Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ArtBLISS Art Retreat September 2013 a Look back at All the FUN!

ARTBLISS Workshops 2013 I love the pic of all us at the retreat. I'm in the back by the window.
This is a wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen. I have the best time with all of them.
If you are ever looking for a really awesome art retreat THIS IS IT!!!

One of the pics I added to my Instagram (see link on side bar)

I took the 3-Day workshop with Richard Salley and Jessica Papke
I had an excellent time!!! I sat beside wonderful people who you feel like you have known a lifetime it is such a blessing to sit beside people who are like-minded and enjoy the same things you do.
Jessica using the flex-shaft
One of the spinner rings I made in the class using copper and brass
Jenny and me
Shopping here at Christine Damms' booth

Cindy has made an amazing blog entry on the whole event look HERE
she and Jeanette co-coordinate the entire event.
Again this year I coordinated the charm swap here we are all together swapping our charms
We had 16 participants where we each made a handmade charm to swap with.
Jeanette provided us with bags in which to fill
our wonderful creations
The bags for the charms

Here we are packing the bags with the charms


Bags almost full of charms
The charms I made for the swap

The pics are not so good because I took them at the hotel at night

The copper charm

I love the birds I used
Here are the spinner rings I made the first day in class
The ring I made on the second day of class

This foot sterling silver ring is my favorite!!!
Here I am in my friend Julies necklace she made me wearing both of my rings
The boys came along this time too. They always enjoy heading into DC for the day.
Dusty holding up the Capital Bldg. in DC
The International Spy Museum which they thought was amazing, so if you ever get a chance to visit do!!! They had a lot of postcards there and since I collect postcards and belong to Postcrossing where I have sent and received a many a postcard. Also on Swap-Bot I postcard swap. I was thrilled with all the postcards Bruce and the boys picked for me. Even though I would have loved to be with them, I do need the art time too.
The boys also enjoy the hot tub even though we have one at home you know the hotel tub is a lot cooler to be in!!!
Cindy Wimmer had her new book at ArtBLISS which I also blogged about HERE more pics etc.
Cindy Wimmer and I at her book signing event at ArtBLISS
Cindy Wimmer signing my copy of her Book The Missing Link
We enjoyed wine, taking pics and shopping...
Shopping of course I bought a lot it was too hard to resist

I bought this adorable head pin (bobby pin from Karyn) you can find her HERE
The adorable bobby pin I purchased at HERE
I have been sporting the bobby pin a lot and have got a lot of compliments on it you can see her stuff HERE
That last night we all went to Cheeburger Cheeburger  and boy did the boys ever enjoy that!!!! They got to color and do games while waiting for their food.

Dusty loves to draw and color while he waits. Plus the drinks came in old style mugs 

Their food came out in Chevy cars which was the greatest!
Cody's burger talk about HUGE

The vegan burger with sweet potato fries...mine of course and it was YUM!
This is their POUNDER Burger look at how big it is note Cody's hands and the burger and if you know Cody he is big himself over 6 ft tall 

If they completed the challenge they got to wear the hat and hold the burger and a pic to go on the wall. Colten completed the challenge too.

Cody after he completed the challenge.
Here they put their pics on the wall

Colten signed his pic and put on the wall of proud one pounder challengers.
Cecilia's beautiful rings

Some of the 3-ring circus students and the teachers.
Now I want to share with you some of the charms that were in the bag
This bag is filled with the charms below

The packaging is so creative and fun to see what's inside too

Jenny's charm clay and copper with a stamping of AB 13
Vicki and her beautiful heart made of copper and a soldered ring.
Vicki hand sawed all these hearts herself.
Here is a beautiful song thrush egg charm by Tesori Trovanti Jewelry
A lovely sooooo beautiful heart charm by dear Melissa Meman
Another clay charm by Anna Hudick
A stunning glass bead in my favorite Sandi Volpe
This precious glass bead charm by SueBeads
A marvelous clay leaf bead with a stunning glaze ....oh so beautiful
by sweet Diana of Suburban Girl Studio
a lovely circle and bead charm by sweet Anne
An adorable heart with glass wire wrapped headpins and hand stamped
by Yee of the Glass Turtle
The duct tape envelope and shrink-it charm by Beth
A lovely leaf charm by Karen Totten

My gift from Jeanette and Cindy, thanks so much the card and gift are awesome!
Again I hope you enjoyed all the fun that was had at ArtBLISS
Until Next time....Smooch!  
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