Saturday, July 3

The Big Prep

Left home a women, returned a Cowgirl!
I would like to give thanks to the firm of Lorys/LeJeune
 (who earned obscene amounts of money & vintage goods)
for their photo wizardry & shameless publicity. 
 I couldn't possibily out-shine their Paper Cowgirl class posts, so I'll show you the preparation that went into it.
It meant so much to me that all these talented women signed up for my class.
I wanted to make something special for each one. 
So I created kits from burlap & drop cloth, each one unique. 

'Sewing &, folding & glueing, oh my!'
My house looked like a barn for a month with strands of burlap floating around everywhere!
(The dog is still wheezing)

I used lots of lace & crochet from my stash.

Lot's of bling from my friend Beth.

23 bags in all.
Then I stuffed them with all kinds of goodies
Some to use in class, some to take home.
But I couldn't stop there. 
 When your in class you gotta take notes, right?
I covered these little journals with craft paper & images that my dear friend Dawn created for me.
Cool huh?
She is & was such a support to me! I couldn't have made it to the event without her help!

Then I made this inspiration board to display my class project.
I got the idea while reading sweet Shelly's studio post.

I liked it so much I made another.
Then I put together some art kits to sell at vendor night.
They loved them!
I have some for the shop, I just need to get them listed.
The prep work didn't stop once I arrived at the event, oh nooo!
In true T&T style, I arrived with buckets of herbs to make into nose-gays & quite a few other last minute tasks.
So I wanna give a shout out to my sweatshop workers!

And a huge thank~you to the awesome ladies who came to learn & play with me! 
You were all star students,

With the exception of a couple of class clowns!
I hope to expose show you more pictures of the weekend.
 I had a little camera mishap,
(imagine that)
but I'm working on it.
Until then, have a safe & wonderful holiday weekend!



Janet Ghio said...

I wish I had been there to take your class!!

TinyBear said...

Love those bags you created for everyone Lisa - and all of them different - wow
Love the kits too - I would have LOVED to take your class.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
xo Tina

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I see my "satchel"! I love it Lisa & you know me, I'll be carrying it as a purse! Loved all the special touches from your class & loved the awesome techinques I go girl!

The French Bear said...

Wow, you girls all are so talented and amazing!!!! I wish I could be there and take ever class you offer!!!!
What fun, and I know who the class clown was, ha ha, you must have had such a blast......I can only imagine how tired you must be. Everything looked wonderful!!!!
Margaret B

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Lisa...girl, you really shine! The pictures of all your prep work, kits and lovely things makes me happy...I know the gals who were fortunate to be there will never forget the time you spent together..what a wonderful memory.

Happy Fourth,

Cabin and Cottage said...

Well this is just crazy! What great STUFF! This looks like WAY too much fun for just one person! Glad you had some sharing goin on! Jacqueline

marie said...

Looks like you all had such fun! The kits are great (gotta love burlap & dropcloth!) and I love the inspiration boards! I'm definitely looking forward to more photos.
Love visiting your blog!

Claudia said...

Your students were lucky, lucky to have you as a teacher! What fabulous goodies. Maybe someday you'll be teaching in my neck of the woods!


she dreams big! said...

Why does everything that looks like so much fun have to happen so far away? Each of you are so lucky to have the opportunity to get together and create such beautiful things!

Since you have Nebraska roots, how about coming up here and showing us your creativity. We have ranches and cowgirls too! (lol)

sweetpea said...

Lisa, I just adore you! Thanks for the nod on my studio post/inspiration board. Those pockets you made and the notebooks, wow you just amaze me. To have a fraction of your creative blessing would be beyond comprehension. Rock on my friend, rock on.

Love Ya!


Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

SAKES ALIVE! GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! Did you skip sleeping for a few months?! Lisa, I am so in awe of what you made for each person in your class...not to mention all the other prep work! What a fun addition you were to this great line up of instructors for this event!

Dorthe said...

