Friday, May 31, 2013

I am busy working on updating this blog with all the details for the 2014 Creative Retreat!

TOMORROW is the PRE-SALE for the retreat if you were on the INTEREST LIST.  But just in a couple more days it will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

So make sure you check back here on JUNE 3rd to SIGN UP!

And as always, feel free to email me with any questions you have.  I've added more information on the FAQ'S page and updated the other pages as well, so have a look at those too.

See you on JUNE 3rd!!


Thursday, May 23, 2013


Two spots have just opened up today for THIS JUNES Creative Retreat!  Unfortunately two ladies have had to back out due to a very serious medical issue in their family.  I feel terrible for them and know they would appreciate prayer in this time.  They are hoping they can make it next year and wish us all the best and will be watching all our adventures online.

So I wanted to make these two spots available to anyone who is interested.  Now YOU can enjoy this AMAZING week in Italy with Teresa Collins, Jeanne Oliver and myself at a HUGE DISCOUNT!  I am willing to give each person a $1,150 discount off the cost of the event because I understand we are just under a month from this years retreat and it’s very last minute.  BUT, sometimes last minute deals are the BEST and flights are even better too... so you may just have a GREAT OPPORTUNITY right in front of you!! That’s a WEEKLONG EVENT IN ITALY for $2000, instead of $3,150!!

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email me right away so I can give you all the details and I can help you find the best airfare as well!  

My email is: 

Don’t miss out on this incredible DEAL for a week in Italy with us!

Hello to all of you that are NEW to this Creative Retreat blog!

This is a picture of my and my family back in 2010.  Basically this is where my DREAM took root.  Lake Como is just a place you can't help but fall in LOVE with!  And on this trip with my family I started dreaming about coming back...again and again.  So I started thinking about how AWESOME it would be to host an "Artsy" retreat here.  Little did I know that dream would become my full time business and I can't tell you how completely BLESSED I am by that!   It is a true JOY to bring all of YOU to Italy with me each year and share in this beautiful place while we enjoy CREATING ART,  being SURROUNDED BY ART and just ENJOYING the beauty of Italian life together for a week!

As most of you know by now, I have another Creative Retreat coming up in 2014 and the SIGN UPS will take place June 3rd ON THIS BLOG, UNDER THE REGISTRATION PAGE!  I wanted to let everyone know that I have updated the FAQ's page over on the right ---> to give you some details and answer some questions you may have.  So take a minute to go over there and look at those details.  I haven't had a chance to update EVERY page over there so some pages may have THIS YEARS information and I will be changing those things over before the 3rd of June.  

But I also wanted to take a quick minute and add a few details here.

First, I have had some people ask about brining spouses or "non-crafty" friends.  YES, that is totally fine and I have several people going this year and bringing a spouse or a friend who doesn't want to participate in the classes.  That is completely O.K. with me!  Just email me and let me know so I can let you know what the price for them would be depending on how much they want to be involved in. PLEASE NOTE:  I only have a certain amount of spaces available for those not participating in the classes so it will be on a first come, first serve basis for these spots.

Secondly, on the day of SIGN UPS, there will ONLY be a place to sign up for the DEPOSIT AMOUNT.  If you want to pay IN FULL, then on June 15th you can pay the remaining balance, when the 1st monthly payment is due.  You have two options to pay for this weeklong event. There will be a 10 month payment plan option for those wanting to budget for this event.  You can pay this monthly amount by money order that is sent to me on the 15th of each month or you can pay through Paypal, where I can invoice you each 15th of the month.  PLEASE NOTE:  Paypal does charge pretty high fees, so there will be a $10 fee added each month that you make payments though Paypal.  This will not be charged if you send a money order and pay in full.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that because I have a feeling this next years Creative Retreat will sell out quickly, I am in the works for a 2nd Creative Retreat next year!  So if you don't get in on this one and it says SOLD OUT when you go to sign up,  email me right away and you will have priority on the 2nd one!  The dates and teachers for the 2nd one are NOT set yet, but I do want to make sure everyone has a chance to experience come next year.   More information will go out if the first week sells out right away and you will have the chance to be in on the 2nd one.  

