Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crafting Retreat Weekend

Recently I attended a scrapbook retreat. This particular one was Thursday through Sunday at Memory Lane Inn,which is a lovely Victorian Bed and Breakfast crafting retreat in Tyler, Texas. My sister, daughter, her mother-in-law, and a friend from work got together there for a weekend of crafting.  We had a wonderful time. If you have never been on a scrapbook/craft/R&R weekend before you need to find one in your area and go. 
The difference in a retreat and a crop is that a retreat usually has sleeping accommodations on premise, lasts 1-3 nights and is geared toward crafters.
Miss America Room
They usually have plenty of individual work space and crafting items that you can use while there.(Check out the link on right) A crop is most often just for one evening or day and may or may not offer tools for your use. My sister and I’ve been to several different weekend retreats throughout Texas. One was put on by a local scrapbook store. They found a venue and had a sign-up sheet for anyone interested. They had little mini classes and drawings throughout the weekend. The others we just found on the internet and called to see if they had any spaces available. We have met lots of nice people, get more done than we would if we were home, and have a chance to visit and enjoy one anothers company.    
A craft get-away is a great time to recharge your batteries and work on some new or unfinished projects. There’s no schedule, no dress code, no distractions. There were 18 ladies altogether from different areas of Texas. We didn’t know each other when we got there, but when strangers get together with a common interest they don’t stay strangers for very long!  Some were working on scrapbooks or making cards. A couple ladies were making a T-shirt quilt, and still another was doing mock-ups for her monogram business. People were using all sorts of mediums and tools and most were happy to show off their handiwork or explain a particular technique. Where do you go to meet other artists and crafters? 
Here are several other craft retreats we've been to and thoroughly enjoyed.
Moments Retreat Center
Rockin R Retreat Center

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