Monday, February 16, 2009

Scrapbook Royalty Charity Event

Last Thursday when I was sicker than a dog with sinusitis and liquid in my ears (but not contagious), Georgia and I drove to Elena's Scrapbook Royalty charity event at Summers Past Farms just out the 8 and east of El Cajon.

I had been there a couple of times over the years and thought this was a marvelous place to hold an event. Elena, with her sidekick and best helper, Kat, did a marvelous job transforming the upstairs of the barn for us to dine, socialize and decorate an Owl chip board book They were so cute.

Upon arrival we were treated to scones and muffins, teas and coffee for our morning snack as the rest of the group trickled into the barn. We talked and visited and got to know people a lot better that previously we had thought of as casual acquaintances finding we had mutual interests and backgrounds.

At some point Elena directed us to the downstairs garden. She had the owner come over and tell us about some of the events that are held at Summers Past. The most interesting event to me is a Fairy's Sunday where children come dressed up in their fairy outfits and also bring little gardens they have made using some of the miniature garden accessories like arches and wheelbarrows, etc. etc. that are sold here. And, there is a parade!

Elena is on the right sitting down

In the meantime, we shopped and took pictures of everything and everyone. So many cameras were available. All wanted the photo on their camera. Kat's assisted us in granting our wishes. Kat was always there with a helping hand and a smile.

Everyone was hungry and lunch was ready. We returned to the upstairs of the barn to find it magnificently set out with beautiful sheer covers to protect our meal. We all toasted each other and Elena with sparkling cider and then jumped into the buffet that had been set up for lunch.

The Owl Book

Before starting to make the project Elena had brought , an adorable Owl book for us to create. Those of us who brought items to be included in a silent auctioned, stood and described their gifts. I brought a book I had made in a Leslie Altman class (F.Y.I. - she's teaching this coming week at Stamping Details in Poway).

Gloria on my right

Finally we sat down to begin putting our Owl together with paint and paper and glue. There was not enough time to complete the elaborate project, but we all took photos and promised to go home and finish the Owl book provided by Jennifer. We didn't need to bring anything with us because Elena provided us all with gifts of scissors and dots to take home with us.

As we went to leave after a really fun day, Elena showered us with gift after gift including: the oriental satin cushion that we had all been sitting, a porcelain little box with darling buttons, the sheer canapes that covered our place setting, flowers to be planted, a porcelain white little bird on the end of a stick for your garden decor. And there was more. Some of guests had also donated things to be given out. It went on and on and on.

Check out the cushions, aren't they cute!

On the way home, after all the goodbyes were said over and over again and pictures of everyone were taken together and with Elena, Georgia and I stopped by a new scrapbook store in Point Loma. What a darling store. Very shabby chic. It's called Scrapbook Tale. While we were there purchasing things we really didn't need but had to have, we saw a project on display that our friend Jane had been in the process of creating during Elena's bookclub at Pink Pineapple in Vista. It was a darling crocheted cupcake and the crocheted frosting top came off to show you that it was a box.

By the time we got home, I was tired and Georgia still had to drive home to Oceanside in the traffic up the 5. But, a really fun day was had with wonderful women all supporting Elena's cause in one day at Summers Past.


Kathie said...

Love your pictures. My friend Aenne used to teach floral classes there -- I wonder if she still does? Anyway, looks like you had a marvelous time!!

cre8vjuices said...

OMG! Wish I was there...would love to have experienced such a fun day! What a creative event for all! Fun, fun, fun! The owl is adorable!!!