Lazy Cowgirl Crafting
Where: 1507 Grass Valley Highway (Live Oak Plaza), Auburn
Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
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When Auburn’s Kim Hughes decided to open her own business, it was about sharing her passion and enthusiasm for a lifelong hobby.
Lazy Cowgirl Crafting is a combination retail store and workshop — where Hughes’ customers can gather to share ideas, work on projects, take classes and purchase crafting supplies.
“I’ve been teaching craft classes all my (adult) life,” she said. “I just enjoy doing all kinds of crafts. My kids decided to go off to college so I finally asked myself, ‘why don’t I open up a studio.’”
The front of the store holds the retail area and the classroom is in the back.
“We have some chairs and tables. There will be coffee and probably snacks,” she said. “It’s a place for people to relax.”
Hughes has four instructors lined up already and plans to start classes in April.
“Scrapbooking and paper crafting are the biggest part of it,” she said. “When you are a scrapbooker you tend to do all kinds of things — card making, small mini-books. … We also have the capability to do digital artwork and print it out, creating paper art that way. … There’s mixed media, canvas, leather classes. We’re going to do kids’ crafts in the summer.”
One of the instructors will be Wheatland resident Jan Mendoza.
“I’ve been a crafter for quite a long time. I have a lot of items I sell (at janafe.com). I make all kinds of things — from jewelry to Native American regalia (hand-beaded items). I’m half Cherokee,” she said.
Mendoza’s focus for the class will be working in mixed media using canvas.
“I’ll take a piece of canvas and we’ll start adding things — not just paint — fabric, papers, buttons, jewelry, feathers and anything we can think of,” she said. “It becomes a really cool work of art. You can incorporate family photos. It’s really fun and really easy. … I even teach how to print your photos on fabric. It turns out quite awesome.
“I’m so excited for (Hughes) and I can’t wait until this thing gets rolling. It’s a great place to have fun and be creative and make new friends. I call it a girl cave.”
Hughes inherited her passion for crafting from her mother.
“She created gifts for everyone,” Hughes said. “She loved glitter. She was quite the glitter lady. I started painting at the beginning, then I tried all kinds of crafts growing up.”
The first classes she taught were on tole painting — a folk art style of painting on wood.”
“I went on to scrapbooking,” she said. “I’ve done beading, jewelry making, bath and beauty products, candle making. I dabble in all the arts because I’m curious about all of it. It’s that creative outlet. It’s relaxing for me to be creative.”
For those new to crafting or who need a little extra inspiration, Hughes keeps idea books on hand.
“During the classes we’ll have samples available and online as well,” she said. “They’ll be able to see (the samples) up close and touch them and see if it’s something that appeals to them.”
Many of the projects will have a family heritage theme.
“I’m hoping to get more people to talk about themselves,” she said. “We always tend to take pictures of others. I want some emphasis on the participants’ legacy. I want people to tell their story.”
The classes will also give participants a chance to try out some of the newest crafting products, including a recent line of paint called Luminarte.
“They have the most vibrant colors. I can’t wait to paint with those and do some canvases or mixed media,” she said. “I’m really excited about that because they are such beautiful colors.”
Hughes chose the name Lazy Cowgirl for the shop because she lives on a small ranch between Auburn and Lincoln, where she has horses, cats and dogs. She also was part of a rodeo drill team called Painted Ladies.
“I thought it was a fun play on words because cowgirls can’t be lazy – they have too much to do.”
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