Day or Weekend in the Country Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Enjoy the crisp, country air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Partake in good foods and get as little sleep as you want to. It’s ok, you can craft the night away!

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond which changes with each season. Work on your favorite crafting projects while you spread out on your own table.

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Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…Ok, so this was after 3 days on the most recent October weekend retreat. Lots of sewing, scrapbooking, card kit making and decor crafts happened prior to this photo:)

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February 21-23, 2020 is the next weekend retreat. Arrive anytime after 10am on Friday and depart by 3pm on Sunday. Cost is $120 per person. Can you only stay for the day? Then the cost is $25 per day. We coordinate meals with breakfast on your own. Then 1-2 people provide, prepare and clean up for the lunch and dinner for Friday and Saturday. Sunday is leftovers.

It’s a 30 minute drive to Cattail Retreat in Poynette with short commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate and is easy to find.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

August 7-9, 2020 and October 23-25, 2020 are also reserved at Cattails.

Please contact me to reserve your spot and receive further details.

Thanks and hope to share a retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley

Day in the Country Paper Crafting Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Enjoy the crisp, fall air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Or perhaps work on holiday projects after the leaves have fallen and it feels more like winter is setting in.

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond which changes with each season.

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Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…Ok, so this was after 3 days on the most recent October weekend retreat. Lots of sewing, scrapbooking, card kit making and decor crafts happened prior to this photo:)

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Our day retreat starts with a Card Buffet or Scrapbook with Me sessions or sign up for both activities. A seasonal lunch will be provided. Then, use the afternoon to work on your own projects. You will get your own table to spread out on for the afternoon.

Day retreats are Saturday, November 9th and December 7th. The event starts at 8:30am and ends at 5pm. It’s a 30 minute drive to Cattail Retreat in Poynette just to give you an idea that it’s an easy commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate and is easy to find.

The cost depends on the activities you sign up for. Card Buffet only is $40. Scrapbook with Me only is $45. Sign up for both activities and the cost is $80. Price is per person and due to me by November 1st so I have enough time to prepare projects and reserve the space.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

Interested in retreating with us for the entire weekend? Contact me for details about the weekend retreats in February, August and October. Thanks!

Thanks and hope to share a day retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Introducing Day Paper Crafting Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Use a vacation day to enjoy the crisp, fall air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Maybe October 21st is the perfect day for your one day retreat in the woods.

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond.

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Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…

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Here is what you might accomplish with your afternoon free time (if you are a sewer:).

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These photos are from the August weekend retreat with friends Dawn and her daughter Portia all the way from South Dakota, Katrina, Pauline and Me. I am sporting my new pajama pants that Dawn helped me sew.

Our day retreat starts with a Card Buffet or Scrapbook with Me session or sign up for both activities. A seasonal lunch will be provided. Then, use the afternoon to work on your own projects. You will get your own table to spread out on for the day.

The event starts at 10am on Monday, October 21st and ends at 6pm. It takes me 30 minutes to drive to Cattail Retreats in Poynette just to give you an idea that it’s an easy commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate so easy to find.

The cost depends on the activities you sign up for. Card Buffet only is $40. Scrapbook with Me only is $45. Sign up for both activities and the cost is $80. Price is per person and due to me by October 7th so I have enough time to prepare projects and reserve the space.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

Interested in retreating with us for the entire weekend? We arrive on Friday, October 18th after 10am. You can stay through Sunday 3pm or add the extra Sunday night and day retreat on Monday. Contact me for details. Thanks!

Additional day retreats are Saturday, November 9th and December 7th. Arrive after 8:30am and depart by 5pm. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the retreat date.

Thanks and hope to share a day retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Yummies at Retreat!

Tasty yummies at paper crafting retreat is a tag team effort. We started with apps this time. Shots of tomato juice from jars canned on 9/5/18 at Mom and Dad’s house. Add about 1 tsp of Old Bay seasoning per quart jar of tomato juice.

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Next, curry tuna quinoa bites were a hot app served with pickled beets. The beets were canned on 8/5/18 at Mom and Dad’s house. I had ginger tea in a fun glass.

I created the quinoa bite recipe moments before frying them. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it. It makes enough patties to serve 12.

Curry Tuna Quinoa Bites

3 – 5 oz cans tuna in water, drained

2 tsp Penzey’s curry powder

about 1/3 cup cooked purple onion

2 large eggs

1/2 cup dry quinoa, cook the 1/2 cup dry quinoa in 3/4 cup tomato water which makes about 1 cup of cooked quinoa

What’s tomato water? It’s the top part of home canned tomato juice. It separates from the pulp during storage and tomato water rises to the top part of the jar. It is partly shown in the above photo of the tomato juice shots.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding more or less quinoa so the mixture is slightly wet.

Fry on both sides in extra virgin olive oil and serve hot.

Next courses were served together, super awesome salad provided by Cheryl and Aunt Dollie.

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Faye made her famous and so delicious chicken wild rice soup.

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The four courses took a little over 2 hours. Faye served yummy chocolate chip bars for the fifth course. Mom and I may serve the sixth course yet tonight. Depends on if we need a little bed time snack! It’s Sassy Cow whipping cream whipped with 1 tsp vanilla and 2 packages of instant coffee Mom had in her stash. I was wide awake last night after licking the beaters from making the whipped cream. So maybe coffee infused whipped cream is not a good idea for a bed time snack!

Sweet Dreams from retreat!

Super Awesome Shirley

With Love, From Cattail Retreat

Our Cattail weekend retreat has ended. The projects worked on will be around for a good, long time. Quilt tops sewn, sun dress (and accessories planned) for a little granddaughter was stitched, photos scrapbooked (yes, actual paper copies, not digital ones!) and a new hobby was learned, paper piecing fabric to make mini works of art.

The food started with this…coconut mango cherry dream with fresh whipped topping…

IMG_9354We did have dinner with lentil soup first…salmon spread, homemade deli rye buns, beets from Mom and Dad’s garden, Carr Valley cheeses, sprouts and capers for greens. Yum!

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Saturday lunch was pheasant wild rice soup, taco dip and sandwiches with tiramisu. Saturday dinner was chicken enchiladas, refried beans, rice and chocolate pudding layer cake which was frozen so it was like an ice cream treat. Sunday is leftover day plus bonus chocolate cake. Plus samples of Nessalla hibiscus cardamom ginger kombucha and home brew peach kombucha and moscato. All very delicious!

Pillow gifts…fabric bowls with truffles from Dawn, hearts themed potholder (too nice to use this way, it will be a table center piece for a bit), pillow box from me compliments of Paper Pumpkin.

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My new experience for the weekend was Dawn teaching me how to paper piece quilt blocks. The teapot took about 6 hours but took breaks and had dinner in that time too. The teacup (not pictured) took about 90 minutes the next day including a sewing machine tune up with Pauline’s help.

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Dawn worked on her dresden pattern…

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The scrapbooking girls..Jeanette, me and Tiffany. Tiffany zoomed home first thing this morning due to the snowy weather. She got home in good time but Jeanette was slowed by the weather.

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We had a fun and productive weekend making memories in a country setting. Looking forward to next time when we just have the August heat to contend with!

Click here for a tour of the retreat house starting in the craft room. I filmed the video in Facebook so add a comment if you are able to view it. This is the first time I tried sharing a Facebook Live video to my blog.

Super Awesome Weekend Getawayer Shirley