Meet June's Feature Sponsor: Spellbound Event

Hi guys! Oh my gosh I am just so excited to introduce you to this month's Feature Sponsor! These two gals are pillars of the little art community that me and Aaron are so blessed to be members of. And I'm thrilled to share that me and Aar will be attending the fab event that these two will be hosting this November in beautiful Pasadena CA!
As you know, Aaron and myself spend a whole lotta time in our home studio. Some might go as far as to say that we are shut-ins. And I wouldn't argue. But the point that I'm making is that when me and Aaron commit to attending an event...well, it's safe to say that the event in question is sure to be SPECTACULAR! When Shea first sent us the info about Spellbound I instantly said "Yes, we need to be there...and we would love to bring our artwork and vend at Dreamland Mercantile!" 

So please, my dear all of the details below about this amazing event. The historic Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena is where all the magical, artful festivities will take place. I can't wait to get together with all the lovely gals who I know will be in attendance...and really look forward to meeting for the first time all the gals I've been dying to meet. We're presently preparing some dazzling artwork exclusively for this event...and I suspect that the other featured artists are doing the same. I simply cannot wait for Spellbound to cast it's spell on us!  


Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso,  the mother/daughter design team behind A Gilded Life  have returned to Southern California, bringing with them years of experience in producing exquisite art retreats and events.

Now producing their signature style mixed-media art projects in a downtown Los Angeles Garment District loft, the duo is better able to curate the monthly offerings of their extremely popular Stash Society, as well as launching an entire new line of A Gilded Life licensed products with Silvestri.

Still lingering for the pair was the desire to bring their luxurious event experiences to their hometown. Having hosted numerous successful events at their converted 100 year old church in Dallas, Texas, an active group of Gilded Girls continued to demand another Gilded event.

With much thought and care, and that unbelievable support from loyal fans and attendees, Spellbound was born…

exquisite venue • exceptional instructors • enchanting memories

Spellbound features a “Dream Team” of instructors! Each have been hand-selected and is considered a master craftswoman of our time. Featuring today’s premiere jewelry, paper arts, mixed media, fiber arts and painting professionals, this well rounded lineup ensures that whatever your interest and skill level, there is something at Spellbound for you!

Below is a sampling of  just some of the classes being taught! Be sure to check out of the amazing classes being taught here.

Debrina Pratt- Le Petit Ballet Pedestal

Denise Sharp- Gossamer Sailboat

JoAnnA Pierotti- BFF’s Silver Coated Necklace 

  Kaari Meng- Bijoux de Paris Cuff

Kelli Murray- Love Birds Painting 

Kristen Robinson- Tale of Beauty Bracelet

Margie Romney Aslett-  Home is Where the Wreath Is

Michele Muska- Mystique Pin and Necklace 

 Pam Garrison- Joy Stitched Sampler

You are cordially invited to join us November 8-11, 2012, in Pasadena, California, as we gather together at the beautiful and historic Langham Huntington Hotel for “Spellbound”… a truly beautiful and uplifting weekend of art and inspiration. Make precious memor­ies and “forever friends”. Create your dreams…

We will begin our long weekend on Thursday evening, November 8th, with a lovely Welcome Dinner, featuring a very special keynote speaker and a gorgeous group project. Swaps will be exchanged after dinner, wrapping up our first evening with loads of excitement and camaraderie!

Friday morning we will begin a day filled with amazing classes taught by some of the most talented and innovative artists working today! Truly a “dream team”. Morning classes are from 8-11 am, and will be followed by a super-quick boxed lunch, which will be provided by the hotel, and is included in your registration. There are two afternoon class sessions, followed by our very special “Dreamland Mercantile” from 6-10pm. Light cocktail fare will be provided, as we shop the gorgeous artwork and coveted supplies offered by our amazing vendors!

Saturday will begin with another morning class session, followed by a wonderful luncheon. Classes then continue throughout the afternoon. We will cap off this super-busy day with an optional “Up All Night” craft party from 8pm-12am in the ballroom. Participants will receive a light meal and lots of sponsored projects and giveaways!

Sunday morning, November 11th, we will roll up the luxury buses and begin shuttling attendees to the world-famous Rose Bowl Flea Market, a mere 10-minute drive away! What a wonderful way to conclude your Spellbound weekend!

“The Details”

Registration is $675.00.

You may pay your registration in two payments if you wish. $350.00 payable upon sign-up, and the balance of $335.00 due on June 1st. This includes a $10.00 processing fee for splitting the payment. Failure to pay the remaining balance will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

• Each registrant will receive 5 classes of their choice from the 18 being offered. An optional 6th class may be purchased for an additional $95.00.

• The “Up All Night” craft party is an add-on, and priced at $50.00. There will be space to work on your own projects, as well as sponsored make-and-takes and giveaw­ays from some of the leading manufacturers in the Art & Craft industry. We will also provide a very light meal.

• Thursday evening dinner, Friday boxed lunch, Friday evening hors d’oeuvres, and Saturday luncheon are included in your registration. All other meals are at attendee’s discretion.

• Hotel accommodations are not included in registration fees. We have arranged discount rates at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Please use the “Book Now” link on the “Location” page to access our custom website when making your reservation to take advantage of this exclusive pricing, which will include a generously discounted room rate, free wireless in your room, and a 10% discount at the spectacular spa on property!

• Luxury bus to and from the Rose Bowl Flea Market is included at no additional cost. We will negotiate group discounted pricing for admission, which will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Keeping true to the “Gilded Life” aesthetic, the historic Langham Huntington Hotel in gorgeous Pasadena, California has been selected as the event venue. The Langham Hotel in Pasadena is unique among hotels in Los Angeles, California in that it embraces the legendary traditions of service and luxury of the original Langham grand hotel of 1865 and is set on 23 lush acres overlooking the immaculate suburbs of San Marino.

The Langham Huntington Hotel has is offering generous package pricing for all Spellbound attendees. All registrants of the event are able to book a spectacular “Deluxe” King or Double room for an exclusive rate of $189/night. With this rate, all attendees will also receive complimentary in-room wireless internet, evening Manager’s Champagne Reception and a 10% discount on services at the five-star rated Huntington Spa. All of these amenities, in addition to the many wonderful services offered by the Langham Huntington Hotel, will ensure your stay will, indeed, be Gilded!

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I would love to see you there! I've got first hand experience with the key participants and planners behind this event. I can assure you that it will exceed all expectations. I'm thrilled to share the particulars with you and I hope we can spread the word and make this an unforgettable experience for all. 
xo Jenny


  1. Yippee!! I am already registered for Spellbound and get more and more excited every time someone posts about the event. Can't wait to meet you there. And by the way - my girl-child is positively inspired by your lovely pink hair - and has officially dyed hers sort of a lavender/purple :) Thanks for being such a creative inspiration to us all - see you in November!


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