Gilded Nest Art Event

In late July I was lucky enough to be able to attend another art event at the home of Shea Fragoso & Debbie Murray and they asked me to snap a few photos for them during the event since they’re always busy playing instructor & hostesses.  Well of COURSE, Ladies, I’d be honored!  My neighbor, Deirdre, and I make the trek up I-35 to Dallas and spent the weekend with 30 other incredibly crafty, funny, talented & nice ladies.  Our weekend began with a trip to Canton for a day of shopping.  I’d known about Canton for years but had never been able to go yet and I was completely in awe at the multitude of booths & shops there!  Holy smokes.  We left our hotel and boarded a swanky party bus Debbie & Shea had provided for us.  Picture this…..homemade scones & cookies, Audrey Hepburn movie playing, Starbucks coffee & frappucinos and goodie bags for everyone.  One word can describe the way I felt……pampered. 

The girls who participated in the bag swap swapped their creations on the bus on our way to Canton.  One-of-a-kind funtional but pretty shopping totes!!!

We arrived in Canton around an hour later and I hit the ground running w/friends Shannon, Valita & Deirdre.  It was HOT but we didn’t really care!  We walked and walked and there was just no way we could see all of it in one day.

There were many super cute booths & stores there, lots of antiques mixed in with new things, and plenty of eye candy to look at & buy!

One of my favorite booths was one filled with nothing but vintage fabrics, doilies, samplers, embroidery, etc.  I could’ve spent HOURS there.

We Gilded Girls were treated to lunch at a booth called Gypsy Pearl which was filled with lovely jewelry, antiques and goodies and yes, more goodie bags!

I managed to sneak into a photo at Gypsy Pearl too! 

On Saturday we met bright & early at Shea’s home to prepare for Colleen Moody’s bird doll class.  I must admit that I was a bit intimidated about taking this class since I’ve never attempted anything like this before and I don’t sew however she was such a great patient instructor and by the end of the day we all had beautiful one of a kind dolls.  This is Colleen’s class sample doll, isn’t she lovely??!!

My birdie in progress…….

Everyone hard at work on their dolls……..

Their home is SOOOOOOOO lovely, everywhere your eyes land is total beauty……

Then on Sunday was Shea’s Hope Bracelet class where she taught us how to wire wrap & create stunning pieces of jewelry.  I had dabbled in jewelry making years ago but it had been quite a while since I’d done it so I was a bit, um, rusty to say the least but we all completed 2 lovely bracelets that I actually love & wear!! 

We took a group photo sunday morning but some girls were missing……Earleen, Annette, Debbie and me.

I was lucky enough to win a door prize……one of Colleen’s dolls!  I love her so much!!

Right as everyone was leaving on late sunday afternoon, Shea’s cutie pie daughter sat down in the floor & began to devour one of Grandma’s Red Velvet cupcakes.  I couldn’t resist this adorable photo op and I secretly wanted to plop down & join her!  What a way to end the weekend!! 

Thank you Debbie, Shea & family for such a lovely decadent weekend!!  I love my class projects and will always cherish the memories you provided for us.  Thank you for allowing me to photograph your event & most of all, thank you for your friendship!

  • A Gilded Life - Jana~

    These photos are just breathtaking! Thank you so much for taking the time to create such stunning memories for everyone!

    You rock, girl!!

    xo Debbie and Shea

  • Alisa - Wonderful photos!
    It was so good to see you again, Jana!

  • Colleen - Jana,

    Your snaps turned out beautiful. I’m so glad I got to meet you, hopefully next time we can spend a little more time together. It was a crazy, busy, wonderful weekend wasn’t it?

    Hope to see you soon!!


    p.s. Glad you are enjoying your girls!!!

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