Monday, September 20, 2010

Tidbits and Tassels Deux (2)...

Sincere Warning:

Extremely PHOTO ABUNDANT post!!!

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The wrap up of our one-week road trip from New Orleans to North Texas is coming to an end as we arrive at the beautiful home of Chantal Johnson for her Tidbit and Tassels II weekend.

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It's hard to believe that it's already almost a month since all of the fun...{sigh} seems like only yesterday.

(I'm still pooped out!)

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After attending last year's event, it was "a must go to event" for me this year too!

In addition to all of the photos I took of Chantal's studio last year, I took (just a little) more this year...I just can't get enough! It's certainly a photographer's dream!

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There were so many platters and dishes full of goodies to run my fingers through...or even scoop it up if I wished!

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You know I'm not a fan of glitter, but I just couldn't help myself from snapping a shot of her sparkly arrangements ;)

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But the best part about Chantal's studio is that her creations are every where in the room.

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Her studio has so much personality, it just screams CREATE!

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(if you want to see more of her home and studio, click on the links above in the beginning paragraphs)

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I could keep posting lots and lots of more photos but if I did that, I'd never finish this post! ;)

So let's start off with how Chantal spoiled the heck out of us from the moment we stepped foot in her beautiful home...

We were greeted with gift bags made of vintage pillow cases STUFFED with goodies!!!

One bag was personalized for each of us!!!

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Her home was decorated so beautiful...I just had to snap a couple of shots here and there.

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Then...I finally made it to the kitchen...

I was such a happy potato!

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She had a delicious spread waiting for us.

Some wine & cheese...

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and brie too!

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Fresh strawberries and powdered sugar...yum!

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and cupcakes too!

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And our main course...sandwiches!!!!

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I loved the paper goods..."Good Food with good Friends"!!!! :)

Now, this was a two day retreat and somehow I forgot which meals were in order but we did not go hungry.

Chantal also fed us some awesome Texas bar-b-que too!!!!!

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and some awesome dessert!!! yummy!

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There was food at our fingertips at all times.

Like I said earlier, I was a happy potato!    :)

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Now since I've introduced the food, let me introduce the friends in attendance!

First of all, hats off and MUCH appreciation goes to Chantal and her Mother, Maryse for hosting a wonderful weekend event.


Each taught us some fun things in addition to sharing their home and hearts with all of us.

I tried my hand at embroidery for the first time and I must say, I totally fell in love with it.

I want to embellish everything in sight now!!!!!

This is a sample of Chantal's beautiful handiwork...

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Chantal had a wonderful display of pickings for us to play with.

I'm telling you...she really spoiled us!

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There was an abundance of thread in every color of the rainbow...

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All kinds of fun buttons...

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All kinds of lace and trims (including a second pair of eyes just in case you needed them)...

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And the cutest of all, she provided each one of us attendees with a clear bag full of embroidery "necessities". So cute!!!!!

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Let's meet the girls...

Miss Susie Vergenz of Texas

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Miss Jan Armentrout of Texas

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Miss Sandy Marotti of Pennsylvania

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Miss Yuki Zepeda of Texas

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Miss Pam Kern of Ohio

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Miss Lisa Phillippi of Texas

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Miss Sarah Huckman of Louisiana


And I must not forget to mention two of Chantal's special assistants of the event...

 Little Miss Presleigh

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And Little Miss Savannah

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Not pictured is Ann Michelle, but you can find her at the bottom right in the group photo below.

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So, to make sure you know everyone...

starting from the left rear:

Maryse, Lisa, Sarah, Jodie, Yuki, Jan, Pam

left front:

Susie, Puppy Paci, Chantal, Sandy, Ann Michelle was the end of the day and we were pooped!

So now since you've seen the home, the studio, the food & the girls...I'm sure you want to see what we did all weekend, right?

Okay...but first let me show you some more goodies that Chantal spoiled us with...

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These were available for our pickings too to add to our creations as we wished...

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and these...

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and these...

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and these...

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and these...

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and some of this...

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to create some cool stuff like my pocket rendition of my Louisiana soul...

Mardi Gras (the metal mask), Louisiana (the fleur de lis), Cotton (cream pom poms), My Simplicity (blue jeans), My Vintage Side (lace), Magnolia of Louisiana (paper flower), French Heritage (French script stamped background)

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I also created a handbag with Italian embellishments, lace and velvet and buttons...


It was such a fabulous weekend of creating alongside of some wonderful artists!

Here are some of their creations...


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It's amazing how everyone worked with the same product, yet so many different ideas were created.

It's like a basket full of pretty!

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This was truly a wonderful weekend and also a wonderful 10-day road trip with some of my favorite girls.

What great memories (& laughs) we shared...never to be forgotten!!!

I'm not sure what Chantal has planned for the future, but I for one will be looking forward to another Tidbits and Tassels somewhere down the road...

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I hope you enjoyed it too~


Anonymous said...

