Dream Class

We had twelve students and it was AWESOME!!

Ulla and I arrived at the Castle at 9:00 AM. We quickly set up for our class and waited for our students to arrive. It was a blast from the moment it started! The women in our class were incredibly nice and excited to be there to learn from us. They created beautiful shoes with imaginative flair. I really enjoyed the bold color combinations and embellishments they used on their shoes. I was pretty nervous at first, but I settled into a rhythm and everyone encouraged me along.

Ulla circulated among the tables while I taught my portion of the class. She gently guided and encouraged our fellow artists. Ulla is one of the best teachers I have ever had the privilege to teach with or learn from. Her imagination and creativity flow over you and they open your mind to possibilities you didn’t know existed.

Creative chaos







After lunch Ulla taught her gorgeous regency style shoe. We all loved the ease of the pattern she had created.



I made this little round toed lovely. It reminds me of a shoe Jane Austin might have worn to a wedding.







The best parts of the workshop. . .

Laughter . . .

The process of creating . . .

Learning about new resources for supplies . . .







A big Thank You to all of the artists who attended yesterday’s workshop.

I want to give a special thank you to Diana (your stories and shared inspirations from your days of making shoes), Martha (your generosity with paper flowers and those gorgeous out of this world ribbons), Patricia (your sensitive heart, advice, and encouragement), Amy (my callous-fingered sister, you made me laugh), and Cynthia (I’m going to be buying a boatload of those quickie glue pens)!!

I couldn’t have asked for a better first teaching experience. It went like a dream.

Ulla, I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for believing I could do this. You’re the BEST!!

And thank you to Karima for letting us host this class in your beautiful and magical shoppe.



When I got home, my hubby had this salad waiting for me.



After the salad, I put my feet up and fell asleep.

31 comments:

Barb said...

Gosh I would have loved to be in that class..what fun!

Ulla said...

Sleep pretty girl sleep... You deserve sweet fairy dust and quiet music - after your day in the stars!
Kisses
Ulla

bluemuf said...

Nancy, from all the beautiful shoes, it looks like your students had a fantastic time. I would have loved to take your workshop.

Now, you are an experienced teacher.

Hugs Karen

LiLi M. said...

I just knew it! Of course you are a wonderful teacher and of course every body had a swell time and managed to create an original Nancy Burns Marie shoe! I am so happy that you enjoyed it so much! I think everybody who visits you here is sorry that she wasn't able to meet you in your first class and to make such a lovely shoe as well! Now enjoy the good feeling afterwards!

Lori said...

Nancy, proof of what a great teacher you are...all of the shoes made by your students are so beautiful...they all look so pretty lined up in a row...i'm glad you had such a good time...i really like the shoes you are wearing as you take your nap, they are so cute!!!

TattingChic said...

What a fabulous class! I would've loved to have been a student!
That salad looks so fresh and crisp and delicious!
Oh, I love your real shoes, too! They look comfy and stylish!

Annie said...

What a magical class-wish I had been there. All the shoes are wonderful.

In one of your photos, a woman is wearing an enchanting locket with key. Where did she find it? Can it be had?

LindaSonia said...

How fun for you!! Oh my, I would have LOVED to have taken that class. LindaSonia

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Nancy. What a WONDERFUL teacher you are!!!! The shoes turned out so lovely....if only I could have been there :) I'm so very excited for you!!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Charm and Grace said...

Oh what fun to see the photos of you girls creating... fun! Such beautiful shoes and a great looking salad.

Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us in photos.

Christi

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Yeah Nancy! Teaching is hard work, but it is worth it! Beautiful creations, as always! Anita

Alison Gibbs said...

Sounds like a fun class. Well done Nancy
Alison

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Nancy I want to take your class!! Can you come to Ohio and teach??? Your students were so blessed to have you teach them the art of shoe making.

I love ALL the different designs and combinations that came out of the class. How creative!

Have a fab week! Bisous, sherry

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

The photo of all the completed shoes lined up reminds me of little butterflies! Those are so dainty and sweet.

The Victorian Parlor said...

I'm so thrilled that the class went well! The shoes turned out beautifully and it sounds like it was great fun:). BTW, love the Jane Austen shoe!

Blessings,

Kim

Joanna Thomas said...

The class looked just wonderful and all the shoes made were simply divine! Wish I could have been there! Thank you for sharing the experience with us!
xoxo

LW said...

Dear Nancy aka The Queens’ cobbler,

Your 12 apprentices did such a marvelous job…
Like dancing fairies the shoes lined up and then just as fast as they
came that were off to grace another’s fairyland.

Like sleeping beauty you came home to your prince with I must say a pair of
very cute shoes on your feet…

Congratulations on your very first class as it was said before I too
wish I were there…

Louise

Janet said...

That must have been one fabulous class! All those shoes look beautiful. I wish I could have been there....I'm sure everyone learned so much from you.

BellaRosa said...

Congratulations on teaching your first class. By looking at all those beautiful little shoes your students made, you can tell your first experience has been a wonderful success! Lets hope for many more future classes. Now as for those lovely shoes you were wearing during your nap, care to share where to find them, they not only look comfortable but ever so lovely. Rose

Miss Sandy said...

Nancy,
Congratulations on the success of your class! The shoes are marvelous! I so wish I could have been there to learn from you.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear Nancy, When you can, email me...I can't find your address and I want to chat! Anita

Sabii Wabii said...

These are just beautiful...what a fun day you all must have had. Congratualtions on your debut to teaching! 12 students...wow.
Terisa

The Rose Room said...

one word - WOW!!!! Rachaelxo

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What a most fabulous day, Nancy. Those shoes are all gorgeous, all laid out there. Would have loved to have been there!

donnaobrien said...

Wow! Knew it'd be a shoe-in!! Love the play on photos at the end with you 'vegging out'.
XO
D.

NeereAnDear said...

Nancy it looks like a fun time was had by all....

The shoes are gorgeous!! Everyone did such a beautiful job and I am sure your students enjoyed the class as much as you did...

Congratulations on it being such a huge success ..... I am sure you will make many more memories and strike up wonderful new friendships along the way

HUGS
JO

SweetAnnee said...

Oh what fun that looks.. Wish I'd been there.

lovely
shoes.

Elyse said...

wow! what a cool class! way to go. lovely crafted shoes, and i LOVE the shoes you are wearing!

enjoy

xo

starrynightimpressions said...

OOOhhh lovely so lovely!
crepe paper, ribbons, jewels.....
sounds like a dream day taught by a dream artist :)
Congrats!
blessings,
starrydeborah

Debi said...

Hi Nancy,
I have been away from blogging, but am happy to finally be back! Oh I WISH I could have been at your class! My Father was a shoe designer, I must tell him to visit your post! Just beautiful!!I would love one in every color!
Hugs,
Debi

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Nancy... yay yay yay!! so happy you had such a fun and successful day. I knew it would be wonderful. I so wish I could have been there. Congrats on such success, the shoes are DEVine

Love heather