Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Day Of Shopping

Shopping and attending the Creative Painting Convention is the highlight of my early spring.  It inspires me to get motivated to work on all kinds of wonderful projects...some that I just bought patterns for, some from years past that never seemed to make it onto the table to be painted.  Granted with the economy the show isn't as big as it's been in years past when tole and decorative painting was as popular as scrapbooking is now, but it is still one of the best regional painting conventions around.  Owner, Jay Sharp puts on a fantastic show.  In fact, I have had trade floor booths and taught at this event when it was at the Sahara and Tropicana hotels. 
Spending the day shopping with friends is way more fun than shopping alone as anyone can attest to and this year my friend, Diane barely made it out of work to come share in the fun...I hope she has a job tomorrow (just kidding, she still has her job).  I also get to see friends I see only a few times a year.  Here I am along with Diane and Bertha in front of Renee Mullins booth, Plum Purdy.  By the way, I spent the most money here.  Renee has beautiful designs. 

Another of my favorite places to spend my money is at Angel Thyme with Shara Reiner. I have to use a lot of self control here.  She gets a double booth and sells not only her patterns and books but finished pieces as well. I want it all!  By the way, Bertha bought some fabulous pieces from Shara. 
Booths are full of gorgeous finished pieces of art along with patterns, wood, metal, brushes and other supplies to really inspire and motivate each and every shopper.  Just about any style of decorative painting can be found that will surely fit anyone's style and taste. 
At the end of the day I feel I showed great restraint and will power.  I made purchases I knew I would truly use over the next few months.  Normally, I don't purchase wood but as you can see in my treasure pile I did purchase some ornament pieces since my dad isn't cutting wood anymore.  Like I need anymore brushes I know, but I only bought 10 since some of the ones I use most often have seen better days.  Some stencils, graphite paper, chalk, some pattern packets, and a few books were the rest of my purchases.  Oh, do you see the metal holly and berries in the photo?  Della and Co. are now producing puffed metal pieces for Shara Reiner designs.  How awesome is that!  I bought just one but plan to order more in the future, they are just stunning when finished. 
A big thank you to all the vendors that travel to and participate at these trade shows.  I know it's not the easiest thing to do these days but from all of us that attend...THANK YOU!  Now, I gotta get to work...painting!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Creative Painting Convention

It one of my most favorite times of the year.  The Creative Painting Convention is happening in Las Vegas as I type.  I look forward to this event each and every year.  I've taught and had trade floor booths in the past but haven't done so for quite a few years...although I am feeling the itch to get involved again.   I will be meeting friends to shop the trade floor on Wednesday.  We'll be hitting up our favorite designers and suppliers for fresh new patterns and supplies.  As always, we'll be on the lookout for trends and current themes that will be popular this year as well as the latest products to hit the crafting/painting market.  It's one of the best girls day out events ever. I encourage all my crafty peeps to come out to the Riviera Hotel, stimulate the ecomony and shop till you drop. ;0) 
For those of you needing information on the event you can go to the following website, to get all the information you'll need.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Whirlwind Valentines Week

Last week was one that sped by so fast I swear it was spinning.  I worked at a local flower shop for 7 days...58 hours.  It was a fun experience spending my week working with flowers, filling orders, meeting new people, being super busy and having a good time.  It's really hard to not be happy when you're surrounded by flowers...although I did have my share of rose thorns stab me.  I've since dug them out, my fingers are looking better.  I'm thankful for the opportunity for sure, and they've asked me back for Mother's Day so I'm excited about that.  Taking Monday afternoon off to get my cortisone shots for my knees was definitely worth it, the week would have been miserable otherwise.  In the midst of all the flower frenzy, I managed to get a queen size rag quilt finished for delivery Thursday night at one of my meetings.  She loved it by the way.  My hubby and I enjoyed dinner Saturday evening, visited with my parents, and came by for lunch one day so I don't feel like I totally missed out.  Although, I did miss Daytona... :(  But don't fret Crystal, you'll be at the Vegas race for 4 days.  ;)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Busy Week

Sorry that there was now Show & Tell last Friday, May not be one this Friday.  This is an incredibly long and busy week for me.  I'm working at a flower shop for Valentine's Day.  What started as 3 days has become 7 days.  Now I'm not complaining, the extra money from it will be greatly appreciated.  The hours are really long and on your feet all day, but messing with beautiful flowers is its' own reward too.  So I will pop back in to say 'hi' on Monday to recap my week.  Happy Valentines Day!  P.S.  They yellow ones are my favorite.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Arts A Flutter

The February showcase for Arts A Flutter is now open!  Please come by and see all the beautiful and creative works by some really talented artists.  There is something for everyone with a wide range of styles. 

You can even see some of my work there!


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