Another Fun Trip to Nashville!

Last Friday hubby and I headed out to Nashville to hear Liam play his sophomore recital!


The trip got off to a rocky start; we were supposed to arrive at midnight, but our connecting flight was delayed in Colorado, so I got to spent a few hours grading exams in the airport:


and we didn’t arrive until 2:30 am! Ack! No matter, we got up late the next morning, had a nice brunch, and then Andrew spent some time teaching Liam about bicycle maintenance:


That evening we got to hear the Vanderbilt Orchestra play, they sounded great!



Sunday evening was Liam’s recital! He sounded really great and at the end he was so psyched, he kept saying “I want to play it all again!” He really does love performing, it is so obvious that this career path is the right one for him!



After the recital we had a great dinner with Liam’s teacher Jeremy Wilson:


Nashville is an AMAZING town for foodies, every place we eat it’s nothing but stupendous! Here’s a quick collage of some of the awesomeness:



The trombone studio had professional pictures taken just last week, look at how full of character these pictures are!


photo: Anne Rayner; VU

This expression is classic Liam:


photo: Anne Rayner; VU

Here’s the entire studio:


photo: Anne Rayner; VU

And here’s Liam’s quartet, they call themselves “The Helmsmen”, which uses their initials Hiram, Evan, Liam, Matt and also plays off the Commodore history of Vanderbilt!


photo: Anne Rayner; VU


photo: Anne Rayner; VU

Oh my, these guys are hilarious! They are also all committed to playing really well and submitting recordings to a couple of competitions this Fall which is just awesome!

All too soon we had to head for home, it was a great visit!

Online Dyeing Classes on Sale!

Would you be interested in learning how to dye? Or perhaps you’ve done some dyeing with Procion MX fiber reactive dyes and are less than happy with your results? Either way, my online courses “Dyeing 100: Intro to Dyeing with Fiber Reactive Dyes”,  “Dyeing 101: Controlling Color“,”Dyeing 102: Controlling Texture” , “Dyeing 103: Multi Color Cotton” or Dyeing 104: Multicolor Silk may be a great place for you. They are self-paced courses with no time limit on course access, so you don’t have to have the time right now to follow the class through to completion. In fact, one of the aspects of my classes is that I’ll be able to help you identify how and when you can dye, I’m a pro at fitting my passion for color in around the cracks of my busy life! I’m having a sale on all the classes from now until the end of the month, so now is a good time to register!


Dyeing 100

There are almost 3 hours of videos, 38 pages of .PDF files (all the content except for the videos that you can download and save on your computer) plus each session has printable formula sheets allowing you to dye the session using 4 different sizes of fabric (from fat eighths to full yards) using either metric or imperial measurements, your choice!

If you’ve always wanted to created luscious fabrics that look like this:

then come join us!

Dyeing 101

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the things you’d be dyeing in Dyeing 101:Controlling Color:

Dyeing 101 Controlling Color

Dyeing 102

And here are some of the textures you learn how to dye in Dyeing 102: Controlling Texture:

Dyeing 102: Controlling Texture

You can register for Dyeing 102 here.

Dyeing 103

Dyeing 103: Multi Color Cotton is full of lots of awesome color palettes! I share 20 of my favorite “secret recipes” and then walk you through the creation of 20 more based on color theory relationships. Here’s all the fabrics I dyed for this class:

Register for Dyeing 103 here.

Dyeing 104

In Dyeing 104: Multicolor Silk, I show you how to get bright, vibrant colors on silk using the exact same chemicals as you do for dyeing cotton! The techniques we use are very similar, but there are some major differences in the results because silk is a protein fiber and cotton is cellulose based. Here are most of the palettes I dyed for this class:

Register for Dyeing 104 here.

A lot of color-loving folks have enjoyed these classes, here’s some great feedback from them that I’d love to share with you:

Candy, the videos I’ve watched and the material I’ve read have been so thorough! You even did a video on how to use the website – awesome! Your explanation of your excel spreadsheet was so clear and understandable and how great of you to have applied these formulas for us so all we have to do is plug in our numbers. I just signed up a few days ago and am awaiting the basic dyes (my stock is old and mostly specialty colors), but I am so excited to have the knowledge you’re providing. I’ve dyed things before but had no knowledge of how to mix colors and have something wonderful be the result – it was very hit or miss. Surely I’ll have success now!

