Creative Opportunity


It’s almost time for signups for the 2016 Build a line Challenge.  I for one am getting really excited to send in my application for this 3.5 month class that will help me learn to be a better maker of assemblage style jewelry.  Oh, how I do hope I am accepted.  I even got a subscription to Vogue magazine-I who wear jeans and a t-shirt 99% of the time, unless it’s really cold outside.  Then I wear jeans and a sweatshirt.  Follow along and watch my jewelry designs grow and change.

Learning to Use picmonkey Photo Editor

I am hoping to be accepted into an assemblage jewelry master class, the 2016 Build a Line Challenge sponosored by B’sue Boutiques.  Part of the process to get ready for submitting an application for the class is to learn to use a photo editing program to make collages of my work.  I tried picmonkey (my favorite price-FREE) today for the first time, using some pictures of assemblage necklaces I’ve already finished.  My collage is pretty basic, but it gets the job done.  The editor has many other capabilities, and I may decide to use Corel instead before the class begins, but Corel’s learning curve is pretty steep.  It has always worked well for me to make sure I have the basics covered and then just expand my skill set from there; surely you will have beautiful collages to view by the time the first Blog Hop, which is scheduled for the end of January.  I hope you’ll join me as I work on this creative process which will allow me to offer even more diversity in my handcrafted artisan home decor and gift items.

Without further ado, I present my very first collage:


An Introduction to Angels’ Keep

Welcome to my new adventure.  With this blog, I hope to share glimpses of my life as an Innkeeper, photographs of the AWESOME scenery which surrounds us in stunning Cody, Wyoming, some of my foodie interests, and the artisan handcrafted items I create and sell.  I hope you’ll join me as I delve into the different cultures of the people who visit our bed and breakfast, which can be viewed on our website,, hike, bike, snowshoe throughout the year, and cook up adventures galore while creating designs for your person and your home from vintage and upcycled materials.  cropped-akxmas2.jpg