Lisa, sweet,
this have been an incredible class to be in,-all the bags you made to give , the notebooks,-all so ,so beautifull,and your so inspirering kits--- --but most of all it must have been an adventure having you as teacher, how I would have loved being with you, dearest, sharing this adventure.
Have a wonderfull family week-end Lisa.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Lisa, what an amazing job you did, your little burlap kits are just wonderful!! Love seeing all the goodies you put together!

Debra@Common Ground said...

A you have tutorials to purchase? I would LOVE to know how to make the tags from your class with the contact paper technique! And all the rest. I don't know how to do any of this and I have the "want to's" really bad!!

Netty said...

These projects are so inspirational, thank you for showing them. All the hardwork really paid off. Brilliant.
Annette x

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

oh Lisa Marie...

The pleasure was all mine.
I wake up everyday to be your sweatshop clown :)

This was the BEST class ever...and I've taken a LOT of classes girl. You are the bomb of a teacher, friend and sweatshop boss.
And I love love LOVE working with all my sweaty sidekicks too!
It was a wonderful WONDERFUL weekend!!!!

sissie said...

Hi Lisa!
Why do I have to live so far away and miss out on all the fun! (sniff,sniff,boohoo)
I would have love to have been there for your Cowgirl fun.
The sweet kits must be the ones you were telling me about. I love them made of burlap and all the pretty little pieces of lace and such......gorgeous!

Do you know how much everyone loves you, including me?

Your art kits are pretty
amazing too, I know you sold every last one.

Can't wait to see pictures.

Happy 4th of July weekend.


Maija said...

I can see you made it so special for them Lisa!!!!

Honey Lamb and I said...

I hate that I did not drive down from OKC for this! Looks like you all had so much fun and I had so many friends there I could have seen. Can't even imagine all the work you went through putting it all together! ~Shelley O.

Robin said...

Sure wish I could have been able to attend the retreat! Your class looked wonderful. Have a great weekend!!

Take Care - Robin

Rebecca said...

You are awesome girl! I love the satchels... might have to steal that idea :) Wish I could have taken your class, it would have been sooo fun!
Love everything you do!
Say, I am having a one year giveaway - come sign up for it-it ends on the 6th.
Have a great Fourth

Home and Heart said...

So very very pretty! I am sure they will be treasured!

Grace said...

Wow looks like a fabulous class! Great goodies you created for the women. Seems like this was a special event. Grace xoxo

Inspired-Simplicity said...

Looks like I missed an awesome time. Sounds like a huge success.
Miss U,


Lisa, such a fun post...seeing the work that led up to the big class! It was fun to be there and give you a hand and watch your wizardy! Beautiful treasures!! You really did a great job! ~ Angela

Anonymous said...

Dale Evans would be proud of you, girl! Wow! Those kits are totally awesome! Burlap and lace...who'd a thunk it! And I happen to know that a good time was had by all! Wish I could have been there.
I want to know your sources for all that lace! I'm hiding my stash in case you come sneakin' around here like your threatened! ;-)
Bet your students loved this, Lisa!
Major hugs,

LizlovesVintage said...

The bags are wonderful! Great idea with the burlap. I just purchased some lace today at a yard sale. Love lace, especially if it's vintage.Hugs,Liz

Diane said...

Lisa--you are just so good--you leave nothing undone, and I also wanted to tell you that I loved your article in Somerset Studio--they did such a great job showing your creations--congratulations again!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

OOOOOh Your class looks so much FUN!!!!

A shame I'm so far away in New Zealand!

Those girls are really spoilt - You have used such beautiful pieces on each and every one!

Linda M. said...


I don't know how you do it all and with mothering triplets too! Your handouts are fabulous and to think you put goodies inside as well. I love the name of the event.

Have a happy 4th of July and try to rest a bit!!

zandra said...

I want to be a Cowgirl! ;o) It looks like a fabulous event. Enjoy the 4th.

Storybook Woods said...

Happy 4th, oh my gosh, love the burlap bags, I think I may have to make one for myself !!! Your such a sweetie to everyone xoxox Clarice

Angie said...

