My Casa Bella







-Thomas Osbourne Davis

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My Casa Bella- means-my beautiful home- but it can mean so many other things. How you make your home a home. The sounds of children or pets playing. The aroma of scones in the oven or a lilac candle burning. The flowers blooming in your garden. The home grown vegetables ready to be picked. Grandma's quilt at the foot of the bed. A fire to curl up to with a good book. Or just a family spending time together with love, laughter and a good time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Craft Show Fun!!

My dear friend Valerie and I did our annual craftshow in Thurmont MD this past weekend and we had a ball. Although a few times we almost blew away with the wind on Saturday. That was the windiest we've ever dealt with in the years of doing this show. But on Sunday it was beautiful that day. We did well, I was very happy. Despite the economy people were everywhere shopping. I sold several bags and came back with one apron. Although I only took a few, but I was happy to return with one. So below you'll see our display:
There are my bags. The ones with the hard handles are new, I enjoyed making them and they were a hit. Boy was I glad. I took this picture Sunday so there are a few bags missing that I sold on Saturday. So I have to do some more sewing!!
Valerie decoupaged these clothespins. They are huge and are great for photos, recipes, reminder notes, etc. She had a ton of fun prettying them up with paper and she sold a ton of these as well.
Here's Valerie's Eiffel Tower plaque. If you look at the pictures you'll see that we're Paris freaks, I've never been I hope one day but Valerie and her hubby have years ago and she's ready for another trip. But it seems our hubby's are not interested in leaving the country so she and I decided that we'll go ourselves, we just have to convince them, like that'll happen....
This year Kathy joined us at the show. She makes beautiful jewelry. You can tell she puts so much thought and time into her jewelry. She's been doing these for a few years now but she's never done an outdoor show and we convinced her to join us and get her name out there. I think she had fun.
So all the time and work that we put into this show every year is exhausting. We really prepare for this one more than any other. This craft show attracts the city people that come from D.C. and Baltimore so we put a lot of time into what we're going to make to take down there. So many people come to this show. Thousands. Valerie was up til 2:00-4:00am working on her projects. Now I'm not that you Valerie.....but her hard work payed off. We always have fun when we do this. We work so well together, we think so much alike and we feed off of each other as well. We're great partners, or as my husband may say, "partners in crime". Shopping, crafting, doing shows.....we have a blast. I look forward to the next show because I know she and I will have a lot of fun doing it. And as a thank you to me from Valerie for helping her set up, decorate, pack and unpack, she gave me a gift today. When I got home and opened it up I about fell over:
I received my own copy of Blogging for Bliss!!!!! I had it on my wish list and she already bought it for me. Along with a pendant that she made for me, it's on the right of the book. Can you see it? She also makes jewelry which I've posted before on my blog from our last show that we did. It is so beautiful, I can't wait to wear it. I also can't wait to tear into my new book. I am so EXCITED!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you my dearest friend Valerie! I certainly was not expecting this, which makes it even more exciting. Thank you for your friendship, your patience, your thoughtfulness, your honesty and dependability. You are a true friend and you mean so much to me. I love you, my dear friend. Until our next show!!! I dedicate this blog to you.


  1. I bet that craft show was fun! Your bags look great. So what do you think of your new book?

  2. Oh, what a sweet post! It sounds like you had a lot of fun at the craft show - and what a great gift! Your bags are beautiful and I'm so glad you sold so many.. Happy autumn!... Donna

  3. Dearest Arlene,
    How ever did you find me? Thank you so much for coming over!!! Your blog is lovely and your wares are gorgeous. How nice that you are able to enjoy doing what you love best. Blogging is really fun; I have been doing it since January of this year, and I have met the nicest friends. I see from your 10 things that you enjoy, that we have a lot in common. I don't have any cats, but I sure love tea and scones, ethnic foods and all the other things that you mention!! Please come back next weekend to see what I have cooking! Good luck on your bags! Anita

  4. Wow! Thanks for the dedication! I too treasure our friendship & the escapades we get into together. They would not be near as much fun without you! Now if only we could get to Paris...oh la la... the damage we could do! Glad you liked the goodies but I must give credit where its due, the pendant is from soldering still needs practice.
    Love you lots,

  5. I think we have a lot in common! I intended to start a WT biz too but the bottom fell out of the economy just as I finished training at the CHF academy. I hope you'll come back to my blog and read some of my older posts. As I said, we have a lot in common! Thanks so much for stopping by!!



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