Ever dream about getting away with friends to enjoy a couple of relaxing days of fellowship and creativity?  Well here is your chance.   There are three exciting retreats scheduled that offer you a wide variety of creative and learning  opportunities – 1 in Virginia and 2 in West Virginia.  Check them out and invite your friends to join you.

April 10-12, 2015 – “Find Your Creative Self Weekend Retreat” at The Studio in Front Royal, Virginia

Cigar-Purse-samplesSpend a weekend creating!  We are offering a schedule packed with terrific projects that you will be thrilled to learn to make and at the end of the weekend you have loads of new creations to take home as well as new knowledge you can apply to future projects.  Make a felted pin, a cigar box purse, glass yard totems, crochet a mug mat, learn to paint, make an embellished sweatshirt jacket and learn more about Pinterest.

Click here for more information and to register.



 April 25-26, 2015 – SOAP-CRAFTING & CROCHET at Sassafras Farm, Clio, West Virginia 

Crochet BathThis retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around treating yourself with some old-fashioned DIY style and indulgence. Soap-crafting workshops will focus on the art of melt-and-pour soap with a variety of styles and designs as well as crochet crafts related to the bath and learning to paint as well.  For more detailed information on this retreat click here.




June 13-14, 2015 – WILDFLOWER POWER   

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Get your wildflower power on! This retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around flower power! We will pick flowers then make some wildflower jelly, create wildflower syrups and infusions, bake with wildflowers, make candles with flowers, embroidery wildflowers as well as paint them.  For more information click here.

Feb Pet Portrait Party Hospital Paint PartyWe had two great groups for Paint Parties this weekend.

We had a private paint party on Friday with a group of ladies who work at the hospital and then Saturday we had a Paint Your Pet Portrait party.

Great job by all!!!!

national-crochet-month-600x264March is finally here!  It’s National Crochet Month.  WooHoo!  So many things to make.  We have had several classes for crochet at The Studio over the past few months and many people have picked up this terrific hobby.  I hope you will all get busy during crochet month and make something wonderful.  Check out a few of the patterns that I have put together here.

We have a Beginning Crochet Class today at The Studio from 1-3 pm.  Come join us and learn the basic stitches you will need to make everything!

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

For the past few weeks I have been working on demonstration samples for several upcoming retreats where I will teach.  We will be doing all kinds of creative things from painting to crochet to embroidery to sewing.  Trying to get all this done while also keeping up with my regular classes has been hectic.

Here is a little “Wildflower Sampler” in embroidery that we will be doing at a Retreat this summer at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia.  It’s very sweet!

More details on the Retreats in West Virginia coming soon.  Here is a link to the Retreat coming up at The Studio.

2015-02-25 19 43 56_resized At Kids Class we painted a swimming baby duck this week.  Look  at the great job these painters did on this one!

Kids Art Class is every Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 pm at The Studio.

Pat & Baby Goats

PatI love baby goats.  They are just the cutest little things.  And Pat painted two recently.  Her daughter has a little farm and has baby goats that look just like these.  So adorable.  Great job Pat!


Renoir painting in later years with brushes tied to hand


Luncheon of the Boating Party, oil, 51″ x 68″, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

** Pierre Auguste Renoir  was born February 25, 1841 in  Limoges, France.  He was a French painter  and one of the central figures of the impressionist movement (a French art movement of the second half of the nineteenth century whose members sought in their works to represent the first impression of an object upon the viewer). His work is characterized by a richness of feeling and a warmth of response to the world and to the people in it.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919) “Girl with a Watering Can”  oil on canvas  41”x29” Painted in 1876 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919)
“Girl with a Watering Can”
oil on canvas
Painted in 1876
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women.

Renoir was so passionate about painting that he even continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis. Renoir then painted with the brush tied to his wrists.

** This information from “The Complete Works” website.  Click on Renoir’s name above to read and see more.