Monday, July 27, 2009

Dewberry Crafts Retreat 2009
I'm HOME and finally had a moment to post! I had such a fabulous time in Florida (was there for 10 days) helping get ready for the Retreat and then attending the Retreat. It was great catching up with so many people that I only see once a year at Donna Dewberry's events. I also met and made a lot of new friends and it's always fun being around so many CREATIVE people! I'm disappointed that I didn't take more pictures while there - got busy and forgot to get my camera out most days but I'll share a little bit here and there throughout the week.

We got a group shot on the last day (friday) which we should have done on the first day because so many people had to either leave due to emergencies or flights.














This is one of my favorite projects that we painted while at the retreat. I changed the flowers out in mine to hydrangeas instead of the spider mums. Here is a pic of mine and Donna's original for the Retreat - we swapped yesterday and now she has mine and I am lucky to have hers!

















































On the first day of the retreat it was Kara (Donna's daughters) birthday and our friend Lori made this amazing cake!!! Isn't it awesome! Kara is absolutely gorgeous and so was this picture that Lori put on her cake.
























We tried to get group shots of finished projects but it was hard to get a good angle on the room without missing anyone off to the side.














Well, I have lots of cleaning up to do to get ready for my busy week. Just found out that my kids will now go to a 4 day school week because of budget cuts - how crazy is that???!!!! Feel very sorry for those parents that work on Mondays and now have to find somewhere for those kids to go and feel even more sorry for those kids that will be left at home that probably shouldn't be left by themselves. You'd think all EXTRA programs/projects would be set aside for the time being so that money earmarked for them could go to having the kids there 5 days a week. Crazy!
Speaking of kids - my boys and hubby went to Disney while I was at the Retreat and they had a blast!!! It was fun listening to all their stories and what rides they liked the best. The last time we went Holland was too short to ride most rides and Austin wasn't fond of roller costers of any kind but this time they rode them all!
Anyway, off to clean and get my projects hung up and studio cleaned!
Have a fabulous day!
Sandy

8 comments:

KMfamily ;-) said...

Yes, It is always lovely to be amoung creative people. it can certainly inspire you.

looks like you had a great time

Bev Davis said...

shhhh but I like yours WAY better!!! great job!!

Kim said...

Beautiful! Glad you had a good time. I got back tonight around 8:00 p.m. I'll see you Wednesday! Miss you!!

Sugar Bear said...

Fabulous cake!
Karla

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Sounds great! That retreat must have been an absolute blast. I love the paintings (and that cake! Yowza, but that looked GOOD!).

I can't believe your kids are going to a 4 day school week. That's insane. I'm with you. What about the parents that work and now have to find child care for their kids or, worse yet, leave their kids at home alone because they can't afford to find care for them. What is wrong with this country? We applaud paying an athlete or an actor millions of dollars for 1 year of work, but we don't question something like budget cuts for our childrens' educations. There's just got to be a better way! Why aren't our elected officials looking for one? What good are they?

(*gritting my teeth now*)

Kari

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Wow so many creating so much beauty. I am so glad you had a great time...m.

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