Ladies night out: Do you need to relax?

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As most creative people, I have a ton of interests, and want to get my hands on everything, and a few years ago that’s exactly what I did. My studio was brimming with yarn, jewelry making supplies, paints, cameras, and really anything that you could think of. And while my studio is still packed to the gills with who knows what, I realized that if I wanted to be really good at something I needed to focus.

 

I settled on weaving, and off I went. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ever play with other materials, when I need a new piece of jewelry, I make myself some, I spend a lot of time photographing my work, vacations, and events, but I had put the paints away.

Then the other weekend happened. It was one of the first nice spring weekends, I wanted to create, but I didn’t want to be inside, and my loom, isn’t going to see the light of day until we move.

I had a strong urge to paint, but was trying to ignore it, then I asked myself why?

 

Here were a few of my excuses:

– I didn’t feel like spending the money, because in my head I needed a giant canvas

– It had been so long since, I’d painted, did I really know what I was doing?

– I should be spending my time weaving, or putting my laundry away ( still haven’t gotten around to that one)

 

Well the urge wouldn’t go away, so I gave in, got in the car, bought not one but two giant canvases, set up a table out on the deck and went to town. And can I tell you something? I had so much fun.

It was relaxing, fun, freeing. Painting has a wonderful way of calming you down, making you forget everything that you have to do, and making you feel more like a child.

I didn’t want to stop , so I didn’t , I kept adding layers. That’s the other great thing about painting, if you mess up, you can just paint over it, it doesn’t matter. It’s finished when you say it’s finished.

 

When it comes to painting, or making any art for yourself, you probably have a lot of the same excuses that I did.  I’m here to tell you , ditch the excuses and give yourself a chance. It’s like taking a mini vacation, without having to pack, drive, or sit in traffic.

It doesn’t matter if you ” know” what your doing. It’s about the process, the experience, the freedom. The finished piece is just a bonus.

So while I was at the craft store buying my giant canvas, it was the last day of a huge sale on ( you guessed it) canvases. So I went a little crazy, and filled my cart, really I would have bought more, if more would have fit into the cart. ( Note to AC Moore , get bigger carts, and I”ll give you more money)

And while I”m sure that over time I can cover them all with paint,  I’d rather share them, and the experience with you. So toss all of your excuses out the window, grab your favorite bottle of wine, and let’s paint. Let’s relax, laugh, rejuvenate.

When: Sunday June 22nd 4-6pm

Where: 154 N Prince St, Lancaster

 

This is an evening of wine (BYOB) we’ll have cups, snacks, and bottle openers, painting, and friends. That’s right, what can go wrong when wine and paint are involved?

Ladies this one is for you, it’s your night out.

Feel free to look cute if that’s your thing, or put on your yoga pants, a t-shirt, and slippers if that’s what will get you out the door. I’ll supply everything that you need. ( paints, canvas, instruction, snacks, and wine) And don’t worry, if you want to come out for an evening of fun, but  prefer to sip water, or tea, that’s fine.


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“Every child is an artist, the problem is remaining one when we grow up.” Picasso

As a teacher and an artist, I firmly believe that buried deep down inside of you, you have both the desire and ability to be creative, you just need some help setting it free. You may not paint like Picasso, then again you might, but no matter what you feel have fun, feel free and relaxed, and we could all use more of that in our lives.

This is an evening of wine (BYOB) we’ll have cups, snacks, and bottle openers, painting, and friends. That’s right, what can go wrong when wine and paint are involved?

Ladies this one is for you, it’s your night out.

Feel free to look cute if that’s your thing, or put on your yoga pants, a t-shirt, and slippers if that’s what will get you out the door. I’ll supply everything that you need. ( paints, canvas, instruction, snacks, and wine) And don’t worry, if you want to come out for an evening of fun, but  prefer to sip water, or tea, that’s fine.

Where: 154 N Prince St, Lancaster Pa

When: June 22nd 4-6pm

I’ll be your creative instructor:

 

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Paint night with amber kane

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You need to know: Changes are coming

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The Creative Class

I want to be straight with you, I’m making some changes, they’re good and exciting, but it’s going to alter what you see happening on this blog, so I want to clue you in.

As you’ve probably noticed, I love scarves and designing, but I”m also really interested in creativity and education. After thinking and not doing for far too long, I finally launched another site that is going to focus on creativity and education. Amberkane.com will now focus more on style and design.

But if you’re interested in creativity, education, and classes that I offer, get on the mailing list for theundstandardizedstandard.

I’m excited about this new adventure and branch of my business. And am looking forward to sharing my education side with everyone in a much more open and public way than I’ve ever done before.

My degree in Art Education is what introduced me to weaving, and my coworkers are what made me decide to start my scarf business, so it only seems fitting to now allow the scarves to introduce my creativity education site and business.

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Will you be there?

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My sister-in-law’s 30th birthday is this month, ( which means that I only have a few glorious months of my 20’s left) but I’m getting off track. My mom and I have been trying to get my brother to choose a date for her party, but he seems to be in no rush, this is how my brother operates.

However, as I expressed to him that I want to be able to come, and my calendar was filling, I thought that you’re probably in the same boat, and would find it helpful if I would send you dates a head of time.

So if you find this helpful, you can thank my brother.

Today: Early Bird Registration for The Creative Class is open, the class , starts Nov 4th, and this one is ONLINE!

Sept 14th: I’ll be hosting a party at Ananda Studio, where you can buy Lia Sophia jewelry, and my scarves.

