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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ghoultide Gathering....the Show!

"Soft in the Head"...set up and READY!
Many people can tell you about having butterflies when they are under stress or excited about an upcoming event...but how many can tell you about fire-breathing gerbils with road rage racing around in their stomachs..."ME"...and I have a big enough stomach for lots and lots of road rage! I don't think I have ever been so excited and nauseated at the same time. I didn't know, only having 6 weeks to prepare, that I would have enough character's for this show...well I did! I also didn't know where "Soft in the Head" could possibly fit in with this group of just simply amazing artists, but guess what, I did! It was fun to see the expression on my husbands face as he looked around at this incredible group of talented and humble individuals. The warmth and sincere appreciation they have for each other was so comforting and a bit emotional, well for me anyway! As I have traveled down this road of artistic discovery I have often stumbled and fallen over a huge ego or two which has kept me on the straight and narrow. I had an epiphany when I was surrounded with the likes of Scott Smith, Nicol Sayre, Paul Gordon and Stephanie & Vaughn Rawson, Sheila Bentley, Will Bezek, Allen Cunningham, Lori Ann Corelis and the list goes on and on...as I stood there being hugged and smiled at and completely made at ease... I realized "here is the A team of artists and there is NOT one ego among any of them, they are friends and comrades. They all have the same goal...celebrate their art and have fun doing it! Help other artists do the same! OMG...this was "ART Mecca"....I had finally found a place where I fit! I was constantly picking my jaw up off the floor at the imaginations that came to life around me. If you love Halloween and have a real passion for it...you have got to go to this show! You will NEVER be the same! If it hadn't been for the encouragement from Joycee, Lori and Dan (hubby) I might have turned the car around and came home...I was speechless at what I saw (and any of you that know me know that would be a miracle in itself, me speechless). Okay now for some pictures....

Our Meeting Before Set-Up at the Hotel....

Scott Smith and Me (I'm the chubbyone) and a peek of his table!

Nicol Sayre and Me (she's the pretty one) Paul Gordon (who I adore)

My Buddy Carolee's booth (sadly no Carolee)

Will Bezek (dressed in the actual costume from "Ghostrider" movie...too cool!

Allen Cunningham (just the sweetest)and his work!

Lori Ann Corelis' table (sadly no Lori Ann)

Vaughn and Stephanie Rawson's work (Stephanie kept me sane! I adore her!)

Sheila Bentley and Me (again she's the pretty one)..Let me just tell ya...I was next to Shelia and when the doors opened it was like a feeding frenzy at her table...it was unreal! WTG Sheila!

Dara DiMagno and her incredible jewelry (Dara is my new best friend!)...

Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farms' table..AMAZING WORK! Lori and I are neighbors here in Virginia!

Soft in the Head...Before (and under my table was full) and Soft in the Head after (and under the table was empty) WHOA WHAT A RIDE!!!!!!
I miss getting pictures of so many of the artists there, but by the time I had gotten set up there just wasn't time. The lines were so long at the doors that I think we all felt more comfortable staying close to our tables than wandering around. Heck we could have gotten trampled in the wake of thundering feet if we weren't careful. I want to take some time here to thank some wonderful friends. You all came out to see me and your support and encouragement meant so much that mere words just can't express it. Thank you Michelle you mean more to me than you will ever know and Jamie is everything I thought he would be, Teresa B. you being there was inspirational and emotional...I have admired you for years...Jan what can I say but thank you from the bottom of my heart...Cynthia you have always been special to me, thank you!....Theresa M. You are definitely more than a Facebook friend...thank you so much! Mary Ann it was so good putting a face with the name and hugging you, you have always been so good to me...Kathy you made me cry, I miss you! Lori and Joycee nothing can EVER be said that could compare to how I feel about the two of you! A very special thank you to Brenda who couldn't make the show but made it to see me at my hotel...We love you Bren and Max you are the "Man"! LOL! All in all this trip has given me an entirely new look at my characters and my life. I have grown in so many ways from this show and not just around my waist, lol...Scott thank you for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity! Now it is time to start planning for next year! WOO-HOOOOOOO!