I love love love these classes. The format is perfect for my learning style and the lessons are easy to follow. I particularly like being able to go at my own pace and having enough examples that I can do the ones I want and find exciting, and skip the ones I don’t particularly care about doing while still learning everything in the lesson material. The color palette spreadsheets are worth so much more than the cost of the class. I can’t believe we are receiving the excellent instruction, AND the different “recipes” for the price it is being offered. Thanks Candy! Laine

It’s very helpful to have both video and documentation. I watch the videos for the first go round, but then have the documentation to refer back to when I just want to go over a particular aspect again, without re watching the whole video. The spreadsheets are great. If you aren’t familiar with Excel there is plenty of tutoring in the program, and if you are familiar with Excel, you will be able to figure out how to use the basic structure to make new blends of your own colors. Merran

Very informative and clear instructions in both written and video format. I’ve really enjoyed learning all the different techniques. I loved learning all the different variations in both colours and designs I could do.  Jackie

Your lessons are a joy, and I feel that I’m gaining a much better understanding of both dye and color.  I’ve almost finished 100 and will soon start 101. Jane

Candy’s dyeing classes are all wonderful. The material is well thought out and well-presented plus Candy is so responsive if a question or problem comes up. The spreadsheets in the class materials are a huge help for mixing the right amount of dyes for the project at hand. I highly recommend these classes for anyone who wants to learn Fiber Reactive Dyeing. They are worth the cost and time investment. Liz

I really enjoy “Candied Fabric Classes”. I continue to work through and reference each class, “Controlling Color”, “Controlling Texture’ and “Multi-color Techniques”. Candy presents each subject with a unique balance of science and art. Her methods allow you to repeat a favorite color or texture, while giving you the tools to explore your own creative avenues. Connie

We have all learned a ton; like any good class, the teacher learns from the students, and the students share great tips with one another. All of these online courses are designed to teach you how to use Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes on cotton in a controlled manner. Whether you are a beginner, or someone who has dyed in this manner before, my intention is to help you gain confidence in your dyeing and raise you from apprentice to “journey(wo)man” status.

Not quite sure if you’d like one of my online classes? I’ve created a sample session so you can give it a try – Click here! 

Because I know you’re gonna learn a ton, I wanted to offer you a discount in case you needed some extra incentive! If you use the coupon code “Boo!” you’ll be able to purchase any or all of these classes for 20% off, or $79 instead of the regular $99 for the 101, 102 and 103, or $19 for Dyeing 100 . Remember, these are self-paced courses with no expiration date, so you can fit the dyeing in when it’s convenient for you! What does have a deadline is this discount code, it only lasts until Halloween, October 31st, so if you’re thinking about one of these classes, I urge you to consider enrolling now so you can save 20%.

October Goals Check-in


Well, my goodness, I really did get everything made for my show last weekend! It was a great feeling to have a really full booth, and luckily I had so many sales that I’ve now got a lot of dyeing and stitching to do for the upcoming holiday season! October Goals Christmas Ornaments October 15 100%…

Show Report | Art, for Heaven’s Sake 2016


Well, this year’s 3-day show Art, for Heaven’s Sake is done and dusted! I was able to get everything on my list made, and I made some small changes to my display that I think worked well! First, here are some big booth shots: As you can see, I had 11 of my leather handled…

Art, for Heaven’s Sake this Friday through Sunday


Well, I’ve got some more ornaments to make, and then it’s on to tagging and making signs. Because this show starts Friday night, as soon as I get done with teaching my class on Friday, Hubby reschedules his afternoon lessons and we head on over to set up my booth…with the lights we need it…

My Newest Set of Holiday Row Houses


I was able to get a new holiday row houses done today! 3 days until my next show, and these will now be there!!! My first Holiday Row House was on the cover of Quilting Arts 2012: Just like my mod house ornaments, the pattern for these are also in my e-book Create Handmade Gifts…

New Mod House Ornaments!


My show is just a couple days away now, but I took a few minutes to photograph my newly made Mod House Ornaments: When posting these on social media yesterday I got a few questions about the pattern; I designed these 6 years ago, and the pattern can be found in my e-book Create Handmade…

Studio Snapshots | Show Prep Continues


I’m powering down my list of things to make for my show (that’s in 5 days now, eeeeek!)! I got 10 zip wallets done (except for the split key rings, thank goodness I figured out I needed to order more in time to actually order them!), here’s a couple of quick cell phone pix: I…