Well, I'm back to share the rest of my Moulin adventure (actually, it was more like a dream!). Our first class was with Shea Fragoso of Gilded Life. Her mother and partner of A GIlded Life, Debbie Murray, was there to assist.
We made a sparkly necklace that just screamed Moulin Rouge!
Our next class was with Jenny and Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday. I had talked online and by Facebook with Jenny, but had never met her or Aaron. OMG...they are the cutest, sweetest couple I could ever meet and I just LOVE them to pieces!
This is the canvas we made, using original artwork created just for the Moulin Rouge event. Thanks, Jenny & Aaron.
Friday night was swap night. I participated in three swaps. A Moulin Rouge vintage journal with Michelle Geller, a 3x3 canvas swap with Julie Weller and a one on one Vintage Jewelry box swap hosted by Denise Hahn.
I have not had a chance to photograph Michelle's journal and that will be a whole other post, but, let me tell you, it is a treasure! Thank you SO much Michelle!
The 3x3 canvas collage swap was so much fun and the finished canvas....well, ooh la la! Love it Julie!
The jewelry box swap...I made this box for Karen France. I used linen, stamped on it, stuffed it with fiberfill and tacked it down with upholstery tacks and then embellished it.
We knew who we were making a box for, but did not know who was making our box. I was thrilled when Colleen Moody called my name......The box was filled to the brim with vintage goodness and I had tears in my eyes, when I realized the vintage jewelry box she used was the same color and box that I had as a young girl. But the best part, it was adorned with one of her phenomenal doll heads! Thanks, Colleen, I adore it!
The last day of classes, started with a class with Kerry Lynn Yeary. I first took a class from Kerry Lynn at Silver Bella last year and was so excited to get to take another one of her classes.
We made a cute dry erase board, using vintage piano music rolls.
Last, but certainly not least, was a class with the talented Colleen Moody. We made one of her specialty handmade dolls into a can can girl with a draped stage. Mine is not completed yet, but here's a picture of Denise's doll, which she made into a witch (so cute)....
After three days of fun, creativity and friendship, there was yet one more day....Sunday was the Bus Tour Day! We boarded this plush bus and headed south...
Now mind you, Mother Nature, was not cooperating, as it was pouring down rain. That never will stop a true shopper, so we headed to the Long Beach Flea Market. Some great bargains were found and packed onto the bus. We then proceeded down to Solana Beach to Out of the Blue (Mermaid Mercantile). Lots of vendors with french, vintage treasures for us to purchase. Again, no pictures.. Shame on me, but I think i was in a french haze by this time. Our next stop was Vignettes in Ocean Beach (San Diego). I finally snapped out of my haze and got my camera out!
Kim and I got to give Joy Gabler (Vintage Rabbit) and Sherry Mattia-Welch (Glamarella Junk) a big hug!
Lovin' me some Aaron & Jenny!
Our last stop was at Paper Tales in Point Loma (San Diego). Now the first picture below, was not one I really wanted to share....but, when you want to shop, and you are near the front of the bus, you gotta RUN! (hee hee) Michelle White, Helle Greer and Karen Aguirre were there to greet us with warm hugs and even had nourishment (pizza) ready for us! Thanks, ladies.
I would like to also extend a big "thanks" to Terry Frias and Cynthia Flores for being our tour bus hostesses and for our great goody bags. We then all boarded the bus, exhausted but so very happy, from our Moulin experience, none of which would have been possible, without the dedicated hard work, talent and vision of this wonderful lady, who I am blessed to call one of my very best friends! Love you, Kim!