The importance of PLAY

PLAY = less gadget activity and more real life interaction. PLAY is a huge part of truly living your life. PLAY brings laughter, joy, friendship and freedom of the soul. PLAY gives you permission to enjoy the moment, relish in the now. PLAY is what we all need to further enjoy our journey. For it is the journey and not the destination itself is what matters most.

Give yourself permission to PLAY!

We welcome you to come wiggle your toes in our sandbox!

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Tell your own story

There are many ways to record your favorite memories and pass your stories on through your family tree.

I was hardly ever one to ‘journal’, until about 6 years ago when my friend Violette introduced me to Art Journal-ling.  I had been commenting on how canvases were beginning to take over my art studio and home and she suggested that I try my hand at Art journal-ling. Art Journaling, I had to ask what that was. She opened up her latest journal and pulled out her case of twinkling h2o’s.

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Oh my goodness, what a way to create! It takes the pressure off making each image perfect, opens the door to creative experimentation and takes up hardly any space…lol. I began my first art journal in 2008 and incorporated personal notes, magazine clippings and personal photos. I have not looked back. I have however moved on to incorporate way more supplies than just my twinkling h2o’s. My journals are filled mostly with images, as that is my favorite form of creativity. My goal this year is to do one page of writing to one page of art.  We will have to check back in later this year to see how I did…lol.

Some of my fave products to work in my art journals with are:

If you would like to learn more about the ART of art journaling, check out our classes offered by the lovely Megan!

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Megan Anderson

FRIDAY Creativity Kick Start with Megan Anderson

FRIDAY: Creativity Kick Start with Megan Anderson

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SATURDAY: Mythical Eye Journal

 All SKILL levels welcome!

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Deciding to GO FOR IT!

FEAR, we all have it. Some of us struggle with it more than others. Sometimes there is a very good reason for it and sometimes it just holds us back from experiencing some of the greatest moments we could enjoy in our lives. Taking charge of fear can open us up to new wonderful adventures that change our path in life, open a new doorway, or just let us feel FREE and CHERISHED.

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photo by John Biehler

When I decided to GO FOR IT in creating this retreat for you, it was like taking a deep breath and while breathing out, my heart just bloomed. This is the path I am meant to be on and thankfully I have a great family that has joined me in this adventure. For life is just one great big adventure filled with many stories to share and I would like to share this one with you.

My dream with ‘Into the heART’ is to create, for you, a welcoming space to just be yourself. Be open, meet kindred spirits who accept you for who you are, share your creative streak, laugh (or snort) out load and create wonderful memories and friendships.

This Spring weekend adventure has been in the works for a year now. I have planned, studied, researched, been schooled in large event planning, marketed, hired staff, designed graphics, been my own website guru, brainstormed, had meetings galore, stayed up to the wee hours of the night, been kept awake all night with my ideas in overdrive and put all my love and creative passion into this ‘adventure story’. If you are a fan of my art, you will have actually noticed that my artwork has been put on the back burner for awhile. Thankfully I have some great friends that encourage me to take breaks & bring out the art supplies (like last Tuesday…lol). CLICK here for more history on CFE (Creative Finds Events) and scroll down on that page.

I am so very excited to see ‘Into the heART’ come to fruition! We are going to have so much fun!!!

And the WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS… oh my goodness, they are FAB! I was flooded with applicants months ago, by those that wished to teach and it was such a hard decision, but I did it with the help of my CFE (Creative Finds Events) team. We (the Instructors & I) are so excited to share techniques, knowledge of favorite supplies, love of creation and ourselves with you. We all are looking forward to greeting you on May 22 in Harrison.

Have a wonderful day & we will see you soon!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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ART QUOTE: “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo

All SKILL levels welcome!

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Letting your CREATIVITY fly!

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My good friend Satira came up across the ole USA/Canada border to hang out with me today. It was so nice to take a few SANY1164hours just to have some laughs and play. Thank you, my dear friend. I needed that!

 

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I look forward to having you join me in our late night creative sessions at our Spring 2014 ‘Into the heART’ Art Retreat in Harrison Hot Springs!

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All SKILL levels welcome!

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Let’s KICK UP OUR HEELS!

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Learn how to use tools in a new or different way or even how to begin creating.
Try new techniques, and step out of your comfort zone!
Connect with a community of like minded artists at all skill levels!
It’s time to save your spot for a get away to meet fun, talented artists!

Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the  TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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Sometimes along our personal journey we get stuck in a rut and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

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All SKILL levels welcome!

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deMeng this is good!

Michael-pretty-vial-promo  WORKSHOP “Pretty Vial Things” with Michael deMeng

When I was a kid I loved the idea of magic potions. Remember how Alice drank from the bottle to become very very tall, and of course Dr. Jekyll turned into his hairy eye-browed buddy Mr. Hyde the same way…different recipe apparently. There must be some very interesting mojo in those little containers …some good…some not so good. In this class we are not going to be making the elixirs (that might be illegal in some states) but rather we are going to be designing the little bottles that house these strange liquids. We will be using various assemblage techniques to create some pretty vial things; part of the fun is deciding what they are going to hold and coming up with the appropriate housing. Whether it for turning into hairy monsters (which comes in handy), a potion for invisibility (also very handy), or a place to store the water from the fountain of youth (send me two right away), the containers will be as rich and strange as the contents. Down the hatch!

