Thursday, May 10, 2012

Creative Retreat! Day One.

Welcome to the first day of the creative retreat!

Whether you've chosen to play along from your own home or simply to follow me, I'm happy for your support! I'm also excited to test out this idea, dreamed up by the brilliant Gala Darling, and to start my project.

The Project

There were so many possibilities, it was hard to choose! I thought about doing a sewing retreat, where I tame my feral sewing machine and learn to make collages and bags out of the fabric I've painted. I thought about doing a writing retreat, where I finally, finally get into writing fiction again.

I plan to tackle both of these at some point during the summer, but for my first ever at-home creative retreat, I've decided to continue with my freeform beading. I'll make a piece for Therese's A Time To Stitch challenge and the Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest.


The Theme

If you're doing your own retreat, you can certainly make up your own rules and themes -- you don't have to use mine! But if you're interested, my theme is Make What You Love. I may be working with specified colors and techniques, but my goal is to create a piece that's all my own and that makes me super happy. I'll work with materials I love, in a comfortable and relaxing setting, with plenty of little extras to keep my creativity going.

(And also to make sure I look up from my project every so often. Gotta take care of those eyes!)


Little Extras!

For the next four days, I'll keep you posted on how the project is coming along and any lessons I learn or obstacles I run into. I'll be doing this mainly on Facebook and Twitter, so if you'd like to connect there, please do so!

But! I want to do a little more than that to make this retreat not just about creating, but thinking about creating. I'm going to share some of my creative inspiration with you. Links to articles, quotes, videos, music, that I discover and enjoy.

And if there are any interesting links you'd like to share with me, I would love that!


And now I'm off to start creating. My supplies are on the Retreat Table, ready to go, and the patio furniture is clean in case I want to enjoy the nice weather. Thanks for reading, thanks for supporting me, and as always, have a sequintastic day!


12 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, Have fun creating I will be checking in on your progress as you go along. I am so thrilled that you are participating in my first challenge and I can not wait to see what you have created for mine and the Fashion Colorworks challenge.
    Therese

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    1. Thanks, Therese! I'm really excited to participate in your challenge, and I'm looking forward to the Big Reveal. :)

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  2. Great ideas, I can't wait to see what comes. Have fun.
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I can't wait to see what you come up with, either! <3

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  3. Can't wait to see what you create, and to follow your journey as you get there!

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    1. Thank you, Bobbie! I'm going to do a sneak peek of the piece either on Monday or next Saturday, depending on how far I get with it. :)

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  4. Great idea. I am anxious to see what you come up with. Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thank you, Nicole!

      It's been a lot of fun so far, even if I've had to change directions a few times. The finished piece promises to be different from anything I've made before!

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  5. Yay! Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! I think you'll like the crazy piece I'm working on/didn't show on Saturday. It's seriously insane. :)

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  6. What a fantastic idea! I have that post by Gala Darling bookmarked and you have inspired me to re-read it and actually implement it! Can't wait to hear about how you felt it went after the retreat is finished. :)

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    1. Hi, Kimberly! Welcome!

      I'm hoping to write about it today and give a sneak peek of the piece I'm working on. I've learned a lot through this first retreat, and I think I can make the next one a lot better!

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