Here are a few pics I took on Friday morning before the classes things got started...
The goody bags and treasures awaited our arrival were mind blowing. There was also something called "table gifts" awaiting me at my spot. This is where everyone at your table gives you a little treat. I had never heard of this and wasn't prepared but fortunately, I had enough things in my vendor stash and was able to throw a little something together for each of my lovely table mates the following day. The unfortunate part was that I made these little goodies at midnight and I was either deliriously tired or just forgetful because I made little labels that said "Table 7 Rocks!" That was all fine and well except we were sitting at Table 6! FYI...my tag was still correct because Table 7 did, in deed, rock! :-)
Prior to the event, Kim hosted a couple of online chats. They were so much fun and on one of the chats, I won a prize...one of Kim's wonderful totes!!! Thank you, Kim!!!!
You can bop on over to Kim's site and pick one up for yourself here! I love it and it saved my hide on my trip home. I had two suitcases and both were at capacity (50 lbs each) and I still had lots of stuff! I STUFFED this thing so full that when I went through airport security, they pulled my bag aside to manually inspect. TSA was actually quite nice about it though. The young gentleman said there was so much stuff in the bag that they couldn't figure out what was what. :-)
Two classes were on the schedule for Friday...the first class was with Shea Fragoso. I think I actually finished this project during the class and I am so in love with it!
Kim made sure there were lots and lots of raffle prizes and I was so happy with the wonderful prize I won...a beautiful necklace made by Deb Hodge! One of my table mates, Shawn, also won one of Deb's necklaces (crazy, right?!) Here we are...
A couple of pics taken during our lunch break...
And then here's a pic of Rachel buying a lottery ticket. Did you win Rachel? :-)
After lunch, our class was with Kerry Lynn Yeary! This project isn't quite finished but I'm very happy with how it's coming along.
After a day of classes, a lovely group of ladies and I went for dinner to Marmalade Cafe.
After dinner, we had to high tail it back to the hotel because it was swap night! I do declare that I took more pictures than what was on my camera. Another photo mystery.
Just look at these two cutie pies...Taisha and Susan...love it!
I joined in Rachel's very fun Positivity Swap. What a great idea and I love how Rachel presented our cards to us!
I hosted a swap called Spectacular! Spectacular! Souvenir Journal. I was so happy with how the books turned out. I had a vision for the binding and it all came together like a charm! I do want to thank each of the amazingly talented artists who participated! These girls used their good stuff and I gasped with excitement and awe as I opened EVERY package! And an extra thank you to the sweet girls who presented me with hostess gifts. Thank you thank you!
Terry Frias ((((hugs, my darling!))))
Nicole and Michelle
Each girl also made an extra page so we could give Kim a souvenir book of her own. :-)
While all the swapping hubbub was going on, the lovely Christine Rose Elle taught a Make and Take...Satine's Fascinator (or what was the full name of this project?) Happy!
The next day was Saturday and we had two more classes. The first one was with the fabulous duo of Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka. I really adore and admire these two very talented artists. My project is still in progress but here's Jenny showing the class example...
(photo taken by Cheryl Stoneham)
Our last class was with the super lovely Colleen Moody. I had lots of fun with this class even though I haven't made the "stage" yet.
Right after this class, Denise, Rachel, Valita and I made the decision to go to French General for a French Beaded Flower class taught by Debbie Murray . We were so on the fence in attending this class but at the last minute, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I mean, we're in friggin' in L.A. so why not go for it!! We can sleep anytime! I'm SO glad we went because it was a huge highlight of my trip!
Before class, we went to Home for a quick little din din...
My table mates, my pals...me, Rachel, Denise and Valita.
So French General...sigh...what can I say...this is the stuff I dream of. I love everything about this shop and Kaari's style. Pictures from my dream...
The FUN table!!!
A picture of me that Pam took...I don't usually like pictures of myself but I like this one. I just look so....happy and relaxed...relappy! (Sorry it's so big!)
(photo by Pamela Keravuori)
And finally...my bouquet I made! I love this!!!
Big thank you to sweet friends Terry and Cynthia for hosted this great trip!
Me and Valita
Pics from Long Beach Flea Market...it was raining like crazy and the swap meet was totally swamped! Too bad too...I had hoped to catch up with my friend Brian but he got there early and we got there late. Brian will be teaching at JournalFest in October so I'm excited about not only seeing him then, but taking his class! Yay!!!
A couple of goodies I picked up there...
We got seriously rained on but that didn't dampen our spirits (only my feet!) We loaded back in the bus and headed south to Solana Beach to go to the Mermaid Merchantile at Out of the Blue.
I should mention that when we were on the bus, we were entertained with a fabulous goody bag and movies! Moulin Rouge and Burlesque were playing throughout our trip! It was fun and definitely added to the experience!
Our next stop was Vignettes in San Diego. A wonderful wonderful shop and OHMYBUTTONS, I got to meet Joy Gabler! We've been friends for a long time online and so I have to tell you, it was such a pleasure to meet her and person and just go on and on like we're neighbors! What a fabulous gal!
Joy and I
A few other pics from Vignettes...
Me, Aaron and Jenny...I love these people!
And of course, I had to squeeze in a self-portrait...
Our last but certainly not least fabulous stop was at Paper Tales in San Diego. Here was where I had another opportunity to meet a very good long time friend for the time, Karin Aquirre! I've adored her and have followed her for years! What a treat to meet her!
And then here's one last pic of fabulous Valita...my sweety friend and roomy! She showered me with prezzies including a pair of panteloons that she made! Thank you again, Valita!
Oh my...can you believe all the wonderfulness? I can't. This was far and above one of the best trips ever!!! And another super fun thing...Pam and I have made plans to go to JournalFest together in October! Big happy cheer!
I'll be back real soon...I have that little book swap that I've been ramping up to announce! Very soon, my friends!