|Angie and I in Kaari Meng's Josephine's Jewels bracelet class|
|Kaari was just the best, she's a very hands-on and demonstrative teacher, made it easy and understandable for a nuB like me|
|Oh Tannenbaum, this class was taught by Kerry Lynn Yeary, and what a wild table we had!|
|Some Bella tea cup Fairies|
|The name tag gives away the artist for this tea cup fairy, Karla Nathan!|
|Instructor Lisa Kaus|
|One of our Bella table mates for The Secret Inside the Bottle class taught by Lisa, do you recognize that beautiful person to my left?|
And in Lisa's class I was able to try a new medium, Caron D'Ache watercolor crayons. Everything I'd heard about the flexibility and fun using them was absolutely true, I had so much fun playing with them that I forgot the intent to finish my piece! Lisa had tons of Caron's in the middle of every table for us to use. Thank you Lisa!! Great class!
Ah, but all good things eventually end, and so did Silver Bella 2010, with our closing dinner Saturday night. Jenny was our featured speaker, her web site cause is "Art Saves" and she shared stories about how people overcame tough times in their lives and how art and creating were instrumental in that journey and how we all share the same need to create. I know times have been a challenge for Rob and I, our entire business has all but come to a complete halt. We were fortunate in many ways to be able to manage. As the saying goes, when one door closes another one opens. Well, the art door opened back up for me. I've always created, my family can attest to that with all the things they've received as gifts over many years.......I look back on some of them (remember those rose burlap covered tiny glass jars Angie? The ones I said several years ago, "OMG, those were so tacky, you still have those??? " LOL!) With all the free time I had while trying to find employment, I rediscovered creating, discovered etsy, discovered mixed media and photoshop digital art, and continued my favorites, sewing and crocheting (and some old favorites like cross stitch and quilting that I love but just flat can't work into the program right now) Because funds were tight, mixed media and using what I had on hand has been a fit like a glove for me.....I turned the 3rd bedroom/sewing room into a studio and never looked back. It's been such a joy to me and I'm having a great time in a tough time, which is now improving I'm happy to report!
|Our table centerpiece for the Finale Dinner|
|Saying goodbye to newly made friends was tough, thank goodness for blogs and email!|
|My new artsy friend Suz, of Katsui Jewelry|
|Lulu Kellog decked out for the evening, her Bella room mate made the paper boutonniere, isn't it awesome!!|
Look at Lulu's paper boutonniere; she had more than one that she wore during the Silver Bella weekend, made by her Bella room mate.Did I remember her room mate's name?, nopie, so bad I am, but she was sooooooo talented and so full of laughter and energy, very addictive and fun to be with. So glad she and Lulu shared our last night's table for dinner.
|My wonderful daughter, my friend, my spirit, my artsy cohort, my delight, my love|