Retreat Crafting Spring 2010

I’m just back from another wonderful scrapbookers’ weekend retreat where a dozen of us lodged, laughed and created in the beautiful Lydia House of St. Dorothy’s Retreat at Camp Meeker, California. Beautiful lodge, beautiful weather, beautiful group of women.I was completely unplugged from phone and internet for a solid 72 hours. Although I was the only non-scrapper on board, as before, I was embraced by 11 other incredibly creative and darling women from all around our area. Movies, martinis, brainstorming, great mess-hall food, and lots and lots of belly-laughs along with many productive hours of craftiness.
I brought along my sewing machine and a few suitcases of vintage and random fabric. I also brought a few vintage toys on wheels to make into pincushions. There’s a previous tutorial I created on making unique pin cushions HERE, however, for these, I did a bit more sewing and less gathering of fabric.

I had a burlap bean bag that made great cushions for a trailer and wagon.This little yellow truck holds a cushion made from vintage feedsack fabric of an unfinished quilt piecing. This pincushion became a gift for our awesome retreat hostess and dear friend, Lori O’Donnell.My blog friend Karen, The Graphics Fairy, sent me some goodies recently, including a wonderful vintage, (but unfortunately stained) blouse, knowing I could make something from it. And of course, what better project for this pin cushion print than a pin cushion?!And the last one is a little red fire truck with a sweet floral print.I also brought some 12″ x 12″ free fabric swatches from a wonderful local furnishings store, Mayfield & Co. of Petaluma, and began another project by sketching out ideas for them.Luckily I had a few zippers and purse hardware in my stash.I made a unique cross-shoulder purse modeled here by one of the lovely scrappers on scene, Jennifer Simpson.Sorry, I won’t be posting a tutorial on this one, I have no idea how I made it and could probably never do it again. A stitch here, a seam rip or two there, all in all, completely winged. It’s one of those projects that could have gone either way. Luckily, it all came together. Each section of the bag was cut and sewn from a different swatch. The front flap was finished off with a vintage skeleton key for tucking into a little fabric loop.I used a two way zipper to keep contents from falling out. There’s also an inside “lip gloss” pocket.I added side pockets for a cell phone and keys. Scrapper friend, Jennifer Navarro, suggested I make an eyeglass case with some remaining fabric, brilliant idea!Once home I gave the bag to my daughter, Sarah, who just loved it.
HERE is my retreat crafting post of projects from last year. Kinda makes you want to retreat with a few of your crafty friends, doesn’t it?! So…make it happen!

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47 Responses to Retreat Crafting Spring 2010

  1. #1 - Heather says:

    I'm so jealous of your lucky daughter! I love that bag – well done for doing it 'off the cuff' & its certainly a one off!!

  2. #2 - Julie says:

    Love those bags and pin cushions–fabulous! Thanks for sharing these!

  3. #3 - Anilu Magloire says:

    OMG! Those pin cushions are to die for!

  4. #4 - nameisgrace says:

    if you ever want to sell the california truck, let me know! they are all so stinkin cute!

  5. #5 - says:

    great purses! Those pin cushions are sooo cute.
    Lucky you to be able to get away like that. Sounds like a great time.

  6. #6 - TidyMom says:

    Oh Cathe that is just GORGEOUS!!
    and I love the pincushion trucks!!

    I'm so glad you had such a wonderful weekend away!!

  7. #7 - Country Dreaming says:

    Those pin cushions are adorable!
    Who would of thought?
    Love the bag too.


  8. #8 - Elizabeth says:

    The pin cushions are SO devine! Brilliant idea – you are so clever!

  9. #9 - Dumpster Decorators says:

    Those pin cushions in toy truck beds are very cute.

  10. #10 - Dana Gustafson says:

    I retreat scrapped with friends this weekend and so know what you mean! Nothing like focused craft time. YOur projects are amazing!

  11. #11 - Teri says:

    Lovin the purses! I'm a purse junkie, and those are SO original and cute. Fabulous job.

    When I'm in Paris, I completely unplug… there's just nothing like it!

    Glad you had fun on the retreat. I don't comment often, but I love your blog… so inspired!

  12. #12 - Tonje says:

    It sounds like you had the most wonderful retreat. Lucky you, it sounds like heaven!! How great idea it is to make pincushions out of old cars and wagons! Love that! Your bag is just fabolous! Great design and colors!

