Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Silver Bella Part I

Hello, Sweets! Gosh it's been a long time since I was here last! I came home EXHAUSTED from Silver Bella and ready for a break. My family and myself had taken a back seat to Silver Bella preparation for WEEKS beforehand and it is about time for me to focus on my family, taking care of myself and Christmas preparations.
Well let me tell you about my trip to Silver Bella! I've gotten a few emails asking about my time and a few asking if I'm still alive so I thought I'd at least pop on and tell you about my trip.

So here goes!

Just in case any of my readers has no clue what or where Silver Bella is, I will briefly describe it. It's a weekend Paper Arts Event (with a lot of other types of art thrown in!) with all sorts of classes, a vendor night and a luncheon. This year's luncheon was presided over by the infamous Mary Englebreit! There were approximately 15-175 women and it is an fun weekend packed full of all sorts of artsty fun. And a great opportunity to meet people we only know through the internet!

So...Thursday morning James took me to the airport at 4:30 a.m. Ick. But that got us to Omaha in the early afternoon which was perfect for having a leisurely lunch and meeting up with all of my friends that I was soooooo excited to see and hug in person!

Here's the darling and oh-so-sweet Analise Sledd (a.k.a. Sugar*Sugar) and her adorable mom, Jan. I think I've mentioned but will mention again that Analise and I live only about 20 minutes from one another and are friends in "real life"! So all three of us traveled to Silver Bella together! Rosanna, my beautiful friend from Italy, came all the way across the world to attend Silver Bella! What a wonderful treat it was to meet her in person. I had that delicious feeling of "we've met before" that happens sometimes. I love that.

Rosanna, Analise, Jan and I all went to lunch that first day. It was so surreal and wonderful to be sitting with Rosanna after getting to know her via email and phone! She is such a lovely, sweet person and I so enjoyed spending "real time" with her.
I also got to meet my very dear friend, Jennifer Hayslip (Sweet Eye Candy Creations). We've been good friends for awhile now and it was about time we got to meet in person! I love her to death and was so excited to meet her in person. And girls...she is just as sweet in person as she sounds on her blog! She was also one of my roommates but SB was soooo busy we didn't get nearly enough time to just hang out the way we wanted to! I'm looking forward to spending more time with her in the hopefully near future. Hopefully some low-key time when we can really talk and relax instead of yelling over the blow dryers and in the elevator between classes! And our families need to meet one another now! ;)

Another very dear friend I had never met in person before was my other roommate, Linda Poe! She and I have "known" one another for nearly 4 years now...amazing. She bought matching dresses from me for her twin girls when they were just itty-bittys and we immediately hit it off. We'd talked about meeting in person for years but it finally happened at Silver Bella! She is one of those "bright spots"...upbeat, silly and fun all the time! Here she is on the right with Rosanna....gorgeous girls, aren't they?There are lots of other close friends that it was so amazing to hug and chat with in person for the first time but I don't have pics of everyone! But believe me, meeting up with my fellow Sweet Six Studio girls (Jenn, Natasha, Heather K, Holly and Analise) after months of emailing and IM-ing and IM conferences and just LOVING each other, was a highlight. It was just so "right" to be able to hug them tight! There were too many more other girls to mention that I was just delighted to meet after getting to know them online, but believe me when I say it was such a treat.

Thursday evening, Karla Nathan had a wonderful "Glitter Hour" in her room the first night with champagne, chocolate and glitter galore! Here's me on the left, Jenn Hayslip in the middle and Rosanna on the right gettin' our glitter on!


Here is a funny piccy of Analise! She makes this silly face when she is being ironic or just plain goofy and it never fails to crack me up. She's holding the INCREDIBLE gift bags that were at each of our places the first night at dinner. The bags were CHOCKFUL of amazing goodies from wonderful Silver Bella sponsors.Shot of the table, a cute little gift bag Jenn gave everyone peeking out of the top... First thing Friday morning, bright and early I took a fun class from Pam Garrison called Home for the Holidays. We made house-shaped collages out of old gameboards and I had a lot of fun with this one. I got to use some wonderful vintage wallpaper, trims and other yummy bits and bobs I've been hoarding for awhile! Here's me at my table, working on my house...

Here's me, Pam Garrison in the middle and sweet Karla Nathan on the right. Jenn took this class, too. Here we are holding our houses....And another piccy with Pam Garrison!Friday night was Vendor Night and it was a whirlwind! The theme was Vintage Prom and what a fun theme it was. I found an incredible green dress from the 1940's that (eventually!) fit me perfectly months before Silver Bella. I got to wear a crinoline skirt underneath...something I have NEVER worn except for under my wedding dress! I also found a wonderful pearl "collar" necklace that was also vintage and perfect for the night since the theme for this year's SB was "pearls of friendship." As you can see from this shot (not mine...can't remember WHOSE???), lots of other friends dressed up in incredible vintage finery that night. That's me sitting down in the front row in lime green!

Here is Jenn and I in our pink and green confections!

