Back to life.

Being home is such a good thing.

This morning I took Simon to school, exercised, grocery shopped (been gone a LONG time it seems as I exited with eight bags), and am now settling back into work. Ah, regular routines.

The past couple of weeks have been all about reinvigorating my creativity. I focused on expanding. I wanted to learn some new stuff and remember what it was like to be a student and simply enjoy the process of taking it all in from beginning to end. Right now I have all these ideas swimming in my head and I am planning to take some time today to gather up all my notes and make sure that I move forward with implementing some of the ideas.

There are so many things I want to say about this past weekend at Donna's Inspired event. My absolute favorite part was hanging out with my sister. I loved watching her in the classes - she is one of those people who works super fast in class to get her projects done. This was her first artsy/crafty event - I think I really just loved having her experience a little bit of my life with me. She and Paolo and Angela and I had so many laughs and shopped way too much at the Random Arts booth. Basically it was beyond cool to be able to experience everything with her.

The classes were all fantastic. Kal, Claudine, Christina, Stephanie, Tena, and Jennifer are wonderfully laid back instructors who really are there to encourage their students to find their own personal creative place. I love that I learned something different in each class. I especially loved the hand-stitching done in Christina's class and working with alcohol inks in Tina's class and working with fence materials in Jennifer's class (will post it when I am done). I was also really into the photo-transfer mini workshop with Jane from Random Arts.

The entire event had such a great vibe. From the handmade name tags to the cardboard programs to the pretzels to the drinks, Donna, Bill and their team did an amazing job of creating something very special.

18 thoughts

  1. Jessica

    2008-04-14 07:14:44 -0400

    Cool. I'll second that.
    I'd enjoyed being there with you as much (or more) than you enjoyed being there with me! I may just have to appear at more events in the future to play.
    Love you,

  2. Bec

    2008-04-14 07:16:57 -0400

    I so wanted to go to this but it just didn't work out. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing your projects.
    I am hoping Donna and Bill will want to tackle this again and maybe then I can pull it together to be there.

  3. Mary Rogers

    2008-04-14 07:31:24 -0400

    so glad you had a fabulous weekend Ali! Enjoy your time at home!!

  4. jen

    2008-04-14 07:34:42 -0400

    wow Ali, sounds like you've really enjoyed yourself! and learned lots...and i am looking forward to see your creations inspired by these classes. cheers!

  5. sue Treiber

    2008-04-14 08:34:47 -0400

    looking forward to seeing your finished projects!
    I just know they will be Ali-tastic!

  6. liz elayne

    2008-04-14 09:00:55 -0400

    it is so good to fill that creative well by being a student every now and then. it sounds like this event was pretty fantastic too. so great that you got to spend such good time with your sister and friends!
    i have to admit that i can't imagine leaving artfest to travel to another event...are you on creativity overload? so glad that you are home and back to the rhythm of life for a bit.

  7. Angela in Orlando

    2008-04-14 09:45:47 -0400

    Had a blast....Party like a Rockstar!!!

  8. Jeanette

    2008-04-14 10:07:47 -0400

    It was so nice to see you, Ali. And having the opportunity to meet your sister was great. Her fashion sense inspires me so.
    It was one of the most fun and creative events I've attended.
    Jeanette :)

  9. Jennifer Stewart

    2008-04-14 11:58:24 -0400

    It was wonderful to meet you, Jessica, and Paolo. I had such fun watching you all create. Can't wait to see your finished project. :)

  10. Angi Smith

    2008-04-14 13:21:45 -0400

    So glad you are home too. We've missed you.

  11. Debbie Mac

    2008-04-14 14:44:02 -0400

    It was an absolute thrill to be at the Inspired event and see you work your magic. To see Donna have the support of her friends in the business was fabulous. When I saw I was in your group I actually yelped with delight....and that was before I actually knew you were yelp-worthy! Thanks for adding a splash of special to the weekend.
    Debbie "Mac"

  12. christina lazar-schuler

    2008-04-14 18:14:02 -0400

    It was so great having you in the class and seeing you again. Thanks for coming and taking my class at Inspired!

  13. sue

    2008-04-15 01:09:42 -0400

    Isn't is great to learn new things? That's one of my favorite things about taking classes, any classes. Can't wait to see all the things you did.

  14. Naomi Ng

    2008-04-15 01:53:33 -0400

    Hi! This is totally not related, but I'm just curious... who helps you take care of Simon when you are travelling?

  15. Rollie

    2008-04-15 02:50:50 -0400

    So good to see you my friend.

  16. Rebecca

    2008-04-15 06:55:03 -0400

    Can't wait to see posts about the things you learned. Re: grocery shopping Only 8 bags? I went today also and had double + some than that. Then again, I shop for two weeks at time. And I'm feeding a teenager. :) Blessings

  17. claudine hellmuth

    2008-04-15 12:44:51 -0400

    super great to get to see you and get to meet your sister too!!

  18. beth

    2008-04-15 18:12:59 -0400

    thank you, ali! :)
    i can't even put into words what this past weekend meant to me.
    it was so cool to finally meet you.
    enjoy the rest of your week and being with the fam.
    take care.

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