Reminder: End of Summer retreat – Aug. 23-25

End of Summer RetreatCome spend the weekend with me at the comfortable and cozy Sunset Shores in Clare, Michigan for the End of Summer retreat Aug. 23-25!

You’ll spend this weekend playing and learning some of my favorite tried-and-true techniques from a few of my favorite books: Transfers and Altered Images, Surface Treatment workshop and Image Transfer Workshop. These are books I have referred to over and over again and techniques that you’ll learn to love and want to use in your own projects.

We’ll spend Friday and part of Saturday exploring so many exciting ways to alter and transform paper, and create image transfers and gel skins. Saturday evening and Sunday you’ll take what you’ve learned and create your very own journal or mini book.

Participants will enjoy their stay in one of four cozy cottages (3 to a cottage).

Retreat cost is $285 per person and includes, housing, meals, snacks and beverages, and most supplies (participants are required to bring basic tools). Register with PayPal or Credit Card for your space at Etsy: LindaNeffDesigns

Checks can be mailed direct – email me for address: lneffscraps@gmail.com

Come join the fun!

Spreading the word …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotHowdy! Just wanted to pop in here and give you some updates on what’s happening and what’s to come.

I received word last night that another cottage has opened up for the weekend of my Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat. This means there is space for 4 more students for the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Sunset Shores in Clare. I need to know of interest by Friday (Feb. 1) and payment can be made to me via cash, check, or credit (through Etsy). Email me at lneffscraps@gmail.com. Participants will be the first to create two new mini books on my teaching schedule for this year!

Here’s the Retreat info:

Join me for a fun-filled instructional weekend retreat at Sunset Shores Cottages nestled along the edge of Stevenson Lake in Clare, Mi. This retreat is all about mini books and mixed-media and it’s happening soon! This Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat is slated for Feb. 15, 16 & 17, 2013.

Attendees have an opportunity to create two eclectic and vintage-style mini books, plus a third mystery project over the weekend. It’s an intense weekend of painting, inking and experimenting with new-to-you techniques and I promise everyone a very exciting, creative weekend. Space is limited to 12.

You’ll be housed among four cozy, adorable cottages (three to a cottage) and will enjoy learning and working in the spacious craft room and taking delicious home-cooked meals in the dining room with views overlooking the lake.

Your creative mystery weekend includes lodging, meals, beverages, and guest thank you bags, along with materials and personalized instruction to create three projects. Cost of the weekend is $285.

My very first retreat weekend adventure was held here last August and we had so much fun and the students really enjoyed their projects. I hope you’ll join us this year for another great weekend of crafting!

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Adding stores to my teaching area:

I’ve been busy adding new stores to my teaching area and am happy to announce it now includes Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw, The Paper Hollow in Sterling Heights, Altered Art Addicts in Jackson and Inspiration Station in Ovid.

There are several mini books and card classes on the agenda and I’m in the process of finishing up a new Tempting Techniques Tag Reference Book (former Ranger Ramblings). Classes are beginning in February with my Retreat at Sunset Shores, and March in the stores. Some are scheduled into May with more to come!

Check out the link to my Class Calendar and Schedule for information and register for these classes currently scheduled at your favorite store.

And, if you haven’t already, please ‘like’ my Facebook page for additional class updates and crafty information.

Sunset Shores Winter & Spring openings:

I’m passing along some information from my friend Vivian who owns and operates Cottages at Sunset Shores in Clare, Mi. When looking for a nice tranquil and serene place to escape to for a scrapbooking weekend, quilt retreat or just a few days away with the girlfriends, check out Sunset Shores in Clare.

A short two-hour car ride from the Howell/Brighton area makes it the perfect place – far enough away the family won’t bother you, but close enough in case of an emergency.

The cottages are available year-round, weekday and/or weekend. Lots of festivities take place in and around the Mt. Pleasant and Clare area throughout the year and these cottages are a great getaway. Soaring Eagle Casino is 20 minutes down the road and there are quite a few top-notch golf courses as well. Great fishing on Stevenson and surrounding lakes, and the lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

I’ve stayed here mid-week with my sisters for a few days just to sit around and chat and share a bottle of wine and Dennis and I spend at least one week of vacation here during June. We like to stay in the cottages any time we can sneak away for a day or two; it’s just very peaceful. Love sitting on the deck overlooking the lake and reading a good book.

In addition to mid-week openings this time of year Vivian also has the following retreat weekends (includes meals & lodging) available. Visit Sunset Shores for more info and call her at (989) 386-7030 to book your reservation.

Availability:

  • Feb.1-3
  • Feb. 8-10
  • March 1-3
  • March 22-24
  • April 4-7
  • May 3-5
  • May 10-12

Displaying fragments of a creative soul wannabe …

Remember the vintage letterpress trays I picked up at the Allegan Antique Market a while back? Yep, those trays. I think it was nearly two years ago that I came upon them thinking I’d create a shabby-chic style wall decor class.

I started collecting bits and pieces of sewing items – old patterns, threads, buttons, thimbles, intending to work into a sewing theme, but I struggled with where and how to begin. So the trays continued to take up space in the garage.

I turned many a magazine pages searching for inspiration; something to get me going. I shopped antique malls, searching for more little trinkets, treasures and ideas. I searched the Internet. Nothing. Nothing really inspired me enough to get started. Finally the time had come to do SOMETHING with those trays (my husband said so)! I took one out, hosed it down and spray painted it white even though I loved the honey-colored patina of the wood. It was like a whole new object – a big blank canvas to work with and it gave me the kick in the butt I needed!

I packed the tray along with loads of stamps, inks, paints, bits-and-pieces and whatever else would fit in the back of my car and headed to Sunset Shores over Thanksgiving with a couple of friends for an artsy weekend.

Nearly all the background papers are hand-stamped with Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz stamps because the papers I packed just weren’t working. The solid colors texturized with embossing folders, and yes, I measured and cut paper for each little cubbie.

I drew inspiration from some of my favorite artists: Rebecca Sower, Nellie Wortman, Michael Jack Putman, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi and Lisa Pace. The piece finally started to come together. It actually took on a life of its own and went in a totally different direction.

Hardly any sewing notions I so painstakingly searched for and collected were used. Instead of a sewing theme it became representative of little fragments of my life. The life of a creative soul wannabe born in 1950. The thimble reminds me how my mother taught me to sew at the age of 7. A game piece from the Sorry! game played so many times with brothers and sisters. My Charlie dog and so many more memories fill those little cubbies along with a few family photos. Some cubbies remain empty to house memories of days and years yet to come. I am so pleased with the results. Don’t you think it will look great next to the vintage shutter?