Friday, September 25, 2009

Artistic Affaire L'Automne, Los Angeles, CA, Part One!
Okay, this is one adventure I have to break up into 5 parts to blog about, because I do not want to leave out a thing.

It all started on wednesday night, or as I call it Los Angeles Eve, when I began to get the art jitters of excitement as I finished packing for my flight to LAX from Newark, checking my list twice making sure all my glitters and dollies were packed real nice, for their journey to the West Coast.
My flight from Newark was one of the best, since I slept most of the way, lol, waking up 15 minutes before landing. As I walked through the front gates of LAX I was picked up by the one and only: Kim Caldwell and Amy Powers, now the fun was about to begin, we were on our way to Kim's to continue prepping for the WONDERFUL EVENT: ARTISTIC AFFAIRE, soon we would be joined by two more, the one and only: Kim Hesson and Sherry Bamsey.

During this time I was able to start a wonderful friendship with 4 woman who I will always hold dear to my heart, each of them burst with talent and have wonderful personalities, Kim Hesson and I realized our love affair for Diet Dr. Pepper, boom, instant friendship, LOL!, I love my Diet Dr. Pepper, LOL!

After some work, Kim and drove us over to get mani/pedi's, and me a Starbucks, I love my coffee, lol! Then after 12am, Pacific time, 3am my normal time, we headed for bed. Can I just say I stayed in my new buddy Kate's room, which was just the cutest room ever. Every detail of Kim's house has artful magic and enchantment in every nook and cranny, just so much to see and get inspired by. Kim is one of the most amazing woman who is filled with a genuine spirit, ready to accomondate others and help others find art and magic in their own lives, a true asset to our art world.
.Artistic Affaire: Kim and Me!
Rise and Shine, it was time to rise up and get ready for the day ahead, set up and decor for the vendor affaire part of the event and the event itself. Kim and I headed toward the studio, right off of Melrose Place, and were on the scene first, followed by Rich, Jamie, Sherry, Kim, Colleen, April and Kristen.

After some time, coffee was calling and I decided to go and sniff my way to a coffee shop and wouldn't you know it, I found one: Winchell's, bought myself a grand ole coffee, chocolate croissant and ran into a friend from School, so random, out of all the places in Cali too, not to mention I had barely any make up on either, lol.

Time was running out, the vendor affaire was starting soon, and I still had to get dressed and finish decorating my table with my art wares. When I travel to an event where I am teaching and vending, I choose to limit my vendor props in order to keep my shipping compact, or else I'd ship my whole studio, LOL!Artistic Affaire: My Dolls at Booth!Dollies at my booth!With the turn of the key, a crowd of woman began to enter the room, one by one sharing hugs and joy, purveying the beautiful tables which each complimented each other and added to the magic of the night, not to mention the beautiful pom pom paper flowers hanging over head in autumn colors, and the beautiful fresh flowers and artistic displays Kim had created. Did I mention the gourmet foods and apps which were available to snack upon? Sooooooooo good!!!!Artistic Affaire: Sugar Sugar Booth!Analise's Booth
Artistic Affaire: Dolly Belle's Booth!Dolly Belle's Booth
Throughout the night I was greeted by one talented woman after another, many I knew and others I didn't, but soon would. Artistic Affaire: Candance Booth!Candance's BoothEach AMAZING vendor had over the top amazing spaces filled with such beautiful works of art and vintage supplies. Artistic Affaire: Kristen's Booth!Kristen's BoothArtistic Affaire: Jamie's Booth!Jamie's BoothI could have taken 5 hours just photographing each detail of their spaces and of Kim's works. Artistic Affaire: Kim's Booth!Kim's BoothI was lucky to be sandwiched between Analise's (Sugar Sugar) Space, Ruth Rae's and Julie Haymaker's Space, and across from Christine Rose Elle (Dolly Belle) space.Artistic Affaire: Kim H.'s Booth!Kim H's Booth
Artistic Affaire: Julie's Booth!Julie's Booth
The Full Vendor List:
Laura McCollough of A Kiss on the Chic
Kim Caldwell of Artistic Bliss Designs
Christine Rose Elle of Dollybelle Atelier
Holly Stinnett of Holly Loves Art
Amy Powers of Inspire Company
Julie Haymaker Thompson
Kristen Robinson of Kristen's Journey
Kim Hesson of Miss Alayneeah
Lisa Kettell of Moonfaires World
Candice Carpenter of Pea Coats & Party Hats
Ruth Rae
Jamie Skolnik of Simply Me Art
Analise Sledd of Sugar*Sugar

