Saturday was the last full day of Silver Bella. First class of the morning only started at 8:30 and mine was with the delightful, warm and gracious Charlotte Lyons. The project we worked on was called "The Chatelaine Necklace" and here is the model we worked from (photographed by Charlotte).
We received these incredible scissors for the project from one of the sponsors, Fiskars. I haven't finished my project yet but have all the bits and pieces chosen for the embellishment part which is all that I have left to do for mine. I was so thrilled to finally learn how to make that strawberry pin cushion and it was my first time beading as well. This was such a laid-back class, with an old-time quilting bee vibe - just lovely. Of course I was thrilled to finally meet lovely Charlotte whose work I have admired for a long time.
This is a pin cushion house that I had bought from Charlotte's etsy shoppe a year ago - I simply adore it!
One of the things that I noticed at Silver Bella during the classes was how stylishly women stored their vintage supplies. Most of my supplies were organized in zip-loc bags and stashed in a big tote, which was best for someone flying and limited space but was not always very practical when I was looking for things during a class. I'm one of those out-of-sight out-of-mind, visual types of people.
I definitely got a lot of stylish storage ideas at SB and may have to rethink things for next year...
My last class was with Kaari Meng of "French General". Her class was called "Bonaparte's Gift" and we learned how to make a necklace like this one.
I'm happy to report that I finished my necklace when I got home and have been happily wearing mine to work for the last couple of days. (I know a lot of people worry that if they don't finish their projects during class that they will never finish them at home, but luckily that has not been the case for me - I've been finishing up all of my projects, one by one...)
I was very happy to finally learn how to properly make jewelry from the ever patient Kaari. I also bought more vintage supplies from her during the class for future projects. The funny thing is that my husband has been to Kaari's shop several times over the past few years. When he's on a business trip to L.A. and has the time, I ask him to get me some things from "French General". I told Kaari about this and she laughed saying "I know him, he's the one that comes with a list, isn't he?!!"
Finally had some free time in the afternoon before the Farewell Dinner so I went over to Second Chance Antiques.
(photo courtesy of Teresa McFayden)
What a fabulous place to go hunting for vintage treasures. My first reaction when I got there - overwhelmed. I managed to spend an hour walking around in there and found several lovely old photos, cards and an old pair of baby shoes. If I had not been so tired, I would have gladly spent much more time there, especially in the incredible vintage clothes section in the basement. However, there is always a next time...
The day ended with the Farewell Dinner and guest speaker Jenny Doh of "Crescendoh", formerly of the incredible Somerset/Stampington magazines. Jenny was very inspirational and it was the perfect way to end an incredible art retreat. All I can say is that I can't wait to go back next year!
p.s. to all of my American blogger friends, wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with friends, family, good food and much to be thankful for in our lives...