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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Such a lovely time...

Hello friends,
As promised a few photos (more to follow) of my amazing time at the Spellbinders Retreat in Arizona...
Returning for a second year was an absolute privilege
Firstly we stayed in a very luxurious hotel, the rooms were about the size of my garden! 
My room buddy was Debbie Seyer - a lovely lady, 
we became true friends and sat up late most nights chatting away.
Food was heavenly and we were treated to delights such as this cake...isn't it a masterpiece!
This is a cake too but with lots and lots of icing (or 'frosting') if you live over the pond!
 We had a workroom and along the wall were flags representing the designer's countries...
 Our desks were furnished with a new notebook, name sign and pretty pen...
I am like a little kid when it comes to new pens and notebooks!  

One evening we got to go to Old Town Scottsdale,
felt very Western...
One of my biggest highlights was meeting Donna Salazar!!!! 
We did a project (photos of that to follow soon) and I chatted away to her
(well, I think I was babbling really!)
Donna is a Design Partner with Spellbinders and has designed some amazing dies including 
Wonderful Wings and Fanciful Flight - gorgeous gorgeous butterflies!! 
She is a lovely inspirational lady and I adore her style.
So forgive me for not posting a crafty project today..I promise there will be lots to see very soon.
I'm back tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day dear friends.



33 comments:

Susan.... said...

Great pics Christine ! it all sounds amazing..l love little notebooks and pens too hehe looking forward to hearing more and seeing more pics !
hugs
susan x

Margie H said...

Wonderful post, Christine! I am SO happy that you are on the team :) To another creative year, my talented friend!!

Hellma said...

Wonderful photos Christine, love the pen and the cakes.

Lindyloo said...

Hi Christine,
well I had stunning cupcakes with frosting galore yesterday for my 50th birthday and thought they were something special and then I saw your pics, wow, that is what I call a cake! Thanks for sharing the pictures, you looked like you really enjoyed every minute. I bet you won't forget that experience in a hurry will you?!
Look forward to seeing lots more from you.
Regards Linda

melanie said...

Love the photo`s ,the cakes look fantastic and I bet they tasted the same .Melanie

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, thanks for sharing the photos..I'm a sucker for notebooks and pens too! The photo of Scottsdale brings back happy memories of a few holidays there whilst visiting my American family...I remember a great Western bar called The Rockin' Horse and lots of line-dancing!! Carole Z X

Sue Yorkshire said...

Looks like you had a wonderful and unforgettable time Christine and I am not jealous at all - yeah right

Those cakes look too good to eat

Sue xxx

Missmizog said...

Hi Christine
I am the same about notebooks and pens once i go into a stationery shop i hate leaving, sad isnt it!
You look like you had a wonderful time.
Sue

lockedinmycraftroom said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time Christine, thanks for posting the pics.
Chris x

Lydia Jordan said...

Morning Christine.

Enjoyed your blog today great photos.
Look forward to seeing more.
Lydia
X

Bea said...

omg I so want a piece of the chocolate cake

Craftychris said...

The cakes look yummy, the notebook and pen are fab and I can't wait to see the project you did with Donna. I am so glad you had such a brilliant time xx

Lucycat said...

What lovely photos ,you must have really enjoyed yourself. Looking forward to seeing more. x.

AnneRD said...

Thank you for posting the photographs. I agree with you Donna is very talanted, a great designer. Looking forward to seeing what projects you have made.
Happy Birthday for yesterday Lindyloo.
Anne x

Chloe's Nan said...

Wow, wonderful photos Christine, I know what you mean about new notebooks and pens! Those cakes...... mmmmm

yorkshiresue said...

Lovely pics. I am so jealous but so glad you are back on the team
Would love to see new swirls/flourishes dies
Hugs
Sue
XXX

nattyboots said...

Morning Christine Well that cake is something else isnt it ? seems a shame to cut into it really ,looking forward to more pictures . Elaine H X

Elizabeth said...

Good morning Christine, you really do look as though you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing with us. Look forward to some more pictures soon.
Enjoy your day.
Elizabeth x

Linda said...

What a great photos, Ohhhh I love that cake
hugs Linda

Phil D said...

Sounds wonderful - cakes look so tempting and your photo tells me you were having a super time - well done and delighted for you
Phil

Susan Flynn said...

Yum yum yummy! It all looks delish not just the fabulous cakes!! So looking forward to see what wonderful creations you make for the team xx

Oksana said...

Lovely photos and food! The luggage tags yesterday were beautiful?

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine.
Oh that food looks yum. I too love notepads & pens & yours look lovely. Oh you lucky lady meeting Donna, I am so green with envy. I too lovvvvvvv her designs, I have her Creative Book Pages, Creative Book Pages Two, her Rose Creations & her Carnation Dies. Can't wait to see more pictures & hear ALL about your trip.
hugs
Sandra (craftynan)

rlovew said...

Sounds like fun! I enjoyed hearing about the retreat.

Clai01 said...

I remember always buying pencils, pens and notebooks with my pocket money, i'm no different now!
Wonderful to see the photos, you look like you had a great time, Christine, looking forward to seeing more.

LisaK said...

Lovely to see some pics from your trip. Those cakes look too good to eat!

Sandra said...

So lovely to hear you had such a wonderful time, its the little things that make an experience extra special.
Feel free to keep bringing us tales of your fabulous retreat!
Huge Hugs
Sandra xx

Ita said...

Hi Christine, glad you hads a great time you deserv it, and thanks for sharing your photos with us
Smiles
Ita

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine - I too love to get a new notebook and pen and it's been a favourite buy with my eldest granddaughter since she could pick up and pencil, she's now 12yrs old. Glad you had a good room mate and the cakes look "delish" although a tad too sweet for me. It's really good to see what you get up to when you go to these conventions.
Val C xx

hazel said...

Evening Christine, looks like you had a fabulous time, those cakes look too good to eat, but i bet that didnt stop you lol. xx hazel

Debbie Seyer said...

Christine, I am so thankful you were my roommate, too. Just wished we lived closer to each other! LOL

Ali W said...

Christine, wow, what a cake, I'm a chocoholic, so my ideal, looks too good to eat, yeh right! It wouldn't last a minute in my house! Sounds/looks like you had a wonderful time,what an experience. Congratulations on your second term on the design team. Alison :)

Janice said...

Looks like you had a fab time in the US Christine, so pleased you enjoyed it.

That choccie cake is one huge delight!

Janice x

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