Well I must say I am still trying to recover from my trip to Silver Bella. The trip to get there took me about 12 hours and I think I never really recovered from that while I was in Omaha :) And then I had to made the trip back home (thankfully several hours shorter this time) and yesterday it was back to work and reality with my pager going off at the hospital, work, the kids and their activities, the puppy, the husband, etc. What a change from being at Silver Bella!
I had a most AMAZING time there - just incredible and am over-the-moon thrilled that I went (a big thanks to Karla who really encouraged me to register despite the long and unpredictable recovery from my flu illness). I learned SO MUCH while there, got to spend some time with my junking buddy Laura from 52 Flea, and I met so many amazing women. Funny, kind, giving, warm-hearted, crazy creative and super talented kindred spirits. No explanations necessary (what a welcome change). Indeed, a very special art retreat.
On the first night, there was registration, a reception, opening dinner, and right after dinner, a Group Workshop that was led by the super founder/organizer of Silver Bella, Teresa McFayden.
(photo courtesy of lovely Peggy Lucas)
These were the fabulous table centerpieces. For the group workshop, we had to take the centerpiece apart as the boxes contained the supplies for the project - how clever?!! The project's theme was "Art Sisters" and the example everyone worked from is shown in my last post. I confess, it was my first time glittering which can be very messy, but it was a lot of fun. I didn't finish my project that night but truly look forward to working on it at home and remembering my first wonderful evening at Silver Bella, meeting such friendly and kind women sitting at my table from all over the U.S., getting my creative juices flowing and glitter on...
After the Group Workshop, hold onto your hats (!), it was Bella Swap Time!!! This is something you have to see to believe and I am still in awe of this event. Well before Silver Bella you can sign up for different kinds of swaps with other women that are organized by hostesses. On the first night of Silver Bella the assembled projects, all beautifully packaged and wrapped up are laid out on the periphery of the ballroom, awaiting pick-up from each swap's participants. Take a look at some of the packages that were laid out in the room.
This is what was inside one of the "Vintage Bling Swap" pouches.
The swaps continued till around midnight or so with the one-on-one swaps, such as the "Crown Swap". I wish I could have stayed up for these, but with the long trip and the jet-lag, I really had to go and rest up for my big first day of classes on Friday.
Stay tuned for My First Day of Classes at Silver Bella...