  13. #13 - Crafty Dawn says:

    I am so glad I am a follower of your blog I wouldn't of wanted to miss this post how lovely all your makes are the bags are super great idea for the materal swatches didn't know they came in 12×12 and the vintage pin cusions so darling love 'em

    Love Dawn xx

  14. #14 - prutsels says:

    Awesome purse!

  15. #15 - Laura PARING DOWN says:

    The pincushions are just something else. LOVE using the toys as bases.

  16. #16 - Debra says:

    You had a great weekend I love those pin cushions. They are so cute I would love one of those eventhough I don't sew but still I like them. That sure is a cute little shoulder bag. I bet ya'll had a lot of fun and so relaxing.

  17. #17 - Createology says:

    You are "sew" very clever. I love the antique metal toys used for pin cushions. What a fabulous job you did with the "mixed bag" using fabric swatches. Fabulous Fun! Happy creating…

  18. #18 - Jessica {The Novice Chef} says:

    I love those pin cushions! And your daughter is so lucky!

  19. #19 - Melissa says:

    Absolutely amazing! Do your daughters wait at the door for your return every year? 😉

    I'm motivated now to keep my eye out for old toy trucks & trailers!

  20. #20 - kristin says:

    your pincushions are (making me giddy with delight) wonderful! i remember when you first showed us how to make them and i've wanted to give it a try ever since…now, more than ever i'd like to!!

  21. #21 - Elo says:

    Hi Cathe,
    I came upon your site from your tutorial on Etsy. When I grow up I want to be you, truly. (I'm not saying I'm younger, by any means.) Some people are crafty, some are skilled, but you breathe creatively. Thanks for sharing all your inspiring ideas with us.

  22. #22 - My name is PJ. says:

    I would literally buy anything I've ever seen you make. These are no exception!!

  23. #23 - Betz White says:

    That lodge looks wonnnderful! And I adore your toy truck pincushions! Brilliant!

  24. #24 - Kathleen says:

    Your creativity and talent never ceases to amaze me. I adore the pin cushions. Love your blog! Hugs, kathleen

  25. #25 - Shanarun says:

    Love the purse and enjoyed reading about the details of production! Totally, absolutely, incredibly, inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing! The pin cushions are fab too. 🙂

  26. #26 - Raye Marie says:

    I am head over heels for your little truck pin cushions!!! So stinkin' cute. Do you have an Etsy shop?

  27. #27 - Elizabeth says:

    That is an amazing bag, I wish my mind worked like that. What a clever use of wonderful vintage toys! Again the mind – you use yours so well 🙂

  28. #28 - Little Lovables says:

    adorable bag, those pin cushions are amazing!

  29. #29 - My Life Under the Bus says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeet ! That bag if Awesome !!!

  30. #30 - La Table De Nana says:

    Everything is cute!

  31. #31 - PumpkinGirl says:

    Those pincushions are so awesome! Unfortunately my truck-obsessed toddler would HAVE to try to play with those if they were around. I'll have to stick with a vegetable pincushion — he'd never touch that!!

  32. #32 - Ruby Clover says:

    Those pin cushions are so cool! And then I scrolled down to see the purses…GORGEOUS!!!!

  33. #33 - Christine says:

    Love the bag and the pincushions what a fabulous job!!

  34. #34 - CitricSugar says:

    The pin cushions are beyond awesome! I am now on the hunt for the perfect "vehicle" for a pincushion…

  35. #35 - Pretty Fun says:

    I just love those pin cushions! My dad may have a few little tractors and trucks that I can talk him out of. And the little key purse clasp, so cute!

  36. #36 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    LOVE the bag! Those are the cutest pin cushions too. What a fun idea.

  37. #37 - Claire says:

    That bag is gorgeous! And the pin cushions are super cool!

  38. #38 - sideoats + scribbles says:

    Oh, that retreat sounds like so much fun, and I LOVE the pin cushions! Can't decide what is better, the trucks or the one with the pincushion fabric! So sweet! 🙂

  39. #39 - bianta says:

    Great pin cushions! Totally inspiring

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  41. #40 - jmbmommy says:

    Great pincushions, lovely bag!! I love the stories about each of the truck/trailer pincushions. I found you from flickr, you are so creative! I love it!

  42. #41 - Lisa says:

    These pin cushions are super adorable.

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  45. #42 - Julie says:

    Love the pin cushions! So fun!

  46. #43 - Marilyn Price says:

    I love your ideas with the pincushion cars. I collect a lot of different kinds of pincushions. Have made a couple. I really love the little truck pincushion.

  47. #44 - Beth Robarts says:

    Beautiful ideas