Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm Back! and a 100th Post Giveaway...

Yes, I'm back from the amazing Artful Journey Retreat and there is MUCH to share and share I will over the next week. I feel like I should have a t-shirt that says:

"I drove to Los Gatos and all I got was a Chunky Funky Coffee Table Book!" 

;)


Trust me when I say that's not all I got...

 The partially collaged cover of my book; I used an old sewing book for my book...it's just a peek for now!


I also got:
  • a speeding ticket (there will be NO pictures of the speeding ticket!)
  • lost, twice! (okay the first time wasn't really lost but the second time was!)
  • wonderful gifts upon my arrival, that I want to share first...

I met my apron recipient for the Apron Swap (arranged by Stella Singleton who made my fabulous apron - thanks Stella!), Stephanie Thiel who had this beautiful thank you gift for me, though she had yet to see the apron I made for her - how sweet is this gift?!??
 
Cavellini thank you cards and book plates, along with ATC papers wrapped in a lace doily - SWEETNESS!

Luckily for me she loved the apron I made for her!! I didn't get any pics of her in it though - DARN!

Soon after unloading my personal things into my room, I saw Cathy and promptly whisked her away with me to go into town for a quick bite before dinner since I did not have any lunch on the way to the retreat - I just wanted to get there as soon as I could!! And with three more hours before dinner, I knew a bit of food was necessary to keep the 'beast' in me at bay! ;)

When we were unpacking our supplies after dinner, she had brought some gifts for me from friends in Australia, which was an unexpected but lovely surprise...

Cathy brought me a book about Australia...it's so cool!


Then she gave me a fabulous totebag...can you tell who made it???


It's a totebag from Curly Pops herself!! How cool is that?!?! (or should I say how 'cooly-pops'?!?)


Made from tea towels, this one is keeping with the Australian theme. I just loved the wombat momma and her wombat baby...

Curly Pops, you are the coolest gal! Thank you for this fabulous totebag =-)

As if this wasn't enough, Cathy presented me with yet another gift (yes, the mind reels that there could be more!) and here it is...


beautiful beyond words...
 
A beautiful collage artwork from Katrina of I Saw You Dancing. It took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes...

I was so moved to have received these beautiful gifts from amazing creative women overseas and it was very grounding and empowering to think that I too can inspire others as Kelly Rae and Mati Rose do. It has helped me to realize that I love to encourage creativity in others and that I LOVE to bear witness to the unfolding of creative expression...and that is the story I will be sharing here in the coming week...

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I did mention that this is my 100th post and I have decided what the give-away will be and how it will work...

Since I had a road trip to Los Gatos, I listened to a lot of music so I will make a 'mix-disc' of the music I listened to taking the first song from each album on the drive up to the retreat and on the drive back home...


aahhhh, music soothes the Creative Beast ;)


I will also include a t-shirt scarf made in red; I wore my red scarf to the retreat and it was quite a hit among the ladies!

And a set of my affirmation cards will be part of the package =-)


Now you may be asking:
"Creative Beast, what do I do to win that lovely giveaway package?"

I will ask you to post a comment* on your favorite story from the "Artful Journey Chronicles", but this means you will have to read each story posted! You can include anything you read in this post today =-) but you must leave your comment when I make the very last post and I will notify you when it is the last post. One of the comments will be chosen at random to be the winner...

Many thanks to you, Dear Blog Reader, for visiting this space, leaving your fun and funny comments and, above all, for choosing to honor your creativity! Please keep creating and DON'T STOP!! =-)



* - for anyone reading my blog through Facebook, please leave a comment at my blog if you want to participate in the give-away (www.thecreativebeast.blogspot.com); if you have any problems with leaving a comment, then you can send an e-mail at the gmail address you will find in the right-hand sidebar to let me know and i'll try to fix any commenting problems =-) Thanks!

7 comments:

CurlyPops said...

What lovely gifts (if I do say so myself...ahem)!
I can't wait to read more.

Posie Patchwork said...

Happy 100th, i'm almost there myself. Oh no, speeding ticket, bummer but still lovely things once you found your way. Love Posie

humel said...

Congrats on 100 posts! :-) What gorgeous gifts, you lucky thing! Can't wait to see more of your journal x

I Saw You Dancing said...

Humbled that you liked my wee gift, sweet girl, and honoured that you shared and celebrated it in this space.
Welcome home and very much looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.
xx

Beth Nicholls said...

100 posts? Wow you are a veteran! I think you deserve the prize... Can't wait to read it all Beth

chrissy said...

congrats on 100.
that is A LOT of words.
i loved finally meeting you face to face and will look forward to reading your chronicles of our journey.
loves
chrissy

Louise Gale said...

Wow 100! thats fabulous and you should celebrate big my friend! :-)