In between seminars, Flo and I traveled by train down to Florence, where we met our hostess Maria Laura. She drove us through Tuscany and we stayed 2 nights at her mountaintop villa. The scenic views we saw, were indescribably beautiful, magical really!! Please note that we are making photo albums of our scenic tour - so check for those soon. I told Maria Laura that I would love some "food for thought" for future designs...and I am so FULL of inspiration! Grazie!
In Rome, we had 3 wonderful classes full of very sweet, eager-to-learn students...they all did great!The first day was a technique class and we covered a lot of Between the Vines techniques, very fun...lots of learning, but wow, did they do great! Thank you to all of the students who attended and thank you especially to Maria Laura for a well-run set of classes...and for all the fun between time too! We truly enjoyed ourselves and we hope you did too!
I taught the Friends piece from Christmastime 6 the first day and the Teacups & Tulips pattern packet another day, the students did really well, I was impressed with their work!
Lots of friendly students...always with open smiles and hearts...
Smile Luana! She came from Switzerland with her family, it was lovely seeing her again, she was in my class in Como last year...I really connected with her, such a sweetheart!
Hmmm....wonder what she really thinks.... ;)
Tiziana...such a pretty face and a sweet personality to go with it!
Caterina and I...she runs my Italian fan page on FB, she is very sweet.
Nancy (an American living in Italy), myself and Silvia...ciao!
Next time I go to Italy, I promised to teach at Silvia's shop in Naples
...something to look forward to. :)
Maria Laura (my friend and translator) and me, @ dinner...
Gelsomina is due in April...is she not cute?! She will be a wonderful Mommy!I had Gelsomina in my first seminar series in Italy, back in '07 and it was wonderful to see her again.
(I know I must be part Italian...as I speak with my hands so much! LOL)
Myself, Tiziana and Flo...smile!
I just had to include this cute photo of Flo taking pics (this was actually from the Venice class...) it is so funny, she was wrangling, oh...about 16 cameras! LOL
Teaching the polar bear and friends....
Working on Teacups and Tulips....great work Daniela!
Tiziana and Clara were in my class at Treviso last year...it was nice seeing them again too!
Taking a break...
We all enjoyed this delightfully delicious cake...so very, very good!
(I borrowed some of these photos from the students, thank you everyone...I didn't take as many photos as I thought!)
I hope you have enjoyed all of the photos of the classes...if I find more, I will include them on the albums. My heartfelt thanks to everyone...all the students, my hostesses and translators for the most enjoyable time while in Italy...it was very special, I will never forget.
Ciao, ciao, kiss, kiss...