Monday, November 24, 2008

SILVER BELLA POST ~ Part 1

Wow! What a Bella party.... this year was sooo different (in a good way). It was nice to know that I knew girls BEFORE I went. Though I wouldn't change last year for the world! It was fun to see "new-found friends" from last year and meet new faces... Blogging is truly amazing... It has changed my world forever. I am so glad to have met the people I have. We talked all weekend about the fact that we all connect so well because we "get each other". Vintage art, vintage inspired art, vintage crafting... it's all very strange to some people, but for others (like the 160 or so) girls of Silver Bella (among others), we all know what it's like to find a special treasure- whether it's found, unwanted, at a local thrift store or flea market, or up for grabs at an estate sale, or passed down within our own families only then to use it to create a wonderful gift for someone else, or add it to our own homes to tell a story of who we are... THAT'S Silver Bella in a nut shell... ;)

There is so much to talk about, that I think it would be best for me to break it down into bits....

So....I left a day early (Wednesday) with other Texas Bellas- Valita, Heather, Alisa, and JoAnna, to browse the downtown shopping... Our first stop was most definitely SECOND CHANCE ANTIQUES:

They, of course, knew the Bellas were headed into town, so they were definitely ready for us! We had a ball going through all the wonderful old treasures that they had lined up for us. I realize now, that Heather is not in this picture. But with her pregnancy, she was a bit exhausted, so she stayed back to nap a bit...

Then it was back to the hotel to meet up with Jessi for a little chit-chat, and where she showered us with a sweet little gift (big thanks, Jess!)...

Then Thursday came, we did some more shopping and fun before it was time to pick up our packets meet up with our other roomie and fellow Texas Bella, Jana, and get ready for the "meet and greet"...

and finally to our dinner and group class later in the evening... Our table was set with a goody bag full of fun stuff, and our class kits all neat and boxed up...

Amanda & Maija

Jana and Valita

Kim, Suzanne, Jessi

Heather, me, Valita

After class, it was time for swapping.... Come back in a couple of days to see all that fun...

Texas Bellas, pajama-style!

13 comments:

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Sweet pictures! Glad I was able to meet you, if only for a few minutes! Can't wait to see more of your Silver Bella photos!
Hugs, Heidi

Charlene said...

I AM PEA GREEN!!!!! I have to go with you next year!!!! No re-phrase that I AM GOING NEXT YEAR! Alreadt started the cash stash!!! I miss you. Heather looks soooooooo cute so preggy! Have you been soldering???? Let's get together after the holidays.

Jana said...

I'm SOOOOOO happy we were able to room together this year, I had such fun getting to know you. You're a true sweetheart and I hope we're able to get to know one another even better and meet up again sometime in the not-so-distant future!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tina said...

Looks like ya'll had a great time, can't wait to see what goodies ya'll swapped!!

Linda said...

You North Texas Bellas are wild women! I'm so glad we got to meet..and at such a glitterfied event!

Birds of a Feather said...

So great to meet you too! What a whirl wind huh!? So, i'm dying to know about Heather - baby? Please post so we'll all know1

Take care and keep in touch -
xo Heidi

The Engelhardt 4 said...

Looks like LOTS of fun!! Glad to see you made it back safely!! Can't wait to talk to you on the phone...but it will have to wait since I am working the next two days. Love and hugs. Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Alisa said...

Shannon it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you! I can't wait for the new year to arrive so that we TX Bellas can start getting together more often.
Feel free to snatch any of my SB pics. :)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nathalie Thompson said...

I can't get enough of reading about the Silver Bella extravaganza!

The Horses Dance said...

HI mom love your blog!!!!




Hugs & Kisses,

BAILEY

cindy said...

Texas Bellas! You guys are classy! I love the PJ's.

c

My Crafty Little Page said...

What fun and creativity you lucky girl. Can't wait to see more photos. Hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We just loved our son and new dil's wedding. :)Nancy

Tara said...

Shannon

I am telling you, i must move south to find geat places to shop like these--just do not have them in NY...glad you had fun!