Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Beading Retreat: Day 1

The day starts with double checking everything is packed!
Waiting for my traveling companion Sharon Harper of Purple Tiger creations
Sharon arrives and we are off to the airport. 
Arrive safely & dropped of by my hubby we go through check in and soon to be boarding the plane.
I must admit I am a not a great flyer, so I was a little nervous. Sharon was fabulous as was Karen Cooke our other travelling companion. During the flight Sharon kindly came to check up on me. I flew very well and enjoyed myself to the point where I was taking photos out the window of the plane.

We are meet by a glorious group of woman at the Airport with their cars ready to take all of us that have flown in from Vic & NSW to the Retreat. Now this for many of us is the first time we are meeting each other either IRL or ever.

The chauffeurs where the lovely Natalie, Sue & Debi.
Time for a group shot before we pile into cars and make our way to the retreat.

Arriving at the retreat... Hmmm looks a lot like camp LOL. Unload the cars & time to get settled in our cabins. After many changes of who is sleeping where I have the pleasure of rooming with Lyndsey, Sharon & Tania B.

Lyndsay is a proffcient seed beader who runs http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyndsays/51813973700?fref=ts and sells her beautiful crafted items through her Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/LynnAbreu.

Tania Black is a well established lampwork artist with her gorgeous items available to purchase through her store http://www.taniablack.com/
After we are all settled the evening holds dinner and a wonderful market night where we can all happily part with our cash. As well as showing off our challenge pieces, based around an image.

Teena's challenge piece using the colours from the  image

A group shot of challenge pieces
Second half of group shot

The market night consists of  tutors and students alike who either own a beading stores or make handcrafted components to sell to beaders.
Present on the evening with their wares were.

Mandy Williamson  of Mimi's Beading

Natalie Fletcher Jones of Peruzi

This is myself with Mandy getting to know one another

Maria & Carina of The Bead Room

I bought up big with Nat, ooohhh how could I resist.

A chance to meet the lovely ladies of The Bead Room.

Admiring the styling of Tania's lampwork skills

This is the work of Melissa an amazing artist to say the least, an opportunity to see close up her recently published and award winning designs

Melissa Ingrim of
A thoroughly enjoyable first day meeting/greeting/buying and then a some drinks at the end to wind down.
Its off to bed as we are up early tomorrow to get a start on the day.