Crafting Fair – March 5, 2016

You’ve been to a craft fair, but have you tried a CraftING Fair?  Come join us for a fun day of classes with local artists and crafters at the Crafting Fair, Saturday March 5th from 10-4:30 at the Ridge House in Founder’s Village, Castle Rock, 4501 Enderud Blvd. Bring a DIY friend, child or grandchild, and learn a new skill together!

All classes require just a $5 deposit to hold your place, and prices range from $10 to $30. Balances due to the teacher at class.

Sign up here!

Below are pictures and class descriptions! for the

Intro to Watercolors: Cherry Blossoms. Get a feel for watercolors and paint your own beautiful spring decor in blue, green, or pink. Learn wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry techniques. Painting is 11×14, frame opening is 16×20 matted to 11×14. – with Taryn Skipper $15 for painting only, $35 includes Mat and Frame. by Taryn Skipper at SkipperBay

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USA Home wooden sign: ($25) USA with heart on Colorado, a couple of different color options. with Laura Critchfield from EverythingLauraJo








Home Wooden Sign: ($15.00 each)
with Narissa from The Twisted Walnut







Decoupage Coasters: ($20.00 for a set of 4)
with Annie Murlowski from Rocky Mountain Bliss – Learn the decoupage technique and check out her great blog!








Card Portfolio  ($10.00)
Includes 4 occasions cards (Hello, Thank You, Birthday, and Thinking of You) with envelopes and a card holder. With Paper and Potions













Welcome sign ($20.00)
24″x6″ Welcome sign, a couple of different color options. With Laura Critchfield from EverythingLauraJo








Love Wooden Sign with heart ($20.00)
with Narissa from The Twisted Walnut











Bath Salts  ($15.00)
with Annie Murlowski from Rocky Mountain Bliss 








Spring sampler (cards) ($10.00)
Includes one Easter card, one Mother’s Day card, two small treat holders and one large treat holder. Candy included. from Paper and Potions











Intro to Watercolor: Tree silhouettes ($15.00)
An exercise in negative space. Get a feel for how watercolors layer to build depth and paint beautiful trees in the process- with Taryn Skipper $15 is painting only, $35 includes mat and frame. High-School age and up, or younger with parents help! Any Color you’d like! From Taryn Skipper at SkipperBay










You’re on Mountain Time wooden sign ($25.00)
with Narissa from The Twisted Walnut





Cups, Mugs and water bottles. Lots of selection and Cricut in class to cut names, etc. ($15-$18)
Come decorate your own mug, cup or water bottle. This is totally suitable for kids 6+ (please be aware of your child’s abilities and if you think they will need a lot of help please do the project with them or sign up to do it so you are there to help. From EverythingLauraJo



Body scrub (6) ($15.00)
Includes 2 body scrubs of your choice and one large gift box. Options include: brown sugar lime scrub, lavender salt scrub, or citrus white sugar scrub. from Paper and Potions










Crochet Dish Cloths  ($15.00)

Includes crochet hook and ball of yarn. With Annie Murlowski from Rocky Mountain Bliss








Learning the Cricut Machine ($30.00)
I’ve had lots of requests for a class on “learning the Cricut machine” so here it is. This will be for beginners. I will teach you hot to weld, attach, upload fonts and use vinyl and HTV (Iron on) as well as some other materials. Bring your questions. This class will be super fun but I hope to cover a few things and be able to answer your questions. We can talk about where the best places to get vinyl from area and what vinyl is for what and how we can use the machine for several different purposes. I’m NO EXPERT but I use my machine daily and have learnt some really good tricks. Come and hang out for 50 minutes and go home knowing that you are a little better than you were before with the Cricut Explore. from EverythingLauraJo






Jewelry Making – Bracelets and Earrings  ($10 for one item, $20 for two)
Learn to string and finish bracelets and earrings. Various colors, shapes and sizes available. with Shauna Rossin, great for teens as well as children with parents’ help.

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Event: SkipperBay in Manitou Springs

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 10am-5pm – Garden of the Arts – at Memorial Park, 505 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829Screenshot from 2015-07-22 09:51:49

I’m packing up all my miniature framed and wearable art again, as well as one full-sized piece and all variations of my children’s books, and heading to another art and fine craft fair this weekend!  This one is my excuse to finally visit Manitou Springs, a beautiful mountain town just west of Colorado Springs.

The event is called Garden of the Arts, and features “live music and family fun” while you check out all the great art and beautiful fine craftsmanship. There is no cover charge.  If you’ve never been to Manitou, which is right next to Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds, Saturday the 25th would be a fun day to check it out!  Here’s a map and directions!

Skipper Books at the 16th Street Fair!

The 16th Street Mall is the busiest pedestrian street in Colorado, and the 16th Street Fair is “Downtown Denver’s Premier Arts and Crafts Festival” so it just makes sense for Skipper Bay and Skipper Books to be there!

I’ll be there Saturday the 27th from 11-7, selling wearable art and miniature paintings, as well as signing books.

This is a juried event, meaning that artwork submissions are reviewed by one or more judges who approve or deny your application to participate.  I was approved, so I’ll be there, and my books were approved also.

See you downtown!

Book Signing Event

Update: Total Success. Sold out of most of the books, and met some amazing people. Thanks for coming!

It’s true.  I am honored and excited to hold a Book Signing at the gift shop of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, March 19th.  I’ll be signing copies of both The Bear, the Box and the Boy, and The Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess, as well as offering jewelry related to the illustrations in the book. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind miniature illustration by the author (me!  See more of my original watercolor jewelry here.).

I am figuratively jumping up and down for three reasons:

1) This is a wonderful cause!  I am hoping that the event will generate some publicity/awareness, and maybe even a little bit of revenue, for a truly great hospital.

From their website:  At Stanford Children’s Health our passion for providing unparalleled care for kids and pregnant moms goes far beyond our hospital walls. As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing extraordinary outcomes for our both our patients and the community. From providing exceptional care to our community’s most vulnerable to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals, investing in the health of the community imbues the work we do in every community we touch.

2) It’s a great excuse to visit family and friends in the Bay area.

3) It’s a book signing.  For my own books.

If you or someone you know will be in the area that day, please stop by, I’d love to see you and meet new people!


Thursday, March 19th.