Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Proud To Be A Paper Cowgirl

I am SO SO behind on posting.  Let's start with Paper Cowgirl.  I just couldn't seem to get all my info and photos together, but here it is finally!

Chris, Kerry and I traveled to Waxahachie, Texas March 14-17 where we joined Teresa, Sheryl and their friend Tammy, all from Duncan.  We got to see Mitzi who we met at the Donna Downey class in OKC in January, and met so many more wonderful women!  It was a fun few days, with lots of creating, chatting and shopping.

The first evening we shopped at The Dove's Nest, a large and lovely shop packed with eye-catching and unique things. If you're in the area I highly recommend a stop there.  Here are a few things that caught my eye.

The welcome reception was held adjacent to The Dove's Nest in their tea room. I have to, say, all those Texans warmly welcomed all the Okies, and everyone else.

At the reception we were each given a cute name badge with streamers.  Everyone exchanged "flair" which we added to our name badges - flair could be a business card, a bit of lace or a button, some little charm you'd made, etc.  The little felted heart next to my badge was from Donna Goss - a little extra something she gave us in class.
We also received a book made from black paper bags.  The Paper Cowgirl logo adorned the front, and a few words were written inside and on the back but the rest was left blank so each person could add their own touches.  Kerry and I decorated our books a bit that evening after returning to the hotel. Mine is still a work in progress.  I just had to add the fortune I received shortly before the trip, as it reads, "Travelling to the south will bring you unexpected happiness."  Events like this make me VERY happy!


Our first class on Thursday was Donna Goss's felted crown.  Loved it!  Here are Kerry and Mitzi with Donna.
This is my finished crown - completed in class!  Love when that happens.  I bought a few supplies so I can make another crown later. The little santos was my main purchase at The Dove's Nest and is a perfect display for my crown.
Thursday afternoon we had a Funky Writing class with Cindy Mayfield.  I really enjoyed this class, too.  She showed us some of her techniques and samples of other distinctively funky writing.  The key seems to be practice, practice and more practice until you develop your own style and it comes easily.  For now, it isn't coming that easily to me but I'll keep trying!

Thursday evening everyone met for dinner at Plato Loco.  We were rather loud and there were lots of laughs. Most enjoyable! A lot of the downtown shops were open late that evening so we could have an opportunity to shop after dinner, and we did!

Friday morning we were scheduled for an encaustic class with Sandra Feazel.  She had a last-minute family issue, so her friend stepped in to teach.  She was very sweet and did a great job.  We made mini collages using pieces of book covers, fabric, paper and wax, with little bits of lace and other goodies thrown in.  I truly loved this class, and plan to make many more.  It's such a great way to use your favorite little bits of things that you just can't throw away, and a great project when you're feeling creative but want something you can finish quickly.  I think everyone completed two or three during class.  Sandra had made several of the samples into necklaces, or they can be hung on the wall, glued to other art pieces - the possibilities are endless.  Here are my three. 

This was my first trip to Waxahachie. I mainly knew of it from the movie "Places In The Heart."  I was too distracted by creating and shopping to take many photos, but did snap a few.  I caught these as we walked to lunch on Thursday.  Here's the famous courthouse.

Chris and Kerry posed with a "yarn bomb" creation - a light pole outside one of the antique malls. The park benches were also decorated. We were told this happened just before we arrived.

The ladies from Petticoats on the Prairie put on a vendor show Friday evening and Saturday at the Chautauqua building.  The building was interesting to see and there were lots of great vendors.  I came home with a big bag of treasures, I assure you!  Sadly, I only took one photo.
Loved Paper Cowgirl, loved Waxahatchie!  Thanks, Cindy, and everyone else involved!  I'm hoping to be back next year. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Come See Me At Pistol Annie's This Weekend

If you're local, try to make it by Pistol Annie's Craft and Antique Show this Friday and Saturday in Perkins, OK.  You can see photos from some of the vendors on Facebook. Just search for "Pistol Annie's Boutique."  I have a feeling I'll be buying as much as I sell!

From OKC, take I-35 North to the second Guthrie exit.  Go east approximately 20 miles on Hwy. 33.  The show will be on the south side of Hwy. 33 just before you get to Hwy. 177.  Watch for the signs.

Please cross your fingers AND pray for NO RAIN! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Something Special's Petite Spring Jar Swap

Michelle at Something Special recently hosted a Petite Spring Jar Swap.  Here's what I sent my partner, Susan. I topped the jar with a vintage flower cart and a tiny little duck.  Susan likes fabric so I included a few little squares.  She also has a thing for poodles, so I tucked in a vintage pink satin poodle patch and a vintage fingertip towel that I found in Waxahatchie when I was at Paper Cowgirl (will be posting on PC soon!)