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Teresa Doyle

Congratulations Tricia!

jan metcalf

I am liking your jewelry kits Wanda! What a lovely retreat! Thanks for sharing the photos and inspiration. If it were today, I would bring fabric, candles, ribbon and bling, make pretty burned edge flowers and put them on a Kentucky Derby Hat! Oh I would probably have to share a beverage as well! Ha!

JoAnne M

Wanda, it looks like you all were having such fun! I would like to have a painted flower pot get together and Im actually thinking of doing this at our next family function. I would provide the little pots, brushes and an assortment of paints. Also everyone would be given a little succulent for their painted pot. It would be awesome to see what designs everyone comes up with. Enjoy your blog so much and its so awesome you are getting to do what you love!

Paulette Still

Oh, what a lovely time you had with these super fun ladies, Wanda! I love seeing your pictures. =D Now you've got my wheels turning! It would be really hard for me to choose what to take...it might be baked sugar cookies and the ingredients to make royal icing and my decorating bottles, which is so much fun...it might be lapel pins made from fabric, fun foam or salt dough (with acrylic paint to paint on the foam or baked dough)...or it might be ice resin and pendants!!! I. Have not tried ice resin, but would love to. LOL. Thanks for such a great give away and sharing your fun retreat.

Princess Judy

Wow! You guys had the best time and made the best bracelets. I found myself perusing the parts and thinking "I could make those" and I don't usually think beyond the card!

Troy Louise

What an amazing get together - so much talent in one place! And, a fun side trip too. Thanks for sharing the fun with us. Your bracelet kit looks like lots of fun & oh those pretty dried flowers. I would probably bring some kind of rubber stamping project or maybe something fun with wool felt & embroidery. Thanks so much, big hugs!

Brenda Walton

What a wonderful weekend of creating with dear friends! We laughed, talked, sang and shared resources, tips and techniques. It's delightful to craft with you, Wanda darling. You inspire me every day! xoxo

Marlee S.

Wow! Looks like lots of fun for you and your friends! I would bring felt or fabric to make a project. We would make a Christmas decoration or some sort of jewelry item. Of course there would be lots of food!


What a fun craft get together you had! Looks like you had a blast shopping, visiting, crafting and showing off your bracelets afterward too. I would put together a craft project with gift bags and tags, and baked goodies to tuck into them. I love to bake AND to craft!

Monique Stam

What a wonderfully lovely time! I'm sure it was delightful, refreshing and stimulating! I think I would bring an ancestor (found or real) related clipboard or journal project.

Becca Y

Wow, what a fabulous weekend! I can't even imagine having so many friends to do something like this with - it must be amazing. I'm a card maker, but I think I would love to put together some type of a mini photo album kit for everyone to work on. I think photos are so important for our kids to have to cherish later with their own kids.


I have a group of close friends and we go off for 4 days to scrap and craft together every January so I know how fun it is! Loved seeing all the peeks of your favor bags, the kits, and of you working on your bracelets. What a great idea to use alcohol inks to customize!!
My friends scrapbook but asked me to show them some card making techniques so I would make up a 2-3 card kit with card bases and goodies like washi tape, enamel dots and twine. We would do heat embossing, die cutting, and stamping (of course!). All my favorite things


Thanks for sharing your photos - I really enjoy all the photos you post. Since I really love Halloween, I would bring a trick to treat pail (see through plastic paint can type) to covet with stamps, stickers, decoupage, etc. and then fill up the finished pails with treats.

Susan Viley

Wanda, I am so jealous of your crafty get-togethers! How can I join??
I have an amazing die cut for a special card with lots of spaces for flourish and stencil effects, and very girly.
Your jewelry is wonderful, thanks for the opportunity to win the kit.
Take care girl!

Taunya Butler

What a lovely time you all had - so fabulous!! On my last crafty retreat I took little notecards to stamp and make, and I also brought mailboxes for each person made out of gable boxes!! I encouraged everyone to write each person a little love note!! Turned out so fun and so cool!! I LOVE crafty retreats!! I will definitely do something like this again!!

