Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Too late.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in. 
It’s way too late to blog anything substantial really.
I left the artwork i wanted to show you at the Community Centre, so I shall have to share it with you tomorrow. 
Just got in from supper at the Spa with a few of the crew,
and now, to be frank, I’m fit to drop.

Today was excellent - well, for me it was!
The projects went down well, and it was so good to see folks get genuinely excited when they nailed a particular skill.
That’s what it’s all about really. 

It’s not that I am particularly talented or better than any of the retreat participants. Really not. I have just done it all a few more times than them. So my job as I understand it, is to present a number of interesting and informative projects, and help them achieve proficiency whilst having fun and not feeling as though it is a task.

It is always fascinating to have our lovely friend and illustrator  extraordinaire, Melanie, in the room. She perceives things so very differently, and because she isn’t a crafter but more of a fine artist, she just LOVES what we mere mortals achieve with her designs!
Mind you, this is the same woman who uses the stencils she designs as window dressings in her cottage! 
Yep. Like Cafe Curtains!

So as we wave goodbye to the first lovely, lovely group, we say hello to the next incoming group. I already bumped into a bunch of them at the Spa this evening! All full of apprehension and excitement. I reckon we are going to have a blast. Especially now we’ve gone through everything once and know where the pitfalls are !!  Thanks to the first group for being so patient and gracious.

Love & Hugs,
Barb.


24 comments:

  1. I'm coming on Friday and am soooo excited 😊

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  2. Wish I lived closer, Barbara. I'd be there in a shot! Hope you all have fun.

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  3. Sounds like your having a blast but tiredbut fun tired . We seem to be in middle of a thunder and lightning storm at moment sounded like something was hot little while ago don't like hearing that bit hope everyone is alright. Sleep well warm night xxx

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    1. Joy we've had the storm too, went on for ages. It's still muggy here so I wouldn't be suprised if we get another one in the night xx

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    2. Down here in the far west of Cornwall we have had a lovely sunny, hot day but a few miles away just across the bay on the other side of the Lizard they have had a dreadful storm causing flooding and people having to be rescued. The storm must have just missed us.xx

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  4. Hi Barbara
    Sounds like another perfect day full of fun and laughter. I wonder if the paint behaved itself in this heat? Have a fun day tomorrow with the next group.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Sending hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    2. Hi Diane,
      Pleased to hear you've survived the storms of last night. Scenes on Lizard Peninsula are dreadful. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  5. Really wish I could be there with you this year but alas it couldn't be. Love and hugs, Jeanette xxx xxx

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  6. Glad you all had such a good day, not envious at all! !xx

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  7. Sounds great, I would love to be there. Hope we get some storm action, I love it x

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  8. We might be a bit bleary eyed with all this noise going on tonight, but we shall still be enthusiastic and ready for anything you have lined up for us. xxx Maggie

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  9. Hello Barb, it is heart warming to hear that everyone loved the retreat, and I think you are a great teacher or rather sharer, because you share your and your teams talents with us. Take care. Bx

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  10. So glad the first 2 days went well. I am so so so looking forward to our turn on Fri/Sat. Xx

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  11. Great start by the sounds of it.

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  12. Hi Barb,
    Great to hear that everything has gone so well at the retreat and that everyone has had a good time. I'm sure the next group will enjoy it as much too. Hope you've had a good rest and weren't disturbed by thunderstorms. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    1. Morning bloggy friends,
      I hope everyone is safe and sound after the terrible storms last night. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  13. So happy to hear you are having a fabulous time. I hope you have a wonderful day today.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  14. Love hearing about how it has all gone well for you. Just wish I could get to one of the retreats as I know I would really enjoy learning and crafting for two whole days.
    I hope that the next one goes well too.

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  15. Thank you for and amazing two days.... Wonderful projects with lots of techniques to keep me up to speed! It's over too quickly!
    Hope the rest of the week goes well!
    Love and hugs! Xxx

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  16. I'm glad the first retreat went so well Barbara. It must be very tiring but satisfying when everything goes to plan. x

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  17. Thanks for a fantastic couple of days. I learned loads but hope my irritating coughing didn't spoil things too much. Most embarrassing......

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x