Thursday, 14 July 2011

All done and dusted!

That heading does not refer to my house I hasten to add - that needs some serious attention! It refers to our ninth retreat and what a great one it was. We had a great time and I know you did too judging by the emails we have had since. Thank you for your feedback - it really makes all the hard work worthwhile to know how much you got out of it. We counted up that we had worked a 39 hour weekend from Friday to Sunday so no wonder we were a little tired on Monday! I just daren't get on the scales yet after a weekend of eating like that - in fact yesterday Nige and I were reliving the desserts in our minds!

The crop room opened at 5.30pm Friday, although we had greeted most of you over coffee and cake at Crab Apple Crafts in the afternoon, and by 5.40pm the whole room looked like a bomb had hit it. Some serious scrapping had been planned. Although we didn't have any classes that first evening we did hand out an optional project that we had planned to kickstart those of you who needed it.

What always amazes me is that, even after a long day that involves a lot of travel for some of you, you are still loathe to stop scrapbooking at midnight! We were flagging though even if you weren't and still had to stay to put out your goody boxes for the morning.

Saturday started with a 9 o'clock summer bunting book/banner class using the new Countrytime range from Echo park. Anne was proudly holding up her finished project and it was a minute before somebody realized hers was back to front and reading 'remmus' instead of Summer! Quickly sorted though.

A lettering technique class followed and then lunch before we attempted my fave class of the day - the back to front canvas frame using Bo Bunny's Gabrielle paper range.

We did manage to fit in another technique class before dinner using a 12 x 12" plastic template to make a 12 x 12" layout, an 8 x 8" layout and a card.

After a leisurely dinner you were free to scrap the evening away or join Nige on his Nocturnal Exposure trek. It was a beautiful evening and well worth the stroll onto the hill to catch the sunset and have some landmarks pointed out. We were lucky to have some beautiful weather in which to enjoy the views from the crop room and classroom.

And so to bed - will tell you about Sunday tomorrow.


Rosemary x

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