Oct 16, 2013

WOYWW : 228

WOYWW was started by Julia and you can see her post right here.

Well my desk was spic and span clean on Monday and by Tuesday it looked like this:

A combination of Halloween projects and a couple of retreat projects I needed to mend/finish.  I kept bouncing from one thing to another and the ideas wouldn't stop.  It was one of those days ...

This is a close up of some of the Halloween things I'm working on.  The raffia is a wreath I may decorate.  That's one of those ideas that ran into my head and then out, just as fast.

I took 2 classes at an Art-Is-You Retreat this past weekend.  The event happens every October just 8 minutes from my house, so I can't resist going.  And truly, I have NEVER been disappointed.  I've taken a total of 5 classes at this retreat in 3 years - I never do the WHOLE retreat - and I've learned SO MUCH each time.  I'll usually choose a class that I think will challenge me a bit.  Both classes I took this time involved sewing.

Linda Willis taught us how to make fabric dolls.  Many students left with 3 dolls - I did two and hope to make more at home.  Linda is such a nice person and such a wonderful teacher.  I just love the quirky snowman I made:

and the little monster - he's going to my son Matthew:

Nellie Wortman taught a class on a fabric/paper journal.  Her technique for sewing her covers was amazing.  She is such an artist.

This is the one I did - it still needs some tweaking.  I want to make a million of these.

The best things about the classes is that you learn techniques that you can use in other projects or with other crafts.  Incredible stuff really.  And the people you meet along the way ... I love connecting at these events.

Have a great and wonderfully creative day!


  1. OOOOooooohhhhhhh!!!!!! Lovin' that little sewn journal!!!!!!!!!

    #21 this week with a
    tiny peek at a tiny make

  2. WoW! I love these things you sewed! The dolls are fab - so unusual and the little journal is terrific - so pretty! I wish I could take a class like that in the UK! Thanks for the earlier visit! Have a great WOYWW! Julie Ann #45

  3. OMG I have dreamed about going to that retreat for years, a little bit far for me to travel then the accommodation and getting enough supplies on the plane, but hey a girl can dream. I am so envious like you wouldn't believe, maybe one day it will happen. Melbourne Australia is a little far. LOL

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 58

  4. Love the projects you've made. Its great to be able to look at things in a new light, I agree, just by seeing someone else's work. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #29 xx

  5. Looks like a very inspiring retreat. Glad you had fun, Betsy. Keep those ideas flowing. :)

  6. Looks like a fun class! Your dolls are great, and hope your son loves that adorable monster. That book is darling too. I do paper crafts but haven't learned to sew a stitch yet Maybe in the new year! Winnie #103

  7. Looks like you had a very fun retreat! Cool dolls and gorgeous journal! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #102

  8. Very creative work for your sketch. Your projects look like you had a great time. I need to find a class like this. Very nice.

  9. Oh my....I love love love your dolls!!! They are so wild and fun! Your fabric journal is amazing, too! Such a great idea about taking other craft classes to learn techniques that could end up in your scrapping! Thanks for the inspiration Betsy!!! :) Evie

  10. well Betsy it looks like you had a ball over the weekend at the workshops and I am sure we are going to see a lot more of these fabric people coming from you
    Happy WOYWW have an enjoyable week hugs Ria #22

  11. It doesn't take long to mess up a tidy desk again does it?. You certainly look like you have had lots of fun with all the different lessons you had. I am loving the quirky snowman. Thanks for your earlier visit to my post for WOYWW! Have a great week! Danie #54

  12. fun! love you projects and a peek into your creative process!

  13. I love all your projects. Love that little monster doll. And that little book is SO SO cute.

  14. The sewn journal is gorgeous and I love that snowman! Hugs. Pam#68

  15. Oh my! Look at the wonderful dolls you made and this wonderful journal! Love!
    Gabriele #77

  16. Love the idea of a sewing journal, yours looks fab... The dolls look interesting

  17. Happy Belated WOYWW. I am so jealous that you have classes being held only 8 minutes from your house - I have to drive hours to get anywhere! Loving your dolls, particularly the snowman. Ali x #96

  18. What a lovely crafty desk full of goodies to enjoy! It's so great when you have a real fab time enjoying getting lost in crafting! Hope you had a great WOYWW! Karen 98 x


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