I can not even tell you how much fun I had at my retreat. Can I do that 2 or 3 times a year? Yeah, that would awesome. It was the perfect weekend. I can't remember how many times I relished the perfect moment! But before the fun began I had spent a good month getting ready. First up are the gift bags - what's an event without a little swag? My aunt found the perfect bags for me - isn't she sweet!
I put together little necklace kits featuring a Vintaj
dragonfly pendant, silk ribbon, waxed linen, seed beads and a Humblebeads
Marie from MoreSkyeJewels
gave everyone an awesome bird pendant - they are really amazing!!!
Everyone was treated to Simple Truths
pendants created by Erin Prais-Hintz. She made a special one for each theme of the book: Woodland, Garden and Sea.
And then people surprised us with extra goodies like forged and etched metal charms from Mary Newton
Other goodies were shared from our participants like nautical sketchbooks from Linda, shells from Terri and tiny hummingbirds from Royelle. It didn't take us long to warm up and we were soon making new friends and having fun reconnecting with those we already knew.
Along with preparing the gift bags, there were kits to assembly. This was part of my Birds of a Feather class and Poetry & Beads workshop.
I filled each kit with with a Humblebeads egg
, stones, a Green Girl Studio
bead or pendant and charm from Pulga N Pansas
. The beads were put together with a poem and I broke everyone up into to small groups to brainstorm on how to translate their poem into beads.
Here are some of the finished pieces from the nest class and workshop. It was fun to see how different everyone made their final pieces based on what they thought of the poem.
More kit goodness! This was from the color workshop we did before we made our bracelets on Saturday afternoon. Everyone was able to explore color theory as they picked the components for their bracelets.
Here everyone is showing off their finished work. Some students had never created with seed beads and thread before. Everyone rose to the challenge and most had their bracelet ready to sport the following day! This is a project featured in my book.
I had students from all over the country. Some had never made jewelry before, others had been creating with beads for years and years. We had a great group, everyone was encouraging and loved sharing their inspirations. Here we are during our walk in the woods.
And my lovely bracelet models showing off their creations after a weekend of fun that flew by all too quickly.
I loved doing the retreat. In fact, I'm already starting to plan a spring one. And I have a one day holiday workshop that I am planning and I'm toying around with another class idea that's doing cart wheels in my head. I could get used to this! I would love to teach classes and workshops on a regular basis. I love seeing that spark of inspiration set in as a I student discovers their creativity!
Before I go I must thank my three awesome helpers - that includes my Mom, my Aunt Rosanne and my very dear friend Erin Prais-Hintz. They were the best!