I came home with new friends that feel like family, and so many sweet and memorable experiences. I can't wait to go back.
As soon as I arrived, I was picked up by my fabulous hostesses, Elena and Jacquie, and we headed south to Key Largo where I would teach at their "Keys 4 Art" retreat.
Love those girls!
Classes were held in a massive and very beautiful rented house, complete with an outdoor deck for relaxing and working, a fabulous view, and every comfort you could want or need.
For my workshop, we created a scrap journal.
Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of finished projects, but here's a finished, group journal shot that Elena took with her phone:
Wish you could have seen them close-up...they were all fabulous and fun!
Thank you again Elena, Jacquie, and all of the "Keys 4 Art" girls! What a treat to be part of your group!
I stayed a few days in the Keys and a few days in Miami (thank you again Jacquie!), and then traveled up north to teach At Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth. Between teaching events, I visited and photographed birds (and a few crocodiles) in the Everglades,
on the shores in Key Largo,
at Flamingo Gardens,
and the amazing birds of Butterfly World,
and Wakodahatchee Wetlands.
I can't tell you how dreamy it all was. There were many places I still wanted to go, but I'll just have to go back one day and visit again. By the time I arrived in Lake Worth, I was pretty tired, but teaching energizes and inspires me, and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to teach for Michelle at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps!
Michelle had everything perfect and ready when I arrived, and her kind and helpful staff (thanks Nancy!) made sure everything ran smoothly so Michelle could take the class. AND Nancy also cooks! Yummmmy meals were served in class, and we were even treated to a fun BBQ with amazing homemade food on Saturday night. photo by Cassia Holanda photo by Cassia Holanda
The classroom was spacious and perfect for 20 students. Lots of room to spread out and create. And create they did!
Here's the journal cover that I taught:
Everyone made gorgeous, gorgeous, journals. The following photos show various stages of completion. photo by Cassia Holanda
And last but certainly not least... here is the winner for the wisest student (and one of the sweetest) I've ever had the privilege to teach. She is 86 years young! She had already packed her journal away when I took the photo, but I had to share her sweet smiling face anyway :-)
Thank you again Michelle, for everything! I look forward to coming back.