Despite the high heat here, in Texas, I spent a delightful weekend among friends in Austin. I took Stephanie Rubiano's amazing "Magnetic Personalities" class at her beautiful home.
I traveled with my good friend, Sally Turlington, who was kind enough to drive us in her new car, while showing me the features of her new i-phone...very cool! Upon arriving in town, we met up with Stephanie and our friend, Kim Loya. The first spot we hit was the infamous Uncommon Objects. Uncommon has the most eclectic mix of things you've ever seen.
In amongst the giant clown shoes, stuffed terriers (sorry Maggie!) and vintage store display pieces, you can find all kinds of interesting baubles.
I had to grab this old, leather briefcase out of poor Sally's hand...
...and swipe these tiny cigar boxes out from under poor Stephanie. But, in the end, they forgave me for my over-zealousness.
Don't worry, I left a few things for them (wink!).
See...we're still friends!
Next stop was Stephanie's home and studio where we met up with the lovely, Diane Cook. Steph graciously allowed us to wander and take photos.
Let me tell you, Stephanie's workspace is filled with inspiration.
She has such a gift for arrangement as well as an incredible creative vision.
Of course, this extends right into the rest of her home...
...which is fabulous, as well and filled with artwork by Stephanie as well as by many other artists.
Sally, Kim and Diane
Saturday was class day. If you get a chance to take this class, with Stephanie, I highly recommend it. I know she'll be teaching it at Artfest next year. Look at the adorable thing I made:
Magnetic Personalities-Sarah Emeline
Actually, if you get a chance to take any of Stephanie's classes, you should jump. She's so knowledgeable and, like I said, she's got that creative vision that turns everything she touches into gold.
In this class, we got to play big-girl paper dolls all day.
We created a doll from special materials (not just paper, after all) and worked on their wardrobes which was a kick.
Stephanie taught a lot of useful techniques, including waxing some of the clothes. Fun stuff!
Sally's magnetic personality
I was lucky enough to acquire one of Stephanie's "Perching Pixies." This one stands in a little tin teapot that reminds me of one my mom had as a kid.
Sunday was the Austin city-wide garage sale. You'd think we'd had enough shopping after the hours we spent at Uncommon but nooooo...
This wasn't really a garage sale in the garage sale sense of the word. It was inside, for one thing (thank you God, for that, as it was 103 outside!) and the place was filled with vendors; like an antique mall but with way, way better prices!
And guess who was vending there...
...my friend, Katy, from Beads by Sandy...yay!
Much as I love my vintage pull-down maps, old green fan, crusty little chair, cabinet cards and other goodies, my find of the day was this shabby chic birdcage, I picked up for a song (pun intended). Wife Whisperer tried to put it on the curb last night for the garbage men but, luckily, I caught him!
Deryn and Kim
Thank you, Stephanie, for a wonderful weekend.