Thursday, December 1, 2016

Once Upon A Christmas

I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous art retreat called Once Upon A Christmas.  It was held at the historic Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. 



Thursday

My friends Becky, Missy and Julie were there too. We have been to other events like this together and were so very excited to be together and a part of it! We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and got settled into our hotel room. Becky and I ventured out a bit and discovered a cookie store across the street from the hotel, called King Street Cookies.

cookie monsters

I had never seen so many kinds of cookies. I was told there are 40 varieties of cookies baked there every day.


That evening, we attended a reception in a beautifully decorated meeting room at the Marion Hotel.


There were delicious appetizers,


photo opps,



shopping,






and a cooking demonstration.


Friday

We met again on Friday morning and found this wonderland. 


Our tables had a beautiful white tree in the center with an assortment of little gifts, and bags on our chairs filled with more lovely things.


We sat at the Hollies table.


Here is my space.





We created three masterpieces that day. Here is a fluffy swan I made (in progress on the left) and completed on the right. It was taught by Lesa Dailey. I had taken a class with her last year and blogged about it here.


The next class was taught by Lisa Loria. We made this adorable pink elephant on a box. On the left is my whimsical raffle winning that was made by Lisa. 


And finally, we made this dreamy pink and aqua wall hanging. It was taught by Jenny Holiday and Aaron Nieradka. This is my second class with them and I blogged about it here.


Saturday

On Saturday morning, we took a carriage ride around the city of Charleston. As you can see, it was a beautiful morning.


Becky and I found the Moon Pie General Store. I was excited to find it because it has such significance to our family. Our son grew up loving Moon Pies when we lived in Louisiana and I would often bring them home as a treat for him.


In the back of the store is this darling Moon Pie photo opp.


We strolled around town and also stopped at this Vintage Candy Shop. It was filled with vintage jewelry among other lovelies.


The time flew by so fast! After planning for 8 months, it was over!


We had a great time creating, shopping, sight-seeing and making new friends. This event really put us in the holiday spirit! We look forward to the next art event!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November Art Class

This month I drew on a patriotic theme for my artist trading cards. I used one of my favorite graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog of this little patriotic girl, put a die cut star behind her and sponged the edges with blue ink.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sewing Ashleigh's Wedding Dress

When Ashleigh asked me to sew her wedding dress, I experienced a mix of emotions. First of all, I felt honored that she trusted in me so much that I could do the job. Secondly, fearful in that I could potentially make her look bad on her wedding day. And lastly, overwhelmed imagining the steps it would take to make her dream a reality. 

The Bridal Shop

The first thing we did was to visit a bridal shop. We wanted the experience of her trying on bridal gowns to see if the style she liked looked good on her. (I also wanted to make sure that she wanted me to sew the dress - wouldn't it be easier to purchase one?) She immediately gravitated to this dress. This is what she wanted, a simple A line dress. Well, it looked simple enough, right?! No frilly lace to work around. "Why can't we purchase this one?" I asked. She said that she wanted the skirt to be another color, like beige or blush. "No store will have what I want," she said. "So you need to sew it for me." Well, ok then.


Friday, October 28, 2016

October Art Class

My October art class was kind of a blur because it took place just a few days before our daughter's wedding. Each month I share with you our artist trading cards, our circle journals and our monthly project.

I didn't get my artist trading cards completed to share this time, but these lovely trading cards were generously given to me.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Art Class

Gosh, September is almost over and I am just getting this month's art class blog post published! I have been very busy getting ready for our daughter's upcoming wedding. I missed posting last month because we were out of town. Well, here is what I have...artist trading cards from my pals for July's lesson which was on watercolor.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Dan's Trip to Xi'An, Suzhou, and Shanghai, China

I always enjoy the photos my husband, Dan, brings back from his trips to China. This time there were three categories of photos I would like to share with you: the city, the decor and the food.

The City

A model of the ancient city of Xi'An at the entrance to a restaurant in the hotel where Dan stayed.

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Art Class

July's art class was enjoyable as always. For the first hour or so, the eight of us sat around the tables and talked about all kinds of interesting things. 

Here are the artist trading cards I made to share with the group. Since the topic from last month was Graphic45 "fussy cut", we were to practice more of that through our trading cards. We used cardstock produced by the Graphic45 company and cut with a small scissors at least two layers of the same image to give dimension. The layers were held together with foam adhesive. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ashleigh's Bridal Shower with a Vintage Twist

Last Sunday we held our daughter Ashleigh's bridal shower. She and Kyle will be getting married in the Fall. It was a beautiful day to celebrate our bride-to-be. Since we catered the food, I was able to focus on making projects and cleaning our home.

I was thrilled that Ashleigh requested to have a vintage-themed bridal shower. Here I will share with you the projects I made, many of them with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (I will refer to it as "Cameo"). As you will see, the Cameo is a machine that has amazing capabilities.


Friday, June 17, 2016

June Art Class

We started off our June art class by going around the room and sharing what we did in the last month. First of all, we shared our artist trading cards that we made with the theme "Prima" art products. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Girls' Week in Indiana

In mid May, my Southern friends Becky and Missy came to visit me. We had such a great time - it flew by so quickly. Since we met at an art retreat a couple of years ago, our main focus is always to create some things. We found that we enjoy doing so many other things, we didn't get around to doing much crafting. 

Getting ready for their visit was so exciting. One of the things I did was to bring out my vintage doll house. We are like little girls when we are together.