Friday, November 25, 2011

Phew....I'm back!

Ok, so the last few months have been crazy - which is nearly the norm - so I havent updated my blog for a while and you may have given up checking it out but here's an update anyway.

The Hyden retreat was a huge success with 60 ladies attending. We had amazing tutors who wowed us with their creativity, great company - girls from all over, great food (important) and even nice weather - its amazing the difference this can make. I am so pleased with how it all went and appreciate the feedback I have received, both good and the constructive suggestions. I try hard every retreat to make improvements and make each one different to keep it interesting. We raised $1164 for breast cancer research which was an added bonus. Well done girls for your generosity and congratulations to those who won prizes - well earnt!

I am pleased to announce the date for the next Hyden retreat - the 30th - 31st March & 1st April (oh dear...April Fools Day!) so mark your diaries. I will be taking registrations in late January so stay tuned around about then.

I also had a successful mini retreat in Denmark last weekend (17th - 19th November) at The Cove chalets. There were 14 of us who had a relaxing, creative weekend in the tranquil forest surroundings....just beautiful. I was quite unwell over the weekend but the girls were so gracious and enjoyed there time none-the-less. I have some layouts to share from the retreat but firstly I am pleased to announce the next retreat for the Albany region is on the 17th - 19th February 2012 at the Emu Beach Holiday Park in Albany. There are limited places so be quick to put your name down. You may register as soon as you like but registrations officially open early January 2012.

In between retreats, class preparation and all the travelling I have been doing, I have been putting together more Advent calendars for orders. I still have 2 more to do before the 1st of December which is next Thursday! Not long now til we get to try them out...the kids are so looking forward to it. I have some other ideas for Christmas decorations and cards so better get onto those much to do - so little time!

I have some fabulous new giftware in stock for Christmas and its so cool that Donna Downey - a scrapbooking celerity - now has a giftware line made by Demdaco who also make Willow Tree Angels. I have the Donna Downey collection of wall plaques which are stunning colours - very funky but suited to most decors. I also have a large range of Willow Tree Angels and another range of angels also made by Demdaco called the Kelly Rae Roberts Collection. These are stunning and come with sayings on them that are just so appropriate for gifts for special people in your life. If you are interested in purchasing any of these you can see them at there are also wall plaques in this range but stocks are limited on all the giftware I have mentioned as they have been extremely popular. Mail orders welcome.

Now to share the layouts I did for the Denmark retreat...I was surprised to find out at the Hyden retreat that although my style is very simple, the girls absolutely love my double layouts where I cram heaps of photos (stylishly of course!) onto a layout because I quite often take way too many photos of some events then struggle to cull any because I like how they tell the story of the event. So with that in mind after the response to my We R Family class at the Hyden retreat, I created another 'Multitudes of Photos' layout and here are the 3 samples I created...

That's all for today...there is heaps more to share but gotta get some creating done...Bye for now.