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                                                                                                                                            Last updated March 19, 2017

I'm adding a couple of additions to the letter I posted on the 11th regarding the Pebeo Event. Tristina Dietz-Elmes and I have worked out a schedule. On May 1st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tristina will teach Pebeo Liquid Oils with Mixed Media in the Crossville Outlet Mall Event Center. This class will primarily involve the use of Moon, Prisme and Vitrail on a canvas. A better description will follow very soon.                 From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tristina will provide a free demonstration of many of the Pebeo products. Then from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. she will teach Part 1 of a 2-part class entitled Mixed Media Adventures featuring Pebeo Paints. You will start a collage using textured gels, modeling paste, resin, and others. The collage will dry overnight and be completed the following morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. using various Pebeo acrylics and liquid oils.                                                            

John Creighton Petersen of Imagine Crafts/Ice Resin/Prima Marketing fame is planning on the weekend of July 8th. Mark your calendars so you don't dare miss his classes this year. We are currently reviewing his list of classes for options for his time here. Then we'll be setting the full schedule with times. 

From March 11:
Since Opening Day we have added 4 new vendors to our store. Carole Cullen has placed some original artwork on the left wall as you enter the store, so be certain to stop there on your way through the store. In the middle of the store you will find 4 Jewelry Display counter which do NOT display jewelry at this time. They do however display some simply gorgeous hand carved pipes from Howard Bouchie. If you are or know of a pipe smoker, this is the place to find a marvelous gift for them. The box they come in is a piece of art itself. Then just yesterday we added Jean Corbett. You may know her as an active instructor in the Glade, and she will be adding her talents in both classes and hand-made articles to FACS. Her eye-catching and creative items made with Alcohol Inks make perfect gifts for anyone on your gift list. On the right hand side of the store just behind Tina Kraft's Jewelry and Ed Wysynzski's clever wood and golf club crafts, you will find Maggie Coscia's lovely barn wood decorative items. Please come into the store and check out these new artists. They will make the trip worthwhile.

A lot of new classes have been added to our schedule including a group meeting for Bible Journaling called Bible Journaling Connection. This is not a class per se. It is a gathering of people who have either started Bible journaling and want to keep active, or it can be a stepping stone into the latest creative and spiritual trend. At these first Friday of every month meetings you will bring your own Bible and your own products that you are currently using in your journaling. These are not classes. However, Sandra Hall from Maryville will be guiding the sessions with a small amount of help from me and can offer suggestions on how to use your product on your pages. She will also show what she has done lately, and others at the meeting are welcome to show what they have been doing also. The cost is $5.00 to cover the room rental and gas money for Sandra's trip here. You will need to register like any other class because of the limited seating.

Other events besides the Pebeo event on May 1-2 and John Creighton Peterson's classes the weekend of July 9 are as follows:
   A DEMO Day on June 24th when all the vendors in our store are invited to set up a table and demonstrate their craft or at least discuss their craft with the visitors to the store.
  A much requested Christmas Extravaganza Class will be held in the Outlet Mall's Event Center on August 19 which will be defined in the weeks to follow. This event will have both card-making and gift-making ideas for those enrolled to make. It will be split into the 2 sections for those who only want to do one or the other. 

We are in the process of redesigning our store's website to really be a show-stopper! I love the concept and hope you will, too. The Class Schedule is already displayed from there. You will be directed there if you come to this website for the schedule. You must call the store (931) 210-5599 or me (931) 456-6648 to register and pre-pay for classes. Pre-payment can be a credit card, cash or check. You can mail a check to the store: FACS, 228 Interstate Dr, Ste 122, Crossville TN 38555 or to me: Brenda Preuss, 66 Chelteham Lane, Fairfield Glade TN 38558. Our URL is All other combinations of FACS were taken as a website name so we chose TN to differentiate between the others. 

Then of course, I have been promising for years to be more active on Facebook. Well, this is the year! With the tremendous help from Theresa Hunter-Snow, we hope to have a very active Facebook presence. We'll let you know when we would like you to start "LIKE"ing us.

Have a creative spring!