Thursday, November 19, 2009

Silver Bella . . .

First off, let me say that Silver Bella Vendor night was fabulous!  Those who are actually Silver Bellas look like they know how to have a good time!  They all had aprons on - fancy aprons - and badges that told each other that they were there for the whole thing.  I saw some ladies in person whose blogs I read!  Exciting!  Most vendors were very friendly and had some way cool stuff to buy.  More ephemera than I ever saw in one place.  (Why couldn't I think of a single thing I needed?  Now that I am home why do I wish I had bought more?)  The following are some things I did bring home with me . . .




Pink bottle brush trees from Analise at Sugar*Sugar (she was nice enough to watch my coat while I shopped) and Christmas bingo cards from THE Jenni Bowlin.



I purchased the vintage graphics CD (images to die for!) from Mary of Green Paper.  What a sweetie!  And her sister too! Really kick myself for not getting more from her. 



Glittery bird ornament from Birds of a Feather and below is a paper ornament from Curious Sofa.



Our ticket said that the Vendor night started at 7:00.  We were there at 7:01.  The crowd was already starting to dispurse and EVERYONE had dozens of packages!  There was supposed to be hors d'oeuvres and a dessert bar included in the $30 ticket.  THERE WASN'T EVEN A CRACKER LEFT!!  At 7:01!!  Now, I'm thinking this --  the real Silver Bellas, the ones that paid almost $600 to be there, got to go into the room first to eat and shop.  I guess that is only fair.  Would I go to Silver Bella Vendor night again?  Honestly, I don't know.  Would I love to actually BE a Silver Bella?  YES! YES! YES!  (One of the vendors told me that they all know in advance when the reservations for the weekend are going on sale and they sit pretty close to the computer that day.  No wonder it sells out so quickly!)  Anyway, we had a good time and a special mother/daughter weekend!

We did find a couple of new places to shop in Omaha. 



Le Marche'Very French, very pretty!  Loved everything they had hanging from the ceiling . . .



A tree branch with paper flowers!



Strips of muslin hung with chrystals!



The walls are antiqued and decopaged with torn pages from books!  Lovely!

Also found Beyond the Vine but didn't get any pictures.  My hands were too full of Christmas ornaments for my new kitchen.  Every year I say 'no more Christmas stuff' and every year I either buy or make more and more!  It's an addiction!

Tomorrow is the first of a series of Tour of Homes.  I always come home with lots of ideas and wishes for lots of money to implement those ideas!

Another giveaway that needs to be spread around -- Julie at Prairie Thistle is celebrating two of her blogging buddies.  You just need to read her post to understand.  Such loving friendships!

An early wish that you all have a great weekend . . .

xo --  Connie

8 comments:

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

Hi Connie, thanks so much for coming by my blog and giving me some support! It's such a great opportunity to see new blogs. I love yours, BTW. Sorry about the Silver Bella thing- what happened?? I bet I wold be overwhelmed with all the goodies too! Hope to "see" you again! -Lee

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Hi Connie,
thanks for the tips on shopping in Omaha, those look like fun new places!
Sonya

koralee said...

Thank you for visiting me and entering my giveaway. Your blog is amazingly lovely.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm so sorry that you didn't get any food! Most of us didn't, it went fast. I'm afraid a lot of people LEFT to go out to dinner instead of staying to shop, very different from the experience last year. I was sad to see them leave so early.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Connie~ I'm strolling in to catch up and especially to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!
It's such a wonderful time to stop and reflect on all those we cherish and are truly grateful for.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to visit and leave feeling inspired!

Even though our Thanksgiving is very small in number, with hubby and son (we don't count the cat cause she doesn't like turkey). We don't scrimp on the menu...from appetizers to desserts with several carb loaded dishes in between! We will be enjoying tryptophan playoffs too!

Sweet Holiday wishes,
Sara

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

hmmm...sorry your experience at Silver Bella wasn't quite right but I bet it was fun anyway. I am a Christmas nut too. I have a whole shed full of stuff but now that the boys are grown and gone I am not doing nearly the decorating I used to...no more trees in every room. LOL....

~La Rustique Market~ said...

Connie,
You are so lucky to be able to attend such an event! I would have been in heaven just to be among all that talent.

Happy Holidays~Lisa

Mary Green said...

Connie, It was such a treat to meet you - I'm so glad you stopped by my table!