Saturday, May 5, 2012

Creative Retreat!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I was hoping to have one of the pieces from my beadweaving post ready today. It's almost there, but I still have some work to do, so I thought I'd write about something else -- namely, the next thing on my to-do list.


What next?


The craft show has come and gone, and so has the cookie party for my birthday. At first, this left me feeling a little lost. I live for planning things, for working towards the Next Big Thing, and I had no idea what that thing would be.

And then I realized that uncertainty can be a great thing, even if it's scary. Because with uncertainty comes freedom. I can do anything I choose to do -- how exciting is that? So I thought about it, brainstormed in my Problem Solving Notebook, and realized that I finally have time for....

A creative retreat!

Not just any retreat, either -- one that I set up at home!

I've wanted to do this since March, when I read Gala Darling's post. If you've heard me make jokes about robbing banks in a sequined mask and cape, you know that I'm a wee bit broke. I can't afford fancy things like week-long beading workshops, as much as I'd love to attend one.

But! I can afford to hold my own, just for me, using the resources I already have. Fresh air, a nice work space, and of course, a big pile of sparkly things.


When?


I'd like to do this next weekend. I'm thinking, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you'd like to join me, you're more than welcome!

I could post updates here and on Twitter -- or Facebook, if you're a Facebook person. And when the retreat is done, I can post some photos of how the retreat went and what I made. And if you want to do the same, I'd be thrilled.


The project

Now I just have to decide... what kind of project will I work on? I'm thinking, something crazy and beaded. Something that's been on my mind for awhile, like one of my big necklaces. OK, that's pretty vague, but I'll have time to refine the idea this week.


So there we have it! My Next Big Thing. I hope you decide to do this with me, and if not, I hope you follow me in this next adventure. Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and as always, have a sequintastic day!

18 comments:

  1. OH! I love the sound of a virtual creative retreat from our homes! I'd love to join in, from Texas of course! We can all share our projects! It would be fun to come up with a common list of items and see what we make out of each. What do you think?

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you'll be joining me, and I love the idea of sharing our projects. I'll link to anyone who participates!

      For this retreat, I was thinking that a common theme might be fun. A nice broad one, since I've got such a diverse group of bloggy friends.

      How about... Make What You Love? I got the idea from one of your recent blog posts. :)

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  2. Sounds like fun! I hope it's productive. As a fellow mega-planner, I also understand completely that feeling of "what next?" It's both a scary void and full of infinite possibilities. The retreat sounds like a great way to channel those feelings. Xo Erin

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    1. I hope it's productive, too! So far, I've been unable to decide on a project -- I keep switching between a big necklace and learning to tame my sewing machine. I really want to make something out of my hand-painted fabrics, but I'm a little clueless. :)

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  3. What a great idea! I'll bet that you'll discover all kinds of treasures in your bead stash, just waiting to give you fabulous inspiration. Can't wait to see what you create!

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    1. Thanks, Bobbie!

      I can't wait to see what I create, either -- and if this retreat is fun, I'll do another one sometime this summer, when it's not Mother's Day Weekend. That way, more people can participate!

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about the void created when the big event is over and you're left wondering "now what"! I'd love to join your virtual retreat but I'm committed to other family things two of those days. But, I'll be following along. Have a great time at the retreat!

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    1. Thanks, Maryanne!

      If this retreat goes well, I'm going to do another one on a weekend that isn't so busy. That way, more people can participate. :)

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  5. What a wonderful idea. It's kind of what I've been doing this past week. It's a bridge week between spring semester and summer semester. Trying to get supplies gathered and made, so that I can play with beads and fabric all summer. Outside, on the picnic table! In my gorgeous backyard. Listening to the birds. And the breeze.
    Can't wait to see what your retreat inspires.

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    1. How awesome that you've been doing something similar! I love the idea of creating outside. I have some nice patio furniture on my deck, so if the weather's nice, I might have to follow your example. :)

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  6. I am so in to doing this with you, I will be away camping but will try and stay connected. For sure I will connect on Sunday. What fun!! I have missed you Sarah.
    Debbie

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    1. Hurray, I'm glad you're on board! A camping trip sounds like a great place to hold your own retreat because you'll be in a fresh new space, surrounded by nature -- which is always inspiring.

      I've missed you, too! I'm glad that my pace has slowed down so I can spend time with beady friends again. <3

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  7. Super idea :)
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  8. I'll sew a bead on over the w/e with you!

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  9. Sounds like tons of fun!! I hope you have a great time & I'd love to see how it goes...too bad this weekend will be spent studying for me...

    Linda

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    1. I'm hoping it'll be fun -- if the weather stays nice, I'll be outside for most of it. :)

      I'm planning to do another retreat once the summer gets going. Maybe you can join in for that one!

      Best of luck studying! I know you'll kick butt on those exams. <3

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