And predictably, upon arriving home to the real world, I am SWAMPED. Life truly does go on while we take a few moments out of our everyday life to just be, learn and create.
There is so much more to come later. But . . . it'll take some time. So much to decipher, so much to edit, so much to enjoy all over again.
It is too difficult to express how wonderful this event was for me. Petticoats and Parasols, hosted by Jennifer Hayslip. Jenn produced a top-notch, fabulous event. In every way. My thanks to her for taking this huge undertaking on so the rest of us could just enjoy while she stressed out (needlessly). But it had to be perfect - and it was. Miss Jenn - if you only knew how much so. And I have to thank Tiffany, Christine, Rosalyn Sue and Jo for making this weekend such a HUGE success! The five hands helping each other all contributed to making this just an awesome event for all of us.
In so many different ways I learned so much. From meeting fabulous women who are so happy to share their knowledge and creative ideas, to learning some of our American history - both the good and the bad. I learned about the South, about it's people. I learned about friendship and what a wonderful thing it is. I even learned a few things about traveling and what NOT to do next time! (hehehe).
So here are just a few special moments of my trip.
Meeting Miss Theresa and rooming with Miss Jodie
The beauty of Savannah . . .
and some of it's history . . .
One of three very special evenings . . .
perfect - down to the smallest detail. . .
this lavish place setting was set for each of us
The adorable Jo Packham, who I never, ever
dreamed of meeting let alone get to hug! :)
To get to know her on a more personal level . . .
sigh! just never thought it would happen.
the SWAP! (GASP!)
then back to the hotel room where Jodie & I
stayed up until 2 am looking at it all!
Southern finery on our way to another special evening event
And an entirely creative day - albeit a rainy one . . .
at the Ford Plantation. (And this is the BACK!)
Ahhhh to live in the times of these gowns . . .
Our wonderful projects. I can't wait to finish mine.
(no - I didn't not finish a single one while I was there.)
It was a special time filled with catching up with old friends, making new friends and creating memories I shall never, ever forget. I cannot wait until next time . . .
But for now, it's off to unload 2 BIG suitcases, overly packed and way too heavy for the airlines liking . . . (big frown), laundry, chores around the house, a bazillion Emails to read and answer (including several from the boss, which leads me realize I have to go back to WORK tomorrow and that'll be another zoo in and of itself) did I mention I have to unpack? But as I do so I will need to treasure each and every item as I unpack it . . . trying to remember and put faces to names again . . . not to forget photographing it all . . .
Welcome back to the real world Karen!