is on the cover!
She will be teaching fabric dyeing and how to make resin jewelry as well.
I am just thrilled to learn from her.

Here's a little about Ruth...
Ruth Rae enjoys combining her deep love of treasures from the past
with cutting edge trends of today.  Ruth is known for her soulful jewelry creations
that are tales on their own as well as her mixed media fabric work that combines 
altered textiles, words, and found objects.  Her artwork is recognized
for its time worn appearance that she achieves by creating layers of new
and old.  It leaves you feeling as though you are taking in a creation from long ago.

Ruth's pieces have graced the covers and pages of many books and art 
publications as well as DVD's and television.  She aspires to motivate
and inspire others to follow their dreams through her artwork,
teaching and books.  


Our next teacher is someone I am proud to call 
my friend.  
She amazes me with her endless 
stream of creativity.

Julie Collings lives at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains
with her husband and four children.  Her house is filled with art projects,
bicycles, cooking experiments and guitars.  Julie loves growing
English roses, cooking with real butter, listening to loud music, shopping for
vintage treasures, curling up with a book late into the night and making
pretty things.  

 To see more of her art visit her blog~

Julie is known for her felt creations and the beautiful things
she can do with vintage elements.
She will be teaching a sweet little Vintage Bunny.

Here is a description of her class...
These little vintage bunnies are as fun to make as they
are to tuck in an Easter basket.  Welcome Spring with us
as we make our own collection of sweet stuffed bunnies.
The bunnies are made with vintage floral fabrics and a 
collection of ruffles and vintage millinery trims.
Each one has soft fuzzy ears and a tiny basket filled with
flowers or a darling chenille chick.
This half day class comes with your own kit that includes
everything you will need to make one 9-inch bunny and enough
material to get you started on a wee baby bunny if you like.


{Marci Welcker}
(yes, me)

I have been collecting vintage train cases for a year
just for this class.
You will each be given a train case as well as all of 
the goodies needed to make it your own.  
We will be repurposing them into a special little 
sewing kit.
Pictures will come soon.


Retreat Schedule
(I am a go with the flow retreat host so this isn't 
set in stone, just a good guide to go by.)

Thursday, March 13th:

Check-In at 9:00
Class time 9:30~12:30
Lunch 12:30~1:30
Class time 1:30~5

Friday, March 14th:

Breakfast at 9:00
Class time 9:30~12:30
Lunch 12:30~1:30 
Class time 1:30~5

Saturday, March 15th:

Breakfast at 9:00
Class time 9:30~12:30
Lunch 12:30~1:30
 Class time 1:30~5

You are welcome each night to stay as long as you'd like
working on projects or just visiting.


I would love to have you join us...I think it is going to be a really 
special weekend.

Registration information can be found here or
by clicking on the 'an Artsy Weekend' button on the sidebar.

Monday, November 18, 2013


I started doing an Artsy Weekend
with the thought that I could provide
a safe space where women who 
enjoy the same things could come and
share a day with each other.
I love to nurture other women.
So many of us need a little nurturing.

I wanted them to be able to learn new things & find inspiration.

Maybe meet some new friends.

Relax and enjoy themselves.

So when those were the exact things 
that I noticed happening
I was, of course, thrilled.  

It's amazing when you gather a group of 
like-minded women together
the power that you feel in the room.
I call it a spiritual feeling.
Because, to me, it is.
I love it each and every time I 
can facilitate that feeling.

A conversation on Saturday's 
event left me thinking hard about 
my role in the friendships that are formed,
the feelings that are felt,
the things that are learned.
I've received notes that have 
thanked me for a life changing experience.
I have heard over and over again
thank you's for my part in these
little weekends.
The conversation on Saturday
made me realize how little a part of
those weekends I really am.
Sure I put in lots of hours putting them
together, I miss bus stops because I am
brainstorming ideas of how to make
them special (it's the only way I am
able to do the same exact thing in the exact
same place every single day),
and I do love the thank you's for my part.
BUT the thing that makes those times
the most special are the women who come.
THEY bring the generosity of spirit with them.
THEY form the bonds with each other
that create lasting friendships.
THEY lift each other up by kindness.
THEY make what I do completely worth every second.
THEY are the special part.
I am truly blessed by each and every one of them.

