Ah...home again. Hello there. Artfiberfest was a whirlwind of fun. I'll try to give you a good sampling of the experience here, but I find that I am always forgetting to take photos while on these trips. Next time I will take more photos! These three photos are of the project I made in D.J. Pettit's class. It was fun to play with new mediums. D.J. is very inventive and generous and sweet. I would recommend her class to anyone. This is the front, spine, and back cover of my book. I'll show you more when I finish making inside pages.
I had to stop and see this store after Teesha posted a similar photo on her blog.
The store did not disappoint, but I escaped with buying only one item, a vintage French dishtowel.
Once at fiberfest, it was both relaxing (we were there to craft, afterall) and tiring at the same time. It was a hoot to see people in small groups crafting into the wee hours. There was inspiration to be found everywhere. I loved my classes, such a great group of artists. Here is what they made:
Heather Simpson-Bluhm made this bloom banner.
Tammy Gilley made this wish banner.
Lisa Call made this hope banner.
Stephanie Avildson made this Mama banner.
Sally Jean Alexander made this Sally banner.
Sherry Laatsch thought outside the box and made this washable banner.
Phebe Hill-Blundred made this nest banner (two pieces were put away by photo time).
I had another great group of artists on the day I taught the house project, here's their work:
This is Deb Weller's work.
This is Syd McCutcheon's work.
And this is Denise Marie Warner's work.
Isn't it fun to see how each artist interprets the same project in such different ways? I love that. So fun to be around such creative people.
I've got more to share from fiberfest, here are some gifts I was given:
Laurie Giberson gave me the giant package of goodies at the top. Heather gave me the adorable button pins with birds and nests on them. Lisa Call gave me the beautiful P charm that she made. Sally Jean gave me the wish necklace. Stephanie gave me the ephemera package. Edina Tien gave me the polkadot pincushion. I know I am forgetting some, please forgive me if I do...I have to learn to write these things down. I love everything that I was given and regret not having anything to give in return. I really appreciate the thoughtfullness. I also loved meeting people that read the blog. It was pretty fun to meet other bloggers too and put a face and person with their blog.
Here's a photo of what I bought at vendor night. Color sheets of birds and doll clothes from Syd, old ledger paper from Tracy, old stamps from Lisa, a set of stamps and bird stencils from Teesha, little button and polaroid transfers on fabric from Carol.
I also bought velvet from Teesha, hand-dyed velvet and velvet ribbons from Denise Marie, vintage millinery flowers, seam binding, lace, and button cards from creativediner .com, old store stock of velvet leaves, trim, and bullion leaves from Kate, and a sweet little girl pin painting from Carla.
But, of all the photos I've shared, this next one is my absolute favorite and pretty much sums up why Syd and Mary had me cracking up till the wee hours of the morning. One of these days I'm going to take the road-trip up with you!
And this adorable coloring book arrived from vegasandvenice, my favorite shopping supporter. I love this and am going to enjoy every minute of coloring with my kiddies.
And with that my friends, I must again say goodbye. We are going on a family vacation. I haven't even been able to read my emails and favorite blogs! I will be back on the 5th...have a happy fourth!