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November 19, 2008



It looks like you had a delightful time! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it!


oh wow looks like you all had a great time and learned a lot along the way. I love your Charm and the extra bling!
Hugs, Diane

Joanna {sweet finds}

Karla, you and Carol definitely know how to get the party started! :) I am so glad that I got to be apart of this event. Being a first time Bella, I wasn't sure what to expect. But, I felt right at home. Getting the opportunity to visit & bond with everyone was amazing. xoxo, Joanna


have a great time with the Fairy Grandbaby - I'm loving all the Silver Bella photos and stories. And no, you're not rude for not answering - go off and enjoy yourself.



Oh my gosh, look at all those beautiful projects! I just LOVE the tree book and I'm already getting all kinds of artistic inspiration. Your charm is gorgeous. For Christmas I'm asking for the soldering kit from Simply Swank. I'm scared of burning myself too, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time, so I'm going to risk it! yikes!


Can't wait to see more pictures! Especially closeups of the projects you made! And I am very intrigued with how you use wax.. you must show us! Fun, Fun, Fun!


Looks like so much fun was had by all! Enjoy Sugarwings!

Debra Ganas

I have been working hard cleaning my craft room and I needed a break. First place I came to was here. Karla, you did not disappoint. Love all the pictures.

I am crossing my fingers and toes to win the Nov. givaway. Love the roses and the crown AND a painting of Sugarwings.


Oh wow , those pictures are sooooo much fun!! It looks like a fabulous time for sure! I'd love to attend one of them, they really look like a blast!

thanks for sharing! and all those homemade crafty goodies are fabulous! what talented ladies!!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia


It was a pleasure meeting you at the Vendor Fair, and I think all of your projects are wonderful. After seeing all of those beautiful soldered charms, I wish I would have taken that class!


I'm enjoying all of the photos very much! It looks like so much fun! Love all of the charms!


Daaaaaang!! How much fun did you haaaave!! Wow, I"m loving what you've made! Can't wait to hear the tips on waxing!


you looked like you had an amazing time. I am so happy to at least live vicariously through your photos. Going to Silver Bella is now on my list of things to do for me !
have a great week-


I love everything. It looked like you were having way too much fun. Thanks for sharing.


It was nice to meet you at the Vendor Fair. You certainly were kept busy. I got one of Shabby Craps business cards! Too cute! It made me laugh! Sometimes I think I should change my blog to My So Called Junky Crap because of all the crap I have lying around (and I think my husband would agree!!!) :) Have a beautiful weekend with your little bella!


Wow!! So much fun!!!!

Heidi Woodruff

Same here...I felt like we could have talked all weekend...except that there were aobut 200 girls to do the same with! Not enough talking time for sure! I loved meeting you! I still can't believe you took the VIRGIN soldering class! LOL Love the charm!

Smiles. Heidi


Oh, it all just looks so fun! Your creations are lovely as always! So glad you had a ball!


That's it Karla! I'm going to be a Bella next year! So glad to hear your vending table was such a hit. I enjoyed following you gretting ready for this party. So good of you to share your ball!Hugs,Terri

Fleur de Bee

LOOOVE all the photos! Yes Cheryl DOES look like a ballerina in these photos...what a doll! Everything looks so fun! Next year for sure! I am already in the planning stages haha!

Thanks for the comment on my blog! xo-Molly


Karla, thanks for sharing SB again with those of us who only wish we had been there...LOVE the tip on the trees, thanks for sharing that...i am trying that for sure...your soldered charms are GORGEOUS!!! that is the one class i definitely would have signed up for!!!

jessi nagy

hey doll,

what a fun photo of you!!
thats how i think we all felt all weekend!!
Your charms turned out fab

LiLi M.

Yipppiieee!! I'm so glad that you too are posting more and more photo's, but I think I just cannot get enough of them. All the projects are gorgeous and it's fun to see so many well known bloggers here. Enjoy your time with Sugarwings!


I loved Suzanne's wallpaper charms too! I can't wait to peruse my fabulous pile of wallpaper you brought me and make some for Christmas gifts. (and some for me too!)
That wallpaper was probably the purchase I will use the most, thank you, thank you!!

Karen Young

Great projects and I love the charm you made for this mouths draw...fantastic.


betty lou

Oh, what fun! Love the things you made! Love Mary Engelbreit, also!!

Lee W.

those projects you made with the bottle brushes are gorgeous! I hope to go one year.


You look and sound like you had the best time in Omaha!!!! We need to hook up and you can give me lessons on that perfect shade of aqua for my fingernails!!! WOOOO, Silver Bella 2009!!!!!

Kathy in chicago

Love, love the pics. Keep 'em coming! I wished I could've gone this year but I am living vicariously through all of you Bellas! It looks like you had SUCH a good time! I had to laugh about you chattering on to Mary E. and not knowing who you were talking to. That's exactly the kind of thing I would do.



I've never tried dyeing the little trees but I did paint one in the same way, and spray painted an entire wreath! I love the way that turned out...opened a whole new world! I think it's fantastic you can learn so much from the other students! I REALLY want to try the wax

Kerryanne English

That sounds like the most amazing weekend!!