Veronica Fairbrother

What a lovely idea to have a crafty retreat with creative ladies. I would bring a card kit(s) using distress stain, ink and crayons (my new passion) Tim Holtz dies&stamps and a few Elizabeth Craft Designs pop up dies. Throw in a dash of paper and embossing folders and it's the perfect recipe for fun! Good Luck everyone!


Oh wow! This looks like you had such an amazing experience! It also looked like you were with a very talented group of ladies.
Hmm, I would bring everything for people to make beaded Christmas spiders.


Wanda, what a lovely time to spend with crafty friends.
Wow! Amazing projects!!
What would I bring to a craft weekend?? Hmmm...that is a hard one. Probably a project using Tim Holtz products, such as distress crayons and watercolor paints. Something with butterflies.


Wow! That looks like it was an amazing crafty weekend. Shopping at the end is icing on the cake! It would be so hard for me to pick just one project to bring. I also like jewelry making and little sewing/stitching projects. But I would probably like to make some kind of a shaker card or Christmas ornament. I would feel more comfortable teaching something I have more experience with. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us!

renee m

That looks like a wonderful weekend! Such gorgeous projects and I didn't even know cookies could be handpainted.

If I brought a project it might be to make a fun giftbag/box and tag set for a birthday or for Christmas. I'm always running around in need of those at the last minute! Thank y'all for having the giveaway :)

Sue Washburne

What a precious visit you had with your talented friends! Looks like it was an inspiring, soul nurturing time. Thanks for sharing! The bracelets came out great!

Mario Rossi

Enjoyed reading about your awesome weekend.... thank you for sharing and loved your bracelets! Good Luck to some very lucky winner!

Tara Hoke

What a lovely way to spend time with friends. I would show everyone how to make a felted Christmas Tree. Made with felted wool, a dowel, wire, glue and florist tape. Similar to vintage feather trees.

Wahnita Hammond

I always love a good retreat with my crafty friends! Unfortunately they are so far from me, I only get to see them every other year. Each time I bring different supplies & ideas for a fun crafty weekend. This year, I brought all my dies (which I have hundreds) and a couple of us did die cuts. Some were for their scrapbook pages and the rest were for them to take home. I cut quite a few for a friend who recently underwent cancer therapy to make it easier for her to keep creating her beautiful cards. 🙂


I love love those bracelets! Hmmm....one project I would share pop up/3d cards using the big shot :)

F Bond

How much fun everyone was having! If I were going to a craft retreat with friends, I would bring small vintage suitcases. I would love to see how everyone would design it. I think they are wonderful for storage. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures!

Lori B

I just LOVE all the projects you got to work with. Perhaps my favorite were the pressed flowers. Nature is BEAUTIFUL!! What project would I have brought? Well, I'm mostly about card making, so I probably would have brought card making kits. These days, I love trying to find small ways to brighten people's days so I really enjoy sending random, "just because" cards to make someone smile.

Lori Uren

Oh my goodness everything there looked beautiful and fun! I don't know what I would have done with myself, giddy yes. I can't get over bringing the hydrangea on board a plane!love it!

Tfs, and nice photos. You'll have to scrapbook your retreat.

Joyce mcintosh

How fortunate you are to have a great group of friends to spend a lovely long weekend with. Crafting for the whole weekend even makes it better! It seems like it was just yesterday you made your decision to quit your job and start crafting full time. Looks like it was the right decision! I so look forward to reading your blog with your beautiful pictures and great projects.

Christine Lazarides

What a splendid looking weekend you had, what a dream. If I could have a weekend like that I would maybe like to make tags for all occasions, or bookmarks, any style, yet simple and elegant.

Teresa Doyle

Hi Wanda, it looks like a good time was had by all! Great projects and a fab. prize!
I would bring the paper & punches to make a cute bird house/treat box. (I made this a few years ago and its still my fav. project I have made so far.)
I use it as a candy box on the table every time my friends come to "play". They want to make one as well. It has a shingled roof that comes off and the bottom of the birdhouse has an acetate window with a bird sitting in front as if he is on his way in.

Sue Stutzman

Love the idea of a crafty weekend. Very inspired! I've been dabbling in photography and making mixed media cards using photos of butterflies and flowers, so I'd share that kind of project.