Ok, I think that's about it for today.  I look forward to meeting everyone and please feel free to email me at any time.  I am usually able to respond quickly to my emails and would love to here a quick HI to those who have just found this event blog and are interested in joining us some day!

Have a BLESSED day,


Who is that you ask?  Oh, just George Clooney and Stayce Keebler walking by the pool at the GHVS!!  Yes, I was lounging by the pool right IN FRONT of them while they were eating lunch!  No, I cannot guarantee that you will see them when you are there, but you just never know...  :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Have you dreamed of visiting the charming old world towns of Italy, the beautiful scenery or the magnificent architecture around every corner? Do you love to CREATE, be INSPIRED and make MEMORIES you will cherish forever? How about combining all of these things into a wonderful week with us in Italy? 

I have brought together an AMAZING group of talented ladies who will be teaching some wonderful mixed media art and scrapbooking classes! 

I am THRILLED to REVEAL the teachers for the 2014 Creative Retreat in Italy:


So are you ready for an unforgettable experience with us... in Italy? 

Next Years Creative Retreat in Italy will be held May 17 - 24, 2014!

Here’s a look into just some of what’s included in this amazing week we have planned for you!

~ 6 INSPIRING CLASSES with these talented teachers 

~ 3 Breathtaking Excursions in the beautiful surroundings of Italy

~ 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners in beautiful locations around Lake Como

~ 7 nights lodging at the GHVS Apartments or La Limonera Apartments

~ Live music in the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni’s Music Room

~ Crop nights, demo’s & the “Night of Artists” with local artists and musicians 

~ Handmade goody bags, raffles and AMAZING SURPRISES

~ Private shuttle to and from Milan airports

~ Plus time to relax by the pool or sit at the waters edge

~ Time to stroll the streets, enjoy some gelato or shop the cobblestone streets

~ An UNFORGETTABLE weeklong experience you will carry with you forever!

So DON’T miss out, SIGN UPS will be open to the public on June 3rd for this incredible Creative Retreat right here on this blog under “Registration.”  The cost for the week long event is $3,250 and payment plans are available.  (There will be a 10 month payment plan for those interested) 

On June 3rd, you will be able to sign up and pay the $350 deposit to SECURE YOUR SPOT.   PLEASE NOTE:  I can ONLY take 40 people on this journey with us, so SIGN UP QUICKLY!  There are over 100 people on the INTEREST LIST, so it will be on a first come, first serve basis until it reaches it’s max at 40 people!  If you try to sign up and it says SOLD OUT, email me and I will put you on a WAIT LIST.   There is a possibility that I will do another Creative Retreat next year, either the week AFTER this one or again in the middle of September.  I haven’t decided yet and it will be determined based on how many people couldn’t get into this one.  

For more details about my Creative Retreats, you can check out the FAQ’s page, accommodation info or the other pages and videos on the side of this blog. 

There is a vey limited amount of sign-ups available for this event, so sign up soon!  Of course, feel free to email with any questions.  And don’t forget to like my Facebook Page: 

Monday, May 13, 2013

So I  just finished sending 100 EMAILS to the INTEREST LIST for next years Creative Retreat! 

If you did NOT get an email and were on that list or wanted to be on that list, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE ON HERE! Or you can email me at 

I was worried I didn't get everyone or I messed up on an email address so PLEASE let me know if you did not get an email from me today!  I don't want anyone to be out of the loop on this because I can ONLY TAKE 40 PEOPLE and I want everyone to have an opportunity to sign up!!

June 1st is the Pre-sign up day for those on THE INTEREST LIST ONLY!!  Then it will be open to the public after that.

On May 15th I will REVEAL the teachers and information from that email on HERE, so come back on the 15th if you want to find out more information about the 3rd Annual Creative Retreat!

It's going to be another AMAZING EVENT in Italy and I hope YOU can make it too!

Have a GREAT day,