Friday, November 21, 2014

Spellbound was Everything and More...

Just returned from Spellbound 3, a yearly art retreat held in Pasadena, CA, hosted by the dynamic mother-daughter team of Shea Fragoso and Debbie Murray of A Gilded Life. The event was located at the historic Langham Huntington Hotel in gorgeous Pasadena, California.
Pre-Event soiree at the A Gilded Life Studio in LA was sponsored by Spellbinders. They had make and take journals that were embellished with their beautiful Spellbinder bezels. This is one of their sweet employees helping me with this project. I hate that I forgot her name. She was so kind and I enjoyed talking with her.
Everywhere you looked that night, the place was full of eye candy...I love this place.
Then the next day, we were hosted by the French General to lunch and a beautiful erring class. Here I am with the beautiful Kaari Meng, owner of the FG. 
One of my favorite parts of the event is the swaps that take place during the event. I participated in the Christmas ornament and the Chantelaine Swap. Here is a photo of my Chantelaine Purse Swap partner, Charlotte. She overwhelmed me with the beautiful necklace she made for me.  She is a very special art friend, that I met at another event and we were swap partners. 
The ornament swap was title "The Beautitudes" and each of the 10 participants made 10 ornaments for the beatitude they were assigned. This is my ornament. 
It was 3 days filled with classes by talented teacher.
Meeting up with art friends...
 The final day was a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. We made lots of good finds to bring home!
I have just briefly told you about this...if you have the opportunity to go to one of the events sponsored by the Guilded Life, it is like nothing you have ever experienced.  I look at this pic of the girls on the bus and it just makes me smile.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Spellbound Preparation

Final weekend preparation for Spellbound in Pasadena, California. Table gifts are a nice treat that some of us bring for the girls at our table. We are assigned to a table with girls from around the country, for a few of our meals, swaps and speakers. Generally there is 6-8 girls at a table. This year, I am sharing some of my vintage finds from France.
Here are the teachers that will be here this year. I will be posting more pics later of this event.
•  Beth Quinn  •  Colleen Moody  •  Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso  •  Pamela Huntington  •  Riki Schumacher  •  Terri Brush  •