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creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Let’s talk Boho * 2011…

Here are some hi-lights from the 2010 Bσhσ Art Retreats…taken with Amber’s creative eye!

Last year I climbed in my gypsy wagon of creativity and ventured into a new territory…where spirit, enthusiasm and creative whimsy embrace avant~garde.

βσhσ Art Retreats

This title is reflective of a slight Bohemian flair ~ for the unconventional, artistic lifestyle that it portrays.

I’ll honestly say that it {the journey} exceeded my highest expectations.  I found that I can plot, plan and prepare for months and offer this:

•a fun variety of workshops

•a beautiful country setting and accommodations

•healthy, tasty, home-cooked meals

•a nurturing of heart and spirit

•and lots and lots and lots of beautiful German glass glitter

…but it’s the ladies who attend who truly make each event grand.

The next art retreat scheduled for:

October 20-22, 2011

These retreats are small and intimate and limited to 8-10 gals.

$380 will include all meals, lodging and workshops.  $100 will hold a spot for you!

I live about 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Spokane, Washington.

this link will show you a variety of posts written on the retreats and workshops offered in 2010 & 2011

The workshops for 2011 will focus on soldering, collage and mixed media…

and to tickle YOUR artistical fancy here are some pictures of the workshops projects…

Soldering 101

Our soldering will begin with a couple of easy projects for the beginner and will also serve as a fun refresher for those who’ve done some soldering before.   The small vial pictured can be used to encapsulate a special keepsake, such as your grandmother’s broken pearl necklace or possibly the 1st lost tooth from your wee one.  With your own thoughts and special memories you can preserve a little something that is special to YOU.

Soldering 102

Once you feel more confident with your own soldering abilities you will work on a mini-collaged piece  that will be encased with solder in a diamond-shaped, prism glass pendant.

Mixed Media Fun

After some hands-on instruction in the mixed media arena we’ll move to a 9×13 wooden surface that will become our canvas for an artful You-Creation.  It will also serve as a {fun}ctional clip board that daily will inspire your personal organization and tickle your artistical fancy!

Table~Top Glass Journal

This is a 4×6 table-top journal.  The cover is glass.  Under the glass, on the front and the back, is paper collage that will make this creation be an individual, one-of-a-kind piece for YOU.

…propped up on an easel it will be readily on hand to jot down a fun thought, quote or creative word that comes to mind…

A ‘charmed’ handle will be the perfect finishing touch.

Won’t YOU join me this year and fashion your own Bσhσ experience!

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Art Retreat, retreat workshops | 13 Comments

Vintage Bottle Workshop

Our last workshop, taught by Becky and Holly, was to transform a vintage bottle into something wonderfully elaborate.

This jar was taken by Holly and transformed into…

…this lovely jar.

Becky is showing us how to make ribbon rosettes like she added to her bottle in the picture below.

This was a fairly simple Sunday morning workshop to wrap up our weekend with.

My next post will be about one of the weekend’s most glorious hi-lights….FOOD!   I can’t wait~

the top 4 photos were shared by Tres Birds Photography…thx. Amber!

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 4 Comments

Soldering Workshops

Saturday was devoted to soldering.   We began by doing a practice piece…just glass.

Some of the gals took that piece, later in the day, and modge podged some fun piece of collage to the backside and used it in a creative way.

We then ventured on to a ‘real’ charm and after that soldered a large piece to hang inside a barn board frame.  Although I have done so much soldering {3yrs…1000’s of pieces}, I hadn’t ever taught soldering.

Becky, soldering away...

It didn’t go as well as I had hoped but the gals seemed to love it anyway.   I do remember my own first soldering experiences and how diligently I worked to get just the right look.  It literally took making 200-300 charms before I felt that I was doing ‘OK’.

I’ve been looking into taking a class of my own by soldering expert, Terri Brush, and now I want to take one all the more.

I love this picture because Cindy is still smiling.…actually, she was even smiling by the end.

Cathy is working away...


...and Arlene is working at her first 'practice' charm...





Thank you Amber, once again, for sharing your lovely photos and she wrote a sweet post about all this HERE.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 5 Comments

Crown Workshop

After our journal workshop we began the crown workshop.  These two workshops also complimented each other nicely because the journals were more of a ‘work in progress’.

Becky and Holly of All That Glitter were the fabulous teachers for this workshop.

I love these gals.  We do a few shows together throughout the year and it has been wonderful to get to know them on a more personal level.

The base of each crown was genuine rusty, vintage chicken wire.  🙂  From there it is amazing where ‘the imagination’ can take you.

Here’s Trisha working away on her glorious creations!

Trisha‘s finished crown!

And sweet Cathy is modeling hers.

all photos compliments of Tres Birds Photography

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 4 Comments

Journal Workshop

Our first workshop was creating a journal…from scratch…taking plain papers and ephemera and creating something unique.

Something that captured the βσhσ spirit of each gal.

I encouraged them to use a favorite picture of themselves {at any age} on the front cover.

all of the above photos were taken by Amber of Tres Birds Photography

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Art Retreat, Art Retreat.CampOne, retreat workshops | 9 Comments