Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Weekend Retreat

This past weekend, I got to scrap and hang out with some amazing women. Damaris hosted Scrapbook Designs' first annual retreat and she went all out. The hotel was fabulous, the food was yummy and the goody bags were awesome! We got so much product, it's amazing! The best part for me was spending some time with my BFF and my closest scrappy friends who are all very special to me. I'm so thankful to have met each and every one of them through this shared passion of ours. I love them to pieces!

Here's Damaris in the Island Room, a beautiful, bright room with water views from every window. Those beach bags were full of goodies, including a Prima kit, for each of us.

And this table had some projects on display for classes and ideas. I made the little bird album as a sample for the retreat... That was such a fun little project!

And look at these cutey patootie aprons personalized with our initials!!! Aren't they adorable? I loved mine :-) We each got one and we got to wear them all weekend long. (Of course, when I walked around the hotel's common areas, I think people thought I was serving something... I even got asked if I was in a cooking class! They obviously don't know me... LOL!)

Strike a pose!

The meals were delicious, too! On Saturday, we all ate together in the veranda overlooking the pool.

And if you used self parking to save on valet costs, you were rewarded with this scenic walk along a picturesque bridge... too bad it rained most of the weekend!

Some of my friends brought along their beautiful families...

And my BFF and I snuck into the "Back Room"... shhhh!

If only I were rich, I would have taken this beautiful little puppy home... Look at the little bow we tied on his head. He was auctioned off that night at a black tie event (turns out the highest bid was $2,000). One day, I will once again own one of these adorable, furry little pups!

The weekend ended way too fast... But I guess all good things must come to an end. I only wish we could have been there all week! (But I think Damaris would kill us all off after 3 or 4 days! LOL! Nah! We were a good group of girls... Weren't we, D?)

I was so sad to say goodbye to my friends, but it was a very productive weekend for me. I created 17 layouts, which is a LOT for me because I am a slow scrapper. Damaris put a lot of heart into this event and we truly appreciated all her efforts! Thank you, my sweet friend. I look forward to next year's retreat!



Maritza said...

Great post and pictures. What a great weekend.

lawrenbc said...

17 layouts!!???!!! you go girl!!!

bwgayoso said...

Vane, what a wonderful weekend! I had so much fun with all of you. I can't wait to do it again next year : )

Balou said...

great recap! i did 17 layouts, too! i'm totally stealing some of your pics, btw.

Trish said...

I knew I could count on you for beautiful pics and a post about the weekend!! I thought about you guys ALL weekend long!! I sure hope you had as much fun as it looks--I'm praying I can make it to next year's big blowout!! LOVE the aprons--too stinkin' cute!! And I love that you were so productive--very cool!! Beautiful work, my friend. Hugs to you!!!

Ady said...

Those pictures are beautiful...I had such a wonderful weekend too. I can't wait for next years retreat. I'm so happy are mojo was in the house...

Anonymous said...

looks like it was an amazing retreat - maybe I'll go next time :-)