I love it all, especially the inspiration board. I am sure Paper Cowgirl was amazing. Side note: Saw your feature in Somerset. Your bottles are sooooo awesome! You did such a great job on the article too. It's been so generous of you to show all of us how to make your creative wares. I know it's only going to get better and better for you Lisa! Glad we will be able to sit back and enjoy the ride along! -Angie

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Wow, girl, you had put so much effort in your preparations and had made such fabulous kits for your class! I wish I could have played with you as well. It must have been fantastic! The class clowns - well, I guess I could identify at least one, lol.
Happy 4th of July!
Big hugs,

Jillayne said...

Wow! Those burlap bags are just amazing! And teh notebooks - you obviously put so much work into your classes, if I only lived close enough! Beautiful, beautiful work.

DeeDee said...

I was in town but couldn't get in...hehehe! lovely glad you had tons of fun too,.

Karen Valentine said...

OMG Lisa! You are a superstar!! How in the world did you get all that done n time???? I KNEW you would be a big hit and everyone would love you. I only wish I would have been able to attend. When I see the beautiful work you do I just want to cry ( a little) it is so beautiful and so my style, but I have never been able to achieve the look. Someday, maybe I will be a able to come and take a class from
you! I hope you are well hand have recovered from your hectic week!!! xo,

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

It was a privilege to be a proud member of your sweatshop, my only question is when do I get to do it again??? :-)

Love ya so much my husband oughta be worried,

Ms Bingles said...

Just a note to say: Oh my goodness! I luv your blog!~
I will signup to follow, right now!
Happy 4th to you and yours!

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like a ton of fun. Mimi

nancy huggins said...

I love Burlap and have stacks of it here and never know what to do with it..That is a great idea you had although I don't know who I could make the little bags for but maybe they would make cute Christmas stockings...just a thought.
Hop on over to my blog and sign up to win a $30.00 gift card..I don't know anyone that couldn't use that :)
I would have loved to take a class like yours..Lucky Ladies that got to attend :)

June said...

Lisa, you just astound and confound me. Aren't you the Lisa with triplets???? I am in total and complete awe of you. You are my hero!!! if you could see me now...I'm on my knees bowing right now. Yeah, you're a cowgirl for sure. One rough and tough and going full speed ahead girl. Which of the horses do you want me to have saddled up fer ya, when ya come????
hugs to you from here

Linda said...

Lisa~ the bags and journals turned out fabulous! I would have LOVED to have taken this class!!

Lovey said...

Oh wow Lisa your gifts are wonderful! Oh how I wish I lived by you sweetie! I know that you guys had an awesome time. You have such heart and kindness about you. You outdid your self! I have some "burlap-y" fabric...if you'd like I can send to you. My gift to you for being you! Email me...Smiles (Lovey)

Rebecca said...

Hey Lisa
Just stopped by to congratulate you on your article again. I just got the magazine and you did such an amazing job!!! Love what you said and the bottles are great! You are the bomb girl! I will have to go back and look through it again!

Shopgirl said...

you have been one busy girl, everything is amazing. I know how hard it is to do a number of things at the same time. I do it for Bazaar each year. Everyone will love what you have done. Hugs, Mary

trash talk said...

I'm with Debra...where are the tutorials? Maybe I can get them to let me have a pair of scissors here at the home to play with.
I loved, loved, triple loved those bags.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow! everything looks wonderful!

Diane said...

Hey Lisa, get over to my blog--I have an award for you!

Miss Sandy said...

Your gifts for the gals are stunning and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Your class project looks like great fun too! Can't wait to see more of your cowgirl adventure.

Erica said...

So fabulous! I KNOW everyone loved your class and had a wonderful time. I wish I could be there! But, hoping to see you at Cottage Panache soon.

Diane said...

Wow so many ideas in one little post! My head is spinning! Love the bags and I gotta have one of those inspiration boards.
Looks like lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, I was one of the lucky ones that got to be at PC & be in your wonderful class! I thank you so much & I will be using the techniques we learned from you. See you next year! Lynn from SD