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Monday, March 15, 2010

Adorn Me! 2010

Day One ~ Crystal Princess Class

My first day at Adorn Me! was a teaching day, which was perfect for me. Turns out I had the most amazing group of ladies. They came to the class ready to learn, and learn they did!
Little did they know I had planned on having a load of goodies from my two favorite jewelry contacts! They were given first pick of some great vintage jewelry which they could use in class.
Class picture above:
Back row: Kathleeen (Katy, TX) & Charlene (Burleson, TX)
Middle row: Andi (Buckhannon, WV) & Kathy (Fayetteville, TN)
Front row: Carmen (Houston, TX), Kathy (Las Vegas, NV), me, Julie (Euharlee, GA)
& Deena ( Allentown, GA)

I knew they were bringing in pieces from home, which I had suggested in their supply list, but what woman can resist looking for new bits & pieces whenever possible?
Many of these vintage rhinestone earrings, rosaries & brooches showed up in their Crystal Princess designs that day!
Beautiful.....inspiring.....& what FUN!Charlene found a gorgeous rhinestone brooch to design her Princess.
Simply stunning! Great job Charlene! And, look at the rich amber colored chandelier crystal chosen by Kathy, from Las Vegas (from my stash), to design her necklace. She found a great vintage earring to use in class, and
I adore the bead colors she chose to work into her design.
Beautiful work Kathy!
And, how about Andi's Crystal Princess!
She shopped before class and found a gorgeous vintage turquoise glass bead rosary and a turquoise glass bracelet. She re-purposed them both, working in some beautiful Czech glass beads, to design a gorgeous necklace! Great job Andi! Kathleen, who owns a business called Hope & Glory, just so happens to live less than a mile from my home~in Katy. How crazy is that? She has the most infectious smile.
I love when a person's eyes turn to happy face eyes when they smile!
That is Kathleen, who you will see in a future post about my Sunday class~Rhinestone Dreams.
Here are some of the other beautiful creations.
Each one a work of art!

Thanks to each of you for a beautiful day creating and sharing.

I believe I learned as much from you as you did from me.

After our classes, Deryn met Diana, Riki & I downstairs. Deryn had just arrived to teach her first class, which was an evening class. Diana & Riki had taken a class that day with a new friend, Melissa Manley. Oh, how I wish I could have taken her Hard Candy class.
Diana & Riki loved it!
Now for some exciting news from my little shop, Rosa & Josie's!
If you were not able to make it to my sweet state of Texas, and be a part of Adorn Me!
Or maybe you were not able to make it into my Crystal Princess class....AND you would like to know just how I attached those vintage rhinestone pieces to the top of the chandelier crystals, I will have
a tutorial listed in my Etsy shop beginning Saturday, March 20th.
One that day, I will post about it, and begin a drawing for one of these!
You must leave a comment to be part of the drawing on that day.
If you want two chances to win a Crystal Princess Drop,
you can subscribe to my blog on FeedBlitz. You will find the link on the right lower margin of my blog.
For a third chance, purchase a tutorial =)

And, just one more bit of news!
eginning Thursday, April 1st, I will be selling goodies, like the ones I had in my classes,
in a new venture called Vintage Bits & More.
These wonderful vintage goodies (& more) will be listed regularly
in my Etsy shop.
Bet you thought I had gone on vacation after Adorn Me!
Stay tuned for Day Two!


stregata said...

Wow, so many lovely pieces created - looks like it was a great class!

Cindy said...

Hello Diane
....been checking back eagerly to see when you'd post about your Adorn Me experience. It was fun to read all about it this morning, complete with wonderful pictures! Congrats on the success of your first national-venue class...just look at all of those smiling faces and absolutely stunning jewelry! I am SO excited to hear about all of the new things you have in store...now I'll be eagerly awaiting those events! :-)

Barbara Lewis said...

This great, Diane. What a self-esteem booster for your students, to be taken by the hand step-by-step to a beautiful artwork! The jewelry is gorgeous!

Daryl said...

Fantastic work ... I was eyeing the turquoise crystal rosary in the tray ..is that the one she used on her necklace?

Diana said...

Great photos Diane and your students' creations are lovely as I knew they would be. And what delightful news about your tutorial and new store. I can tell that I will be a regular shopper. It was so fantastic to spend time with you at Adorn Me!...very special in deed.

Chris said...

What a wonderful post! Getting to see your class, students, creations...Your glowy smile shows your joy!
And how fun that you are doing a tutorial~~Great idea.
I'm rooting for you :-) We all are. Your talent, love and abilities add beauty to this world.

robin dudley-howes said...

What romantic jewelry you make. Very pretty. Looks like the retreat was fun.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Ahhhhhh the last of the 4 Amigas to check in!! :) By the looks of it you all had a WONDERFUL time!!!! And a huge congratulations Lady Dy I have heard nothing but rave reviews on your classes and your incredible creations for vendor night!!!! No one would ever believe that this was your first national teaching debut!!! I have already started talking, and strongly hinting about taking a vacation in the States next year so I can join you all!!!!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Sharon said...

Everyone looks so happy, but who can blame them when surrounded by such gorgeous jewelry and you. I love all the beautiful necklaces your students created with your guidance, and I await your tutorial! Glad you had a super time at Adorn Me!

Esther said...

great class!! beautifuls pictures!! and a dream for all the little princesses!! chandelier's drops are so beautifuls, faceted as i love!!

Charlene said...

I wondered what you had been up to!!! Thought that sweet hubby was having pay back time for all the help he had to do. Your class was awesome as always. You are a great teacher. And THANK YOU soooooooooooooooooooooo much for bring such great goodies for us to choose from. I know you two sources were glad to see you come back from ADORN ME! Can't wait to see what all you have up your sleeve. Hugs! Charlene

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there! I purchased you tutorial today and picked out my rhinestone earring and chandelier crystal - plan to try it out shortly!

Piper said...

Your work delights me! If I wasn't on Vancouver Island I would have been at Adorn me! I want some of your creativity to inspire me!

Alice said...

What a fun experience! I'm always so jealous of people who get to attend these exciting classes and shows--there is nothing like that around here.

I just love your little bits and pieces and can't wait to see what you put in your shop! Your jewelry is just beautiful!


Stephani Gorman said...

Oh Boy Diane! Hopefully I will get to meet you someday! Looks like you and the girls had a wonderful time. Your classes look amazing! Hugs, Stephani

Michelle said...

I had such grand plans to attend Adorn Me this year but unfortunately they fell through - hopefully next year. I have really enjoyed visiting all the instructor's blog to sort of experience it all vicariously - lol. Beautiful work! I am looking forward to seeing your treasures and finds listed in your etsy store!

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane,

I am a huge fan - love your work so much! Wish I lived closer and could take a class with you!