And here is Rosanna and I! She was so sweet, bringing me petit fours and drinky-poos so I wouldn't waste away behind my vendor table!
Here's Jenn and I with the oh-so-talented and very sweet Lisa Kettell. Mary Englebreit walked through vendor night (I didn't see her...just heard about it) and actually BOUGHT one of Lisa's magical creations.
Most of the evening I was busily "vending." I had two vendor tables for my two "sides"....one in the pink and aqua cupcakey side of me and the other in the ivory, vintage-romantic style! Here's are a few glimpses of my yummy pink and aqua table taken by some of my friends...thank God, since I totally forgot to take photos of it!

I'll be selling more of these fun cake slice boxes, each chock-full of fabric, trims and other yummy embellishments.
This is a canvas I embroidered with a wonderful motif drawn by the talented Donna Gotlib! I'm very excited to announce that I will be making these embroidered canvases available starting in the New Year. I'm thinking about offering them in eBay auctions. They are such a fun way to do embroidery and far more "display-able" than other items I embroider. This one is called The Cupcake Trio. Thank you, Jenn, for taking this photo! And this was the other more vintage-romantic table...



What a night! I was so happy it was over...I finally got to focus on Silver Bella, hanging out with friends and NOT thinking about my vendor stuff.

Saturday morning, bright and early, I had a wonderful class called "Prada Schmada," taught by Charlotte Lyons. Believe it or not, the bags we are holding started out as plan ol' canvas tote bags! Painting on fabric was a new thing for me and something I think I may want to incorporate into some of my fabric art. Analise and I sat at the same table and even used some of the same paint but our bags turned out so differently! That's Analise and I on either side of Charlotte Lyons.

I'm going to do a separate blog on my class projects with better photos I've taken here at home, as well as some of my thoughts about the experience of creating with other artistic women. What an amazing feeling that was!

Saturday at lunch the amazing Mary Engelbreit spoke. What a treat! I am going to blog more about THAT another day, as well, since some of the things she spoke about are really, really special and touched my heart deeply.

Rosanna commissioned me to make a "prom-themed" fabric/paper book for her especially for Silver Bella and what a joy it was to design! She took it around Silver Bella like a yearbook and had lots of new friends sign the paper pages and write little notes. Even Mary Engelbreit signed it! I'll be showing more photos of this book in another blog post later next week. This photo is of Rosanna and I with the book at the Mary E lunch. Saturday night some of my close friends and I went to dinner and had a blast, eating and talking and laughing. I think that was actually one of my favorite hours at Silver Bella.

And that's it for the photos!

It was NOT fun to say goodbye to the sweet Natasha, since I'm not sure when I will see her again! :( I can't believe I don't have a photo of us together! Shoot! Maybe somebody does... We will HAVE to visit her in Australia or she will have to come again to the U.S. We didn't get enough of her!

But for the most part Sunday was a morning of "see you laters," something my grandmother taught me to say when she or I was getting on a plane to fly across the U.S. after a visit. And it really did FEEL like "see you laters" since I am quite sure I will see most, if not all, of these women sooner than later. After the initial shock of seeing each of my dear friends for the first time Thursday evening, it was almost uncanny how NORMAL it felt to be around them...as if we'd always been "real life" friends! Everyone agreed that this was a bit of a surprise to feel that so strongly, but a really great surprise!

And I can't forget to mention my incredible husband who didn't just hold down the fort while I was gone. Oh no! He didn't complain before or after Silver Bella...not one bit! And while I was there, he would tell me (on the phone) to enjoy every moment, to say hi to "the girls" and to HAVE FUN. What a guy. I picked a good'un, wouldn't you say? :)

I've got a whiny boy on my lap so I'll end here for tonight. I promise to tell you more about Silver Bella soon!

Hugs,

Cheryl

7 comments:

Fleur de Bee said...

Cheryl what a beautiful post! Loved every bit of it, especially your amazing creations on your table...CAKE SLICES..SWOON!!!! Let me know when you make this (if you do) for sale again :) You look stunning and I love your green dress!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and start of the Holidays! Can't wait to meet you one day too!

xoxo Molly

leesiebella said...

laughing so hard at that picture of me!

silly~

xo
Analise

The Rose Room said...

Fabulous Cheryl! You looked gorgeous in your green prom gown. Rachaelxo

Sandy Michelle said...

It was great meeting you Cheryl! Linda is definitely very thoughtful and sweet!

Sandy xox

Holly said...

Thanks bunches for the pictures, Cheryl! What fun!

I agree with molly about the cake slices...

~ SWOON~

:>

No let's see, it would be more like this:

~ Giggle ~ then ~Swoon ~

:>

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Cheryl! Everything is so beautiful and yummy!! I love all the pink. The cupcakes are the best! I LOVE the new embroidery pieces too! You look gorgeous in your green dress, love it!!

Hugs,
Amy

Kimla Kay said...

Cheryl,you beautiful prom queen you! You look as fabulous as your luscious vendor table. So wish I could have been there to give you a big hug. Looks like it was a magical event. Thanks so much for sharing and chronicling the event for those who were only there in spirit. xo kimla