Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spark No. 2 day 1 !!

I have to confess, I questioned my sanity as i set off for SPARK last Thursday night, it was 6:30pm as I climbed into my Honey's toyota, bags packed, quad espresso in hand (yes i said quad) ready to embark on the 9 hour drive to Utah.

"What the heck am I doing?" I thought. "I don't know a soul at this event." I decided just after setting off on the road to shrug off my insecure anxiety, if nothing else comes of the trip I at least got a bit of time to myself.

The drive out was silent and calming. The deep midnight sky, and occasional headlights of passing divers kept me company.

I was able to think in the silence, to plan new designs in my mind, to pray a full Rosary, and I belted my favorite tunes at the top of my lungs. Hey how would you stay awake at 1:30 am when the caffeine was wearing off?

I arrive at the B&B I stayed at for the first night at 4:30 am. Sydney the owner was sooo sweet. She left the front door unlocked for me and a lighted path to my room, where i dropped my bags and promptly passed out.

The next morning I woke up and swiftly got ready. I headed up to breakfast (which was delicious!!) and met a few ladies that would be attending spark. We chatted and then headed out into the gorgeous mountain side to drive off to SPARK.

I arrived at NOAH'S the venue. Excited I grabbed my purse, and camera, and bags of supplies.

We were greeted by these lovely banners and garland.

(you know I had stick this photo in again, it still makes me want to run off into a meadow belting out Mindy's happy music and spinning around like no ones watching!)

We registered and were presented with an adorable little swag bag filled with goodies.
(no pictures of it :(

We headed into the main hall and the decorations! Oh the decorations!!!! They were draping from the ceiling, bird cages, an adorable pink bike, garlands made from vintage board game pieces.... I could gush on and on about it.

We attended several classes and made pretty little things to take home.

The snack Bar! OH BLISS!!!! Large apothecary jars filled with candy shoppe goodness. Welcome back to my rear end 8 pounds I lost before coming! I'm a sucker for sour watermelon gummies, and they had a 2 foot jar full of them!

(this was the mini version of the snack bar, I didn't have a chance to snap pictures of the main one up stairs!)

The food was fabulous! (have I used enough exclamation points in this post? I don't think I have!!!)

After dinner they had mini mini classes but I was too tired from the drive so I snuck off with Wendy Witacre of Blue Lily photography to grab a coffee at Starbucks, and do a little window shopping at Anthropology. Anthropology swoon!
(Wendy sorry if i chatted your ear off in the car I blame it on the sleep deprivation mixed with strong coffee and copious amounts of watermelon sours ;)

We ended the night with a ...wait for it.... outdoor intimate concert by Mindy Gledhill!!!!!! Oh MY she is as adorable in person as I imagined she would be, and her music makes my heart giddy! Giddy giddy giddy!
and Yes, I do dance around my house belting out her songs like no one is watching, except my 2 year old who sports a "mommy's lost it" expression when I do, or maybe it's a "I'm not with that lady" look. either way he's stuck with me ;)

I think this post is long enough, so I'll gush about all the amazing ladies I met there tomorrow.



Nancy W said...

Love, Love, Love your photos!! So glad we met!! Excited about the jewelry I'm going to order!! You are so talented and you have such a beautiful family! I look forward to following your blog! hugs from conroe, tx!

Diane said...

I'm glad you had fun! I grew up in Utah, about 10 minutes from where Noah's is now. The mountains are beautiful!!

Sandi said...

Oh gosh! Your photo's from Spark are gorgeous!