A little more about the new WildFire Studio.

In just a few days, we’ll be temporarily shutting down our site to convert everything over to the new, WildFire Studio look!  As you can guess, we’ll have a whole new layout, new content, upcoming class listings, and information on how you can donate to the project.

Want to learn more about WildFire Studio and what we stand for?  You should read this…

About WildFire Studio

In 2012, WildFire Accessories opened and began providing its customers with handcrafted jewelry made with pennies and mixed-media techniques.  Through the first two years of business, Tayla Naden, the owner of WildFire Accessories, immersed herself in a creative lifestyle, experimenting with the new skills and knowledge she picked up along the way.

However, being an artist that specializes in combining mediums and methods in ways that most never do, she realized that there was something missing in the creativity community – Freedom.

Tayla learned the most when she pushed her limits and stepped out of her box.  She began experimenting with every technique she laid her eyes on, and one by one these experiences started enriching her own work and passion.

In 2015, WildFire Accessories turned into WildFire Studio, where an environment, free of preconceived notions of what art should be, would be provided for the community.  A place where you would be encouraged to experiment with the unexpected and learn skills that you never thought you would.

“Creative people are sometimes described as those who can ‘connect the dots’ with seemingly unrelated things.  They see simple solutions to complicated problems because they incorporate all their knowledge, instead of just sticking with the subject at hand.  I believe that the more experiences and skills you acquire, the more ‘dots’ you have to work with.”

At WildFire Studio, we provide a non-judgmental environment where you can let your creative spirit roam freely, without boundaries.  You don’t have to be “creative” to enjoy our classes.  You don’t have to call yourself an artist, or a dancer.  All you have to do is have a passion for learning.  We encourage you to experiment, step out of your box, and invite your friends to do the same with our classes ranging from:

  • Belly Dancing – An expressive, Middle Eastern art form that helps you get in touch with your body in ways you never have before.
  • Mixed Media Sewing – A free-form method for creating sewn accessories and clothing with unexpected materials.  Techniques including beadwork, fabric painting, and basic sewing skills will be covered (along with much more!).
  • Expressive Painting – A no rules way to create artwork that makes you feel good.
  • Selling Your Work – Whether you want to turn your craft into a full time business, or just support it with a few sales here and there, we can show you the way.

Online video courses and on-site classes are expected to be available late summer (2015), so stay tuned!

The Latest from WildFire.

Did you see our post about WildFire Studio?  Well, we’re deep into planning the launch of our Indiegogo campaign and new business plan, but that won’t stop us from making more jewelry!

Here is what you’ll find NEW in the Etsy shop today!
{Click on any image below to see the full set of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets.}

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Click here to see what else you’ll find in the Etsy shop!

 

THE. BIG. ANNOUNCEMENT.

I have something major to tell you…  I want to shout it from the rooftops and grab everyone I meet by the shoulders to explain my plans.  So, to get the full effect as you read this, just imagine me jumping up and down and flailing my arms about wildly.  Because, that is pretty much what I’m doing…

WildFire Accessories is growin’ up.  I would now like to introduce…

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!!!!  I know, right?!?

We are converting our garage, here in Mcpherson, KS, into a full fledged classroom and event space where WildFire Studio will offer classes ranging from crafts, to art, to belly dancing (and, we’ll still be selling penny jewelry as well)!

I cannot express how excited we are about this change!  WildFire Studio is all about encouraging your creative spirit to play in an environment free of judgement.  We’ll learn new skills and experiment with existing ones, collaborate and have a lot of fun!

Classes and products that we plan to have available include:

  • Beginner Belly Dancing Classes
  • Art Journaling Groups
  • Free-form and Mixed Media Sewing Workshops
  • Penny Jewelry Classes!!  (YES!  For the first time ever, I’ll be offering a workshop on how to make your very own penny jewelry pieces using the exact techniques I incorporate now!)
  • “Craft Show Guide” Ebook
  • “Ignite Your Creative Spirit” Ebook
  • And, much more!!

However, excitement and ambition can’t always pay the bills (believe me, if it did, we’d be covered!), and there is NO WAY I can do this without your help!

In order to make WildFire Studio a reality, we’ll need to completely remodel the garage with all the amenities of a modern studio space, and purchase many tools to get us started.  To give you an idea of what needs to be done, here is a quick breakdown…

Garage Remodel

  • All new flooring from the ground up (concrete, framing, plywood, laminate, etc.)
  • Walls and ceilings (insulation, sheetrock, framing, paint, etc.)
  • Lighting
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Doors and windows
  • Parking (we’ll be using half of our backyard for this and need lots of gravel!)
  • And, lots of other finishing touches

Tools and Equipment

  • Tables and chairs
  • Sewing machines
  • Camcorder (So I can offer you video classes online!!)
  • Sound system (for dance classes and events)

And, that just covers the basics.  I’ve ran the numbers many times and have come to a budget of $8,500, which will help get through the major expenses.  There is no way I can get there without your help!

In a few weeks, we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, where we hope to raise the funds needed to get this thing off the ground.  If you would like to help us provide a space in the community where creativity is allowed to thrive, please think about donating!  Or, if you would like to donate any of the items listed above, we’ll take that as well.  ;)

In the meantime, before our campaign begins, you’ll begin to see some changes around the website and various social media pages.  WildFire Accessories is merging with WildFire Studio, so we’ll be updating our logos and usernames.  (Stay up to date by signing up for our email newsletter!)  We’ll also be posting much more about the details of this project, and what to expect in the future.

