13 August 2012

Inspired by Nature Retreat II

"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
~Claude Monet

Miss Heather Power wrote one of my all-time favorite books for inspiration called Jewelry Designs from Nature in 2011. These pages feature some of the most lovely jewelry designs inspired by the woodlands, the gardens and the sea, all things that inspire Heather. In September of last year she invited a wonderful group of ladies to join her down in a little cottage by the sea (okay, the shores of Lake Michigan ;-), to take trips through gardens and the local Farmer's Market and to experience the bounty of nature along the trails in South Haven. Of course there was beading to be done as well!

This year Heather is back at it again with another Inspired by Nature retreat in quaint South Haven at a retreat center aptly named the Riverbend Retreat Resort. This beautiful facility will be the site of three days (and nights!) of relaxing, reconnecting and beading of course!

Heather has put together a whole new line-up of classes for each day of the retreat. These are can't miss for sure!

There will be walks in the woods to find natural treasures to cast in molds and recreate in resin with an awesome new patina effect (I cannot wait to make these!),

wool felted and bead embroidered leaves fit for a woodland fairy princess,

transforming ho-hum metal blanks into really cool 'sketched' designs using nothing but a hammer and your imagination!

Oh, and did I happen to mention that I will be a guest instructor? Me! Sqa-weeeeeee!

On Saturday night, Heather invited me to lead a fun party that I am calling a U.F.O. Party. Click here to read all about it!

There will be goodie bags and food and of course chocolate and maybe a little wine, too. And did I mention chocolate? Heather and I will also be hosting a little trunk show to share our beads and jewelry designs with this nature-loving crew. I am working on some new designs and some fresh Simple Truths just for the event.

Are you excited yet? You should be! If you need some more inspiration on what a great event this will be, please check out this post I did on the Art Bead Scene from last year sharing the fun and three slideshows of pictures from the weekend.

Reservations are being taken now but don't delay! There is a limit of 20 participants and I have a feeling that this will fill up fast.

Come and join me and Heather Powers as we take a walk in the woods for the Inspired By Nature Retreat II!


Kim Stevens said...

I'm wishing I could join you! Those castings are so great and the wool, eeeek . . . love!!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Erin, you have made me a little sadder... since my magical "transporter" is out of order, I'll be there only in spirit (unfortunately a recurring theme for me). I would so love that felt and beading session, and your U.F.Os and Asteroids party would be a hoot, I bet. Will have to settle for envious reading after the fact :(

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Congrats on being a guest instructor! I know you'll put on a great party. Sounds like a really magical event. Enjoy!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Erin when I saw you were doing a class I about wet my britches :) I thought that would be so much fun. Mom and I seriously need to look for grants :) It looks like you guys are going to have a blast and I can't wait to see the pics from the retreat!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those felted beaded leaves! OMG.......I do so envy you. Can't wait to see the photos you post. How cool that you are a guest instructor! This sounds like so much fun!

sandi m said...

New website is lookin' pretty good!!

JeannieK said...

How wonderful that you're a guest instructor. You must be so excited. Sounds like a good time for all.

Marie Cramp said...

So badly wanted to go this year. I am hating that this cancer is keeping me from doing all these fun things! Here's to next year and kicking cancer's butt!! <3


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