-->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Check out the album in the right column here. The captions with the photos tell the story. I'll say a few things:
1) it's a good thing I got a free and very excellent massage from my friend Jill recently, because there was no time to get one at the spa;
2) my teammates are really talented wonderful women I loved being with. Danielle's KI Colors album is INCREDIBLE. I so hope she wins. Kori can alter the heck out of anything besides putting together sharp, incredible layouts. I miss Nichole's hugs and humor and book recommendations. Mandy is more combo-brained than I am. Check out this girl's site. She's the first person I've seen whose got this whole "making albums for people" process down AND the art in her work is stunning.
3) Amy Goldstein is da bomb. She's an incredible teacher (and I should know because I was her TA) and Pink Martini is going places;
4) Kim Kesti is HI-LAR-I-OUS (which of course requires being smart). I've always loved her work, but now I am so stalking her.
5) Jill Davis is the most REAL woman I've ever met (gonna do lots of shopping at scrapbook.com from now on).
6) Lunches were great!
7) The hotel was gorgeous and so big that it was a long walk everywhere (and Phoenix is not dry in August).
8) I got a lot of great stuff.
9) While I didn't get to take all of the classes, the content of them was OVER-THE-TOP in quality and fun.
Here are some of my favorite shots:
The Design Team: Kori Babb, Mandy Divita-Kerns, Danielle Collins, Nichole Pereira, and me. I think Lindsey took this shot.
Amy and Kim up to something at Scrapbooks, Etc. Keep an eye on those new Pink Martini progjects!
Some girls' heaven.
Jill Davis knows all the local spots. Here she is at dinner along with Kori and Nichole at Tia Rosa's after the shopping ex-po-ti-tion.
Once Leslie Ayers comes out of her shell . . . watch out! And Lindsey Teague? I don't think she was ever in a shell ;-)
But check out lots more on the album some fun (and possibly incriminating shots inside)----->
Finally got the album up! (see it in the column at the right). And here's a layout I did about Twin Farms, using the new American Traditional Designs Family Tree paper.
JOURNALING: What a gift Titia and Gijs have given so many writers in opening their home (and all its many buildings) to us. When I am here, I am able to really think about what’s important (and I am able to sleep all alone in my little room and write at my little table).
I love this place and being in the company of Titia and Gijs, Martha and Sue, the new attendees and us old ones. I first went to the Molasses Pond retreat in 1990 when it was way up in Eastbrook Maine on Molasses Pond. But this place is so gorgeous, so full of all of Titia and Gijs' Dutch touches, and the pony barn, and the house being the “doctor's house,” and the chuch across the street with Joan's bell. It's just full of personal history and now Titia and Gijs have let so many of us add our personal history. While I never attended MP here, I used to come with old MP friends Susan and Nancy and Kathy--and Robin who never went to MP but who is teaching here this year!!!! I brought Isaac here when he was just a few months old and Robin taught me the boring song to get him to sleep. Kathy used to cook us big old meals with candles on the table, and Susan and Nancy gathered wildflowers. And we kept the woodstove going during October visits
Again, thank you, Titia and Gijs, and I'll be back so save my room.
. . . in so many ways. I've been working a ton this past week because I leave for the Scrapbook Answers' Girls Weekend on Weds and then when I come back I want to spend a day packing up and then be off the NY with the boys . . . . staying as long as possible right up to when school starts. So that I can do some work there, Neil just got me a 300 gb external drive and my Mom's making her laptop available, but I'm really not wanting to drag a lot of paper supplies . . . so am trying to finish up assignments early.
While I worked the other morning, Neil took the boys to Packer's Falls. I thought they'd say goodbye, but they didn't. So after a while I checked and saw they didn't take life jackets (which I like them to have on when they're tumbling around rocks). And they didn't come back. So finally I hopped in the car and drove over. Hot hot hot and they were happy happy happy. And this is what I saw
Neil said, "It's ok. It slows down and then he grabs onto that rock over there."
me: "Do you think it's dangerous?"
him: "A bit."
I stayed a while, watched more runs by each of the boys that always made me nervous, and then went home and back to work, wondering why it was that we were letting them do this and feeling glad that there were some college-aged boys there who looked like they could move faster than Neil if there was a problem.
Putting finishing touches on articles and art for SBA December--I'm doing a "step-by-step" and a "layouts in 5." Actually need to do all the writing on step-by-step so I better dig in and get it done so I can get packed for SBA. I'm working but will get to participate some, too and the projects look great, but I'm not sure I can pull the needed items together in time----and tomorrow is Water Country!!!!! (those !s are my boys speaking, I'm more of a period on this topic). Isaac and I are the only ones up (at 8:30 --- yes, Neil and Joshua are staying up late and sleeping late this summer) as usual and I'm happy to have my external drive down here hooked to the laptop.
Yesterday, Simple Scrapbooks requested a winter layout!!!!