Wednesday, October 1, 2008

PAPER COWGIRL MUSING....






Yee Haw!! What a fantastic weekend at the Paper Cowgirl Retreat! Tina and Cindy, you really know how to put on a fantastic artsy-craftsy kind-of-party! There really was no such thing as too much fun there.... I am soooo happy that you'll be doing it again next year! (so note that, girls~ Paper Cowgirl will be happening again sometime in June 2009! You will want to attend!) They are two of the sweetest cowgirls you'll ever meet!

As I had said in my last post, Valita picked me up Friday morning to head on down to Waxahachie to do some shoppin' before Vendor Night. And we did just that. Once there, we were off to a slow start, spending two hours in a little home decor shop... they had great selection of trims on clearance that we just couldn't pass up! (The two hours was NOT spent shopping, we had our trims picked out in a matter of 20 minutes. It was the check-out process that took sooo long!) We will know better next time...

It was about lunch time, so we decided to walk to and eat at a little pub that was quite quaint in all it's "pubbness" (?) They had some yummy deep-fried, cornbread-battered pickles! lol After lunch, we headed off to our first (and last of the day) antique store. We had a great time looking and digging, then happened upon a wonderful lady who was in to see the new jewelry treasures of one of the booths in the store.

We talked and searched for wonderful little jewels, all-the-while learning some really great tidbits on what to look for in quality vintage jewelry! Valita and I realize that we have passed up some really fantastic pieces in the past, thinking they were brand new, or almost brand new. But it's just the finish that was used at the time...;)

We checked into our hotel, then pranced off to the Little Pink Cottage where vendor night was to begin... So cute!! It's an adorable, literally pink little house made into a tea room, and was perfect for all the little wares that each vendor had. There was SO MUCH creative bliss in that tiny little cottage!

I purchased this sweet little birdy collage from Dale at Sea Dream Studio.



And this wonderful prayer collage is from Ms. Paper Cowgirl herself, Tina!



There was some wonderful little tidbits I purchased, but I have actually been efficient (ya, surprised me too), and tucked them away where they belong before I thought of a picture... and at the rate I'm going, I should have posted this over the course of two days... oh well.

And my blogger friend Nancy, was so sweet to give me these little vintage cupcake toppers and beautiful clock hands from Round Top! Thank you sweet friend.
We finally got to "hug" each other in real life, and I am ever so glad I have met her. She and her long-time friends all came and you must check out Nancy's blog and see the crazy-packed-car they came in!!!


ANOTHER blogger friend and roommie, Ms. Valita,( such a wonderful friend) gave me these goodies all wrapped up in a cute little bag with pink and aqua cowgirl boots paper topper! The little cowgirl necklace is so adorable. (The back of it is the first photo you see up top...)

She is so super sweet! And we had one rootin' tootin' time together! And I look forward to more fun with her at Silver Bella, as well as, just crafty and fun get-togethers down the road...


SATURDAY, we started out super busy with Dale in her lantern class. She is such a sweet person. She had a ton of extras for trading or adding to our lanterns...


Then we had a quick break for lunch that was catered from Two Sisters Lunchbox Cafe. Both Valita and I had Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries on whole wheat bread and cute little cupcakes that were DEliCIouS!!!!! (I scooped one up before I even thought about a picture) You have got to go there, too!

Then off to Jan's banner class (and I'm not the bad little girl, really!). She had a wonderful selection of fabrics and papers in our kits.

After that, we did Joanna's class of Santa Art (the only project I actually got finished!). It was then time for a dinner break for some more antiquing. And the time went fast.... it was back to class with Sharon teaching her Face on a box class. She had our class kits in these cute little bags she painted, transferred, and such... so adorable...



What a great class this was, in that I reached outside the box (so to speak), and learned some great techniques. She was a wonderful teacher, and I think all of us were pleasantly surprised with outcome of all our boxes:

(Valita's and I's boxes)

Last class of the evening was Tina's Soldered Cowgirl Pendant. I was nervous, but Tina encouraged me to get soldering. So I did, and well... needless to say, it needs a little more work. And I still need to solder the jump ring on, then polish it up. She made up these cute little class kits in a disposable coffee cup! How cute is that?! ;)

It was an absolutely wonderful time. The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie is a FANTASTIC little store- worth the little trip, if you get the chance. And I want to thank them, Tina and Cindy, all the teachers, and all the super-fun ladies of Paper Cowgirl! What a fantastic weekend! I can't wait to do it all over again next year! ;)

Go and check out the other blogs for more pictures... and Tina started a Flickr Group, too!

Well, I had better zip-it... This probably goes down as the longest post yet.... ;P


16 comments:

Tina said...

It may have been your longest, but it covered the whole time quite nicely!! thanks for being there Shannon, we EnJoYeD you!!!

Sea Dream Studio said...

Hey sweet Shannon~ It was GREAT meeting you!! Thanks for the kind words about my class (my FIRST! EEEK!)! And also thanks for purchasing my wares at vendor night!!
It was such a fun weekend, but way too short!
big hugs~dale xxxooo

Charlene said...

Looks like a BLAST! I've missed you

I started my Blog yesterday stop by & see me.

The Engelhardt 4 said...

looks like lots of fun!! glad you got to go and learn some new stuff...i think eventually, i will have to do that as well....keep me posted on what you find so that maybe i can tag along?!?! hugs.

Linda said...

You had a wonderful time! Isn't that the best fun you've had in forever? I'm so glad you got to do that. And .... Silver Bella will be here before you know it!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Wow Shannon - what a great post! You really covered the whole affair - how'd you get it so OrGanizeD? I love your pictures and want to steal that group picture if it's okay. What a fun weekend. :)Nancy

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

Great to find you out here in blogland! Fun to meet you. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon1

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

ok, Why did I not know about this? I am e-mailing Cindy today & asking her to give me info on any upcoming events she puts together. It looks like ya'll had a great time. Woo Hoo for the cowgirls! LOL xoxo, Joanna PS. I love your new blog header.

Alisa said...

Hey Shannon!
Wow, that looks like it was so much fun! I'm with Joanna about any other events, as well as next years Paper Cowgirl.
Alisa

Sharon said...

Hi Shannon,
It was so nice to meet you and thanks for all the nice things you've said. All of you were A+ students. I was so thrilled with everyones box. Just sorry that we didn't have more time.
Love your color-FULL blog. Great post about the retreat.

Valita said...

Ok I need some of these photos! You have some great ones. I had so much fun with you as well! It feels like we have been friends forever. I can't wait to spend more time with you at Silver Bella.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Thanks for sharing your Cowgirl retreat- I felt like I was there! Oh, how I wish I had REALLY been there! What a great time!

cindy said...

I'm so glad you had a good time. Was so much fun to get to meet you and all the other gals. I hope you will come again in the summer...more shopping time, I promise. You two found some great jewelry though!

Great post too btw.

c

Kara Ward said...

Oh, I want to go...next time take me. Everything looked so yummy. It is making me excited about Silverbella. Hugs-Kara

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

It sounds like you gals had a wonderful time!!! I want to go next year. You may have to remind me!!! Love that box you and Valita painted. They turned out great!

Cami said...

Oh, I'd love to do this next year.