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Event Review: Spark!

Reported by Erin Bassett
Spark No. 2 took place this past weekend in Lindon, UT and women from all around the globe came to renew the inner flame of creativity within themselves and to ignite it in one another.
The location at Noah’s was new this year (Spark No. 1 was at This Is The Place Heritage Park in UT) and although the building wasn’t as quaint and historic as the Spark No.1 location, it did have WiFi so I really can’t complain!
Rhonna Farrer, Margie Romney-Aslett, and Elizabeth Kartchner organized the event and let me tell you, those ladies have such an eye for detail!! Here’s just some of the décor they created this year:
I could seriously put up 100 shots of all the décor that was up throughout the entire building and the gardens. It was fabulous! And to top it off a lot of it was green and had been collected and upcycled into pure cuteness.
Everyone was divided up into color groups and rotated into each of the four core classes and the four mini-classes. Most of the materials and tools were provided to share so that those who had to fly could travel lighter.
The main classes were:
“Enlighten” with Wendy Whitacre was an awesome photography class that explained how digital SLR cameras work and how to make them do what you want them to do. Wendy has a great teaching style and simplifies the big scary parts of using your camera out of the automatic mode. She also had little stations around the class room for us to put into practice what we learned.
“Nurture” with Emily Falconbridge was a wool felting class where she taught you the concepts behind felting and then we were able to make either wool scarves or wool beads. It was really fun to watch how everyone’s projects came together and then see how they turned out….some turned out better then expected and some turned out different then expected and a bit quirky, but they were all beautiful in their own right.
“Cherish” with Janet Hopkins was a class where we created a corsage out of Glimmer Misted flowers, tulle, a vintage ticket, charms, and other doo-dads. While most of the finished projects looked similar they each had a bit of character from the person that created it.
“Uplift” with Margie Romney-Aslett was a fun home décor class where we used stripped down lamp shades to create mobiles. While everyone stuck to the same concept, no two lampshades were the same and the photos and ephemera that hung on them told such a warm-fuzzy story.
The mini-classes were:
“Explore” with Rhonna Farrer was a how-to digi-scrap class and we used an awesome House of 3 digital kit to create with. As an avid digi-scrapper I loved to see and hear traditional scrapbookers “get” how to create things digitally.
“Ignite” with Liz Kartchner was a class were we made a fun little mini-album that was shaped like a flag and was entitled “Celebrate”. I didn’t have time to get it finished in class, but it will be great to finish up and throw in some cute photos from a birthday or something.
“Create” with April Meeker was a mixed media class were we used paint, Mod Podge, paper, ephemera, and silhouettes to create beautiful canvases. There was not a enough time for me to complete my project in class, but that’s totally fine with me since I have some things at home I’d like to add to it.
“Relax” with the Dear Lizzie store was where we created a cute little pennant from ephemera and then had a chance to just chill or catch up on other stuff…like getting snacks from the snack room.
On Friday night we had a roof top soiree where we bundled up to do some “mini-mini’s” (aka: make and takes). The space was small, but the projects were cute!! Stephanie Hamen (Fiskars) had us making the cutest mini canvas. Michelle Hill (Epiphany Crafts/Polka Dot Whimsy) had us make a flower pin (or it could have been used as a barrette if you changed the backing). Lori Allred (Imaginisce) and Shannon Lerner (ProvoCraft) had us making quilled flowers that were embellished with the iTop and iRock. Lori Ward (Miss Ruby Sue) had us making headbands. Jayme Shepherd (Making Memories) had us creating some beautiful Vintage Groove necklaces. Rebecca McAllister (Sassafras Lass) and Hayley Blumenstock (Sassafras Lass) had us make a cute mini-book. (I love the technique they used for the spine and pages of the book.) And lastly, Jennifer Garry (We R Memory Keepers) and Mallory Straus (We R Memory Keepers) showed us how to use the Cinch to create a mini-book.
After the soiree was over we went out to the garden to enjoy a concert by Mindy Gledhill. This was my first time to hear her music and lyrics and I do have to say…her songs are magical. She told us the story behind many of the songs and that made the words mean even more. Once I got home I hopped on iTunes and downloaded her latest album “Anchor” so I could listen to it over & over again.
Saturday night after classes there was a private party at the Dear Lizzie store where we sipped on Fizzy Lizzies while we shopped and took even more photos.
All in all, it was an amazing event and I left wanting to flap my own wings home so I could grab my glue gun and some glitter and get busy creating.
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One Response to Event Review: Spark!

  1. Jean Fitch from jlfstudio September 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Thanks for sparking my own creativity with many of these terrific images and descriptions. I’ve been saving an old lampshade frame for the last decade or two…now I know what to do with it – LOL! So many other ideas too.

    Great motto for a blog post came too:

    Spark…pass it on!