Stacey said...

Pam~ I'm so very glad to see you right where you belong. Artists are a special bunch! You are right, no ego's and enjoying the gift and triumphs of each other's journey. Now you have me inspired to get ready for Heritage! Doin' the dance for ya!!

homespunheart said...

Wow, wow, WOW! Great pictures! Congratulations to you!

paynterfamily4 said...

Wow! I love all the artist's work - I wish we had something like Ghoulide Gathering out here in the west - it looks so festive and magical!! I don't know how anyone couldn't have walked out with a few (or alot!!!) of spooky treasures with such marvelous, creative work - congrats! And best wishes to all the artists!

P.S. the jacket from Ghostrider - TOO WICKEDLY COOL!!!

Betsy said...

Amazing Talent!!! I am SO happy for you, you were Right where you belong, the A Team of art..I loved that!!! Great Pictures, your write up was wonderful and inspiring...Congratulations Pam, you...So deserve it!!


Carolee said...

Big Congrats on your success at the Ghoultide Gathering!! - I never doubted for a minute you were right where you belonged!! Your work is just amazing, and I'm so happy for you!

~ Carolee

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

How exciting! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures too. One of these years I'm going to get there:)

Nancy said...

Hi Pam...
Oh, I am so happy for you! I am so glad you had the opportunity to showcase what we all knew...that you are a very talented artist!

Great pics...
Have a wonderful day,
Hugs, Nancy

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Pam it was great to finally get a chance to meet you... love seeing pics of your work and am thrilled at your success in the show!

Looking forward to seeing you again next year!


Sam I Am said...

WOWZERS PAM!!!! Your booth looks packed to the rim with amazing creations!!!!
YOU Are just TOO CUTE!! Your smile is contagious!! :)
Sounds like you had a blast..and man, maybe next year I can be there to give ya a hug :)
congrats on a successful show and a FUN TIME :)

WoolenSails said...

Loved seeing all the artist's tables, what a wonderful show. I am glad you did well, love your work.


Lori said...

Pam ~
you made an awesome event even more so by being there!
I'm thrilled that I finally met you in person, and hope that we'll connect sometime here in VA...

congrats to you on your success & wishing you much more!

Blessed be!!
Lori from Notforgotten Farm

lovetheprimlook said...

Pam, I am so sorry we missed you and the show. We were moving into the house and I thought we would have time. I will not miss it next year if they have it again !!! Your gathering looked GRAND !!!


Codys Keepsakes said...

It was a pleasure to meet you and I LOVE your creations. It was hard to walk away from your table. I could have looked all day. You def. belong there. Can't wait for next year.

Valeriote Design said...

Amazing that you pulled all that together in just 6 weeks. What an thrilled it must have been to see all this art and artists under one roof! Congratulations Pam! You're a shinning star.

I'm Lori Ann said...

Pam . . you are just TOO sweet! t was so nice to meet you and to see your work in person! What fun! Looking forward to seeing you next year!

Lori Ann

Cynthia said...

Pam,What a wonderful display of all of your art work.Love everything that I purchsed.Thought the whole show was super. Hugs & blessings to you, Dan & your family. Cynthia

Robin Armstrong Seeber said...

oh my pam! I am so glad it was such a success for you, but then it's YOUR STUFF, can't believe you even had anything left!! awesome, thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing, one of these days...I'll get there, your table was stuffed and I need a magnifying glass!!!and you're the pretty one!


vintagepaletteart said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww.......I told you that you had absolutely nothing to worry about! ;o) Your magical creations just can't be passed by without a smile and a touch. Never doubt yourself or your art Pam. I'm so happy for you!! And so glad that I got to share the magic that was in the air at this wonderful Halloween Show. I honestly don't think that anything could top it...except, well....maybe next years!

Hugs, Lori

Little Dollings by Brenda O. said...

Sweet, sweet Pammie: Spending Saturday eve w you n Dan helped ease the disappointment of missing the show. I remember the magic you created in Columbus last year, and your Ghoultide booth had to be over the top!!
Congrats on what we've all known all along: Your work is in a class by itself - and you deserve every accolade and more!
Much love,

Nancy Lee Malay said...

