Thursday, February 25, 2010
No one puts life and personality into felt like our Caron Dunn. She's teaching three felting classes at Castle in the Air this March and April, all with the sweetest little characters. Take a peek at the Online Shoppe for the listings for the Nesting Bird (March 18), Easter Chick with Carriage (March 28), and Wee Baby Bunny in Carriage (April 15).
Monday, February 22, 2010
One of the exciting new classes this spring is Elizabeth Alexander's "Pysanky - Artful Ukranian Eggs." Elizabeth is as much a treasure as any of these precious jewels, she brings such artistry and care to her work. The Ukranian style of decorating eggs involves a special stylus and a layering of colors and designs. These decorated eggs are universal symbols of the renewal that comes with spring, so we've scheduled the class just a few days after the equinox, on March 25, and a little more than a week before Easter.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
February 20, 2010 from 12:30-5:00pm
Fourth Street at Delaware, Berkeley
12:30-1:30 Story Telling by the Tea Professor @ Teance
(age 12 yrs old and younger)
1:30-2:00 Martial Arts Demonstration on Delaware
2:30-3:00 Lion Dance Begins on Delaware
3:00-4:30 Merchant Store Blessings by Lion Procession
4:30-5:00 Lion Dance Finale on Delaware
All afternoon, merchants with a window sign reading "Gung Hay Fat Choy" will be handing out treats for kids.
Monday, February 15, 2010
...Tumbleweed Trails! Today was the day for our One World - One Heart drawing, and when I drew Tumbleweed's comment from our hat, I was so happy to see that our copy of Commonplace Mouse would go to a grandmother who loves to read to her grandchildren. I wrote the book with my heroic younger daughter in mind, so I hope the grandchildren enjoy this story of one adventurous mouse's escapades.
Many thanks go to everyone who participated, both as giveaway hosts and as commenters. And of course, kudos to Lisa Swifka for putting on another successful and fun One World - One Heart event this year.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Everything is coming together to make Thursday night's reception and book signing a truly fantastic time. If you can't make it out then, you can come see the dressed prints and other art any time before the exhibit's final day of March 19.
Friday, February 5, 2010
At the heart of all our springtime classes, though, one course in particular stands out and is already getting quite a bit of attention. We're proud to announce that this April 18-23, master penman Michael Sull will bring his world-renowned Advanced Spencerian Saga to Castle in the Air. Six days in length, and accommodating 24 students, the Saga is the most ambitious class we've ever hosted. Sull will be joined by longtime Castle in the Air calligraphy teacher Bill Kemp, and will go beyond the basics in Spencerian script, flourishing, and accents. Color, composition, and alphabetic combinations will also be explored.
Visit our Advanced Spencerian Saga page for more information, and to sign up just click over to the Online Shoppe.
Everyone who takes part announces their participation on their blog, then posts about an item they are giving away. Visitors to each blog involved leave a comment, and at the end of the event each participant randomly selects a visitor to win their prize.
Lisa describes One World - One Heart as not so much a contest but a virtual "open homes" tour with a chance to win a door prize at each stop. It really does feel that way as you click through to all the participating blogs and get to know so many people.
Last year was our first time to participate in the event. For our prize, we gave away a signed copy of Castle in the Air, the first book from Dromedary Press. Dromedary's newest book, Commonplace Mouse, was published recently, so it's a natural pick for this year's prize. Click here to see our many posts about this tale of perseverance and high adventure. One lucky winner will be sent an autographed copy.
If you'd like to enter to win the prize, all you have to do is leave a (non-anonymous) comment on this post. One World - One Heart ends on Monday, February 15, and that's the day we will draw the winner's name from a hat and announce it here.
To learn more about this event, visit the One World - One Heart blog.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I've been living with some of the original images from the show for many years, some for just a number of months. Now that they are all dressed and gathered together, they all seem fresh and new and as though they are all part of the same family, which of course they are--princesses, magical animals, and my hero, Commonplace Mouse, who has been immortalized in time for the show not only in print through Dromedary but also in doll form by Caron Dunn!