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The Creative Retreat – my thoughts

I drafted this post some time ago (early July, just home from the Retreat) then published the post by Jess and never got around to expressing my own experience… Today I found this sitting in my drafts folder and thought I should just press publish – here are my thoughts, they are, raw, unedited and quite possibly not coherent! If you want to read another participants take on the retreat, Emma has given a wrap up here.

We had two absolutely amazing weekends and have some more coming up as well as plans for a more permanent space, I can’t wait to have you along for the ride!

Content below the line was written on 8 July 2016


Wow! The very first of The Creative Retreats have come and gone. I am just home and have a big, full cup. Community has been built, creativity has been fuelled and boy oh boy am I overflowing with gratitude for so much.

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I’m grateful for the attendees, without them taking time away from family, work and caring commitments, believing in the unknown and committing to being present, we would not have had such a blast. A complete blast. At each location, the sewing room was full of encouragement, support and hilarity round the clock.

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From the one who had never attempted making a quilt to the one who owns a quilt shop and the one who writes quilt patterns, books and designs fabric for a living and everyone in between, we had a large range of technical skill and experience. These wonderful participants placed their trust in me to bring them an untested experience, thank you all for coming and participating wholly.

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To Cheryl, who put blind faith in me to bring her outside of North America for the first time, who gave her all and was an absolutely amazing tutor, thank you. I miss you already and can’t wait to have you back again!

And then there’s the team I worked with to pull this thing off. Bianca who created my website and provided small business advice and assistance, Sylvia who encouraged me for years to follow this dream, Claire who folded more fat quarters than anyone should ever have to fold and provided more support than I can possibly put into words.

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Special mention must go to two ace ladies who worked tirelessly across the retreat weekends, these two women are generous, supportive, kind and so damn funny. Nomes and Cath you are both seriously amazing. You were right there the whole weekend and you worked like crazy town from dawn to dusk and beyond. I had so much fun with both of you, my dear kitchen slappers, and you know I could never have managed so much behind the scenes without the two of you. I’m so, so, so grateful for all that you did, all that you are and I hope your hands are starting to recover – I owe you both some hand cream! Love you both, thank you.

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And while I’m on the train, there’s one last mention of gratitude I have to make, to my family. To the Mr who picks up the slack at home while I’m away and provides encouragement, support, reality checks and washing services and to our three smalls who have all helped this come about in their own special ways, our dreams only happen with the support of the people who love us and I can’t do what I do without my family.

I’m already planning the next retreat in November, can’t wait to tell you who the next tutor is!

Learning to crochet, time to start again! 

  Today Timehop reminded me of a delightful morning spent learning to crochet with a kind and beautiful friend. She had the ability to teach in a way that never felt like you were working hard to learn something but more that you were just having a chat and all of a sudden, tah dah! 

In our usual way, we had pots of tea and a pear/raspberry/coconut loaf I used to make for her as it was her favourite. 

She’s been gone than two years and I still miss her every single day. 

I haven’t picked up this project since she died or made that loaf cake, today feels like a good day to bake and hook. 

I’ll have to find some tutorials to remember how… Somehow these circles need to become squares for joining… Any recommendations for a good online crochet tute? 

#thisweekiam :: 26/52/15

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Anticipating :: School Holidays!!! The Winter break is probably my favourite in terms of relaxation – sure summer holidays are long and relaxing too but the cold weather gives us permission to have jammie days where we don’t have to leave the house for anything! This holidays, I’m going to make us all some new flannelette jammie pants just so we have to lounge around and wear them! (Four pairs of Anna Maria Horner Flannel and a pair for the Mr in a cotton plaid from ModernQuiltStudio).

Celebrating :: participants in my classes who give themselves over to the process and place their trust in me to help them free up their creativity.

Wishing :: I’d taken photos of their efforts!

Procrasticraft-15-06-23-05Thanking :: a gorgeous, kind and generous friend and her equally lovely family for hosting me. Their hospitality has been such a gift. Also for organising drinks with the outrageous Vee! Such fun hanging out with those two over the weekend – although some topics of conversation have left mental imprints I could do without!

Procrasticraft-15-06-23-06Sewing :: with the smallest of my smalls, those little hands kill me with the cuteness! She’s only three but she loves nothing more than sitting on my lap and guiding fabric under the needle.

Eating :: Brisket – I change the recipe around each time I cook it as not all the ingredients are readily available here and I’m not very good at following recipes (a bit like sewing patterns, or any instructions really) but oh my this is sooooooo good!

Reading :: aside from the airplane magazine… nothing at all… must remedy that, I need a good novel recommendation???

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