Sunday, June 26, 2011

Journal Pages

It has been such a delight to meet weekly with the students in my "Mixed Media Art Journals" class at the Sharon Arts Center. We have enjoyed camaraderie, laughs and stories as we've journaled our way through media and techniques.

Tomorrow is our last class and we will discover the ease and fun of "journaling on the go."

Many thanks to the ladies in my class for bringing their joy and enthusiasm each Monday morning. I do hope our paths cross again soon.

© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Zazzle Shop

After many years with Cafe Press, I've decided to move to Zazzle as a place to offer gift items bearing my artwork. My shop is in its infancy, with only a few items, but I will be adding more bit by bit, so please bear with me.

Please stop by my shop just to take a little "look see." I have used my fave colors and images to spruce it up from the original "hospital white." I hope you like it!

See my artwork on gifts from Zazzle.

Planning Ahead!

Hard to believe, but we're already planning ahead to "Art Is...You: The East Coast Art Retreat 2012!" The 2011 retreat is yet to happen, but plans are underway for the following year. I am so looking forward to this experience for so many reasons, one of which is to spend time with artful friends whom I have "known" for so long online, and yet have never met in person.

If you haven't yet had a chance to look at the wealth of workshops and talented artists teaching at "Art Is...You," please do...I'm sure you'll be heading right on over to register.

At the Danbury, CT retreat this October, I'll be teaching three workshops:

Seamless Layers

A Life Well Lived

Mixed Media Farmer's Market

Hope to see you there!

© Nancy Lefko & Art Is...You

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hey, I'm the Featured Artist!

When this morning's email delivered the Post Script from Stampington & Company, I read each part with interest as I always do. But imagine my surprise, when I reached the bottom of the email, to see ME staring back from my computer screen. I think it took a nano-second to register that, indeed, I was looking at my own photo!

I am honored and delighted to have been chosen as the Featured Artist for the month of June. The Stampington publications bring so much joy to my days, that to have this special treat has me doin' the proverbial happy dance.

Thanks to the editors of Post Script for choosing me for this honor.

Image @ Stampington/Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Glimpse into the Past

During my semi-annual foray into the "still-good shed" at our local transfer station -- searching for books to use in mixed media -- I came upon a gem. (Well, really, a couple of gems.) This lovely old botany book had a treasure tucked inside. The previous owner had taken care to press in the book a leaf that corresponded with the page.

I was immediately filled with thoughts of that young, or maybe older, aspiring botanist, and curiosity about that fine soul's life. It is the same curiosity and wonder that I feel when I come upon a vintage photograph; who was she? what became of her? are questions I often ask myself.

I suppose therein lies my fondness for all things vintage, and my goal to breathe new life into items from the past. I believe that those who came before us deserve to be remembered and I do my best to make sure that they're not forgotten.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Sweet P, you're the winner of the fabulous dress from Shabby Apple. Please leave a comment with your contact information so I can deliver your info to Shabby Apple and your new dress can be on its way!

Thanks to all who entered!

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Lucky Girl

That's me...I'm the lucky girl!

I won this terrific artsy ring kit and I know I'll have oodles of fun creating with my prize. Big time thanks to Laura Bray and Artchix Studio for this fabulous gift.

I have long known that the world of online artists is filled with generous souls. It truly is, indeed.

In my comment for the giveaway, I told Laura that I would wear the rings at my art workshops. So, if you happen to see me at Art Is...You: The East Coast Art Retreat in October or The Sharon Arts Center this summer, you'd better check to see if, indeed, I have stayed true to my word!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!!


Don't you just love it when you discover the absolute best place to find the most feminine women's dresses? And isn't it even better when they are stylish dresses that cover enough skin to make you really feel comfortable without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip? Shabby Apple has all that and more!

When you visit the Shabby Apple website you'll see their lovely white dresses, vintage-inspired dresses, even little girl dresses and maternity dresses too. Make sure you take a peek at their fabulous jewelry and accessories, swim and fitness wear; and did I mention the retro aprons? Too cute!

Shabby Apple is proud to offer you fantastic dresses that allow you to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else. You know how I love all things vintage, so it's such a treat for me to find a company that offers such classic designs in women's attire. And they have generously offered the beautiful dress pictured below to one of my lovely readers!

To enter to win this fun and flirty dress, a gorgeous combination of pomegranate and tangerine, simply visit the Shabby Apple website and then leave a comment here telling me which dress and/or accessory is your favorite. (Contest is limited to US residents and there will be no exchanges for the winning dress.)

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So head on over to Shabby Apple and check out all the goodies and then come back here to enter and enter again! Make sure that I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner! The contest ends at midnight EST on Friday June 10th. Good luck!

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