artBLISS 2012 {exciting news & giveaway!}

by Cindy on April 24, 2012

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 who 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 businessBy 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 – I’ll 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.  Jeanette will be bringing a selection of indespensible 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 two winners will be chosen from those who 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 official registration opening week (April 25th through May 2nd). (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!

– Cindy and Jeanette

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny April 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

FB and Twitter done. Going to register now. Blog post and badge later today. So there 5 strikes! Sweet!

Laura Twiford April 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

Regrettably I will not be attending this year’s artbliss although I have attended the first 2 and will be attending in May. I will help spread the word as I believe this is one of the best retreats out there and have so thoroughly enjoyed my classes and the time spent with like minded friends every time i have gone. You and Jeanette really go above and beyond with all the preparations and events all weekend and everything you have planned for this years’ retreat sounds so wonderful I am sorry to be missing it!

Kalaya Steede April 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

This is pretty cool! Wish I could be there. XO

Kristi April 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

Oh how I wish I could go!!

Anabella April 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

Already registered! It will be great to be back 🙂 Facebook posting is next!

Patti April 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

I don’t have a blog, but posting to FB! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kathleen Lange Klik April 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

Sounds like an awesome weekend!! Now that I live in northern Virginia, I can easily attend! Heading to the website…

Deci MacKinnon April 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’d love to learn to saw!

Courtney Breul April 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

Yeah! I have blogged about it.

Deb Bee April 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’m leaving a comment. I would love to win the bag and the metal working supplies. I haven’t done any metal working but I would love to do it. I’ve been wanting a jewelry saw even with the little bit of jewelry I’ve been creating.

Tracy April 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hi Cindy. The line-up is really fun! Great combination of classes and instructors. I just added you to my blog post for the day and I am going to add a badge to my site today as well.

Melissa M April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I can’t wait! I also can’t decide what to take! I blogged about it, and added a badge to my blog!

Alice April 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Cindy, I’m so excited for all of you. The new look is fabulous!!!! Oh how I wish I could attend one of these amazing events. You’ve got a great lineup of talented people.

I’ll be posting this on the sidebar of my blog.

Sharon Misuraco April 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I shared on FB!

Sharon Misuraco April 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How I wish I could make it to those classes! Such awesome instructors and skills!

Julie April 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I usually can’t do the September Art Bliss…but can this year! REALLY looking forwrd to the classes!

JoAnna April 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I am so excited to have discovered your events! Looking forward to joining you!

Jenna Tomalka April 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sounds like a wonderful retreat– just wish I lived closer! I already added a button to my blog, and will be sharing the link on fb shortly!

Cindy April 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

We are so happy to see the enthusiasm about this year’s event. We know you’re going to enjoy the classes and camaraderie this year! Thank you for helping us spread the word & thanks to those of you who have already registered!

christine April 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I’ll have to make it to next years ArtBliss – we’ll be in NH participating in Erica’s Run. I would love to win a wonderful collection of goodies from the event!!

Julia April 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Ooh, please count me into the hat for this giveaway! It’s so generous of you– I hope I get it– I’ve been so excited to get into metalworking, but I can’t afford the materials AND supplies for it right now– this would get me started!!!

I’ll be blogging about it, for the extra entry– but I’ll write up a separate comment when I actually do it 🙂

Lots of love, and a million times thank you for your generosity! <3

Linda Hanes April 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Cool beans! I would love to win some goodies!

LiliKrist April 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Wish I can find workshop just like yours in here =(

Tricia April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

Cool – a jeweler’s saw AND learning how to use it! Now I need to go check out that new website. Thanks! ~~T

Susan Marling (quiltingjewel39) April 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

I am so excited – signed up for 3 classes!!! Will probably be dead by Sunday night. Really looking forward to it. Would love to win the bag, especially the sawing tutorial. Thanks.

Marianna - Star Girl Jewelry & Lampwork April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I so wish I could attend but sadly I can’t…booo 🙁 What a great giveaway!

Marianna - Star Girl Jewelry & Lampwork April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I tweeted about artbliss and this giveaway!

Kim April 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Wow what a great giveaway, I really wish I could go.

Shannon C April 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I SO wish I could go 🙁 It looks like a wonderful event. I hope everyone has a great time.

Elisabeth Auld April 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Okay Cindy I am now all in: registered, blogged, face booked (, badged my blog and I think I left a comment yesterday or the day before. I CAN’T WAIT!

Hope Amen April 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

Great giveaway….wish I could go!

Lisa May 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

I won’t be able to make it this year, but I would love to win this awesome giveaway! Hope I can go one day…

Lisa May 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

Shared on Twitter!

Linda Sadler May 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thanks for the information about Art Bliss and the chance to win-

Betty S. May 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Workshops look great! Not sure I can make it, but very tempting. Thanks for the chance to win.

DESPINA May 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

I wish I could attend, everything sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just started with metal work, I’d love to win!!!!!!!!

Joanna-Gloria May 2, 2012 at 5:30 am

Amazing prizes!!
I wish I lived in the U.S. to attend the wonderful workshops, too…

Mia May 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

Great prizes! I wish I could attend!

Pam ferrari May 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

Oh my!!! I want to go so bad. Maybe if I wish hard enough it will happen. I will blog and FB today

cat kerr May 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Oh wow..I’m drooling here with this line up!! You and Jeanette are amazing, you know that!! Another out of this world event!!xoxox

Shaiha Williams May 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I wish that I could go. It always seems as though the Art Bliss on the east coast has all the teachers that I would love to take classes from but the one here on the west coast just doesn’t have a lot of do with jewelry.;

Brandi May 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

This is so exciting, Cindy!! It sounds like an awesome line up, and your participants are so lucky!

Thanks also for the shout out – it was awesome working with you!

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