Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Gilded Gathering

It all started with a phone call at work from my Texas gal pal, Charlene.  “Did ya see?  Can ya come AND stay for a week??”  Are you kidding?  I was so IN!  This post will be about the Gilded Gathering event and the next will be about our adventures in Texas.  WAY too much to tell all in one post & some of it is gonna stay in Texas!

A Gilded Gathering was another FabUlous event in Dallas.  Three amazing days of creativity and communion held in the amazing former church/home of Shea Fragoso & Debbie Murray of A Gilded Life.  They really know how to put on an event.  We were spoiled from the minute we walked in the doors of this truly inspiring venue from gorgeous name tags to beautiful table settings and FabUlous friends. 

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Charlene and I met at the Gilded Life event last February and were instant friends.  LOVE this pic of us.  I had on 5 inch wedge platforms and with my BIG hair was just about eyeball-to-eyeball with this beautiful tall drink of Texas water.  Not sure what it is about Texas, but every time I go, I have some quite FabUlous Texas-size hair days!


Our first day was spent making one of their signature crowns -  beyond FabUlous!


This is the adorable Cindy Craine; check out her blog Lilly’s Lace.  Charlene had just recently met Cindy and let me  tell you, she’s a doll!  I’ll be talking more about her amazing studio in my next post.  And this is the yummy food display they had waiting for us each day.


On Saturday, we made their twist on the crown, the Crown-delier.  On the left is the class sample; on the right, a close up of my creation.  It still needs some finishing touches but you can see where I’m headed with the feathers.  Love it!


Sunday was spent learning a new layered glass, soldered box technique that we turned into a pendant and then finished with a beautiful, delicately embellished necklace. The top layer of glass is beveled so it’s a bit hard to see.   The scarf in the background was our gift as part of the kit!


A FabUlous time was had by all and I came home with 2 out of 3 projects completely finished!  Can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year.


Charlene said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! DARLING SISTER OF MY SOUL WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD! Debbie & Shea do know how to throw a party!!!! Oh I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!! No sunshine every morning. Just looking at this makes me smile with sweet memories. WE HAVE A LIFETIME TO MAKE MORE!!!!!!!! HUGS!

Karen said...

Oh you two had way too much fun! Were there only 6 gals that attended? I would love small classes like that. It is much more personal and I think you learn so much more!
I can't wait to see more!!!
Hugs! Karen

cottonfieldfarm said...

Thanks for sharing the experience! What a beautiful crown. The Gilded Life would be such fun to attend. When is the next one? I love the glass box. I've been playing around with soldering, and it is really fun! Just signed up to follow you. Will be checking back by. Please stop by and follow the farm when you have time. Will grab your button too!

cottonfieldfarm said...

Couldn't find your button. Sorry if I missed it. Will check back to see if I can find it!
God bless.