Friday, August 16, 2013


Read all about the class selections here

Meet the fabulous instructors here

The retreat is being held here. You can contact them to book a room in our block. Let us know if you are willing to share a room with another student. We'll try and help you find a roommate!

If you would like to register for lunches and/or dinners during the retreat, click here

You can learn all about the Tucson Bead and Gem Shows here

This is where we are going to spend our day on Thursday!

JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show

G&LW Wholesale Tent

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

We had so much fun last month when we all gathered in Coronado, California for 
Art Retreat by the Beach!

Riki and Diane

Diane Cook, Riki Schumacher and JoAnnA Pierotti were the guest instructors. Their students loved the projects they made and the tips and techniques they learned all weekend long!

Students came from far-and-wide to take classes. Besides a lot of California girls, this retreat welcomed Sally from Georgia and Jeana from Montana! 
Art Retreat by the Beach 2013

JoAnnA's Faerie Doll
Riki's Fundamentals classes

Classes were fabulous! Diane, Riki and JoAnnA taught awesome projects, and everyone learned lots of new techniques and tips!

Diane's By the Sea class

Student projects turned out so well! We were impressed with them all!

We went out shopping and to dinner one night. The Attic, a sweet antiques shoppe on Coronado Island welcomed us with a fun and tasty Fiesta Happy Hour! We shopped 'til we dropped and then went next door to eat dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant ~ Costa Azul! Thanks, Brandt ~ your restaurant is super, and the food was delicious!
Erin and I ran a "friendly competition" for name badges. The rules were simple and uncomplicated. Anyone who wished to participate were instructed to create a name badge that stated their name, where they were from and demonstrated a little about "who they were." Here are some of the entries ~ Aren't they beautiful???
First Place
Second Place
Third Place

And, here are the prizes for first, second and third place ~

We enjoyed lunch each day ~ brought in by us to save time for the students. They could eat, chat with fellow students a little, and head back into their classrooms and get right back to work! Erin and I designed menus that were healthy and delicious. 

And Happy Hours each night in the Library at Glorietta Bay Inn were designed to include enough rest and relaxation time for the students and instructors for unwinding at the end of the day. 
Here are some more photos that show the fun we had!

Thanks to all of our students for supporting Vivi Magoo Presents! We couldn't do what we do without you! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and will plan to return to our next event! 

Barb and Erin

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Well, Bead Soup Blog Party – 7 is finally here! I eagerly wait for it each year ~ I love being a part of this creative process with such talented artists! It’s so much fun to see what everyone does with the bead soup they receive from their partners. Pretty much, no one knows each other, and the ingredients are not often something that the recipient usually works with. Lori Anderson, the creator of the event, challenges us to think outside the proverbial box and design pieces that we wouldn’t normally find in our design comfort zone.

My partner for this bead soup is the very talented Jodie Marshall. She loves beads ~ expecially beautiful lampwork beads! You can see (and buy!) her work here. Aren't her beads awesome?!? She's had a love affair for beads since she was a little girl and shared her passion with her grandma! 
Here are some of Jodie's lovelies that she makes!

Here's what she sent me ~ such a fabulous colors ~ blues, greens, turquoises ~ all sparkly and waiting to be made into unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. 

Here's what I created using Jodie's lampwork and glass beads! I added some things from my own stash ~ matte black onyx beads, rhinestone rondelles, rhinestone disco balls, brass chain, oxidized metal spacers, etc.

I love sparkly bling and am drawn to the style of Miriam Haskell ~ Can you see her influence in my design?!?

This is what I did with the clasp Jodie sent me!

Thanks Jodie, for letting me play with your beautiful beads! I had so much fun creating this one-of-a-kind necklace with your fantastic glass beads! You're a very creative artist! 

You can visit the websites for the other participants in the first reveal! Such an inspirational group of artists! Just click on the website to the right of the participant's name. It will take you to their blog where you can see what they designed with their partner's ingredients! 

Have fun!

Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks

Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey

Tattered Adornments
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams

lilruby jewelry
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
  Spirit Rattles :: Spirited Earth
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Klassy Joolz
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson

Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
The Studio Sublime
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Brising Beads
Staci Smith

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzette Bentley

Ellie's Bijoux
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
BumbleBeads Designs
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday

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