Monday, March 14, 2011

Fun times in Galena!!!

What a blast I had on Saturday taking the Arte Metal Madness Workshop in Galena. Learned so many new techniques, met some wonderful new people and of course loved seeing all the wonderful inspiration as you can see below. It's always good to see Jess (the instructor), Trish (her mother) and I finally got to meet Betsy (part of the Vintaj staff) They were all so great and nice. I have a few pictures, but to see some more please visit Vintaj's blog to see some more.

The class was in a studio above Vintaj Earth. That store alone is worth the trip to Galena! But combine the studio, with Vintaj Earth AND Galena Beads ~ it's a wonderful combination!!!! I know not everyone has the chance to visit, that's why I feel so fortunate that I live only a couple hours away.

A picture of our class...

Look at how cute they have this set up!

Jess talking about applying wax. (sorry Jess, it's the only one I have of you ;)

My plate of goodies...

I came home and Jayla was so excited to make something. I knew she would be so I stopped on my way home Saturday night and bought some clay for her. Sunday morning she made a polymer clay piece. I need to order some more of those large hearts. Poor little girl... was so excited to get it out of the kiln and add the color. As I went downstairs to get it out, I could smell this wasn't good. Yep, I totally burned it!!! I did have one more for her, so she was good to go. No more for me though ;(

She did a great job...

Here are all the goodies bags we got throughout the day. Someone commented at the class it was like Christmas each time we got a new bag, and it totally was!!! After the class I went over to Galena beads and bought some new czech beads and picked up the latest issue of stringing. So worth the day, trip and money! I came home so inspired. I always do after I visit Galena.
Thanks again Jess, for a great class!!! It was great to see you guys again. Can't wait to get my Vintaj order and start making and applying all the new things I learned. If any of you have a chance to take a class there, I highly recommend it!


Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Oh Melissa so much fun! The gals that run Galena Beads have opened a "sister" store in Lake Geneva, WI. I was just down there last weekend. All those beads under one roof makes us drool!

Love the clay piece your daughter made. It's colors are really beautiful!
Hope your week is splendid!

Carmela said...

Very cool! Jayla's piece if beautiful.

Marie Cramp said...

Looks like you had a great time! So jealous that I am too far away! Your daughter did an amazing job!! Her heart was stunning! Have a fantastic week!