Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Prims !

On April 1 the Spring edition of Prim's will be arriving.  Check your local bookstore or you can order from the Stampington website.  I do believe it to be my favorite issue so far.

 Laurie Hardin's rascal-ly rabbits.

 Susan Pilotto's delightful creatures.  Just love this little mouse.

Karen Brady Hammontree's happy animals.  They make me smile.

And then there are a few feathered friends in the mix.

Make sure to pick this one up.  It's a good one!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Can Can Happiness

The Moulin Rouge event went off without a hitch.  It's not a shock or surprise, really.  Kim Caldwell has a very ~ very special talent.  Kim can organize and design....anything and everything...I am convinced.  She has an amazing attention to detail and she leaves each and every one of her participants feeling special and loved.  There are far too many lovely details to I will just touch on a few things that I have photos of.  There are lots of other photos and memories on many other blogs so do search around and enjoy the loveliness.
The Swaps...
Oh the swaps....they were incredible.  Here are a few of the Bijoux Jewelry Box Swap.  Each participant was to find a vintage jewelry box and fill it with all kinds of goodness based on their swap partners loves.

You could also decorate the outside if you wanted....I like!!

Garter Swap
Look at how pretty the boxes were....and oh should have seen the garters themselves!

During some down time that I had, I ventured over to Bountiful with Karla and Kerry Lynn.  The eye candy was lovely.  We were a bit confused because they had cake platters EVERYWHERE.  I mean...every~where.  Hundreds of them stacked so high.  We were thinking since Bountiful means "large in quantity" maybe this store will carry large amounts of a certain "something" at a time.  In looking at their website, that doesn't seem to be the case.  I'm not sure why they had so many cake platters but the displays were very striking.  Pink, blue, purple, clear, black, red, green and more.  Vintage and new....there was something for everyone.

I would be happy to take these bookcases...any day!!
Here is some of the GAH GAH GORGEOUS decor at the event.
Look at this centerpiece.  It sings to me.

The back of each chair was adorned with beauty.

Christine's lovely make and take project.  She is such a sweet ~ sweet and talented lady.
Girls hard at work...

The girls...Natalie, Karla and Lonnie

I love this snap....such a special moment.  I love these gals too.  Natalie, holding the bird doll, was somehow chosen to take on the challenge of Cancer.  She was going through Chemo when I taught the bird class at Shea and Debbie's place in Dallas.  Natalie was so disappointed she wasn't able to join in on the fun so we decided to make her her own little tweet.  I sculpted the piece, Stacy (in the bright jacket) dressed her.  Lonnie, standing on Nat's right, made a sweet little jewelry piece that hangs off her dress.  Debbie and Shea made the gorgeous crown that is the crowning glory of the piece.  Of course there were lots of tears....all happy.
  We were finally all together, in the same place, so we could give it to her and this event couldn't have been more perfect.  The room was filled with such warm, wonderful, supportive, funny and creative women.

A few of my favorite people

Sweet Pamela

Tina Marie....always a smile on her face and dressed fabulously.

Silly Stacy

Some favorite moments
And one more swap...


This was the pillow swap.  Well...these are the packagings for a couple of pillows that were in the pillow swap.  The packaging was just as yummy as what was inside (which I took pics of and I'm not sure what happened to them).  I'm sorry I missed out on participating in this swap.  Just saying.

Our beautiful and talented hostess of the weekend.  Thank you Kim....for giving so many fortunate women the opportunity to be surrounded by beauty, friendship and art.


 You are the best!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge Ready!!

The time has finally arrived and I am so
excited to be heading out of here before dawn tomorrow morning!!
See all these boxes?  They are all the kits for the class I will be teaching at the event.  The boxes on the right are finished dolly's I am taking for vendor night but all those boxes on the left are kits.  There is going to be some fun artsy fartsy stuff going on!!

My sweet traveling companion is wondering where her stuff will fit in the car.  I'm not so worried about her "stuff"... more about where I will fit her!!  I might have to duct tape her to the roof of the car.  The weather calls for rain all morning tomorrow so I sure hope she wears something plastic!
I decided to join a couple of the swaps that are taking place at the event.  One is the bijoux jewelry box swap.  We were to find an old jewelry box and embellish it as we see fit.  Then we filled it with all things lovely and vintage.

I can't show you the stash of goodies on the inside but here is a peek at what I did to the outside of the box.  Think my swap friend will know who made it?

This box was such a find.  It came with the original key so the lock can be used.  Love it!!

A little something different I've been playing with.  Sweet little girls made in to lovely little necklaces.  I had so much fun creating these.  

I found myself heading back to my roots for this event.  Since it is Spring time...or at least I am hoping for it to be soon... I made some wonderful bunnies for vendor night. I haven't made bunnies in ages...but that is where my doll making began many ~ many years ago.  It was a nice change of pace and I am tickled with how they turned out.  

Have a great rest of the week...I'll be back next week with photos!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A lovely gift...

When I went to New Jersey in between the East Coast storms, thank goodness...Kecia gifted me this beautiful and unique necklace.  I absolutely adore it.  She sewed some wonderful lace and fabrics with the photo of a young girl.  The chain is constructed from old pieces of chain and beads, re-purposed for this piece.  I love the little Osh Kosh style metal clasp.  It's finished off with the tiny~ tiny petit point stitched roses.  Oooh la la.  Just fabulous.  If you have never seen Kecia's's a must.  Hop on over to her blog for some viewing.  Wait until I show you the other piece I brought will want it.......Next Post!!

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