back to reality...

wow. what can I say? it was everything I had hoped - and so much more.

Silver Bella 2009. This weekend was really about meeting up with my college friend , Lisa. We get together each Fall to re-connect and start our Holiday shopping... (and the weekend must also include wine, good food, and LOTS of magazine flipping!) this year (after reading about Silver Bella in an 2008 issue of Country Living ) we decided to head to Omaha to have our girlfriend time. we are both creative gals - but were a bit nervous as to what to expect... these BELLAS take their crafting very serious! and we now know they also take friendliness, sharing, inspiration, and fun very serious too! Lisa and I arrived in Omaha Thurs afternoon ... we walked around historic downtown Old Market and explored a bit.

an artist/sign maker was just putting the finishing touches on a beautiful wall of store banners and advertisements... the back of his car looked just a bit worse than the back of MY car!
fried pickles at The Twisted Fork - yum!
cupcakes decorated at turkeys, and cherry & pumpkin pies at Wheatfields.
we browsed at the ever famous Second Chances - I was good and spent only $3.00 on a glass spoon!
drooled a bit at Hollywood Candy - what amazing retro and nostalgic candy selection!
amazing goodie bags from the generous Bella sponsors! so many treasures!wanna smell like a bella?Friday nites Vendor Faire - wow! it was in sensory overload...

me and Lisa ( in our aprons - required attire for the evening!)me and Jo Packman, editor of Where Women Create.Me and Jen from the Cottage Nest (one of my favorite blogs!) I also got to meet (finally in person after years of being an e-friend!) the adorable Amy Powers of Inspire Co.) - sorry Amy... i know I took a picture of us.. but I had just rolled out of bed.. and I could not bear to post it!
a beautiful bag of seam tape - I couldn't keep my hands off of IT!
goodies I made in Anna Corba's class...
my favorite project of the weekend - a Hodge Podge Journal made in Rebecca Sowers class! so now - back to reality... (the laundry and grocery shopping is almost caught up) but I do feel inspired and revived to get some new creative projects flowing!


  1. My mom and I sat with Lisa at dinner on the first night and never saw her again! We were worried about her. Glad to see that you both had such a great time together. It is definitely a fun and inspiring couple of days.

  2. Hi Shelly...I too had an awesome time...and from another newbee (me) I had a blast...I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa on the plane home to Jersey...she is a sweetie, hopefully I get to see her tonight at a class that a store called "PARCEL" is having in Montclair...well I'm off to have some more creating fun..have a honey of a day - may sweet things come your way! grace & peace 2 U Marlene

  3. Glad you had a good time! Sweet projects! It's fun to enjoy it by seeing everyone's photos, etc.

    Jane - Jacksonville

  4. OMG, shell! I am so glad we got to hang out at Silver Bella! You and Lisa are a blast. I hope we are together sometime again, I really enjoyed getting to know you!
    xoxo, Tiffany

  5. How nice to meet you at Silver Bella! Isn't it a wonderful event? Its over in a flash, though, goes by too quickly. Then, I need to sleep for a week to recover!

    Have a great Thanksgiving-