Love is in the air

The girls have been apart too long! I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many crafty ladies. Unfortunately it is a rare occasion when you can get us all in the same room. My good friend Jessica was gracious enough to offer up her home for a little girlie afternoon of Valentine making. I never used to be into scrap booking or paper crafts, but since learning how to use resin in jewelry making, our two worlds have collided. I stopped off yesterday at my favorite scrapbook store, The Scraping Lounge. Debbie had some darling valentine paper I wanted to grab for this gathering. 

I arrived this afternoon at Jessica's and as usual she had gone all out! Paper, glitter, & buttons as far as the eye could see. Not to mention the fabulous girlie lunch she made for us. Jessica is a fancy lady. She had out her beautiful plates and even made raspberry drizzle for the fruit salad...yummy!

Sue & Renee working diligently.
After our lovely lunch, we settled in to the task at hand. The scissors flew, doilies & glitter soon took over the whole table! Mayhem ensued, but the good kind. Even Jessica's cats were scared. They took to hiding out in her bedroom.

Diet coke & is good :)

It was a good thing we had plenty of diet coke to see us through...

It really was a beautiful disaster.

Once the dust settled, we came out with this...

Not bad for beaders crossing over to the dark side of paper.
Dana we missed you! Get better! Jessica good job camera dodging:)

Bead Show Adventure

My good friend Tara & I decided we would venture out on a little bead excursion this week. We headed out to Pasadena's Bead & Design Show. There are so many amazing things to see at this particular show because it is not just the same thing over and over again. There are the usual suspects but also a wide variety of designers available to talk about their products and creations. Our good friend Melanie Doerman was there selling her amazing seed beading kits and one of a kind designs. She is truly an artist and every time I see her she has a fabulous new creation to share. If you don't know who Melanie is you must check out her website The Magpie. The gallery of work there is incredible.

Melanie & Tara at the Pasadena Show

Anyone that know me knows I have a million beads and a really didn't need to go to the show, but I really wanted to check out what was new and grab a few things. Well, to my shock and surprise when I got home a looked in my bag of goodies not one bead was found. There must have been a crack in the universe. I actually went to a bead show and did not by one bead! I got cabochons, a little brass, some bead caps which I guess are kinda sorta beads, but no actual beads. Very strange!  Here's a few things I did grab...

fun vintage zodiac pendant

itsy bitsy door actually works!

All in all we had fun and it was a lovely adventure. Thank you Tara for coming out to play! Check out what Tara is up to on her blog