I would like to thank them for the life changing
experiences that they have given to me.
Unselfishly giving something to me that
lifts me up and gives me hope.
I love each and every one of them.

Have a beautiful Monday and lift someone
up today...say something kind, do a little
something that will make someone
feel special.  You never know what that
might do for them.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Clickity click click...

So you know those times in your life where you're just 
cruisin along thinkin life is good...
then one day some little thing happens and you're like
ok, whatever, I can handle this.
Then the next day something else goes awry and
it's sorta medium not good and you're like, dang, 
but you pick up, dust off...keep going.
And then it just seems like every day for the next 3 weeks or so
it's something else gone wrong.  Nothing drastic, 
just small to medium, but put them all together
and it's just down right depressing?
Just went through that...I think we are through it...keeping my fingers crossed.

Well about half way through  I remembered a fun little clicker that
Hilary Weeks had sent me to try out. It is supposed to help 
you find the good and positive and man did I need some of that.
It was sitting on my computer desk buried under bills and 
school papers.  I grabbed it one morning as I was leaving
to take my bus for its morning workout.

I slipped it in my coat pocket and then I started thinking of
every single thing I had to be happy about or that I was
thankful for.  I will be honest, it was a stretch for me for a minute.
I was clicking for trees and mountains and the sky...
But you know what happened?
By the end of that morning run I felt a little better.
The things that were going on didn't seem quite so big.
I have a lot of things to be happy about.
That little clicker thing WORKED!!!
then something else bad happened that day.
a bad thing.
I clicked on my afternoon run.clicked.clicked.clicked.
I felt better even with that big bad thing on my mind.
I literally just sat down on my couch one day in
the middle of a not so happy situation and made myself
click.  I will tell you right now, it is an awesome little gadget.
Turned my frown upside down. seriously.

So..why am I rambling on about all of this clicking nonsense?
Because I want all of you to have one, of course!!
I want you to...

I want you to buy one for your girls and your mom and your bff.
I want all of you to feel the power behind that one little click.
So does Hilary.
In fact she wants to feel the power behind 1 BILLION CLICKS.
You can read all about her quest here.
It's a noble pursuit.
*big smile*
She has made a generous offer to my readers.
For each Clicker Kit ordered you will receive a free Clicker,
wristband and sticker ($4.99 value)
Just use the code MARCI235 when you checkout.
 The coupon is good until November 30th.

This little video explains it perfectly.

 Have a beautiful day full of clickable thoughts!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Handmade Holiday Potluck

Come enjoy a day full of creative goodness and holiday fun!
You will have a 12 hour period that you can 
work on your handmade projects.
Drop by for 5 hours or spend the 
whole 12 hours with us.  
Whatever works for you!

To keep costs down I have decided to make this a 
potluck and swap kinda day.
We'll have some favorite homemade soups and
 other yummies for lunch.
Treats throughout the day because a girl needs 
treats to craft properly. *wink and a smile*
You will have the option to participate in the swaps...
neighbor gifts and recipes and ornaments.
oh my.

Dana and Dru are teaching adorable a'la carte classes.
What is an a'la carte class you ask?
That means that once you have paid your $10
admission you will receive a link to both of their
classes and you can sign up straight through them.
Their projects and information can be seen below.

Lori Allred from Allred Designs and My Craft Channel
is doing a FUN FUN make and take and so is Blythe
Shupe from Close to My Heart.  You will LOVE them.

Shannon and Christine from Reclaimologists, 
Amber and Mindy from Cake for 2,
 and Tausha Hoyt  are going to give you
some adorable ideas to decorate for Christmas.

It really is going to be
 and I sure hope you can 
join us!!

Sign up right here on this page
or you can sign up on the sidebar.
If you have any questions please email me

an Artsy Weekend

There are 50 spots available.  I would like to have everyone signed up
before November 3.  I will email you all of the details after you have signed up.

