The past week really seems like a blur. Since the end of October I've been planning and looking forward to hosting The Love Retreat held in The Nest at Hen & Chicks Studio February 6-8. Now it's over and I'm reflecting back.
My goal was to share my love of all things creative with our guests. And, to let them get to do what they love, while being taken care of.
The kids got involved in the preparations, too. Henry made origami hearts to use as decoration and for the ladies to take home.
Fresh flowers from Sharon at Something to Share (a cute gift shop in Conrad) added freshness to our snack table.
With a little help from my mom we pulled together some hearts boxes and red display items to create a centerpiece on the dining table. My grandmother's red-and-white quilt seemed like the perfect item to pull it all together.
Everything was ready and waiting for our guests to arrive.
It wasn't long before they arrived and the hum of sewing machines began in between laughter and chatter.
We had to have a little manicure to make sure our fingers looked pretty as we sewed.
Throughout the retreat there was lots of sharing among the guests, including Brenda sharing this beautiful star she made.
Creativity goes far beyond quilting and can hit it where it we need it the most--our stomaches! I loved watching how non-frosting lovers ate around the frosting, while the frosting lovers had no problem taking care of the rest.
Throughout the event, I shared my love of quilting, scrapbooking, journaling and creativity with the ladies. For example I shared quotes that inspire me and sometimes push me to be more creative. Click here to see one fun example. But, if there is one thing I LOVED the most, it was the smiles that I saw in the time we were together. That made me "feel the love."
I'm already planning and scheming what the next retreat will be that I host in The Nest!