Most of all, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported WildFire up to this point.  I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for you!   I believe that every person has a little “creative” in them, and they should have the space to let it roam freely.  WildFire Studio is designed to give that space back to all of you.

I can’t wait to share it with you!

New Jewelry at Christiane’s Closet

Spring is quickly approaching and one of my favorite stores in Wichita is gearing up! Christiane’s Closet (an adorable, high end clothing consignment store) just filled their racks with new spring merchandise!

And, I just brought in some new penny jewelry as well! Here are a few pieces, among the many others, you’ll find there (But, hurry! I only brought in one of each item. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!)…

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Christiane’s Closet is located in The Green Elephant Village at 517 N. Lorraine Ave., Wichita, KS 67214 and is open Monday-Friday from 12pm-5pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Tell ‘em WildFire sent you. ;)

 

I just finished reading “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer

theartofasking_imageI stumbled upon this book at a Barnes and Noble last week.  I was in town, wondering around the isles, as I usually do when I need some fresh ideas, and it jumped out at me.  Have you ever had a book do that to you, only to find it was exactly what you needed to read at that moment?

I had watched Amanda’s TED Talk a year or so ago and was moved. Being a former fan of The Dresden Dolls in high school (a band she was in) I started watching more out of curiosity than anything but was quickly sucked into what she had to say.  As I picked up the book at the store, I remembered how I was so inspired to love openly and trust freely after her 13 minutes on stage.  Things started to click as I began reading and, 15 pages in, I was already tearing up.  Five minutes later, I was walking out the door with “The Art of Asking” under my arm.

I won’t go into great detail because you really just need to pick up a copy yourself, but I will say that I felt like she was writing this book to me.  She talks about the complex emotions that come with asking for and receiving help, as well as the delicate balance of trust and having faith in humanity as a whole.

If you have noticed, my posts on here have gotten much more personal recently.  I’m in a transitional state and am dealing with all kinds of emotional backlash from no one but myself.  I feel selfish for staying at home, but unwilling to give up my work.  I feel immensely grateful for all the support I receive on a daily basis, but guilty for relying on it in the first place.

Seriously, this book was exactly what I needed.  And, if you’re struggling with the oh-so-common emotional roller coast that is Being An Artist, I suggest you go out and read this book immediately.

I’ve got a copy you can borrow.  ;)

Spring IS coming… Right?!

I think Mother Nature is trying to fool us with this extreme cold we’ve been experiencing… However, I believe that spring will make its appearance soon!  Here is some “spring green” penny jewelry to help you keep the faith as well.  Say it with me… “Warmer weather, warmer weather, WARMER WEATHER!”

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One of my favorites!  Penny Bracelet with Folksy Green and Vintage Yellow Print.

One of my favorites! Penny Bracelet with Folksy Green and Vintage Yellow Print.

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“Vintage Indian Lace” Penny Pendant Necklace

Folksy Green Penny Pendant Earrings with Sage Green and Copper Beading.

Folksy Green Penny Pendant Earrings with Sage Green and Copper Beading.

Lime Green and Teal Paisley Adjustable Penny Ring.

Lime Green and Teal Paisley Adjustable Penny Ring.

Reporting LIVE from The Oscar’s (in my living room).

There are a few things that we take part in every year when it comes to TV events.  KU games, The Super Bowl (although, we’re pretty much just interested in the commercials), AND… The Oscars!

So, today I wanted to share our Oscars evening with you!  We decided to indulge in a finger food fest to mark the occassion – tonight we’re making hot wings and bacon wrapped little smokies!

Here’s how we made them…

SUPER EASY hot wings!

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Gather these things:

  • As many chicken wings as you want (We bought a bag of frozen wings ((And, thawed them, of course.)), but you can use fresh as well!  And, if you do, save the tips that you can’t eat for chicken stock!)
  • Vegetable Oil/Crisco/Anything to keep the wings sticking to the pan
  • As much hot sauce as you want (Any hot sauce will do.  I like Frank’s Red Hot)
  • Butter (Or, Earth Balance Dairy Free Buttery Spread, like we used.)

Then do this:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Grease a baking sheet generously.  Spread the (thawed) chicken wings evenly across the sheet leaving some space between each piece.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, flip, then bake another 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  4. In the meantime, mix about 1/4 cup of hot sauce (more or less – you determine the your wings “sauciness”) and about a tablespoon of softened butter (again, more or less according to your taste) in a small bowl.
  5. After the wings are finished baking, toss them in your hot sauce/butter mixture.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

I love how easy this is to alter as well!  Try all kinds of hot sauces.  Your favorite BBQ sauce would be wonderful as well!

And, now for our second recipe!

 Candied Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

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Gather these things:

  • One package of “little smokies” (I would recommend Hillshire Farm’s pork smokies)
  • One package of bacon
  • Brown sugar (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
  • Toothpicks

And, then do these things:

  • Preheat oven to 325°  Lightly grease a metal cookie sheet.
  • Cut each slice of bacon into three pieces.  Wrap each piece of bacon around each little smokie, securing it with a toothpick.
  • Place each piece on the cookie sheet, spacing them out evenly, then generously sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until the sugar is bubbly.
  • These are best served warm, so place them in a slow cooker, set on low, to serve.

Enjoy, and happy Oscars to you!  :)