Sunday, November 23, 2008

Silver Bella-Yaaaaaaaaaaahooooooooooooo!

So I know that no one is going to ask me to be their personal travel agent when they know that I've driven to and from Nebraska two years in a row, this year alone. My only real mistake this year was overshooting Stromsburg by five days. There is something between two hours and five days...who would have guessed? Okay, don't answer that. I did, however, use that extra time well; reading long-overdue magazines and books, leisurely crafting, sleeping in, going to bed late-whatever!The fab part of overshooting the timing was that I had lots of time to finally empty my truck, finish a couple of swaps, make three trips to Hobby Lobby (none of which did I take my supply list for classes), and roam around town making dents in my credit cards. Unlike last year, when my mom and I drove up to the Hilton 20 minutes before leaving for the first event Thursday night after driving two full days, I was there on Monday and leisurely waited for the Bellas to start drifting in. Though, after asking many women who gave me blank or even rude stares as non-replies, I gave up and just waited for someone to ask me. I finally happened in the lobby and here was the first Wednesday wave of comers having dinner at Spaghetti Works. Then after, back at the hotel, we met another wave for drinks in the bar.
Once Julia and Karen got in on Thursday afternoon the time started to zoom. Above is the first official activity of Silver Bella 2008; wonderful dinner, fabulous goody bags, and a great craft for us to all "complete" together; I'm no quitter, I'll get it done as soon as I find it.
Then Hope reminded us that she and Amy's flight had been cancelled that morning even though they'd been up since 4:30 a.m. It was already way after 10 by then and the mayhem of the swaps began. It took at least an hour to set up, deliver, and find the right places to pick up. Above is me and Alana George (never did ask if we were related...whadayathink Alana?) with whom I did a one-on-one glitter house swap. I got way more glitter outta her than she did me but I think she liked it, see how she's smiling?
Sandy taking my picture taking her picture with one of my fave Bellas, Janey behind. Sandy bought one of my mom's monkeys and loved sleeping with it. Email her for references. Love you Janey but I'm not driving again next year but I'll try to connect through Chicago and we can still go part way. We can set off the alarm in the potty!
Okay, so there are only going to be a few swap pics on here 'cause I can't find any at the moment. I did see them after I got home as Janine came over and helped me unload the truck and we went through the boxes. Then I stacked the boxes in my little room to wait until I'm finished refurbishing my work room. I'm installing shelving around the top of the room for all my pretties to make more room for my work stuff and can see the pretties better. Sooooooooooo, above is the spoon art that Julia made for the Altered Spoon Swap. I love it, it's above my sink in the kitchen on the window sill.
You can see these are the bigger pieces that I pulled to place until there's room for the smaller ones. I think I'm going to do a Silver Bella Swap Christmas Tree this year. Keep your fingers crossed; it's "my" year to do the tree. Above is from the sachet swap I got from Dallas Deb; my bed looks and smells great.
The cup cake and stand I got from Lonnie-yikes!!!! It was a one-on-one also and I so felt like crawling under a rock as she opened the one from me. She was sweet and I thought it was okay but I did get to give her a second one the next night that I had made for her but chose one over the other. I thought she deserved a baker's dozen for this. My first class on Friday was Soldering for Virgins with SALLY JEAN ALEXANDER. If you've been living under a rock, she was the first and queen and mac daddy of soldered jewelry. And here I am with her; she was so much fun and a great teacher even though we were supposed to make three charms and I only made one and it looked like it had been run over by a truck. It was not her fault, it was clearly mine, but I'm going to keep at it 'cause I've been wanting to learn how for so long and I've at least seen how it's supposed to be done which is a long way from where I was.
I had a late afternoon class that I had to duck out of early to start setting up for vendor night. We were so lucky that we got to load in early so as to have plenty of time to set up and get into our prom dresses which was the theme of vendor night this year. Above is a little party pic from my spot.
And more of my little necklace collages...
...a few more goodies I made, quite a few found new homes, yippie!!!! This cute lady drove with a few girlfriends from right near where my grandaddy grew up just to come to our vendor night; they were a hoot... ...and check out her crown close up-too cute!!!!!
Maija and I, me in my pinkie purple prom dress and long, long hair in an updo that kept undoing. Maija looks sleek and fab in herself and her fab necklace.
The girls, not in their prom dresses, but in their wonderful smiles.
Lonnie, on the left, who made my glorious cup cake and stand, who-ha-too-beautiful-from-Italy, and me trying to look tiny and skinny next to who-ha.
More prom queens with some twists. White flip flops after Memorial Day? Okay, the gloves so make up for the faux pax.
And the quintessential Amy Powers in her grandness with the hot pink wig, unbelievable outfit, and the essential wand. It's such an honor to know her and call her a friend; she's one of a kind in the best of all ways. Love you.
I didn't get a great prom picture to steal yet so I'd already had the idea to do a black and white of our group; could this be 1963 or what? We wrapped up vendor at about 11 then back to the room for another until-3-a-m-non-stop-talking evening.
Finally, here's Julia. And this is sooooooo Julia. What fun it was to be with her, not near enough time but so fun while we did. I do believe we'll be making an anniversary of this, will we not? Love you.
And Karen, the friend that came with Julia from Houston. Karen is so great, what a gift Julia brought with her in Karen. Bottom line-her daddy played football for A&M-need I say more? She's all that and a bag of chips! Love you.
We're all looking pretty chipper for our Meet Mary Luncheon even though we'd had our late night/early morning. These are the gals I got to share the lunch and speech with.
I teared up as soon as Mary was walking to the podium. I already described this part of SB in my previous post from that same day. I'm glad I posted while it was still so fresh. She's dry but brutally truthful to the point of very funny as in "It is what it is, laugh or cry.". I realized that she could be Martha Stewart or more if she had wanted to but her business is just the size she wants it to be so as to have a family life and real life. I'm sure she could also have multiple houses, t.v. shows, etc. but she's chosen to not make her art and business her life. She's chooses family first and has lots of friends and real-life experiences like the rest of us.
Of course I was the only one who pushed the personal space issue. She doesn't look scared does she? Love you.
I was late for Charlotte Lyon's class due to the line to meet Mary. She knew there would be a few of us late waiting in line so she'd been regaling the class with lots of personal stories about she and Mary. I got in on some and it was too fun. Charlotte is wonderful and I had a great time in her class and loved, loved what we made in her later.
Since I was in Charlotte's class when Mary finished meeting everyone, she stopped by to tell Charlotte bye and was with the third of the fab three, Barbara. Wow, just when I thought it couldn't get better, we get all three in one room, the three that are Home Companion Magazine and books.
This is Pam Garrison and me and the art piece I made in her class. I didn't finish any of the projects but, of course, will. I'll be adding to this one, too, it's just started. Remember? when I finish rehabbing my work room...and it's under way so it shouldn't be long. Yes, back to work tomorrow but then it's the traditional Thanksgiving Clean Out the Work Room the rest of the week. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving Clean Out the Work Room to you and yours. Love you.


Robin said...

I loved the Silver Bella Tour! All that creativity in one room!? sigh.....I'm hoping to go next year. I think it's neat that you drove out early(yay for you!) and got to visit see the church etc. where your Grandparents attended.

Julia said...

Luckyyyyyyyyyyyy. Late to class and got to meet the celebs.

Great post. Great friend. xoxo, Julia

Unknown said...

Aw man your pix are classic! I just loved your booth and your mom's sock monkey made me want to start a collection!


Jen Kershner said...

White flip flops indeed! I'm so happy to have met you Stephanie. You and your friends made the weekend even more memorable for us!