Attending art retreats in my first year of retirement was a very fruitful thing for me to do. I met my friend Becky from Alabama last October at the Sweethearts On The Homefront in Atlanta, Georgia. I also met Jennifer Grenko there, who I will tell you about in a bit. I flew to Alabama in January to visit Becky and now Becky flew to Indianapolis to visit me! At Sweethearts on the Homefront, Becky and I learned that we needed to name our visits because they really are art retreats, so we named the January visit Alabama Holiday. That was because of a Jenny Holiday (of Everyday is a Holiday) project we wanted to make. This time we named our get together, Indiana Christmas, because we wanted to make a Christmas tree created by Jennifer Grenko of Marshmallow Creations.
Leading up to our visit, Becky and I had many ideas that we wanted to make in addition to the top priority, the Christmas tree. We found, however, that good use of creative energy can be very draining and we needed to get out to explore a little and just have fun. Here are the trees we made, Becky's beautiful pink and aqua lady on the left and my white (frozen) Charlotte head on the right.
We held off making the trees until the day before Becky left because we felt a bit overwhelmed with making them for the first time. Once we got started, we found that we had the most relaxing and wonderful time making them. It really was the highlight of our visit. So the moral the of this story is: don't give up and try new things.
|Becky creating her lovely pink and aqua tree|
Becky had purchased a kit from Marshmallow Creations that included a pink painted base. If you are interested in making a tree, the instructions can be found here. The picture below shows my base. My beloved Dan was out of town when I was gathering my supplies which included a dowel rod and round wooden base that needed to be drilled and glued together. Fortunately, a friend of ours who is a carpenter put mine together for me. As you can see, I have two, so I will be able to make another tree! I have another post planned to show you more pictures of my Charlotte head tree.
The other project I wanted to share with Becky was making these bracelets I purchased from The French General when I was in Los Angeles in May.
There were so many pieces in the kits and it took several hours, but the bracelets finally came together and are very pretty. This is my bracelet...
and here is Becky's. FYI: Considerable jewelry making skills are required for making these bracelets.
|Do we have a future as hand models?|
We also painted some things and I gave Becky a demonstration on how to use the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Becky brought two bird pins from her Mother's collection and we decided to paint and wax them. Here's mine.
It really was like Christmas as we exchanged gifts. Becky brought me vintage pictures from her collection, letters for my name among other wonderful treasures.
Since I knew that Becky loves pink and aqua, I went to the Goodwill store for a tin to hold her gifts, sprayed it with Catalina Mist paint and tied it up with a wide pink ribbon. I added a glittered crown wand that I cut out with the Silhouette Cameo.
Inside were pink and aqua goodies chosen especially for Becky!
We visited Noblesville Main Street and I showed her around. We stopped at the Logan Village Mall where Patty's Pretty Things are sold.
The visit went by so quickly and I look forward to my next art retreat with Becky. We're in the planning stages now!