Saturday, May 04, 2013

minnesota be crafty retreat: the overnight craft-a-thon

be crafty honeycomb balls and heart balloons

prepare yourself for an eye candy overload
if that is even possible
feast your eyes upon a Be Crafty Retreat
these girls give attention to each and every detail

yes it has taken me waaaaayyy too long 
to show you part 2 of my Minnesota Be Crafty Retreat
if you missed part 1 be sure to read about the incredible women behind it all here

at this beautiful home in Lake Minnetonka
we stayed up to the wee hours of the night
decorating and chatting about anything and everything
instant friends i tell you, instant friends
be crafty retreat decor
wooden bead necklace and glitter clothespins
instant friends amanda, jessica, and briana

i just adored getting to know these girls
we had so much fun preparing the house to welcome the rest of the attendees
it was an intimate event with a total of six crafters
and two angel mothers who joyfully cooked and cleaned for us
i love Minnesotans or Minnesotites... 
so kind, so friendly, so service oriented

be crafty retreat tables cape

i didn't take any photos of our late night crafting
because, well i was completely wrapped up in meeting these women
asking them all about themselves and their passions
i was in heaven chatting with them
their passions were my passions
some of their expertise were the things i desired so much to learn
we chatted and crafted
and crafted and chatted some more
til eventually
one by one we headed upstairs and flopped into bed
our bunk beds
loved it, except i was worried that i may snore and annoy my new friends

in the morning i was the last one to rise
crafting continued the entire day
and despite this all day crafting
i found that i didn't even get to complete all of my projects
due to my aforementioned chatting and questioning 
here are the fruits of my labors

be crafty workshop crafts

top row - porch pillow: customized silhouette cut word on freezer paper made stencil, sewed and stuffed
i want people to stay or linger when they come to my home.  that's a goal of mine!
2nd row - doily valentine's bunting  |  valentines, oh these were so fun to make... to many choice for papers and letters and ribbons...
3rd row - painted wooden bead necklace
bottom row - painted frame with chicken wire, i loved using this power stapler.  i need one!!  see my giddiness in the video below.  |  glitter clothespins, i've never seen so many glitter choices, made a bunch not shown  |  watercolor of my favorite scriptural phrase ' brightness of hope'

washi tape flag cake toppers

amanda and our two angel moms made a darling pink ombre cake for jessica
who was celebrating her birthday a few days away
these girls are the best of friends

as i look at the photos it makes me so happy to see that after this workshop
i have remained in touch with every single one of these girls
some through Instagram, some through Skype, 
i have received mail packages, coaching emails on SEO, encouragement in my hour of need
some of them have joined with me in the new weekly photo challenge One Word Wednesday, check it out here
these women are incredible 
each of them have such amazing talents and hearts of gold

this weekend changed my life
and i am so grateful to my mom and amanda & jessica for making it possible

be crafty friends

me and my new friends:  me, jessica from jeff loves jessica photography & living the swell life, laura the great from laura livingood, amanda from oh my little dears, tara of a day in provence floral who did that gorgeous tablescape above, and jenna of jenna lou designs

i am sooooo excited to give you a little teaser
amanda of be crafty workshops will be flying out here later this month to host the very first
be crafty workshop in California
we will be announcing all the details very soon
would love to have you join us


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