Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beach House Retreat

Beady Eyed Women's Beach House Bead Retreat was a fabulous success. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of fun, happy, creative women to spend a week with. Above is a shot of my students on arrival day toasting with a glass of wine & opening their gift bags. Left to right, Pennie, Nancy, Sharon and Cyndi. It was such a great week that we have already booked the beach house for next year. Arrival day is January 13 and check out will be Jan. 19, 2011. If you wish to join us, please email me. I will open registration soon. The
Beach House Bead Retreat is limited to 6 or 7 students, so reserve your space early. We have a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, two story house. There are two living rooms. The downstairs living room has a huge dining table, breakfast nook and two couches. Wall to wall, ceiling to floor windows looking out onto the bay and a wood stove fireplace. The upstairshas a huge living room with the wall to wall ceiling to floor windows as well. I designated the upstairs living room "the quiet zone". People can stay up and bead and visit, raid the fridge and talk until late into the night downstairs. While those who like a quiet evening can go upstairs where the candles will be lit and the light is dim so we can watch the sparkling lights beyond the bay and sip wine and visit quietly. This house is a perfect fit for everyone!

We had lots of stormy weather this year, which is very unusual for San Diego. But, sitting in front of our huge windows, next to the fireplace, a 6 foot table spread with beads and shells and beautiful driftwood pieces along with plenty of food, wine and good conversation made it an ideal situation for us. Our view was ever changing. We were situated on the bay side of Mission Beach, with he ocean waves just 2 blocks away. Our view was of the Mission Bay Yacht club moorings. Sail boats danced and swayed in front of our house while seagulls played in the winds of the storm undaunted by the rain. The photo to the left is a Sunset Rainbow and the view outside our windows. This rainbow appeared at sunset and was lit orange and red rather than the usual colors of a rainbow. Fabulous!
Classes started Sunday with a day off on Tuesday to go sight seeing and do a bit of
shopping. We started at The Shepherdess in Old Town, and popped into the new fabric store called The Spirit of Cloth next door. Then on the The Art Store and Balboa Park to have a sumptous lunch at The Prado Restaurant. We went from there to The Hotel Del Coronado to walk on the beach at sunset and explore this famous old hotel. A perfect day! Here are Cyndi, Nancy and Sharon posing on the beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. Beautiful! Classes resumed Wednesday and Thursday and sadly, everyone left on Friday. But we have 2011 to look forward to and are keeping in touch via email and Facebook. I can hardly wait to gather again next year!

Now that I am home from the Beady Eyed Women's Beach House Bead Retreat, it is time to get ready for a trip to Tucson. I have a table at the Best Bead Show with Green Girl Studios. Please come visit me if you are in Tucson next week. I will have my kits and tutorials for sale and a display of finished work.

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