Monday, September 19, 2011


I just returned from a packed few days at The Creative Connection.  I had no idea what to wear, but one thing I knew for sure is I had to have one of the clutches that Simone creates out of my Botanika fabrics.  She whipped this baby up just in time.  LOVE!  Go check out some of the other ones.  Simone rocks Botanika.

Couldn't find my business cards (you know my moving saga), then realized my info would have been all wrong anyway.  Didn't want to lug my large camera and intended to borrow Tim's smaller one, but geez, somehow I forgot that in the middle of the night. So, I'm about to reveal a few really bad photos of some awesome ladies.   

Us sewing gals quickly found each other like moths to flame.

Here is one of the reasons I participated in The Creative Connection.  The particular roundtable I  was involved with was packed, both with experts and women hoping to glean invaluable information.  Several women were able to pitch their ideas and art to the top gift companies and ask questions to some of us licensed designers working with these companies.  What an incredible opportunity, certainly one I would have loved to have had myself many years ago. 

I took a few classes.  Two classes from Traci Bautista.  Funny, because her style is so very different than mine, but I was there to stretch myself.  And boy that stretched me.  I ended up in the same classes and at the same table with Brenda Pinnick a couple times.  We became fast painting buddies, sharing supplies and fabric scraps.  We quickly realized the fabrics we were sharing were our own designs and complimented each others.  What fun!  My hair gets wild when I get creative. 

Brenda Pinnick and me

Me and Traci Bautista
I was quite happy to meet Holly Becker of Decor8, finally.  She has sent some love my way over the years and I've followed her design blog since 2005.  Studied her new book DECORATE from cover to cover on the flights home. 

Me with Holly Becker
 Okay, that's all I can talk about today, but I will be picking a winner of the Pillow Giveaway this week.  If you haven't already, click here and leave a comment for a chance to win this pillow from The Paula Prass Collection for Demdaco:


  1. Just lovely! I love the bag, lovely!


  2. That clutch is wonderful. Nothing makes or breaks a bag like top stitching and hers hits it out of the park. Of course can't go too far of the mark working with your lovely fabrics. Glad you had fun.

  3. Thanks for the love! It's always fun to make things for you and Botanika make it all very easy! I really wanted to make a larger bag for you as well but sorta' ran out of time. One may be showing up at your door in the not too distant future. Can't wait to hear about your weekend. I bet you had a great time. Let's chat soon. xoxo

  4. Hi Paula, I really enjoyed meeting you, and I'm glad you didn't follow me to Toronto!!

  5. Paula, it was such a pleasure meeting you and having the opportunity to get to know you at the Creative Connection event! I'm so glad our paths crossed and it was too much fun sharing fabrics!

    I hope I'll see you next year!
    Brenda Pinnick. xxoo



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