Hi everyone, where has this week gone? I got back from my weekend retreat on Sunday evening and I am not entirely sure where the last four days have gone. Of course there was a little unpacking and sorting to be done and I also have my team event at Bicester on Sunday and that will take a lot of planning and prep too so I have not been sleeping behind the scenes!!!
First of all, thank you to all the lovely ladies who came along to the weekend crafting retreat that myself and Marguerite organised last weekend. We had a blast! It really was a great weekend, the weather was beautiful, the venue was so pretty and so quiet, the ladies were up for a fun weekend and Marguerite and I had worked so hard perfecting all the finer details to make it an unforgetttable weekend for all.
This is the outside of the hotel, the grounds looked so pretty.
the sunshine made everything look 100 times more stunning.
We had refreshments available 24 hours a day as well as chocolate and sweet treats, I mean who can craft without choccie??
We had 5 classes to choose from, the classrooms had lots of light and space…….
Lots of concentration going on here……
This was Lynney's first ever scrapbook layout, look how lovely it is….
deep in concentration!
Nessa's foxy layout.
These are two of the projects that Cassie made and also two cards from the FREE make and take station.
And I had to show you a close up of the cupcake trinket box, everyone was so pleased with them and everything used to make it was from Stampin Up apart from the glass candle holder and polystyrene ball!
We asked all the attendee's to bring along a 6×6" scrapbook layout of themselves so that everyone could get to know eachother a little better, this is Diane's which I loved.
and here she is busy creating some gorgeous layouts.
This is the room we had dinner in on Saturday night, how posh!!
We made a shutter album and I taught how to make a beautiful flower to adorn the front. Two of the ladies could not resist trying the technique in several different colours and sizes and I think they look like enamel. I plan to do a video tutorial in the coming weeks to show you how to make them.
I am not feeling self conscious at all here 🙂
We made sure we really looked after our guests and made hand made name badges and place cards as well as leaving pillow gifts with treats inside for all our over night guests, all hand made of course…..
There was a raffle too.
This is Sandie making the most of the chocolate and marshmallows for the hot chocolate!!
I snuck a little photo of Sian's table space. One thing I loved is that nearly everyone finished their projects whilst they were at the retreat. I have been to crafty weekends several times and still have the unfinished projects sat in cello bags to show for it!
These ladies were looking at old photo's ready to scrapbook them, this is one of my favourite pastimes and hearing them recount their memories made me realise why I love to scrapbook 🙂
Marguerite and I had spent weeks making samples and we had lots of displays in the two rooms but we had a central display in the centre of the crop room with lots of really beautiful ideas and projects. People were coming from all over the hotel to see it including the chef and also one of the porters. I know that I guests took lots of photo's so I really hope that it helped them to fall in love with Stampin' Up products as much as we have.
Gosh we look shattered – but happy. Thanks to everyone who attended. We really appreciated you taking the plunge and joining us for our first retreat. We have a date for another retreat next year, we are still undecided on whether we will host another retreat until we have looked at venues and costings but if you would be interested in coming along next year leave a comment so we can guage interest. Potential date for next year is May 18-20th 2012.
Thanks for getting to the end of this huge post, hope you enjoyed it xx