Dear Miss Frenchie, You inspire me.

If I could find a greeting card to express how I feel after my Friday night extravaganza to Miss Frenchies, this would be the one...by the very cool, very talented Anahata Katkin. Here is her blog...http://anahata.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Miss Frenchie's had my head spinning and my heart pounding. Here is just a taste of the twice a year thrill. I will post more photos tomorrow.

Meet Julie Reed. She is an artist that works at K & Company. She is a wonder. Always amazing me with her talent and abilities. I know when it is something Julie created...I am sure to be wowed. She had her booth's sign hanging from mattress springs. Yes, she designed the signs for each participant at Miss Frenchies.

Here are more examples of Julie's handy work. Her lovely crocheted brooches displayed on old books. She folded, cut every page in each of the books. I bet you are in awe of her like me. She created no two brooches alike. The attention to detail will blow your socks off. Yes, those are her yummy scarves too. I want one in every color.

Julie found an old cash register and with the help of her boyfriend, they salvaged these cool pieces. She showed how to use it to hold business cards. SOLD...I had to have one. Here is mine hanging already in my studio. Thanks Julie!

That darn Julie forced me to buy this awful thing....I had to say that because my husband reads my blog. Hee hee. I died when I saw it. It is breath-takingly beautiful. It is hanging in my studio for now on a push pin. I can remove it when I want to wear it. It is the dot over the "I" or the cherry on top, depending on how you look at it. Julie, I will always treasure it and think of you!

Another of my favorite places in Kansas City and at Miss Frenchies-Vintiques. Shelia and Chari put on a beautiful display. It was so crowded at their booth, I couldn't get near it. Here are the photos I took standing in the corner to stay out of people's way.

It was so beautiful...that my photos just don't do it justice. Shelia has such innate sense of design. She wraps lace on spools. She adds buttons as garnishes. Just look at the measuring tape Miss Ali let me get. (She took the yellow and let me have the white one) Thanks girlie. The tape measure was so sweetly wrapped with ribbon and flowers. I had to use it in my display. Shelia you are one in a million! Vintiques is in the City Market, a great central location. It is on the backside of Steamboat Arabia and across the street from the Chinese Grocery Store. Shelia is offering classes at her store, so make sure to check out her website for the latest and greatest! http://wwwvintiqueskc.blogspot.com

Chari is also an artist that makes my heart go pitter-patter. She creates these amazing sculptures, jewelry, and paintings. Her style just draws me to each piece. Here is her upcoming class at Vintiques. Yes, I know she just blows me away. The photo is from her site....Find http://www.kcfindit.com/. You will find some amazing pieces that she created.

Here is my yummy Vintiques measuring tape. It came wrapped like treasure!

Yes, I used the measuring tape in my cake stand. I threaded it through existing holes. Just Perfect!


Walk in the Woods said...

Oh my, I love the spools of lace ... and the measuring tape on the cake stand - charming!

Happy creating!

Julie said...

Wow! Thanks for the lovely post Kara! I'm glad you enjoyed the show and found some more treasures for your stash!

Mary Green said...

Kara, You took some GREAT pictures of the 2nd floor artists - most of mine didn't come out, so I'm so glad to see yours! Wasn't it fun?

Lilli said...

Gasp! Thanks for sharing all of this inspiration. I adore those crochet brooches :)

TxScrapAddict said...

Oh I am in love with EVERYTHING I see. What a wonderful event...lucky you! And such super talented individuals....you really have an eye for talent! I'm sure it's because you are super talented too!!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Hi Kara,
I'm so glad you stummbled across my blog. Thank you for your sweet comment. I love your blog. I'll be back for sure!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wasn't it just the best? I love that show and am so happy that KC has something like it now!! Thanks for coming out and for telling everyone about Miss Frenchie's.

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Leah C said...

Oh I love what you did with that measuring tape...so pretty:)

Jenn said...

I love the measuring tape too! What a great idea!

Sandy Michelle said...

Oh my gosh I love everything; the brooches, scarves, the doll charm,the measuring tape around the cake stand... Most of all I am a huge fan of Papaya (anahata)and I just got my order of her canvas', cards and wrapping paper in the mail the other day! Thanks for sharing your awesome day at Miss Frenchies!

Sandy xox

Caleen said...

Oh.. you lucky girl.. How fun to go to Miss Frenchies.. It looks so great.. So much inspiration and so many lovely things.. Pure "Eye Candy".. I am a sucker for lace.. I love old lace and old things too.. I love all the special ways they put little touches.. Really thinking "outside" the box.. I love
Anahata too.. I love her designs too. Thank you for the kind remarks on my blog. We would have a fun time.. Who knows.. maybe sometime I can attend something close to where you live.. Someday I hope to attend Silver bella.. Well, you keep creating.. You also are an inspiration..

Marilyn said...

Hi, Kara. Your photos are lovely! It was inspiring, wasn't it...and so much fun! I am really excited to have discovered Vintiques--sounds like a trip to their store is a must. Thanks for stopping by my blog--love yours--I'll visit again:)