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WORKSHOPIsland of deMented Toys‘ with Michael deMeng

Remember the Island of Misfit Toys in the claymation epic “Rudolph the Red NosedReindeer”. Well that’s nothing compared to what we’re going to do in this class. You’re going to bring all sorts of parts and pieces from a variety of toys. You round up everything from Barbies ,to Tonka trucks, to snow globes, to wind-up zeppelins, and reassemble them “into something rich and strange” (to quote Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Don’t worry if you toys aren’t dismantled yet…we can take care of that…bwwwwahahahahahaha (evil laugh – in case you were wondering). Using various techniques of assemblage we will turn our classroom in to a laboratory of the weird. Barbie and Ken will never be the same….as I said before ….bwwwwahahahaha.

                                                            All SKILL levels welcome!

Golden Acrylic Paints ~ Retreat SPONSOR

 

CHECK OUT the crackle paste made by GOLDEN Acrylic Colors!

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SAVE YOUR SPACE!

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NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

SAVE YOUR SPACE!

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All SKILL levels welcome! 

Ephimera, Dolls, Sacred Hearts & Art Journaling … what more could you ask for?

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Clarissa Callesen‘s art studio in Ferndale Washington. Inspiration and creativity was in abundance everywhere you looked!

I took a few photos to share the visual experience with you, but honestly the pics won’t do it justice!  Seeing her work in person has made me even more excited about the classes she will be teaching at our upcoming Spring Art Retreat in Harrison Hot Springs!

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This month her work is being featured in the Art Journaling magazine by Stampington & Company and a wonderful video about Clarissa and her doll creations has been released. Clarissa and her work are both magical!

Make sure you register by January 25th to join the fun experience of taking Clarissa’s and other fabulous Artists’ workshops at our Spring ‘Into the heART’ Art Retreat!

All SKILL levels welcome!

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Art Trades….. 101

What is an ART TRADE?

Pretty much anything you want them to be. Some people go all out and make just a few (maybe 20) elaborate items. Where-as some people package up ephemera, which people can use in their art journals or mixed media sculptures during or after the retreat. Then there are some people that just like to trade their art business cards that they have had printed or made from hand just for the event. I had mini 1″ pins/badges made with my art and gave those out with my art business card. I had 150 little packets in little plastic bags prepared, however, please keep in mind that there were 550 attendees at the Artfest 2012…lol. Our Spring retreat will not be as large as that. Plus, I will contact all attendees and let you our final numbers when the time comes.

Whatever you create, make sure you include your contact details, as this is where you may just meet a new lifelong friend!

People trade one item for one item. It is a great way to break the ice when greeting your fellow attendees. You will find that some people are right in the thick of it, eager to trade. Where as some people stand back, observe, and only trade with those that come up to them.  I was one of the ones that stood back for the first couple minutes, but then realized I would miss out on the full experience if I did not just jump in, so that is what I did. It was soooo much fun!

Here are some pictures of what I received when I went to Artfest in 2012: (FYI: Some are not pictured as I have already used them in necklace, art journal and other creations.)SANY1133 SANY1132 SANY1131 SANY1130 SANY1129 SANY1128 SANY1127 SANY1126 SANY1125 SANY1124 SANY1123 SANY1122 SANY1121 SANY1120 SANY1119 SANY1118 SANY1117Have fun with creating your trades. If you are stuck on an idea, do not hesitate to contact us for inspiration. 🙂2014-02-07-promo-live-with- SANY0808

We are on the NEWSSTAND!

Last night we went to our local bookstore to look for inspiration on the magazine rack… and what did we find?

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On a side note, here is a sneak peak at Nicci‘s planner/workbook for 2014:

This planner encompasses ‘The Documented Life Project‘ & Leonie Dawson 2014 printable business planner. She was also going to record her ‘Lifebook 2014‘, however the planner was already getting too full and it is only January…lol. Lifebook will need it’s own home this year.

Need a fresh start in 2014 ?

… so did I! That is one of the reasons I moved my art studio into a new room of our home.

Welcome to my new ART STUDIO.

It is still a work in progress, but it is a lovely project to have to work on…lol.

This studio space is smaller than the last, but will be more prominent and welcoming for guests at my next OPEN HOUSE (date T.B.A.).

As mentioned in my video shown above, My lovely Grandma Fran turned a young 90 yesterday (delay in posting due to uploading glitches)! We had a wonderful celebration for her last Saturday with over 100 guests!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Grandma! xoxoxox

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Into the HeART Art Retreat Info:

All SKILL levels welcome!

 

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LINKS:

My ART EVENTS
The Documented Life
Life Book 2014
Leonie Dawson 2014 printable planners