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artBLISS 2012 {exciting news & giveaway!}

Are you ready for artBLISS 2012?

We are excited to announce that registration is open for artBLISS 2012!

Join us for 3 full days of workshops and activities.

Dates and Location:

Sept. 21-23, 2012

Sterling, VA

We have an incredible line-up of instructors this year. You’ll enjoy seeing some of your favorite instructors returning, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming those that are making their artBLISS DEBUT!

Kerry Bogert

April Bowles-Olin

Diane Cook

Christine Damm

Stacie Florer

Erin Siegel

Beth Taylor

Please visit the site to see the full range of day and evening workshops.

In addition to furthering your jewelry designing skills, this year at artBLISS, you’ll find workshops that focus on your business! By popular demand, we are once again offering a jewelry photography workshop.  And new this year, a full-day business workshop – from branding to marketing!

On this year’s agenda…

Meet and Greet Reception – your instructors will be present to share their original artwork and show class samples.  Mingle and meet new friends while enjoying appetizers and desserts.  Demos will be offered and plenty of door prizes! Open to the public, details on the website.

Author Signing at the Meet and Greet!   Meet the authors of two of the hottest new jewelry books out this summer/fall.  Kerry Bogert will be signing copies of Rustic Wrappings, and Erin Siegel will be signing copies Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry!

Don’t Trash It, Destash It! Social – We will be coordinating a bead destash on location this year.  Bring your beads to swap and go home with a new stash!

artBLISS Annex – Cindy will be bringing a little treasure trove of  flea market finds for sale – from vintage jewelry to jewelry boxes.  These goodies will be available for your perusal.  I will be bringing a selection of indispensable tools.

Delicious lunches will be brought in on-site for your convenience.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Have you noticed our brand new website?  We have been working for some time behind the scenes with our wonderful web designer to bring you a more user-friendly website and we are proud to unveil it!

The new web design and artBLISS logo were created by the amazingly talented Brandi over at Brandi Girl Blog. Brandi sure has a way of translating a concept in to digital art.  She is flexible, patient, and is always a step ahead in the design process (thank you, Brandi!).The vintage Americana look really captures the heart of our retreat:  offering world-class workshops right here near the nation’s capitol.  The stars are custom doodles by Teresa McFayden!

Can you help us spread the word about artBLISS?

We will be giving away 4 prizes!  Two winners will be chosen from this giveaway post, and 2 winners will be chosen from those that register for a workshop during the opening week of registration!

Each of the 4 winners will receive a large, heavy cotton logo totebag…

Along with the totebag, each winner will ALSO receive metalworking supplies!  Win a new saw, blades, instructional DVD by Thomas Mann, and a tub of liver of sulfur gel (that will last for ages!).

To enter the give away:

  • Leave a comment (1 entry)
  • Blog about the 2012 retreat (1 entry)
  • Add any one of the new blog badges to your blog – see the various badge options here (1 entry)
  • Post on Facebook or Twitter – please share the link (1 entry)
  • Register for any artBLISS 2012 workshop during the registration opening week (March 31st through April 9th). (1 entry)

*Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m., EST on May 2nd.  The winners will be announced on May 3rd.   Due to the large package size, the giveaway is regrettably open to U.S. residents only.
Here are a few of our new badges – we hope you’ll chose one for your blog!

Thank you for sharing our excitement!  Good luck & we hope to see you in September!

– Jeanette and Cindy


  1. Patti Vanderbloemen on April 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I had so much fun at the inaugural ArtBliss Workshop! I was kinda new to jewelry making, and took the lampwork class with Kerry Bogert – OMG! I had so much fun and learned so much! I hope to attend this year! This is a fabulous venue!

  2. Dawn F on April 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Such great classes….I am looking forward to the event.

  3. Jacquelyn M on April 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m so excited, I’m looking forward to my first ArtBliss experience.

  4. Carol Myers on April 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I’m IN! Missed Christine Damm last year. . . I made sure to get her this year! Looking forward to the weekend!

  5. Jeanette on April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    We look forward to seeing you again in September and glad to hear you will be taking Christine’s class. It will be an amazing one!

  6. Diane on April 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Love the new look, the colors the style are very attractive. I love vintage tooand I love the name, Bliss is my maden name.

  7. Jeanette on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks, Diane!

  8. Jeanette on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hope you can make it, Jacquelyn!

  9. Jeanette on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Thank you!

  10. Melissa Meman on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Yay!! Oh, how am I ever going to decide what to take!!!

  11. Jessica Murray on April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’m still pretty new to making jewelry and am having fun finding all of these blogs. I don’t know if I can make this workshop, but I hope to make one soon.

  12. Jessica Murray on April 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I added a badge to my blog, which is my website.

  13. Jessica Murray on April 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    and I shared on facebook…

  14. Lisa on May 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I won’t be able to make it, but I would love to win the consolation prize 🙂 Hope I am able to go some day…

  15. Patti Vanderbloemen on May 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I registered AND signed up for 3 classes! This was truly hard for me, as I wanted to take EACH class! I blogged about this, and shared it on FACEBOOK – not because I want to win (which I would not object to, mind you!), but because this truly is such an excellent venue! Thanks to you and Cindy for giving me this opportunity! Now I have something to look forward to!

  16. LEILA on December 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Adorei seu blog.
    Estou aguardando a sua visitinha:
    Feliz 2013 Leila ( Brasil )

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