The small print:
Once you have paid your fee it is non-refundable.

Kit includes everything you need to create one of these little cuties!

Kit includes everything you need to create one of these beauties!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Change of Plans

*Before I begin there is no change in the costs of Dru and Dana's classes.*

I started thinking of this little day of fun months ago.
I had great plans and wanted it to be this amazing day.
Then I kept running into brick walls.
I won't go into details but seriously just SO MUCH STRESS!!
I wanted to just give up on the idea a hundred times but
something in me just wanted to do it sooo bad.
It's taken way too many hours and thought and energy
and I felt like I needed to do it.

I love being able to create something wonderful for women.
There are so many of us that are struggling with things
and I've realized in my life having great women around me
adds something that nothing else can.  It brings you a feeling
that is just sort of magical.

So that brings me to this.
I just can't pull this off on my own.
I don't care about making money with it.
The stress is too much.
I'm callin UNCLE!!

I've decided to lower the price to $10 just to cover my costs.
IF you will be willing to pitch in and help this girl out.
I know times are tight this time of year.
I know everyone can't afford that kind of money.
I want everyone to be able to come.

This is what I would need help with...
Setting Up
and maybe a couple of other things I can't 
think of right now.
I have all of the ideas ready to 
go and you will just get an assignment.

If you can do something like that sign up!
I would so love to have you here.
Sign ups will end when I am full.
It's first come, first serve on choosing what
you want to help with. 
Sign-ups close on NOVEMBER 1st.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Farm {Before}

I ran across these pictures the other day and wanted to share a little
of what our farm looked like when we bought it.
Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures when we very first bought
it and I don't really have any pictures of the front of the house.

When we bought our little farm here it was just under 2 acres of scary.
We were looking at buying property west of here and building a new house.
The man's uncle talked us into looking at this is 3 houses down from him.
It is in an area we loved.  It has an amazing view.  The neighborhood is great.
The house and property were in serious need of some fixing up.
Short story...we ended up buying it.
We were young, ambitious and kind of stupid.

This is after we had started doing a little bit.  
We closed on it the 30th of October and weren't 
able to move in till the following March.
Yes, the inside needed that much work.

This is the back of the bird pens where my garden area is now.
My husband had birds when he was younger and loved it
and the bird pens were one of the first things we built.
The wood all came from the old bleachers at a nearby High School.
If you look in places there is still blue paint on them.

Another view of the bird pens and our backyard.

This is the "barn".  It is really a little shack and will hopefully be replaced
someday with a beautiful old wooden barn.  
For now it is stuffed to the rafters with hoarded antiques.
*big smile*

This is the area where my greenhouse is now.  
One thing about our place...almost all of it besides fencing
and roofing has been someone else's junk.  
We have torn apart old buildings, taken in lots of old fencing,
gone through an old pig farm, and basically been a dumping
ground for any and all building materials that people didn't want anymore.
My pride went out the door long ago.
*wink and a smile*
My dear husband has hauled many many trailers of railroad ties
from railroad dumping sites.  We have dragged old
telephone poles down the road with a four wheeler and a handtruck.
That was a sight.

The west side of the front yard.  
All of the trees that were planted here were trash trees.
We had to start all over and I planted trees as soon as possible.

My sweet hard working husband and little Maya girl.
All of the work at this house was done by him and me.
Family has helped at times but for the most part it was us.
My girls have sacrificed a lot of time and fun and that is one
of my biggest regrets about buying this place.
No matter how much I love it now...
it was a time and money pit for sure.

This was our backyard for a long time...yuck yuck yuck.
Our poor neighbors.
Finally we were able to get grass and wow that was a good day!!

Some of the first things that had to be done were siding and roofing and windows.
The siding that was on it was fiber board and it was rotten.
The roof was leaking and the windows were old aluminum that were original to the house.
We also put the porch on in the first couple of years.
Every house needs a front porch after all.

This was the side of the house...eek.

One more horrible back yard shot for the road. 

