Tuesday, June 07, 2011

there's no place like home

I took this picture almost a week ago when my feet hit the driveway in front of our home.  
A couple days later, I started this post....
Even though I didn't wear ruby red slippers, I feel like I have been a time traveler for the past two weeks.  My dh and I traveled over 4,400 miles. 
From Texas...thru New Mexico, then Arizona, then on to California.
I taught two classes in Fullerton at the gorgeous home of Nancy Jamar,
who owns Gilding the Lily.
My first class, Etched and Layered, was on Saturday. 
 The weather was perfect.
We were able to etch outside and design inside~with the windows flung open wide!

I had my sweet friend Sandy in this class, 
who came to Texas (from California) during the antique festival this last Spring.

Look at some of the beautiful and unique cuffs made on that day!
I tried out my my new (rubber) apron and gloves while etching!
Good thing it was such wonderful cool weather,
as I would have burned up wearing these outside in TEXAS!
 Dede Warren is the class coordinator for Nancy's classes at Gilding the Lily.
She is the sweetest lady...just love her!
The very next day I taught 
Look at this group of beautiful ladies....
I only wish I would have taken a picture the day before.
Time just flies by so fast.  But, on Sunday I was able to snap a few pics before all the ladies got away....

In the very back of the class sat Andrea and Kim.  
These are their Heart Strings.
It was fun meeting Ms.Kim, and she brought the teacher a present!
How cool is that?
I could go on and on about how much fun I had sharing design secrets with these ladies.  
They were all so open, and soaked up every word I shared like sponges.
This short stint in Fullerton will have to be noted as two of my most satisfying classes to date... having come so far and to be treated so graciously by Nancy, Dede and all of the lovely ladies who came to class.  
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
So on Monday, after this very full weekend, we started our trek up north...
to Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo.  The beautiful central coast of California.
That will have to be another post =)


Diana said...

Well first of all let me tell you that I LOVE your etching garb.....that apron and matching gloves rock! Your students created some wonderful pieces....a great testament to your teaching, Diane.

Cindy said...

Diane, so glad to finally see some much-antipated pictures from your big trip! Look at those smiling faces and beautiful cuffs and Heart String necklaces! ....and that cute apron and gloves. I've never seen rubber gloves look so good. :-)
Glad you are home safe and sound now and I'm looking forward to more tales from the road.

Jen Crossley said...

Oh Wow it likes you had an amazing time.Love your apron and glove maybe I should doing that next time I etch!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhhhh what fun !!! I have have to take one of your classes sometime very very soon!
I grew up in San Luis Obispo area (actually Atascadero) and all of my family still lives there ~ I miss it soooo very much!!
What a wonderful teaching trip you got to take :)

Daryl said...

LOVE the matching apron/gloves .. and how happy you look ....

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Diane ~ great to see you doing what you love ~ how lucky those participants are and how happy you all seem! The art that was made is lovely ~ blessings to you ~ me

Sandy Navarro said...

Diane, you are just the cutest thing ever! It was so great to see you. I absolutely loved your class and I'm so glad someone got a picture of you in your yellow polka dot "protective" outfit. My post is coming this weekend; I promise!


Dede Warren said...

Diane, I can't tell you how delightful it was to meet you and Allen! Nancy and I have had so many calls and notes from students saying how much they loved you, and your classes. I hope one day when you're back this way, you'll once again grace our doorway with a visit... and perhaps another class or two!

Stacie said...

What a fun group of gals!!! I love etching...but your rubber outfit is just so cute!! Welcome back home!!

Chris said...

The cuffs are stunning and your students look soooo happy! Love the apron and gloves~~~You are the coolest teacher!

connie said...

I am so sorry i never got out to guilding for one of your fabulous classes... I spoke with dede and several of the girls and they just LOVED you!!! so glad you had a wonderful time in california.

Andrea said...

It was a wonderful class!! And I was so excited to meet you. All your tools and gadgets loved them all. Already bought the metal punch, bailing pliers and the tool stands lol:)

Charlene said...

I told you my California Chickies are the BEST! MS SANDY of course & then Kim, Terri, Cheyl & Andrea are soooooooooooooo much fun. These are the girls I tell you about when I go out to Manhattan Beach for the Art Events Kim puts on. LOVE LOVE LOVE MY CALI GIRLS! Meanwhile back at the ranch... It's hotter than hell here in Texas... & WHY do we live in Texas in the summer? Let's get a beach house.... hee hee

Lily's Lace said...

I wish I could have been there!!! Everything looks wonderful, one day I am going to take one of your classes. Thanks for sharing your photos!