Earlier this spring, I had the wonderful pleasure of crafting with five very talented friends, for four days straight! It was an amazing, exhilarating, and often hilarious experience to create with artists Dena Fishbein, Anne Keenan Higgins, Cynthia Hegedus, Melissa Neufeld and Kathleen Francour.
Our crafting retreats are a tradition that began more than a decade ago, and we always look forward to this very special time together. Each of us prepares a project and brings any unique supplies needed to complete it. A recent article featured in Where Women Create provides details on how our retreats began and how we organize them.
Our first project was a cloche, which looks like a vintage glass bell jar. It’s a wonderful way to showcase little treasures found at flea markets, or handmade miniatures up to almost 2.5" tall. What a sweet and special gift for a friend’s birthday, baby shower or thank you!
The original idea for this project came from Ashlee Park, whose delightful Spring Cloche creations and how-to were featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the online magazine, Inspired Ideas. In the article, Ashlee details how she used an acrylic wine glass (with the stem removed) for the dome.
We added some height and elegance to our cloches with pedestals that we made with my new Mini Cupcake Stand die for Sizzix. With a little cardstock, decorative papers and some glue, we put these together really quickly.
Anne used DAS air dry clay to make a sweet little birdie. When it was dry, she painted it using acrylics and sealed it with clear nail polish. Then she foraged in the garden for some moss and twigs and made this darling spring vignette.
More to come...so please check back soon for more projects from our crafting weekend!