I had so much fun I really can't believe it was a month ago seems like I just unpacked... :(
as always you blow me away with your pics Chantal has a house full of eye candy for sure! big hugs

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun eye candy post. I can't imagine having a studio like that! What a great weekend with like minded people! thank you for all of the beautiful pictures!


Beth Leintz said...

Oh my gosh- I don't think I've ever seen such a wonderful collection of crafty supplies and perfectly presented food- but what I really love is a craft hostess that provides extra reading glasses- you can tell I'm getting old!!


Zoinks Jodie, what fun y'all must have had! Chantal and her mom really know how to host a beautiful and creative event. Pretty creations, eats and supplies! Thanks for sharing your adventures. ~ Angela

Rose Brier Studio said...

Wow Jodie, this sounds like so much fun. And I think its the size that I would like a lot! Maybe I will combine this event next year with a visit to my son who has just moved to Texas.
ps nice to be back visiting my fav blogs!

Lisa Phillippi said...

Awesome! It is great to re-live the weekend through your photos! There was just so much eye candy everywhere you looked..I think I was overwhelmed!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

We don't have a craft store in our little town but the small one some miles away has only a fraction of the ribbons Chantal has. Her studio is amazing and it must be so much fun playing there. You girls came up with such beautiful creations! I hope to see your pretty pocket on your renovated studio wall :-)!!!
I should better start reading your posts after I had breakfast. Again you made me hungry, lol.

TinyBear said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Jodie. So much eye candy and everything looks so wonderful and inspiring.
The food just looks so yummi too.
Thanks a sharing sweet Jodie and have a wonderful day
xo Tina

The English Romantic said...

Hi Jodie,
What a wonderful collectiom of goodies. I wish I could have joined you. One day perhaps!
Smiles, Angela.

Dorthe said...

yes I so enjoyed the tour, wow, what yummi food photoes, like being able to reach out ,and grab -
and all the wonderfull art supplyes, you were offered, is gorgeu. This tour must have been so special, and like being in craft heaven for two dayes.
I totally love what you all have createt.
Thanks for showing.
Hugs, Dorthe

Hope Ellington said...

Hi Jodie~
Wow....again....Wow! I just adore Chantal. She and I hooked up (along with Mom) at Silver Bella. Did you know that your wonderful post took a whole page of your blog....lucky for us!! Awesome photos and wonderfullness. Oh...I provide extra reading glasses for my fellow creators too....when you have a junker for a husband....well let's just say it happens.

trash talk said...

I don't know which is more beautiful...all the doodads, y'alls creations...are the women who made them.
Sandy is a hoot and I'm glad I got to meet her and of course I love seeing photos of Pam, you and my littlest mermaid!
Believe it or not...I actually do know how to embroider AND needlepoint...HA!
All the details were perfect starting with the food down to the specs!

Angela Weimer said...

Wow, It looks like you had a great time and all that inspiration and goodies around...I am drooling from my desk here in England. I love the little white scoop and jar, so vintage. Glad you had a good time. I sish we had something like that around here. have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing your trip with us. Hugz Angela

A Cottage Muse said...

You lucky girl!! I love all the attention to detail ~ from the food to the fun! Oodles of inspiration, thanks Jodie!!

Theresa said...

Hey there Sweetest Sugar Jodie! I loved ALL of these pictures! I want to learn how to do some of this beautiful creating. I have been collecting lots of items to use!

??What is the best glue to use to keep all of these beautiful creations stuck together?? Any tips?

Love you bunches! T

Karen said...

What a fabulous time you all had! What a TRIP!
SO now you've been back in "the real world" for a while - how does it feel? I know you are settling down for the next several months with nothing to do . . . NO WAIT! You are getting ready to LEAVE AGAIN aren't you?!!! Uhhhhhh . . . something called Round Top? (hehehe)
Good thing you have an understanding boss man!
Everything here just looks lovely Jodie, I'm just in love with her studio. How flippin fun is that?
Joy and I take off on our 7 day trip next week - I hope I remember to take as many pictures as you did! VERY FUN!
I wonder if she is going to do another one of these next year?
Big hugs my friend! Karen

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Super fabulous photos, Jodie!
I especially love the paintbrush one.

I laughed at your glitter comment, you and me both, sista!

See you Saturday, yee-haw!!!


E. Charlotte said...

Your photos are such a treat! It felt like I was there too. :) Thanks for taking us along for the ride!

Honey Lamb and I said...

SOoooooo much eye candy!! Love Chantel's hand work! Sew pretty! I am hungry all over again looking at that awesome food and now that you mentioned wine I think I will go and have a glass! What a great trip:)

kana said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful photos. Looks like everyone had a great time together! Maybe if Chantal hosts T and T 3, I can go...I would love to attend!

Frippery said...

I wish I was with you all again. Boo hoo, I miss you!!! BTW I can't seem to send you any emails, they all bounce back as spam. Don't you love me anymore? Thanks for all the precious memories of the fun we had. We have to do it again, soon, maybe tomorrow???? If only....

Laura Knight said...

What a delightful event! I've never seen so many craft supplies in one place. It looks like everything was very charming and the company excellent!