Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Arizona Bloggers Luncheon Part One

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I'd stop in and let you all know how the Arizona Blogger's Luncheon went.  It was held last Saturday, April 9th, and it was so much fun.  I have to do this in two parts because there are so many pictures, and so much happened over the more than 5 hour event.  The following, lovely ladies, were in attendance:

Karen Valentine and her shadowbox of ""

Sharleen Snow and her shadowbox (blog under construction)

Dawn Binyon and her shadowbox of ""

Laura Ingalls Gunn and her shadowbox of ""

Very hard to get a good shot of her (in green sweater) as she was constantly in motion!

Gail Friend and her shadowbox of ""

Melissa Waterbury and her shadowbox of "" also the manager of "Scrapbook Barn."

Joanne Livingston and her shadowbox of ""

Jennifer Rothstein of ""

Wendy Landis of "" (see group picture)

My youngest daughter Abby (who took the pictures) and for a brief visit my oldest daughter Caitlin helped with setting up refreshments. (no images)

And ME in the center image with a yellow headband!

And here's a group shot showcasing our lovely handiwork.

Back Row, left to right:
Jenny Kuller, Sharleen Snow, ME, Karen Valentine, & Gail Friend
Middle Row, left to right:
Laura Ingalls Gunn, & Dawn Binyon
Front Row, left to right:
Jennifer Rothstein, Joanne Livingston, Melissa Waterbury & Wendy Landis

I'll post more piccy's in the next couple of days with more about the ladies in action and the lovely luncheon part of the event.  There was also a small "round robinish" giveaway where everyone received a gift, and the consensus was that it was a successful event and lot's of fun.  I think I had the most fun, as I got to do one of my most favorite actions in the world........I got to give a lot of goodies away!  I absolutely adore giving, and before everyone left, I made sure they had a bag in which they could load up on anything they wanted off of the goodie table.  They were a very modest group of ladies and didn't take nearly as much as I'd hoped, because now I have all this stuff left over........oh well, I guess another craft day is in order.  More later.....



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How fun!! I loveeeeeeeeee the photos! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Meri! What a FABULOUS time we all had! You were such a gracious hostess and I can't thank you enough for teaching us all such a great technique. I would definitely love to come to another one of your events!!
All the gals I met were so nice, and I hope to get to know a few them them even better!! Take care my friend and have a wonderful weekend!
ps... your comment was so sweet. :) thank you.

gail said...

Hi Meri, loved the photos. It was really such a fun day. I have my shawdow box hanging in my studio. It will always remind me of the great event. The food was amazing too :)
(()) talk to ya soon. Gail

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

I certainly throughly enjoyed my afternoon at your lovely home, thanks again for hosting the bloggy event. I had so much fun! I lifted the pic of all of us for my own blog too. Thanks again!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh you ladies must have had the most wonderful time. How FUN!!!
hugs Lynn

Mimi said...

Oh this makes me sooo sad I missed it, what a fun day. It looks like everyone really loved making something!!!
I do not know all those lovely ladies, So I shall pop in and meet them!!!
Let me know if you do this again!!!

Something Special said...

Oh it was really fun to see the shadow boxes that everyone made. Wish I still lived in Arizona and could meet all of you lovely ladies. That sounds like so much fun!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...


It was the perfect day! Love truly lived in the details of your party.

Thank you SO very much!

I forgot to ask you yesterday "What was the music link you use?"

Claudia said...

Oh my gosh, Meri, it looks like such fun! I'm so glad it was a rousing success for you. I'm not surprised at all, my friend.


Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

Oh Meri, I had so much fun on Saturday, Thank you for the pictures and the hospitality. You were a great teacher and hostess. My shadowbox is hanging happily in my workroom.

ps. I am envious of your workspace. It is beautiful and well organized and sooo big.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Meri--what fun you had! I SO wish I could have joined you all! Thanks for sharing the pictures--looking forward to seeing the rest!

Hope you're having a beautiful day, my friend!



That is so awesome that you all got together and had a FUN crafting day! It's fun to put a face with their blog.

Sandy said...

It looks like everybody had a great time!!! Sorry I had to miss it, but I had a wonderful time with my sons....The boxes all reflect how different everone is.....very very cool! Talk soon! Sandy

Creative Breathing said...

Meri! I think I have read this post over three times now just imagining myself there. Wow oh Wow! The art produced is so wonderful and each so different. It's so you to host this wonderful event, and I do hope you will have another. Can't wait for part two.
Tomorrow is a resting day for me, love to hear from you! E

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, it looks like so much fun! Wish we could have been there! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Marydon said...

So glad you all had a lovely time ... sorry I couldn't make it with hubby having the 2 surgeries, maybe another year.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
Hugs, Marydon

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Meri Sweetie...
Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I would have SO loved to have been there. I see many faces I would have loved to meet. Looks like this group kept you busy and hopping. I love your photos, and can't wait to see part II. Love the photo including your daughter. She looks like you sweet friend.

I hope I will get to craft another day sweet friend. Love your share. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

vivian said...

I'm glad your lunch and craft event turned out just as you had planned! it looks like a lot of fun. I LOVE the shadow boxes everyone made.. all turned out so cute! looking forward to the next segment!
have a great week meri!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Meri, oh' how I wish I lived close to you. Wow, your such a generous hostess and it looks like it was so much fun. I bet everyone's looking forward to the next get together. Your home looks beautiful too.

Thanks for stopping in and entering my giveaway. It's always fun to see you stop by.

OOXX's...Tracy :)