Friday, December 10, 2010

What Is Silver Bella?

It's been a  month since the Silver Bella workshop, and I should have posted much sooner.  I am happy to report that in the meantime, I have all the Christmas decorations up!  This post is a bit long, but I just have to share a bit about my Silver Bella experience.  Silver Bella was started by Theresa McFayden who had a vision of bringing together people who love to craft.  It has been held for the last five years in Omaha, Nebraska.
It took me a long time to decide to register for this year's workshop.  I was so excited about going even though I wouldn't know anyone there.  The first night, I sat on a chair in the lobby with my basket of supplies just watching all the other ladies who were greeting each other and obviously knew people or had come with friends.  Normally I am perfectly content to sit by myself, but everyone looked like they were having so much fun.  As I was trying to decide whether to try and "join" a group or not, a woman standing nearby said hello.  It was so nice of her to take the time to notice someone who was there alone.  Laurie Jackson was my rescuer and she introduced me to some other ladies.  They kindly invited me to sit with them at the dinner that evening.

On each table, there was a stack of white gift boxes, one for each person.  Inside were all the fabulous supplies needed for a project.  I wish I had brought my camera that night just to take a picture of the goodies inside the box!  This was the group project we made that first night...

It's been so long since I have done something so completely creative like this, but I jumped in and had so much fun!  My right brain hasn't been sleeping all this time after all!  We were each given a kit with various papers and embellishments to use.  I had a bit of trouble with glittering my frame and ended up using some of my own fibrous pink tissue paper instead.  It has kind of a fuzzy look that I love so it was a happy accident.  That was my theme through the entire weekend of workshops.  I had to make do with my limited collection of ephemera and embellishments.  Look at how much fun I'm having!  I'm in the middle with Susan and Janelle from Colorado.

The vintage photographs were part of the supplies.  They represent happy gatherings of friends and family.  I especially like the photograph of four women standing together in the upper left corner since I have three sisters.

I feel that Silver Bella has had a huge impact on me.  Before I went, I was overwhelmed at the idea of sitting down to make a project.  I have no problem buying supplies and planning, but getting down to business is the hard part for me.  There is a bit of fear that I won't do it right.  After Silver Bella, I know I have the ability and I'm not so afraid to experiment or make a mistake.  There were so many other ladies in some of the workshops who were a little out of their element too with certain projects.  It gave me confidence again.  I've also become a bit of a connoisseur of glues!  Did you know dry adhesive simply refers to tape?  I also know the subtle difference between E-6000 and 527 glues-just wipe the tip before putting the cap on or you will never get them open again!

I met so many amazing women and have been so inspired by the work I discovered on their blogs.  It's like a whole new creative world has been opened for me to explore, and I can't wait for next year!

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1 comment :

  1. Oh, you're so right about all of it, Tamantha. I, too, feel like I've lost my inhibition about just sitting down to try something new and creative since being at Silver Bella. It was good to meet you there!