Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mary Engelbreit Workshops

Hi Friends -

The weekend in St Louis was so great. It was relaxing, engaging, inspiring, and so enjoyable with Lisa and Kara. It was fun to see many other familiar faces too - Claudine , Charlotte, Kaari, Shelley, Jemelia, Peggy, and more!

I drove down to Kansas City on Wednesday night, it was pretty late once I finished up enough work to take off a couple days. I stayed with Kara and Thursday morning we took off down the road to St Louis. When we arrived we checked into the Hotel Indigo which was just a block away from the Chase where the workshops took place. It was a great deal and had fun bright rooms.

Kara and I walked over a few blocks for our Mary Engelbreit studio tour.

Mary's studio is located in the Central West End of St Louis which is a cool fun area.

The tour was really interesting, we saw Mary's office, and her work table where she creates her artwork. There were fun "Mary" touches all over the space - even the restroom!

The front desk was colorful and bright.

Here is Mary's desk, and all the amazing colorful markers and pencils she uses for her artwork.

Great colors!

I took note of Mary's computer which held the quotes she looks at each day:

"There is no failure except in no longer trying"
"until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have"
"never pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut"
"It's hard to learn from a mistake that you don't acknowledge making"

After our tour we met Lisa who drove up from Oklahoma to join us for the weekend.

As we walked into the welcome reception we ran into Charlotte Lyons, one of my favs! And this little lady was just hanging out saying hello to people as they entered....Yeah that is me with my arm around Mary Engelbreit. She is so cool and really approachable.

I was also excited to see Shelley who I just met the weekend before in Savannah.

Kara, Lisa and I had dinner after the reception at a fun Italian restaurant, I think it was called Bar Italia. We sat under a big white tent outside. As you know, I love love love outdoor dining. The host was very friendly and you could tell he thoroughly enjoyed his job and making everyone feel welcome.

Friday bright and early started the workshops. 8am Kara and I took Wendy Addison's Glitter Chandelier class. The project was amazing....however the nearly 2 hours of cutting chipboard with a knife was a little much for my poor hand...but it'll be well worth it once I have a studio to hang the piece in!! Wendy was sweet and amazing. I loved hearing how she came to love and search out German Glass Glitter. Lots of history there!

My second class on Friday was with Charlotte Lyon's, who I have met at Silver Bella in years past. Charlotte is not only uber-talented, but her warmth is what really draws you in. Friday we made cuckoo clocks out of chipboard. (If you visit her blog, my clock is red with white polka dots and is featured in her post) Very fun.

Saturday started with the awesome Kaari Meng's class on Millinery Flowers. She brought her gorgeous fabrics for us to choose from and we went to town. I made two flowers. The one below was my favorite since it coordinated so well with my outfit :) I wore it on my belt. I can imagine these flowers being fun to add to gift packages, to bags, and many other ideas. I can't wait to make more while we are in France at the Chateau Getaway in July :) So excited about that!!

My last class on Saturday was again with Charlotte and we made traveling folding trays out of a cereal box! What a totally green idea. I love mine and will use it on my dresser to hold change, rings, earrings, etc. I need to take some pictures of all my projects and I'll share those soon.

As we left the hotel to grab a final dinner in St Louis' Central West End we stopped to take some pics before it got too dark.

The fountain was along the main street with beautiful houses across the way. There were wonderful restaurants to choose from too!

Lisa and I were so happy to be at another art event together that we signed up for SPARK 2 Friday night!! We are both really excited to see Margie again and hopefully more girls we know, like Elena.

It truly wouldn't be an art event without a cupcake. I think they go hand in hand. I am not sure if it is a law in certain states, but I don't want to take the risk, you know what I'm sayin'?
So being the law abiding citizens that we are, we stopped at The Cupcakery, maybe twice - just for good measure...

The whole weekend was a treat. I can't wait for the next one!!

Thanks to Mary and Barbara Martin for throwing such a wonderful event!!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Petticoats and Parasols - Day 3

Hi Everyone -

I am anxious to post about my weekend in St Louis at the Mary Engelbreit Workshops, HOWEVER - I have yet to finish my posts on the Petticoats and Parasols event in Savannah from last week. Was it just last weekend??? It seems so long ago, I miss being there and the new friends I made there!

So let's dive back into the ol' South and look at Day 3!!

We arrived at the Ford Plantation Saturday morning as the rain/drizzle poured down. The rain however did not dampen the day. Below check out part of the backyard of the main house. So beautiful.

Jenn had a nice big tent set up for us in back that kept us dry, but able to enjoy the beautiful scenery next to the river.

The tables were set wonderfully with our three project kits laid out.

We first began with Jenn's project, a parasol covered with fabrics and embellishments of our choosing.

We stopped for lunch early in the afternoon. We went inside the Main house and had the most delicious free range roasted chicken I've had for a long time! Jenn turned a lot of us onto Amaretto Sours, pretty tasty!

Once lunch was over, Christine showed us how to created a petticoat on a dress form.

This will be fun to hang jewelry on! I used some of my vintage feed sack materials, along with some materials on hand from Christine and Jenn.

Our final project was a framed silhouette collage with Tiffany. She provided us all the materials, and we brought our own frame. Even with the same materials, all participants' finished products looked unique.

During the whole weekend you couldn't look around the group of gals and NOT see at least 2 or three women taking pictures. I LOVE THAT! Can we get a Woo Woo for digital photography?? Just saying.
I caught Tiffany and Jenn taking photos at the same time as I walked into the main house for a cookie break...which lead into a mini Photo Shoot.

Then on the way back out I caught them pouring over their photos in each other's cameras!!

What a fun and fabulous weekend!!!

Exhausted but so inspired we left Sunday, back to reality. The weekend was over but with us we took a piece of Savannah and all the Belle's in our hearts!