Celeste Goff

Wanda, this looks like the absolute most perfect day! Crafty friends and fun creations. And thank you for being an enabler. I love that scripty font so much that I had to go straight away and purchase it from Concord & 9th!

Patsy Ney

What a wonderful group of friends and great weekend together. You are so blessed to have such talented friends. Thanks for sharing. I would bring along a card to make using new techniques with an old shabby chic look. I enjoyed Your Weekend!


Looks awesome, I would love to do something fun like this. I would bring lots of flowers to create a card, frame.... I am glad u took time to do this, what an inspiration!

Fran Smith

Wow! What an amazing weekend. I think some kind of a multi media card set would be a fun project. Thank you for sharing.

Evelyn Vasquez

How I love this idea! My 3 nieces always look forward to arts and crafts at auntie's. They would receive something and also give back. We would create cards to forward to others, teachers appreciation, mothers and farhers day (nursing homes/veterans hospital).


Oh - ignore my question! It's a box of paints! (Duh) LOL


** Wanda, what is the photo of colored rectangles that's between the cookies and the hands? **

What a wonderful retreat! I'd bring a box project - perhaps a matchbox box to make, and we could use my Instax camera to take Poleroid (instant) pictures of the group to put inside the box. They fit perfectly. : )

Isabel Zito

After reading this post and seeing the beautiful photos, I wish I had been with you lovely ladies. I would have brought materials to make a little scrapbook to capture the gathering.

Teri W

Love it. I get together with a good friend often. We decide ahead of time whether we are smooshing, stamping or die cutting. Our projects are seasonal. A trip to the local paper store is a must! Thanks for sharing your weekend and your friends!

Rosa Gomez

Omg looks like you all had lots of fun. I wish I had a group of crafty ladies in my area that I can craft with. I have to say that I love the bracelet, and I had no idea you can alcohol ink the gumdrop gems and the stars, brilliant. If I were to bring a project to an event like this I would like for all of us to make a flip book. They are the new thing right now and I'm having fun with them.
Crafty hugs,
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Beth Ross

Wow! It sounds like the next best thing to heaven!!

I would bring the supplies for 2 projects! I would bring all the supplies to make mixed-media door hangers. And shadow box frames with tons of supplies to make a mixed-media project.

So fun!!

Holly Saveur

What a super great and fun time you had..AMAZING and such a great thing to organize...
LOVE all the photo's....you all look so sweet and creative!
I have done so many hobby's so I could bring a lot ..would depend on what the others would like...could teach quilting...dried flower wreaths..pottery making....jewelry making..(with pearls)....making flower arrangements...make stuffed animals..,make felt items..make bread figures and wreaths....and off course ..stamp..and make cards!!!!
So when can I come and join you all...just joking..wouldn't dare to fly that long flight..
Hugs Holly.

Carolee mccaslin

What a fun weekend you had!!! I like to get together with my friends and we mod podge pretty paper napkins on terra cotta pots. They all turn out so unique and I LOVE to give them away with a cute little plant inside:)


Do you know where Sharyn finds her vintage sheet music--I have a project in my mind. You already know I've been doing "art days" with my pals twice a month for over 20 years now. Our husbands call them dessert days, but what do they know? Anyway, just wanted to comment on your lovely post, but if I win you can surprise some other lucky gal.


Gosh! I don't know. I'd probably bring a perpetual birthday calendar to make. I made one years ago with a group...and had a blast!

Loved your pics from your retreat!

Mary Ellen

I wish I could have a fun weekend like you had. None of my girlfriends make paper crafts so I would bring my stamps and dies and teach them how to make some simple cards and hopefully they would get hooked like me.

Liz mcallister

Hmmm it would totally depend on who I was crafting with. For little ones I would bring my fairy friends,made of beads and pipe cleaners. For my grown up friends it would be all my cards. I have mad weekends with my buddies where we did peeler beads for hours!

tricia barber

I would make card kits - my sisters love to craft. I did this recently with my mom and she loved it! I love your stories and adventures! Thanks for sharing with us! Thanks for the give away!

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