Monday, April 22, 2013

Friends {Birds of a Feather}

Over the past few years I have been so blessed to find some amazing friends.
I say find because I have tried to actively seek out the friends that I want in my life.
I have met some incredible women who love to create and have a passion for life.
They love their families, their God, their creativity and they want to be good women.
I love them.
This past weekend was so much fun. 
 Two of my dear friend's had the debut of their
new flea market {FLEA ATTITUDE}.
 It was m.azing.  So many great vendors and 
those two ladies, Jennifer Reed and Cathie Cox
 are good people...really good women.
I was so excited to be able to help them 
set up and be there for them.  
If you missed it there's another one
 on June 8th in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

It was also *SNAP*.
That is a blogging conference that happens
here in Utah in the Spring.  It brings bloggers
from all across the country.  I went last
year and if you blog it is a good place to go.
The thing I loved about it this year was 
it brought some of my friends from 
far-away to Utah...friends that I made at
{SPARK} and friends from *SNAP*
the magic behind {SPARK}, calls us all 
sisters and that's just what we are.

And last but not least, I got to see some
of my ~an ARTSY WEEKEND~ 
women.  I love these girls.  I don't know
if they quite realize that they will be forever 
in my heart.  Their faces will always remind
me that I achieved something great.

So all of these groups came together on
Saturday night and we got to chat and laugh
and it was some much needed girl time
for this lady!  Thank you to all of you amazingly
talented, awesome women, who I am so happy
to call my friends.

I was talking to someone the other day about
what advice I would give to those young mothers
 that are just starting out.  My advice to them would be to
take time for themselves to do something they
love and that one of the most important things in life
is really good friends.  Women who build you up,
help you out and love you for who you are.
I got pregnant when I was young and the few friends
that I had were still dating and living the single life
and I was married with a baby and it made it
difficult to really have friends.
I was lucky to have a husband that I love to be with
and older sisters that were always there for me
but I really wish I would've cultivated friendships
with other women that shared my interests.
I felt alone a lot and it makes things harder.
When my girl left home I realized that I
was in desperate need of some friends.
So...after all of this rambling...
this is my point.
If you don't have women around you
 that fill that need
get out there and FIND THEM!!
Chances are they need you too.
*smile and a hug*

Happy Monday!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Canela {Cinnamon Sticks}

My sweet friend, Canela, is an amazing silver smith.  I purposely didn't post anything about her in my previous post about An Artsy Weekend because I wanted her to have a post all her own.  This amazing *SPARK* sister of mine made these beautiful rings for all of the ladies that attended.  Not to mention she added to my give-away stash.  How is that for generosity of heart?  Now every time I look down at my hand I am reminded of a sweet friend.  Oh and did I mention she drove up from So Cal just to attend? Well she her.
Go visit her shop...
Every single things she crafts is GORGEOUS!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An Artsy Weekend {Finally}

One month and a few days later I finally
get to writing about the Amazing weekend...
It's how I roll.
I've noticed that when I do something BIG 
and it has taken over my thoughts for months
it is hard for me to put it into words when it's over. 

I LOVED my first {Artsy Weekend}.  LOVED IT!  I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do...that kind of thing.  BUT the BEST thing about that weekend was watching 32 women in a room being CREATIVE and making new friends and laughing and talking and connecting with each other.  It really was exactly what I wanted to happen.  I walked away feeling so blessed to have spent two days with them.  My teachers were all so awesome and people were able to learn new things...I love that!  From Tonya LeMone teaching us how to make yummy homemade artisan bread and ricotta cheese to Chrissy Gardner sharing her knowledge about leather punching and her SPIRIT with all of us.  My friend, Dana Engemann, who is just so darn talented, taught two classes that rocked!  It all started out with the very, very talented Rhonna Farrer giving us a pep talk about using your Creativity  Love, love, love that lady! Saturday night ended with her ChalkBoard Class..she is, after all, the Chalkboard {QUEEN}.   She is also one in a million....her spunk and talent.amaze.
The oh so awesome, Jennifer Reed, transformed this small little room into a BoHo Chic Artist Den that just was well...SO COOL!!  AND I have not one picture of it!!  AACK. It is the little corner picture up there at the left of this collage that I TOTALLY JUST STOLE from Rhonna's blog.
  She has a great post about it right HERE.

Seriously friends.  It was just awesome.

Miss Rhonna sharing her knowledge


Funnest class....Tonya is a GREAT teacher!  
I feel so lucky to call this lady a friend.

Dana taught a class to mix media up a box...

I loved seeing how different everyone does the same thing.

I taught a class on making an art journal.
textures, vintage books...yum.

Funny thing is I learned how to make this particular journal
from this lady on a My Craft Channel video she did with 
Christy Tomlinson.  How fun and intimidating to have her
listen to me!!  Luckily she is THE most supportive, beautiful lady 
EVER in the world.  Not kidding.  Love her.

Chrissy is the leather cuff master...and she sparked a love in so many for leather punching!

Hopefully every single girl came away feeling this.
*big smile*

I feel so so blessed to have been able to have this experience.
I came away with such a feeling of {Achieve}ment.
Not because I pulled off some grand thing but because
the women there loved it.  They had a good time and 
they were so excited to be able to be with other women who
love to be creative and learn new things.  
Thank you to all of you for being there and sharing your spirits with me!!

I really want to thank the people who sponsored give-aways...


All talented, all appreciated!
 AND a huge Thank you to My big sister and her girls 
and to my girl.  I couldn't have done it without them!!

There are still 7 spots available for An Artsy Weekend with Jeanne Oliver...
It's going to Awe.Some.!!