On a windy weekend in late April, 100+ females met in St. Louis for a workshops event hosted by Mary Engelbreit. Three of us from OK traveled together, Renee, Shelley, and myself flew to MO for a great adventure. Soon after arriving to St. Louis, we hopped in a car and drove to Mary’s studio for a grand tour, I explored more than I clicked….
Next, we ate lunch, checked into our rooms and headed to the much anticipated Red Lead Paperworks.
Red Lead is run by 2 sisters who were chatty and funny, their store was swell.
I introduced my travel buds to Urban Outfitters (they have never heard of it!) and we hit up Anthro, too. We prepared for the welcome night where Mary greeted us, she’s so excited to see me!
Here’s a fella bella, Rachel V. and Shelley
Everyone made their own name tags for the event, here’s my roomie and me with ours:
After the meet and greet, the 3 of us enjoyed a cupcake or two, it was a perfect end to almost any night not involving alcoholic beverages.
The next day, we wake up bright and early for breakfast at 7:00, luckily, Shelley and I had our own bedrooms & bathrooms, so we did not have to get up before 6:00. Our first class was a charmant bracelet.
Our instructor was Kaari Meng, look at her name tag!
I ended up with both colors for the bracelet, they were just irresistible.
I had this gilded beauty signed by the author and contributor and mailed to my greatly missed bird.
During this class, Shelley and I sat a seat apart and magic happened. There was some snickering, talking under one’s breath, and mild profanity, basically, we made a friend.
Priscilla is her name, her bling would make Lil’ Wayne proud, she was hilarious and will understand the Mary J. Blige reference that is the title of this post.
After lunch, I made a glitter chandelier with Wendy freaking Addison, yo! I have been a fan of Wendy for about 5 years, longer than I even knew who Mary E was! That was such a labor intensive class, it was 98% cutting, I am not exaggerating. It was a handoff between an exacto knife and scissors, my fingers will never be the same again, neither will my sewing room where the chandelier hangs. I love it. Love it!
During that class, her assistant quickly became my life coach, she said that I was too anal or detail-oriented, she did not get far with me, she surrendered.
We ended that night with a fabulous dinner, wine, and dessert, of course. Day 3 coming up next!