The day started bright and early with my first class at 8 a.m. - it was Canadian artist, Colette Copeland's "Project Runway". Colette was simply delightful and this was the perfect, laid-back class to start Silver Bella off with.
Sewing, embellishing, embroidery and glueing...
The view across the table from where I was sitting (notice my big coffee to the right?). It can get pretty messy on the table with everyone's supplies all spread out. After cutting out the dresses and sewing them up, I really had fun sitting there arranging and rearranging pretty bits and pieces on my three dresses.
Aren't Danielle's three dresses just so pretty and chic?!! Although I didn't quite finish my project by the end of the class, it's been safely stored safe in the cool paper folder that wonderful Colette sewed for all of us, just waiting form me to finish up...
After a mere half hour break, my next class was Kerry Lynn Yeary's "Gilded Cage".
I thought this was quite the fabulous project. But I must confess that the wire bird cage gave me a hard time. With my jet-lag and serious fatigue, I just couldn't wrap my brain around Kerry's instructions and got a bit frustrated (believe me, poor sweet and patient Kerry tried her best with me, many times :). Then I figured it out and ran out of wire! No worries, I happily worked on the rest of the elements for the project, sometimes with help from my very helpful and talented table mates. And I'm happy to report that after getting home I completed the bird cage without a problem and am now ready to add embellishing touches to my project. In fact, I have a second gilded cage project on the go as well.
My third and last class of the day was Lisa Kaus' "The Joy Within".
Lisa was a great teacher (btw, they ALL were) and I learned a lot by working on this project. At the beginning I sat there feeling out of my element but slowly I got more comfortable and things started to come together for my board. It was very helpful that Lisa shared a lot of her art supplies with us so that we could experiment with them. This was the only project that I ended up completing by the end of the class.
Here is my project, now hanging up on the wall of my little room off the kitchen.
So after three amazing classes I was even more exhausted than the foggy tiredness that I started the day off with. But it was vendor faire/Silver Bella Market time at 6 p.m. and hats were on parade for it.
So happy to finally meet one of the Queens of Crafting, Karla of Karla's Cottage. Does she not have the most amazing, over-the-top crown/birdcage hat?!!
And I even got her to keep her eyes open for the photo :)
Here's a photo of the two of us waiting for the doors to Bella Market to open. In case you didn't notice, that' me on the left with the, ah, rather plain straw hat. I'm wearing a vintage floral dress from the 60's, kind of going for the English Garden look :)
Bella Market was an amazing affair. Once I entered the ballroom where all of the vendor's booths were set up, I felt pretty overwhelmed. There was SO much to entice yet limited funds, and the fatigue from the day was setting in. How does one choose what to buy? I managed to stay for about an hour and half (it went on for four hours) and bought some very nice creations from various artists as well as supplies for future projects. There was a lot of gorgeous jewelry pieces but I just couldn't choose. In retrospect, I wish I had brought more money for this and taken advantage of the wonderful things available at the Market. I will definitely know for next year...