Monday, December 10, 2012

A Beautiful Winter Wonderland !!

Oh the weather outside was frightful, but inside it was delightful, at Kim Caldwell's Winter Wonderland Event!! She planned the event at the Belamar Hotel in Manhatton Beach. The ballroom was filled with Winter Wonderland  table decorations including snow globes made by Kim Caldwell and Terry Frias
Kim dressed her Mani which sat at the entrance to the room. The chair covers looked like pillow covers with a little bling added. It gives me ideas for the next party I have!
We even had a Wonderland candy bar, Kim thinks of everything! As you can see close up, the snow globes are adorable. I think she got the jars at Target and she used german glitter to top everything off.
It was so great to spend time with friends that I haven't seen in so long, and fun to spend time with pals from home!
Andrea's stocking swap with Vickie,  Jo Ann with Suzette and the ever so adorable Tara with her sock swap! This was Jo Ann's first event and she had so much fun!!
That Terry Frias knows how to make you smile, she's such a cutie! I got to sit next to Roxie, who is shown here in the middle of Jessi and Cheryl. Roxie went to the Terry school of contagious smiles because she had me laughing the whole time!
This is a Christmas tree where several people made swap ornaments to fill these beautiful little trees. It was amazing to see all the work that went into each ornament. I wish I had made one too!
I took lots of photos of Andrea Villarreal because she was Charlene Gray's Stocking partner. I finally got Charlene in the corner shot! I think Andrea really enjoyed her stocking, it really turned out well and was filled to the brim with goodies inside!
These were from the sock and glove swap. They were all so different and incredibly creative! What's so great about these events is that you leave with so many good ideas!
This was of course the cell phone cover swap! I loved making my cover, it's in the middle. The one I received was from the grand master of ceremonies, Kim Caldwell, it's the one on the right. Isn't it just amazing! Every time I pull it out of my purse everyone just gasps and wants to know where I got it. I have now gotten two offers from people to buy it! I politely said hell no, MINE! Thank you Kim!
I love PJ parties! We had the ornament swap that night and just sat around and gabbed about anything and everything! The volume coming that room made it sound like there were 200  people in there. We were having a large time!!
Kim had warm milk and cookies for dessert. I think she thought it might make us sleepy and didn't work! After caffeine and the candy bar we were all wired like little kids on sugar crack!!
This super fun car was sitting in the entrance of the 
Vintage Marketplace. It's an antique fair that was wonderful. It was drizzling all day but the vendors endured, smiled and seemed happy to see a bus load of 33 women all eager to shop! 
Vickie and I were bus mates! Kim would get on the bus and always say,"Does everyone have their buddy?" mine was sweet Vickie Orlando! I'm the other photo I'm in Lisa Loria's booth where I found some adorable Christmas bling! I also spent a lot of time in Wings of lace. I would have taken a photo but the booth was so crowded there was no way to get a shot!
These photos are from Mitilda's Mouse. They were so sweet and patient. They waited for us, we were running late because out bus had a flat, so it was almost dark when we got there! We stormed that place like a hive of bees! We were all grabbing and nabbing as fast as we could!! I know when we left they looked at their shop and thought,'we need more stuff! Those women stripped us clean!'
Ahhh, Charlene's mermaid! If it didn't weigh 9000 pounds she might have bought it but I don't think it would fit in the overhead bin! Did I buy the doll? Nope, he didn't wave a whole head! I guess I could have made a chia pet out of him but I thought, nah, too much trouble.
I think this was the American Home and Garden Shop in Ventura. Right next door was the Agoura Antique Mall. Between the 33 of us we were all over that shopping area oohing and aahing over all the Christmas decorations. The front table was exceptionally beautiful with this white Christmas display. The vendors in all of the shops had drinks and snacks for us all. Like we all needed to eat........again!
These were all over the front table and throughout the store. My favorite was the white peacock. I was afraid she would be to fragile to pack so I left without her! Great ideas though!
But, all good things must come to an end.
So we packed it all up and headed over to Vickie's house to spend the night before heading back to Texas. She is THE hostess with the mostess!!! She spoiled us rotten!
And with that I wish you all a wonderful holiday!
Merry Christmas!


Kadee Metzger said...

You sure did show the details that make up Kim's event! I'm just doing the happy dance over here wishing I could have been with all of you!! Those swaps were amazing and the shopping???? Drooling!! Miss you and can't wait to get together with you!


Lisa Loria said...

Wonderful Recap. Lots of detail and so happy you had a Great time!!! Much LOVE to you!!! xoxo

Kathy Lindemer said...

What great fun! Thanks for sharing.

Kim Caldwell said...

Huge kisses to you sweetheart for such a great recap! I'm already sad it's over and missing you. . .



Charlene said...

You are sooooooooooo ahead of me. Shoot I just posted about the trip to Joy's today.... But, we've had so much fun these last two months haven't we? LOVED IT ALL!!!!

This was a great post! You did a good job doing a very complete run down. I need photos from Matilda's Mouse as I didn't have my camera. Would you make me a CD of all your photos & I'll make you one of mine. HUGS! Charlene

Scrap Krazed said...

Cindy I had so much fun with you, Charlene and Vicki, can't wait to do it all again!!! xoxoxoxox

Jo Ann said...

Great pictures and stories of our fabulous event. Loved it so much and meeting all of the new gals.

Jo Ann

Bohemian said...

Oh what a Fabulously Fun Event! I felt as though I was there, Thank You for taking us along Virtually.
Loving the Mason Jar Snow Globes... Note to Self: Must Create some of those!

Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Bohemian said...

What a great time and the Cellphone Cover Swap, great Idea and they're all so Beautiful! Loved yours and the one with the Virgin Mary the best.

Merry Christmas... Dawn... The Bohemian

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

Cindy, hi!
I am working with karen valentine on my much neglected blog look and when we were visiting today about the photos she had of some of the things I thought might work in the header, the subject of creepy dolls came up.
I told her I collected them and people either got it or were totally "creeped" out. :)
She said that you love creepy dolls, too. And, that your studio is filled with them. I, too, have a creepy doll room.
Who would have thought there'd be two of us in one state? (What area of Texas do you live in?)
I was also looking at the pictures on your blog of an art retreat you went to in California. You had a picture of a friend of mine in your post - Charlene Grey!
I haven't 'talked' to her in ages! But, I do so love her!
And, when I saw your picture I felt like we had met before. Paper Cowgirl? I have a HORRID, HORRID memory.

I would love to hear from you if you have a minute. I've bookmarked your blog so that I can look at it this weekend when I'm not so tired. I look forward to it - especially after taking a quick glance of the wedding party pic at the top of your latest post. When I saw that, before I had a chance to read a bit of it, I thought oh, my, tell me she's not the bride. lol

Blessings, J

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