Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ArtBliss Recovery

I think, I've finally recovered from a wonderful weekend at ArtBliss. Cindy and Jeanette organized such a fabulous weekend! It was great to make new friends, meet "blog" friends for the first time, and catch up with other "blog" friends again. There was lots of socializing and even more to learn.

So much to do...not a moment to spare. Friday evening started with a bang. There was the Meet & Greet reception, where we got to meet fabulous artists, and see their wares. I really enjoyed talking to all the artists. And seeing their work really got me amped up for the workshops. Then there were all the great giveaways...I think everybody got something. I walked away with this great little Spitfire butane torch. I've already introduced it to "the collection" and I'm planning on putting it to use real soon.

Saturday morning was exciting. I could hardly wait to get to class. I opted for the "Hard Candy" class taught by Melissa Manley. OMG! She is the bomb! A fabulous teacher, we learned SO much, and had a great time doing it. I could have snatched the necklace she was wearing right off her neck...I loved it so...

We punched discs, enameled, and riveted our hearts out. My Hard Candy...

After a brief break for dinner, right back to another workshop with Melissa. This time using a rolling mill. It was a smaller class, which was really nice. We all got to talk, see what the other was doing, and we used our muscles! Met so many great people in this class. This is a little of what I did...

Gotta get one of these rolling mills...I'm thinking maybe an early Christmas present to myself...Whatda you think?

Then of course there was the trunk show. What fun it was to adventure from one room to another...chit chatting and buying all the while. By the end of the day, which was late, I was both exhausted and amped. While it had been a long day, I couldn't wait to get home so as to get to work.

Once again, thank you to Jeanette and Cindy for such a great weekend! And if you miss ArtBliss this year...you should definitely plan on attending next year. You won't want to miss it!


  1. Shelby, only a sister can know this!! But, the smile on your face of the picture of you an Mellisa looks like you're so excited you're going to burst! The necklace is wonderful! I'm so happy you had a wonderful time out learning and visiting, you deserve it for all the things you do for your family! xoxox always!

  2. It sounds like you had such a wonderful time! How great to meet new and old friends and to learn new techniques. I just love the hard candy!

  3. Hey Shelby, your hard candy beads are so cool!
    So, the rolling mill was really a cool tool? I think perhaps I should put one on my Christmas list too. You can show me how to use it!

  4. Great photos! It was so much fun and I can't wait to do it all again next year.

  5. Shelby, I enjoyed reading your enthusiastic review. It was SO great to spend time with you over the weekend..and thanks again for all you did to help!
    I totally agree...I loved that necklace Melissa was wearing too. That's a great picture...you are both so photogenic.
    I'm glad you had a great time and I'm already looking forward to next year!

  6. Your Hard Candy looks awesome!
    Glad you had a great time and am looking forward to seeing how you apply your new knowledge.

  7. Hi Shelby! It was so glad to finally meet you in real life!! :)

    Wasn't Melissa just the best!? I cannot stop thinking about all the cool things I am going to make now that she taught us such awesome skills! Your rolling mill impression of that wire spiral is fantastic! I am thinking about getting a rolling mill too....

    Can't wait til next year!

  8. Rolling mills are awesome! I've rolled window screens, wrinkled silk fabric, and lace for great results.

    I can't wait to see you there next year!