Are you drooling yet? I did, lol! I could buy something and more from each of these talents, I'd need to break into Gringotts Wizarding Bank for extra magic and money, lol!Artistic Affaire: Julie, Kim, Me, Ruthlisa and julie vendor night
Not only were the vendors and attendees who were on hand amazing, so were the other 2instructors: Ruth Rae and Julie Haymaker Thompson, 2 woman I just adore and get instant inspiration from. Like Kim, Ruth and Julie are one of the most sincere and genuine people ever, and their talent exceeds limits. Ruth's jewelry and stitchery is fascinating and bring you to a vintage world as does Julie's whose whimsical characters send you to a storybook world, Both these woman are true art icons. But I can't leave out the amazing Kristen Robinson, who had on the cutest shoes ever, I wanted those divalicious shoes, lol!, Kristen is not only a talented artist, but a fabulous baker and because of her, I must have gained a pound eating her yummy sweets.Me and Kristen!Me and Ruth!kristen and ruthArtistic Affaire: Ruth's Booth!Ruth's BoothThroughout the night I was greeted by woman who made me constantly smile, I feel good knowing my dollies, my books, my art are going to wonderful people and homes, where they can sprinkle some magic. Jenny and my Dolls!Me, Cynthia and my Dollie!Meeting people whom I have had email conversations, blog events and photo sharing with was wonderful. Artistic Affaire: Sherry and Denise!I finally was able to meet Sherry Williams in person, Denise Hahn, and Holly Stinnett. These girls are so talented and beyond nice. Sherry's works can be seen on line in a multitude of publications, Denise's works can be seen online, in publications and at Vintage Emporium in Long Branch (more on Vintage Emporium in post 5),Artistic Affaire: Holly and her Booth! Holly can be seen all over the web, in publications and we share an page together in 1,000 cards by Quarry Books. Each of these girls rock.
Artistic Affaire: Sandy and Me!Then I had the chance to see my friends: Gina G., Sandy C., Me, Sandy and Gina!Analise, Ruth, Maija, Jessi Maija and Jessi!and Jennifer H., and meet new ones: Amy,Artistic Affaire: Amy's Booth! Val, Cynthia, Jenny,Artistic Affaire: Cynthia, Val and Jenny! April, Sherry, Kim, Kristen, Priscilla, Bryanna, Danielle (My NY Gal), Marisela, Christine R and Christine S., Denise, Susan, Jenny M., Nancy, Joy, Cheryl, Shereen, Tammarie, Nicole, Annette, Earleen, Collen, Sherry B., Laura and many more.

After the event, I finished preparing for my workshop which was scheduled first for 9am. Stay tuned for post 2 and my workshop adventure.


talulahblue said...

Love your blog, lovely smiling faces and so much to take in xxx

vivian said...

looks like a blast Lisa! love all the pics! glad you had fun!

Kim Caldwell said...

Love, Love reading through our fab weekend together moment by moment! You are such a true soul. Can't wait to play again. You are magic. . .

Hugs, Kim

Geralyn Gray said...

Lisa, this event looks spectacular....from the the vendor the the finished all the smiling happy crafters........I am still envious of those special events on the west coast, but I am so happy for you to be able to teach at such a wonderful event!!!!!!

Shari Replogle said...

Hi Lisa!
Wow that looked like a lot of fun! As usual your table of little cutie pies look adorable! If I were closer I would have probably had to join you at Gringots to get some of that magic money for all of the shopping!

Sandy Michelle said...

I'm so glad we got to meet again! You took the best pix of the event!

Sandy xox

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks so much everyone for visiting part one of Kim's amazing: Artistic Affaire! I had such a wonderful time, an event filled w/magic and joy!

Shari, when I go to Gringotts, I'll let you know, lol!

xoxo everyone!