I usually return home from teaching trips completely wiped out, and this one was no exception.
But it was worth it, such a good trip.
It was as tiny and cute as it looks.
Which led to moments of laughter like this:
So much fun being with long-time friends. We did some beach walking where I found these treasures:
And we did a little walking around the town where we saw vistas like this:
and houses with boats in the driveway:
and antique shops where I fell in love with the colors of this thread:
We drove into Santa Barbara to visit Art From Scrap, a favorite place to visit for me. Of course we all found treasures, here are mine:
One of my favorite past-times in the world is to treasure hunt, junk, antique, flea market, (whatever you want to call it, all the same to me), especially when traveling. I have a weakness for items that can be used to create with.
Look at the plastic bottle flower curtain that hangs at Art From Scrap:
Santa Barbara is so beautiful.
And after our adventures out, we returned to our cottage. Loved this view out the side window:
We did do some creating at the cottage, but not as much as any of us had hoped, time went by so quickly.
I was making some paper to include in my upcoming class kits.
and admiring the class samples for Charlotte and Rebecca's upcoming classes:
Luckily for us, friends Syd and Mary each made the trip to visit one night. We got to see their class samples for their upcoming trip to Mexico, and did a little creating together, but again, time went too quickly.
The next night we had a visit from my daughter and her friend. My daughter had forgotten her computer charger at home after returning to college from the holidays, so they made the hour and a half drive to retrieve it. Charlotte and Rebecca whipped up a delicious meal that we all enjoyed together, and then after a short visit they were off again...but not before taking one last photo with me:
And then it was time to pack up and lock up the cottage.
But before hitting the road we decided to take a self timer iphone photo of the three of us...boy, that was entertaining for my friends- I wish I knew how to make a gif so you could see the progression of my attempts and then finally making it into the photo. (That's why Charlotte can be seen laughing in the photo below.)
We had a delicious brunch at Home in Silverlake and headed straight to French General where Kaari and crew put on another fabulous fun filled event that lasted for days.
These two are amazing, not only are they incredibly creative and generous, but seem to have endless energy and an innate ability to host classes and parties and events.
Rebecca was a huge help to me and practically organzied me by herself:
I made the same mistake I usually do when teaching, I failed to get photos of the prep, the class, the students work, the students. Time just goes so quickly when I'm trying to share ideas and demonstrate options. If you were in the class and have any photos to share, please post a link in the comments. Otherwise, the only photos I took were shared on my instagram feed.
It's a shame I didn't take any, because the students were making magic with the items in their kits and having so much fun, it felt like the class was over before it started. One of these days I will learn that lesson! A big thank you to all of you artists that came to French General for The Art of Craft classes, without you, it would be no fun! xo