I'm back from snow covered Omaha. It snowed a big heavy snow Friday night - pretty amazing. I took 200+ photos and have placed the majority on Picasa. Do you use Picasa? You should - it is pretty darn amazing and free! I've used it for years - I have PSE (that's photoshop elements) that I use for cloning but I use Picasa for all my photos. I'll make a collage for the month - just to look at and remember. Let me tell you about my third Bella experience. I loved the classes and yet, for whatever reason I didn't connect with alot of people, save a handful, with people like Laura of 52 Flea. We met on the shuttle and spent the better part of the afternoon together at lunch and Second Chances. It was fun - she's a flea market connoisseur and so while we shopped, each of us would say - I have that or I want that... it was fun. I'm hoping she will find some leather high top victorian baby shoes for me in her stash. Thursday night we had a buffet dinner, did a frame project and then... the swaps! I participated in three so I was very eager: vintage trims, banner and 3 inchie embroidery swap. For the vintage trims she placed them in decorated egg cartons, cute and cleaver. I received six beautiful laces/crocheted trims, and a couple of beautiful ribbons and a few I'm not so fond... I am happy I participated - the laces are just lovely so I'll focus on that. Both the banner and embroidery swap I just loved - beautiful artwork and its so fun to inspect all the details - I will take pics and post, I promise. Afterwards, I moved rooms (long story not worth telling) and came down for the crown, bra and necklace one-on-one swaps. I am telling you - it was amazing to watch. The work was off the charts and it was so fun to witness the joy and excitement between the participants. Way cool.
Friday we started classes and my first one was with Colette Copeland (of Toronto) called Project Runway - there was tons of photos in Picasa. We had three darling muslin dresses to decorate. Our table was filled with fun and inspiring women, all collaborating - Suz and Donna, Gretchen, and sweet Melissa. Colette was so kind and generous - I gave her part of some lace and she came back with an aqua doily - it was just a wonderful time - the energy in that room. My second class was the Teacup Fairy with Beth Quinn. I think everyone was thrilled with that class. I didn't realize under the teacup was a wire body and we attached fabric and trims. I want to redo mine and instead of tying, I'm thinking of either tiny attacher or french knotting... I think it will look cool. Take a look through Picasa, there were so many beautiful china cups. My final class on Friday was with Lisa Kaus and I have to say, I struggled and fought it. It was called Joy Within and I just wasn't feeling it. It was using watercolor crayons and smudging and I can't tell you why but I put some paper down but couldn't get my groove. I don't like getting dirty while making art. I also didn' t like that there was a $10 "lab fee". I don't get that kind of mentality... So we ended Friday with the Vendor Faire which I hit promptly at 6 pm. I mentally had decided not to buy much and I didn't. Of course, with Jenni Bowlin - there are always some things that need to go home with you. What I love is that she is fair with her pricing. I found some absolutely fabulous lace from Kim H that came from Mae West's estate - both for $6. Really beautiful stuff. And a few frozen charlotte doll head and I called it done for the night - onto the casino and out into the heavy snow. That snow was just crazy. And I left my coat sitting at the kitchen table. But I managed - by losing my shirt. But what the hell.
Shall I stop now and finish up tomorrow? Its been a long day. We moved my mother out of my home and into assisted living. I have been dreading it for a while now and it went as well as can be expected. She was really angry that we left her but I know it is the right choice and a good place for her. She will love all her new friends, hopefully very soon. Its funny but I feel as if she is my child now and I hope they will take good care of her. Tonight at home, though, I am so thrilled when I realize I can sleep through the night and that no care givers will be in my home tomorrow ... I can definitely get happy about that.