Rochelle Gaukel

Love your charms......wish I could've had a soldering class with Sally Jean....maybe next time. Sure would love to win that charm necklace! Hope you get some rest this coming weekend even with your little Sugarwings around!
Have a great day!

m i c h e l l e

Karla...it was so fabulous seeing you! You are SO funny and just so inspirational to be around! I've loved every bit of the Bella bounty you've been sharing on your blog!!!

Big hugs,

Gretchen Schauann

Very cool projects you made. Love the Christmas pageant one and the give away soldered pc. is beautiful too.
Thanks for taking the time to share.

sherry goodloe

Ooooooh weeeeeee, I sure would love to win THAT piece you made in class!!! Nice . . . very nice.


Wow, Silver Bella looks like SOOOOO much fun! I adore the charm! The soldering also looks like fun. I remember my dad soldering to fix broken things. He could fix anything!

Jean Eakin

I don't beleive anyone but you could manage to dye her fingernail polish. At least it wasn't your whole hands. It looks as if you all made some great stuff and had such a good time. It shows in all of your smiles. As they say, laughter is good for the soul. Kiss that sweet sugarwings for me and have a wonderful time with the her.

Elaine L.

LOL at the finger nails, but hey they look great!

It looks like you had so much fun and the time must have flown by.

I LOVE the charm you made. It is so special!


Elisa Day

I love your charms!

Sheila R

I sure had an amazing time at the pre-bella party you hosted and then at SB with you! Let me know when the next craft day is, I would sure love to come if I can! You are such a gem!

Daisy Cottage

soooooooooooooo fun Karla!
YOU are adorable - and I'm thrilled you all had such a great time - what a joy it is for US to read your Bella stories and share in your fun - thank you for taking us with you too!!


OMG~ :-) I stumbled upon your flickr last night for the first time and imeediately was in awe of all of your little creatons and fairies and the wonderful magical world you've created for yourself. So I had to check to see if you had a blog and seure enough-BINGO! I love your little creations!!

I will be back to read more of your blog as soon as I have the chance.

Xo Kelly


That picture is priceless! Loved all of your projects. It was fun meeting everyone!

meleen dupré


"dying finger nail polish 101"....i think that's a class for next year!!!
so glad we met!!! and that sweet grandbaby of yours......sugar for sure!!!



You met Mary Engelbreit! And talked to her!!!! You are living my fantasy life! Does anyone know if the rumor I've read on a couple of blogs is true? Is Mary's mag coming to an end?

Ali Gripp

What a hoot it was watching you clean that tree and change your nail polih color!! That charm is stunning, I would have to agree that you are a little trollop!!


SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!! I'm loving these pics! I've said it before... and I'll say it again... I WANT TO GO IN 2009! (Plus my two oldest boys will be 13 and 15 by then... they could stand a little guy-time alone with Dad anyhow... besides, you know what teenage boys think of their "moms" at that age... she's nothing but a housemaid! lol)


I am having so much fun reading everyone's Silver Bella blog posts. I hope to make it one day. I love how your nail polish turned colors! How apropo.
Your giveaway necklace is gorgous! How generous of you to share with us.
Take care

Hannah Shaw

It looks like you had a wonderful time. I am really enjoying the photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I love the soldered charm you made, it's beautiful!

Norma Conway

OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. Inspiring. Fun. Gorgeous work by one and all. What else is there but to enjoy. Eye candy my dear!


Your take on all the classes is fabulous! Especially the ballerina one!
Speaking of bathrooms in hotels where there are these types of events going on; I think the Embassy Suites we stayed at for Donna Downey's Inspired Event thought we were all loco.

Yard Sale Mama

All of your charms turned out beautifully, the extra "bling" was a great idea! Oh, and I happen to like your 'silver-turned-teal' nail polish, it's fun :o)
Have a great weekend!


Next time you must plan for an extra suitcase and I fear I may be inside it!


The classes sound wonderful and everyone looks so happy! I know everyone looking at your blog wishes they were there! I know I do!

Love the pendant you made. Is that rose background wallpaper? I think you posted a sheet of that once -- it seems like I remember it, only bigger!


OK...of ALL of the posts about Silver Bell that I've seen, yours has been the funniest!!!! Soldering Trollop...oh, that just cracks me up! Looks like it was such a blast. I've got to start saving pennies so I can go next year.



hi karla !!!!! looks like you bella's had a ball - i don't always have time to comment here , but i always enjoy reading what your up to !! anyways missed seeing you this year with all the other girls - well there is always next year right !???!! doesn't mean i am not getting my glitter on still !LOL!!!

barbara burkard


mary ellen

I am so green with envy...what a wonderful magical week-end.......thank you for sharing with all of us.


"TROLLOP" ... gotta love it. You go, girl!

Amy Bauer

Yeah for more Bella news! I can kinda pretend I was there. Thanks so much from "blogless" me! - Amy Bauer

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