Monday, May 19, 2014

My wonderful time at "An Affair at Downton"

Well I am finally getting around to sharing photos with you guys of the amazing weekend I spent in California attending and teaching at "An Affair at Downton"I cannot express in words what that weekend meant to me. I had the time of my life and in doing so, did not take nearly enough photos!!
So I am borrowing a few from the very talented Tiffany Kirchner Dixon who was the photographer for the event. If you would like to see more photos of our fun weekend, you click here for all of Tiffany's photos!
 Friday night started with Vendor Night and our fancy dress up party! This is a sampling of some of the things I had for sale on my table. You could tell I was kind of a newbie at vendor sales when you compared my table to those of the other vendors, but at the end of the night I actually did pretty well!
A few shots of some of the other lovely wares for sale that night.

The costumes were all fabulous. Some girls went all out, and others were more subdued. It didn't matter what everyone wore though... We all had a fabulous time!

Friday morning we entered the ballroom to this lovely site. The tablescapes were stunning and there were gifts overflowing on the chairs! I didn't know girls gave out gifts to their table mates!! I'll know next time ladies!!!

The first class of the day was this sweet little sampler by Charlotte Lyons.
Unfortunately I was too busy chatting and laughing to get it finished!!

 Andrea Singarella taught the class right after lunch. It was a  pretty little necklace that I completed and have already worn several times!

 After dinner we had all the swaps. Some of them were absolutely amazing and after seeing what everyone made, I was wishing I had participated in more than one! Again pop over to Tiffany's photo gallery to see the rest of what these talented ladies created. :) Here are some of the photos from the swap I joined. We were to use an altered vintage coin purse. The book on the bottom right was the one I gave my swap partner Andrea V. I wish I had taken photos of it. It had fabric and paper pages with images of the Downton Abbey characters printed on the pages with some of their best quotes.
Aren't they all just stunning??? The necklace on bottom right of this collage is the piece my swap partner and dear friend Cindy from Lilly's Lace  made for me. I love it so much and I've worn it many times already!

One of the great things about events like this is that it brings all your friends together in one place! I hadn't seen Cindy in a couple of years so it was so wonderful to be able to hang out with her again!

Here's all the cute girls that participated in the Secret Keeper Vintage Coin Purse swap!


Saturday morning was my class. I was amazed to find that I wasn't nervous at all! I really love teaching and these girls made me feel so comfortable that there was no need... even though their were 62 students!!!

 Here are some of the works in progress. It was really fun to see that some of the girls took off in another direction and changed the design to make it completely their own!

 Some of the girls showing off their creations!!

Pamela Huntington's cute dress garland was our second class of the day. I was too busy playing to take any photos darn it!! We had a great time playing with more lace and ribbon!

Here's the whole gang!!!! What a great group of women they are. I truly miss them still and hope that I will be able to do another event soon when we can all meet up again!


Can you see the glow on my face??? It's because I was having such a wonderful time!!!

21 comments:

Ineke van den Akker said...

Fantastic! Very happy for you, but a little bit jealous.

Mari Mora said...

¡Qué maraviila de evento! He disfrutado mucho viendo tus fotos.
Unos trabajos preciosos.
Un saludo

Seawashed Kerrie said...

It looks so wonderful!!!! I am a huge Downton fan from the very first episode, so I know I would have been glowing too. So glad you had such a beautiful time. Thank you for sharing.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

My goodness, that looked like an awesome crafting event and the gals showing their project you taught , look pleased.
I can feel the excitement in your post and am very happy for you to be with others passionate about the same kind of crafting.

Ineke van den Akker said...

You did make a wonderful thing. Miss Lily Elsie is my favorite person for a long time.

Primroses Attic said...

Very brave of you to teach all those ladies. They looked a really friendly group. Love all the pretty crafts.
Glad you had a wonderful time.
Rosezeeta.

janice15 said...

Looks like it was a most wonderful time you had.. How exciting for you.. thank you for sharing with love Janice

Marrianna said...

Okay, inquiring minds want to know: Was this a private event? How did you get involved in it? Are you planning to teach your class in Scottsdale at your home? I couldn't tell for sure what the project was but it looked lovely.

I used to attend Art Unraveled classes but have not done so in a few years now. I am really looking for a class or a small retreat to attend and avidly read any and all blog posts that might be of interest to me in the future.

Your photo at the end of the post is fabulous! You look like you really enjoyed your time with the ladies.

Hugs, Marrianna (in Flagstaff where it is still cool at night)

Lea said...

Oh, Karen, what a delightful time this must have been! I can only imagine what fun your class would be. What a great event, of course, what's not to like about Downton!

Happy week my creative friend!!!

Lady Locust said...

Karen,
It's just all positively beautiful! The camaraderie & the art appears to be outstanding. You just seem to find beauty everywhere:)
Smiles

sweet violets said...

What a wonderful event!!! And so glad you enjoyed yourself, you look radiant!!

Laura Quaglia said...

Everything is great like all the lace. .It must be like being in heaven..
Hope you have a great day.
I would like you to help with my blog I'm really trying to blog more.I seems to keep me more creative.
Laura

Roxanne Pafundi said...

Wow....that looks like a great time! How does anyone find out about this...and gosh...I live on the other side of the states...sunny Florida...does anything like this happen here??? Thanks for sharing!

Susan Hemann said...

What a fun and relaxing trip!!

Rhonda said...

Karen, you look so happy! I knew you would have a fabulous time.

Cyn said...

How wonderful! Love all the pics thanks for sharing

Art and Sand said...

My friend Patty of Patty's Pretty Things participated and had a fantastic time. I hope they have another affair in Los Angeles next year because it is close enough for me to participate.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh my!! This looks like so much fun! I don't think I would have taken any pictures, I'd be so busy enjoying all the beautiful crafts!

Vicki Boster said...

My dear Karen-- first I want to say that you look SO beautiful in the photo-- stunning:)

It looks like you all had the most wonderful time- what a lovely gathering ! Beautiful projects--

You should start planning now-- I'm sure you will be in great demand at the next event!
Xoxo
Vicki

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Love your necklace! I neeeeed that.

So glad you had such a good time. It looks wonderful..

Question too..... Are you going to do Where Bloggers Create again this year? I'm in the middle of an overhaul and I'm trying to finish in time... whenever that is... :-)

Warmly,
Spencer

Something Special said...

Oh I think that there should be more Downton events. What an amazing time you must have had. Loved all the pictures.

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