Okay, here's the scoop; there is way too much undiscovered talent and creativity in the world, but the producers of "Silver Bella" are doing something about it!
a gift for Kaari, finished en route.
Side Note: I knew this was going to be a special trip when as I was packing I FOUND my daughters $700 Nikon camera in my closet!!! She had saved for a year and purchased it all by herself, I borrowed it to take to France and then when I got home, I lost it. Of course I HAD to replace it, aarrgghhhhh. So now we both have one, but only one is paid for. Anyway, Bob and I were off to a great start!
The first night I was there was Vendor Night, already 24 hours into the event, but as I was so excited to be there, and worn out from the 6 hour drive, I forgot to bring the camera!!!! But no matter, I was there on official business, to assist Kaari. Its a good thing because they were swamped! I met Dawn her helper from LA, and the night just flew by. After things settled down Kaari and I went shopping - I met so many talented people, some I knew of, and some new to me. Starting right next door was Anna Corba, (we sell her books) then we ran into local girl Jennifer Murphy (she shops at Rose Mille and we sell her adorable creature ornaments) and her amazing mom and little Claude! Then Charlotte Lyons, (we sold her holiday things) Pam Garrison, Cori Jones (Nancy's Daughter) and I even met Jo Packam! What made this evening even more serendipitous for me was I ran into three Stillwater Gals, Jennifer, Jane and Julie - wow all J's, I never noticed that before. And Pam was there from the Chateau!
Yeah, I know I should have gotten a better picture. (Hi Pam!)
Saturday, First a lovely luncheon with gifts and a talk by Jo P. Then working again only this time assisting Kaari in class, manning the table with Dawn. But I did remember the camera:
Dawn and Kaari
Isn't she cute and her lovely wreath too. She has a blog - I will find out and let you know.
Some fun stuff!
Kaari and mi (okay; I) don't you just love the lighting in hotel conference rooms?
So for my trouble (??) Kaari gave me goodies for the shop! Come in and see!
Then it was dinner with Kaari, Dawn, Bob and Mi. It was late and I am a terrible photographer.
Dawn is much prettier than in this picture. She doesn't have buck teeth...really. (Dawn I will delete if you like, just say the word)
and Bob, chauffeur, woodworker and handyman extraordinaire.
On the drive back we found Walnut Iowa, you know where the "500 vendor Father's Day Antique show" is, as seen in Country Living Mag. I have a feeling we'll be baaaack. And then a super fun thing happened to me at the first truck stop in Minnesota.
Last summer I heard about this event called "Silver Bella" in Omaha Nebraska, that is going on as I type! Kaari (Meng) and I talked about it while in France, who is teaching there. And after a quick email from her on Tuesday, I have decided to take a road trip and be her assistant!
It's this paper-crafting event that started small about 4 years ago, that got the attention of Country Living Magazine, and now it's this big deal. People from all over go to Omaha, of all places, to meet and take workshops from very talented, well known in their field, artists. There are vendors selling their wares, and fun themes every year, like prom dresses and aprons. Lot's of packing of supplies and kits and making crafty gifts for other participants is going on as well. Not being one for crowds, I am a little hesitant, but hey it's creative so it's right up my alley, right?
It's so exciting to see that crafting is gaining popularity, and super cool to have been a part of it all these years. It was not easy to find but here is a link to the official Silver Bella Blog. I also found some others who are going to it by Googling "Silver Bella". I will take my camera so I can share some behind the scenes shots.