Crazy, huh? 
Lots of hard work.
It amazes me when I look at these.
I can't believe what we have accomplished.
It has been an adventure.
It's been a trial.
It's beautiful now and getting more so.
I'm so glad it's nearly done.
It's time to enjoy it.

I will post some after pictures in a day or two for those of you 
who haven't been here.
*big smile*

Just wanted to remind you that registration is open for 

 go here to see the details and to sign-up.
You don't want to miss it!!
It's going to be a good time!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

an Artsy Weekend {Handmade Holiday}


I never get things ready for Christmas.  We did craft shows for years and I will be honest and tell you that there were Christmas' that we were lucky to have a Christmas tree up and one year it didn't even have lights.  Just keepin it real.  It seems that my handmade holiday is the last one to get attention.

When I first started thinking of doing this I got really 
excited and the thoughts started to
swirl and twirl at an alarming speed...that's how things go in
 this brain of mine.
I thought mainly about my own selfish reasons to do this day 
of handmade deliciousness.
I could be ready to welcome December joyfully and not
 with my usual feeling of
 urgh...I'm going to fail at this month AGAIN??!!  
When I was first thinking of what to call this weekend
 I was going to call it DECEMBER: BRING IT ON! 
It sounded a little hostile.
Of course I wanted to invite lots of cool girls 
and have good food and offer great ideas and share and play
 and giggle and sing (yes, i may belt out a jingle or two) and have fun!!  
Throw in some uber cool make and takes and some presents
 under the tree from me
and VOILA! an Artsy Weekend Handmade Holiday 
was something that needed to be done.

I so hope you will join me!  I promise a pretty awesome day.
Your $10 admission will get you the following:

12 hours of uninterrupted craft time
cool make and takes 
neighbor gift ideas

Dana Engemann and Dru Beecher are offering amazing classes as well.
They are a'la carte, which means that once you have paid your 
admission fee I will send you the link to purchase their classes.

You can buy your admission right from here...if there are any problems please let me know and 
I will help you!  Thanks!!

an Artsy Weekend

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Beautiful Weekend...

I just had a most busily magical weekend.
(I am not sure if that even makes sense)

A while ago Jeanne Oliver did an interview with an artist
by the name of Stephanie Lee on her Ning group.
(Please, for the love of Pete, go sign up for Jeanne's Ning group if
you are in any way Artistically inclined or want to be.)
It is a good place to be. Stephanie Lee.
I immediately knew she and I would connect.
I immediately knew she needed to teach for me at a retreat.
She is talented in so many ways and so down to earth.
I contacted her and found out that she would be teaching
at a retreat at my friend Lorraine Lewis' house in August.
I couldn't do the whole retreat but she let me come for 
just her portion on Friday night.
She is just as wonderful as I knew she would be.
She will be teaching for me.
It's going to be one helluva retreat.
I'll keep ya posted.

So that started my weekend off on a super good note.

Saturday was 'an Artsy Weekend' with Junelle Jacobsen.
Another kindred spirit.
The last night of Jeanne's retreat with me we ate
dinner in my favorite garden on earth.

The sweet little lady who owns it is lovely and kind
and encourages me and I love her.
She said she wanted to learn watercolors.

I immediately decided to find someone to teach her
watercolors.  Jeanne went home the next day.
Junelle commented on a post Jeanne did on Facebook. 
I jumped to Junelle's page knowing she taught watercolors.
She lives in Manti, Utah, I thought she lived in Idaho.
I called her that day.
I booked her to come teach at the lovely garden and
that, my friends, is how kismet works.

Junelle is an amazing teacher.

The day was wonderful.

The ladies were beautiful.

The garden was at its peak.

We sat in a lovely little classroom

I chatted and laughed with 13 ladies and learned from an amazing teacher.

We ate yummy yummy food.

I left with my heart full of love for women I didn't know before that day...

and even more love for dear friends I knew before...

All I can say is this.
I am one lucky girl.
I get to do what I love.
I get to be around inspiring women.
I get to learn.
I have a husband who supports me.
I have a beautiful family.
God is good.


*photos were taken by Junelle Jacobsen...yes she takes photos too...TALENT!!