Thursday, November 15, 2007

Glitter 101

I had the honor and privilege of taking part in Laurie Davis's Glitter 101 Workshop this past weekend. It was held at the wonderful Zoe & Floyd gallery in CT and right next door was a darling shop selling gorgeous glittered and sugared confections!

At this workshop we made Laurie's signature Glittered Pear ornaments and Paper Mache Walnut Boxes. This is how the pears start - just plain 'ol plastic.

That is until we get our hands on them and glitter them up! Laurie is fabulous. She gave all kinds of great background on glitter - where it comes from, how it is made, the differences in textures - all kinds of things I never knew!


This is the finished product with a beautiful bow and a hand-forged metal hook - yes! I delved into the world of metal forging! You can see a photo of me trying to figure out what the heck I am doing on Laurie's blog. I have to get a better photo of the finished pear - they are gorgeous and glittery!


Here is the Glitter Fairy herself dolling out luscious gold paint.

Here is the finished walnut box - yes, I need to get a better photo!


Here I am with my finished projects.


Laurie and me. I can't begin to say enough wonderful things about her! A truly beautiful and kind soul.

These last two photos are some of Laurie's wonderful creations. She is so talented. The glittered pedestals you see are made from paper plates! She demonstrated how to make these on Martha - she has appeared on Martha's show three times! Check out Laurie's blog for links and more info.


31 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

Karla your glittered goodies are gorgeous! looking forward to seeing more pics of your pear and walnut box. I'm going to head over to Laurie's to see you doing metal forging now!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Sounds like fun. The pears are beautiful.

*heidi* said...

Wow, what a fun class to take! Talk about Glitter Bella! I love that you were able to do this and show us great pictures of the stages of a pear becoming a Glitter Bella Pear! Great packaging, too! I'll have to go check out the link to her site now!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Fabulous!!! That looks like it was so much fun! And such pretty creations, Karla! =)

deb said...

SO jealous!! What fabulous gifts.. and fairly simple too. So beautifully presented in those cello bags. I love her work - I've seen her on Martha's show and always love her creations.

Jammy said...

Wow it looks like you had an AMAZING time! I am inspired just looking at it all! What do you use to keep the glitter on? Wow, that was one SERIOUS pan of glitter, how FUN!!! I am going to have to check out her website.

I was coming over to THANK YOU SO MUCH for the Thanksgiving ornament, I think it is so special and sweet! It definitely made my day and I LOVE it!!!!

Hugs,
Jenn

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Oh fabulous Karla!! I would have loved to do that!! I love your pears. Those pedastals... I MUST make one!!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Karla, they look fabulous. Love the glitter!
Alison

Lisa said...

Wow, what a fun class that must have been. This is a beautiful project. I'll have to go and check out Laura's blog to see how to make them. Great pictures!

the glitter fairy said...

Dear Karla,
Thanks so much for the great post, pictures and kind words. And most of all, thank YOU for coming to the workshop. It was so wonderful to finally meet you in person...and we did have fun, didn't we? Hope your new ornaments find good homes. They came out beautifully and now you know how to make more for your family and friends. Am looking forward to our next venue together. We must cook something up!
Take care and keep on glittering...
xoxo
Laurie

Whimsy Pink said...

Those are so cute! Thanks for sharing!:)

Monica said...

Oh I am super JEALOUS girl, how fun to hang out with the glitter queen!
The PEARS are gorgeous and I am sure you learned alot of cool tricks.
Thanks so much for your prayers and well wishes for Rori , It means alot!

Charmingdesigns said...

Sounds like soooo much fun! Now I need to see what you are doing with your glimmer mist!! Dont you just love that stuff!! Laurie

When We Were Young said...

Well, that looks like heavenly fun! BEAUTIFUL!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Karla! Oh wow!! That looks like SO much fun, bet you had a brilliant time! Laurie must be one talented lady! Gorgeous pears & walnuts, l-o-v-e the green glitter!!! Have a great day! Hugs to Margot :) J & J :)

Erin Earls said...

Those are great! Very Pretty! Happy late Birthday!
Love Erin~

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Neato!! I love your projects...and that paper plate idea is amazing..did you go next door for some sweet treats?

Flea Market Queen said...

I love the pears...
What a fun class to take!
Priscilla

Linda said...

Love all the beautiful glitter pretties. Sounds like a great workshop. I'm going to visit Laurie's blog now. Have a happy weekend. Linda

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oooh!!! how lucky are you??!! I love Laurie's work!! I adore glitter!! I am sure you had tons of fun!!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How fun! I am covered in glitter at the moment myself!

You look so pretty, great picture of you.

cd&m said...

Sounds like you had a ball, the end result is lovely, any tips about not getting glitter absolutely everywhere?

Cottage by the River said...

Karla looks like a great time. the finished project is great!!
Bristol

Beth Leintz said...

Oh my gosh- those are just wonderful- love the picture of the big pan of green glitter!

Saucy said...

I've been a glittering fiend this week... good glitter in nice colours is hard to come by. I like the pears. I have some plastic pears I should glitter up too. I'm doing a bunch of pomegrantes for my tree!

chelemom said...

Gorgeous!!!

Allison said...

Sounds like a wonderful day!! I would have loved to do that with you. You look so cute with your finished projects!

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

The Feathered Nest said...

I love those pears!!! I would so love to take that class....xxoo, Dawn

4loveofacuppa said...

Oh me goshhhh... those pears are divine...

Susie Q said...

These are gorgeous and what fun it must have been! You look SO pretty dear Karla! You are such a doll!

How did someone so beautiful also get to be so gosh darned talented and special too!?

Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day dear heart! I have been blessed to know you through blog land and am so grateful for that.

Hugs,
Sue

Sandy said...

How awesome! I love that glitter!!! The pears are beautiful now you just need a partridge to go with them - hehehe.
have a wonderful week.
Blessings,
Sandy :)

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