My class was so much fun to teach and I hope the ladies enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed creating it especially for them.
When the event came to an end all of the delegates were asked to sign a slate heart - which was then hung around a tree which was planted by the event organiser in the grounds of the venue - what a wonderful way to leave our mark eh?
The retreat was without doubt the best UK weekend event that I have ever attended - the venue was idyllic, the food divine, the rooms were luxurious, the sweetie bar was far to tempting and all thanks to the ever so talented Debbie Nicholas. I'm excited to have been invited to return and teach again at the next event in October, which I believe is sold out - however there a just a few spaces left for the May event which is being held in Lake Windemere......with the ultra talented Lida de Witte and Jen Starr teaching at the event I'm sure it will be a weekend of non stop creativity.
During May I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Israel where I was invited to teach three classes. My stay in Israel may have been short but the memories I have will last a lifetime. The event organiser, Alice, was the perfect host and shared with me some of the sights and sounds of her country - which of course is filled with so many biblical and historical places to visit.
Tel AvivThe beautiful Alice
The girls who attended the classes made me feel very welcomed and at ease and we had fun as we worked with products from Glitz Designs, Fancy Pants and Echo Park.
Within hours of my return from Israel things started to go a bit whacky around here.
Hubs got sick - really sick and had to undergo emergency surgery to his leg (which after 11 months of suffering still isn't sorted!) He developed an infection in his bone marrow which is a tricky little blighter to clear - anti b's don't appear to be working and he's too and fro to the hospital several times a week.
More surgery is needed on his leg, but things are a bit up in the air until we can get the infection under control - with so much uncertainty as to when the surgery is going to take place I was left with no other choice but to decline any invitations to teach overseas for the rest of 2011 :(
Things have gone from bad to worse for us as a family and to be honest I haven't had very much time to do anything else but look after all of my boys the best that I can. On the odd afternoon when normality comes and pays us a visit I sneak out my stash and manage to have an hour or two to play - sadly though, normality doesn't drop by very often at the moment :(
I'll leave you with a few of the LO's that I have managed to create and wish you all a happy and peaceful Summer - whats left of it.
Scrap Rat Kits