Okay now, let's pretend it's early Thursday morning of last week:
Just look at all of these smiling faces around you...
Meet Maryse and her daughter Chantal of Wishblooms...
And can you believe that I took a couple pictures of Jessi and they didn't come out? I was sooo sad. But these are just a few Bellas that I caught on camera. So put your smile on and come along!!!
Our first stop was the Brass Armadillo. I had never been to one as they only have 5 locations in the country: Des Moines, Omaha, Phoenix, Kansas City and Denver. We had a little over 2 hours to shop but I could have stayed in there ALL day. I really could have done some damage in that store but I only picked up a few little things that would fit in my suitcase.
A few cabinet cards...more
addictions additions to my extended family ;)
I think I will use the one in the middle for a book cover. It's really thick and I love the tattered right side of it.
I really love the one on the right...I guess you can call it a funeral card as it reads "In Memory of Geo Reitz". I have a "thing" for funeral cards...you'll see.
A couple more cabinet cards of children...
And a beautiful hard cover book that I couldn't pass up...
And I stood at the post card boxes for almost an hour looking at each and every one of them. My favorites were the flocked velvet and the embossed ones. They ranged from free to $1 each so I picked out these...
I picked up some other things but at the moment, I cannot remember what they were. As I unpack some more, I'll be sure and let you know.
We loaded the bus and headed for lunch at a quaint little Italian eatery. Those of you who know me, when it comes to eating, I really don't even think about pulling out the camera as I am armed with fork in hand and getting down to business! ;) I must say that it was the best pasta that I ever ate. I think it was called tortellini. I gotta get some of that stuff!!!
Then we loaded up the bus again (which I think was getting smaller) and we went shopping at Hobby Lobby. Now don't faint or anything but even with my 40% off coupon, I didn't buy a thing. Nope...not one thing. I was disciplined. I have a Hobby Lobby about 45 minutes from my home so I was saving my money and my extra space in my luggage for other things that I couldn't get my hands on elsewhere. I know my hub and son do not believe me, but I swear it's true!!! ;)
From there, our last stop was at Archiver's.
I had never been to one of those either as the closest one to me would be in Katy Texas, about 4+ hours away.
They really had some good sales and I sort of went crazy on some items by my favorite Rock Star artist Tim Holtz...
I know I know. I just pulled one of each off of the shelf. What can I say? I just love him so much! :)
We returned to the hotel about 4 in the evening...tired and almost broke ;) but we soon caught our second wind as it was almost time for the Silver Bella Welcome Dinner. The official kick off of the artsy weekend!!! Us girls ran to the hotel bar, grabbed a drink and Chantal had our table reserved for us, such sweeties!!!
Should I stop here and leave the suspense of Silver Bella kick off for Friday's post???
Should I post about it this evening???
You tell me what you want...this is YOUR trip too!!!! ;)
Jokes aside now as I'm letting everyone know that tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th ~ I will be participating in a blog party hosted by Sares @ Loveleigh Treasures
What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
by any other name would
smell as sweet
Romeo and Juliet, 1594
Hop on over to Sares' loveleigh blog to see what it's all about and if you want to hop in, write your post, link in with Sares and be ready for tomorrow morning...I'd love to hear all about your name too!!!
So what did you decide about Silver Bella kickoff...do I post tonight or can ya wait until Friday? ;)