Oct 5th: I’ll be teaching Free Form crochet. I don’t have another section of this class scheduled, so if you’ve been thinking about joining, make sure to get in on this class.

Nov 9-10: I”ll be at the Lancaster Convention Center for the Pa Guild of Craftsman show

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What are your kids doing this summer?

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Are you looking for fun and education activities for your child this summer? Or a place for your child to go and explore their creativity? If you answered yes, keep reading.

Where: Ananda Studio: 115 Cumberland Parkway Mechanicsburg

When: June 17, 18, 19, and 20 from 9-12 pm

Cost: $100.00

When you sign your child up for Summer Camp you will get the following:

1. Some free time to work out or run errands

2. Your child will be able to work with the following materials, polymer clay, crochet, shrinky dink, and experience photography through sun prints.

3. Be taught by a certified art teacher and artist

4. Will end the camp with 4 completed projects

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If I were guess your top 10 questions are:

1. My child has special needs, do you have experience with these type of students?
 
2. What if my child is more advanced than the others in class?
 
3. Is there a materials cost?
 
4. Can someone other than myself pick up my child?
 
5. Do I get a refund if my child misses a class?
 
6. What if I”m late picking up my child?
 
7. 3 hours is a long time, how will the time be broken down?
 
8. Who are you and why should we trust you with our children?
 
9. What if I need to reach you during class?
 
10. My child needs to take meds during this time, is this okay?

So here’s how I can clear those up for you.

1. As a certified teacher I have experience working with students of all ages and needs. Just make me aware of any issues and I”ll work with you and your child.

2. I”m used to working with large groups of students at all levels. I”ll adjust each project to meet your childs level.

3.  To make life easy the cost of materials is factored into the course

4. If you wish for someone else to pick up your child, you’ll need to be sure that I”m aware of the arrangment ahead of time.

5. Since your child is taking a seat in the class and materials are purchased in advance there will be no refund if your child misses a day. However, I will provide you with instructions and the materials that we used.

6. It’s extremely important that you arrive on time to pick up your child. If you’re more than 10 minutes late you will be charged $25.oo per half hour.

7. The time will be broken up with stories, visuals, movement, and creating

8. To learn more about me: http://amberkane.com/about/

9, I’ll have my cell phone with me the whole time, so if you need me, just call

10. As long as you provide me with the medication and instructions, I will be sure that your child gets their meds when needed.

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How to Sign up

It’s easy, simply click here and fill out the request information. Within the hour you will receive a follow up email with payment information and some questions about your child.

A week before class you will receive a reminder email. And after each class you’ll receive a brief email about what we did that day with a few photos.

You need to sign up now because there are only 10 seats open, and you don’t want your child to miss this great experience.

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10 Killer Books that will change your Life

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desire_introducingI arrived home from work, went to get the mail and there were 3 packages, eagerly I scooped them up, checked which ones were mine, and tore them open.Somehow my husband can leave a package unopened for days. As we were discussing packages it come up that I seem to be on a booking buying binge.

Two weeks ago I was thinking that I wanted to read, but just didn’t know what. Well the universe must have heard me, because good books seemed to be popping up everywhere.

” Creativity moves through different phases. Trying to produce a finished version in one move is usually impossible. Not understanding this can make people think that they are not creative at all.” Click to tweet ( Out of Minds, by Ken Robinson)

Here are the books that I”m currently loving:

1. Do the Work by Stephen Pressfield

2. War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

3. Fascinate by Sally Hogshead

4. The Element by Ken Robinson

5. Out of our Minds by Ken Robinson

6. The Desire Map: Danielle LaPorte

7. Starting with Why: Simon Sinek

8. A return to love Marianne Williamson

9. The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles : Marianne Williamson

10. The Art of Earning: Tara Gentile

What is on your reading list?

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Meet the Teacher

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Question: Do you like to make things? Do you wish that you were more creative? Do you need to relax and meet new people?

If you answered yes then keep on reading.

Today I wanted to take the time to answer the most commonly asked questions about taking workshops with me.

I go over why I teach, what inspires me, who should work with me, and what I want my students to learn. Plus my furry assistant puts her two cents.

 

If you’ve tried crochet and not struggled, or know a bit about crochet but want to grow your knowledge or just try something new, check out Free Form Crochet, or Intro to Crochet, or wire crochet.

If you take photos for fun, for your business or for work, and wish that you knew more about how do edit them. Or you’re looking for the perfect program, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, check out my fun and easy digital photography workshop.

I also offer private lessons, where we can meet in person, or chat and learn through skype. No matter what there’s an option for you. So check your calendar and go sign up and learn something new.

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Dig the Dream with Anglea Heim

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be LOST. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. ( There is) no satisfaction whatever at any time. there is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. “ ~ Martha Graham

As both an artist and a teacher I have a strong desire to encourage and guide everyone to follow their dream and spend their life doing what they were made to do , instead of doing what they think they are supposed to do. So I’ve decided to start doing an interview series called Dig the Dream. I”m speaking with people in all stages of the game, and finding out about their story and their journey, to Digging their Dream.

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Today I spoke with Metalsmith Angela Heim. I met Angela through the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman and have even had the pleasure of hanging out in studio and watching her work. Angela is a mother of two, who is in the process of transitioning from her full time day job, to her full time dream job.

Listen to the interview by clicking play below:

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You can see Angela in action below:

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