Weekend Crafting Retreat, Are You In?

We are officially 5 sleeps away from 3 days and 2 nights of full time crafting! That’s right, spread your craft out on your own table for the entire weekend. Enjoy the scenic pond view out the craft room window. Help prepare one meal during the weekend.

Sounds like a fun and productive time? Then join us! We have 3 spots open for the retreat that starts on Friday, February 8th, 10am and ends on Sunday, February 10th, 3pm. The location is at Cattail Retreat in Poynette.

This is a photo of part of the retreat group from last October and part of the craft room space. The place sleeps 8 so there are 8 center tables with more workspace and tables along the sides of the room.

Please contact me for more information and to RSVP for this weekend’s retreat. If you can’t make this one, look for the August and and October dates to be posted soon.

Have a nice day that includes some crafty time!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Super Soul Sunday Short with Prince Ea

I am hibernating in the stamp room today with Youtube to keep me company. I just watched and listened to Oprah’s conversation with Tom Brady on her #SuperSoulSunday broadcast. The sports world is not part of my universe choosing instead to put my energy elsewhere. So I purposefully set my mind to receiving when I take in conversations with sports figures.

After the featured conversation, Super Soul Shorts are thought provoking works of art. I enjoy these segments with relish since they expand the mind with words, visuals and music. Take a look and ponder your light.

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Thanks Oprah for providing a platform for Prince Ea to share spoken word.

Super Souler Shirley

Weekend Getaway at Cattail Retreat

We had a fabulous time during our weekend getaway at Cattail Retreat. We split the room with half working on paper crafts and half working on quilting and gifts. Creativity was flowing in all directions!

First up was piling kits for upcoming Christmas card making sessions. I took advantage of the free table space until other guests arrived. That’s about 100 kits pictured. I did another 100 after these were stuffed in their envelopes.

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The design for these kits uses retired designer series paper and ribbon…gingerbread punch is in our annual catalog!

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Since Halloween is next week, I designed a spooky pillow gift. Dawn sewed a fun pouch to share as a pillow gift too. Thanks Dawn!

 

After my kit piling was done, I worked on reducing my whisper white paper scrap pile by punching bows from the Candy Cane builder punch. I used all my scraps and created about 150 bows. I stamped the hohoho words using real red ink from the coordinating Candy Cane Season stamp set. They are attached to glue dots strips for easy assembly.

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We had lots of great food including taco dip, chili, southwest black bean soup and chicken chili in tomato sauce. Treats were an apple pie from #NorskeNook, gluten free brownies from #chocolatecoveredkatie and mango turmeric #Nessallakombucha. All delicious!

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I set aside my paper crafts to hook a few loops on my pear centerpiece. The photo on the left is progress from the August retreat, the first 2 pears hooked. The photo on the right is progress made this weekend. I completed 3 pears! #patience and #goals learned while rug hooking for sure! It takes me a couple of hours to hook 1 pear.

Group photo right before packing up with some of the quilts worked on while at retreat in the background. We missed a few people that departed early.

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The original retreaters…Tiffany on left, me in the center and Jeanette on the right. They are scrapbooking super stars! They design layouts and print photos prior to the weekend. During retreat, they match photos with layouts. They stay on task and usually meet their goal and matching all the photos with layouts. Pretty impressive since they have littles and take advantage of life experiences so have lots of memories to keep!

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Thanks for a great weekend! Catch you next time at Cattail Retreat!

Super Awesome Weekend Getawayer Shirley

P.S. Future retreats are February 8-10, 2019, August 9-11, 2019 and October 18-20, 2019. Message me if you are interested in attending these dates. Thanks!

 

 

I’m back at the One of a Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo!

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I am back as the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator at the One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Madison during the weekend of November 16-18, 2018. I have been participating in this show in various ways ever since it started. Way back when before I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my family would visit from out of town and we would attend the show together.

This year, I have a table on the show floor so visit me there! I also have 3 classes, the Daisy Jar on Friday, the Wood Crate Projects on Saturday and my staple, Card Buffet on Sunday. Please consider attending a class. As a bonus, you will get to rest your legs for an hour during class 🙂

In addition, I’ll be a demonstrator during the Saturday night Create n Keep. This event is 4 hours of stamping fun!

Here is a link to the expo’s website: click here to zoom to the OOAK website.

See you there!

Super Awesome Shirley

 

Gracious Gathering with Snatam Kaur

I checked Overture’s seating chart over last weekend for tickets to experience Snatam Kaur. There were 2 front row seats available. I checked again before heading out last night and they were still there! I decided to take advantage of these seats if they were available when I arrived at the box office. Alas, they were sold to the couple that had just visited the box office before me.

So I settled for a front row balcony seat where I could receive the full experience. I would be able to see all the performers, enjoy the music float up and enjoy the heat rise too.

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As I entered my row, a person sat 2 seats over. Soon, a couple were seated between us. To my right was a person that slipped in her seat after me. As I opened my newly purchased CD, I decided to act on my intention for the evening. I wanted to make a connection. One sentence that entered my mind as I drove down East Washington Street.

We had a lively exchange. Tracy is a storyteller. WOW, an author, I thought. She traveled from Menomonie today for a storytelling session at a local library. I asked if she was reading from her own books. Tracy said, no, she is a real life story teller. Experiencing Snatam Kaur was a maybe on her agenda for the day. I am glad she made it a priority. She helped make my new experience for the day better.

My intention of making a connection was fulfilled by meeting Tracy. I grew up just south of Menomonie, attending the Sacred Chant was a maybe for me too and I am a storyteller through my blog. If I had not gotten a little lost navigating the Madison streets, I would have been in the front row seats and missed the opportunity to meet Tracy. Funny how that worked out. My GPS was conspiring with the universe:)

The Sacred Chant Concert started. As the simple sounds from the stage started filling the room, the fifth instrument, the audience voices, grew stronger. Space after the mantras are left open. No clapping after finishing the mantras. Although there was clapping throughout the concert including a reminder to vote. Snatam Kaur is a peace activist so I would have expected no less than her statements surrounding voting.

There were bagpipes, oh yes. An expected guest via a cell phone tone is my guess. They sounded at an appropriate time during a chant introduction about finding your own voice. We had a laugh at that.

To finish the night, Snatam Kaur signed CD’s. I was star struck! I was trying to think of something to say and came up with just saying Peace and Thank You. Those stars came out so I don’t think that is what I said. Snatam Kaur was a gracious host throughout the night and during the after show. I am glad I attended!

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One last thought. Snatam Kaur is a scientist. So we have starting out in science in common. We most likely have similar thought patterns. Maybe that is why I have been so drawn to her and her music. I remember reading about Snatam Kaur after she appeared in Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. I’ll have to watch the session again. It was a good one.

This blog entry might be the start of a scrapbook I have been thinking about starting. All About Me is the theme. I have scrapbooked hundreds of pages over the years but very little of those pages are about me. Maybe this life experience will be page #1.

peace, light and love…

Super Awesome Sacred Chanter Shirley

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click to go to Snatam Kaur’s website