Well, at least I can live through your photos, Pam! I sure wish I could have been there.....NEXT YEAR!

Of course your creations were snapped up right away - your table looks fantastic, like I knew it would. I'm amazed at how much you got done with only 6 weeks to prepare.

I'm so happy for you with all of the successes you've had, and know the best is yet to come.

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

I am so thrilled for you Pam...I cannot tell you how happy I am that the experience was so wonderful. You are right, Scott, Lori, William and Nicole are just the best and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have met them at Halloween and Vine. I knew you would be a BIG hit at Ghoultide--your work is awesome!!!

Debbie Miller of Onion Patch said...

O my!!! Everything looks soo yummy!! I am so glad you had such a wonderful time!!

Cookie said...

what a ride Pam!! Love everything I see - T is just beaming about meeting you! "Soul sisters" and I can sure understand why ♥

Congrats on a great success and a wonderful time with friends x0

Leah's Art Magic said...

Pam congratulations on a great show!Your work is wonderful! Wow! six weeks, you were one busy lady! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos. :)


Johanna Parker said...

Cheers to you Pam! From the looks of it, you had a wonderful experience at Ghoultide! I'm so happy it was a success for you and all of the artists too.... YAY! Wish I could have been there to see all of your delights in person.....But, thank you for sharing your photos with curious sorts like me :)

~ Johanna

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

glad you had a great time..Your stuff looks wonderful with all the others...:)

Anonymous said...

Hey Buddy,

We did have fun didn't we!


Marie Patterson Studio said...

WOW! What a show! Congratulations on your success!

kat449 said...

(((Pam)))) WOW thanks for the pictures & stories, I felt as if we were right there with you...I was so happy for you & thought of you that entire weekend. Everyone looked so warm & friendly. Who wouldnt lOVE you and your softees?
Now enjoy a much needed rest & then back to work...so thrilled beyond for you.

TeresaM said...

WOW!!! Sure wish I lived closer! Looks like Prim Heaven! Your display looks wonderful!

my tiny studio said...

Wow ! what amazing talent . thank you for the pictures and stories.


...Miss...Maddie's... said...

They always say a picture is worth a thousand words... and each one of yours share a smile so bright that we can tell you had a wonderful time and certainly were amongst those with equal talent.
I'm glad for you Pam, you worked hard and tirelessly to make sure you brought lots of goodies.Don't ever doubt the pleasure you bring to others by your infectious smile and wonderful group of creative characters. And hugs to Dan your loving sidekick.
xo Susan

Anonymous said...

Wow The Pictures are fantastic. I am so proud of what you have accomplished. Your dolls have always brought joy to so many people. You are a very talented and wonderful person. I just wished we lived closer. Every year at christmas I get very sentienmental when I pull out our "Uncle Sam Santa" it reminds me of you. I love you and wish you the best. Joyce

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh man, that looks like THE most Amazing show! I totally envy you! And you my dear are not only talented but adorable too, thanks for taking me on the ride with you!
Sandra Evertson

PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Although I don't do Halloween, I can agree that there was for sure some major talent there and you are still my favorite! Your creations are always so fun. :)


RabbitHollowPrims said...

Great pics and looks like it was fun. I want to go there now LOL

Designs By CK said...

GREAT pics Pam & glad the show was a BIG success for you, you surely deserve it!!! '-)

Popping in to say a belated hello!

Have a great weekend!



HopHopJingleBoo said...

hello, your display looked fab, was nice to meet you..added you to my blog..great photos!Debra

Anonymous said...

Hi Pam
Loved meeting you at the show...your work is fantastic and so much fun! you are a sweetie! can't wait til next year! xo Nicol

Theresa said...

It was so great to see you at the Ghoultide show Pam. I just love my mouse and if you make anymore of those sweet little witch mice on spoons let me know. My sister and I both missed out on those at the show. We really like the ones with the moon fabric skirts. :)