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CITR Retreat June 2015 Painting CITR Retreat EaselsThe Wildflower Retreat at Sassafras Farm (Chickens in the Road) was a fabulous success!  We had so much fun learning all about wildflowers and all the things we can do with them from pickling, to frying, to making jelly and infused oils, and much, much more.  And of course, we painted wildflowers too!

And if you missed out on all the fun there will be another Wildflower Retreat in the fall – September 12-13, 2015.  Check that out here.

These ladies were loads of fun and we laughed constantly.  Thanks ladies for making this Retreat such a delight!

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Suzanne demonstrating how to "burn" sugar for the cake

Suzanne demonstrating how to “burn” sugar for the cake

Fabulous Folk Art Paintings

Fabulous Folk Art Paintings

Our youngest painter working on her cow

Our youngest painter working on her cow

Items to add to Potpourri

Items to add to Potpourri

The first day of the Pioneers & Primitives Retreat at Sassafras Farm was CRAZY busy.  (Learn more about Suzanne and the farm here.)  The participants milked the cow, cut corn from cobs to make corn cob jelly, made the jelly, made lard from fatback, made taper candles, made butter, painted a “masterpiece” and learned how to make homemade vanilla flavoring.

Oh yeah, they also collected items for their homemade potpourri, learned to “burn” sugar for a cake they will make tomorrow and learned to clip chickens wings.

WOW!  When did they breathe???!!!  A very busy, busy day!  Wait till you see what we do today.

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Photo by Suzanne McMinn

Photo by Suzanne McMinn

There is one more Primitives & Pioneers Retreat coming up.  This is the last one this year.  Sign up today and join us on Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 2014 at Sassafras Farm and learn old-fashioned cooking, canning, art, and craft techniques.  No experience is necessary.

Check out more photos from last month’s retreat here on “Chickens in the Road” Blog.

 

Painted Buckets from the Retreat

Painted Buckets from the Retreat

Learn more about the Retreat and how to register here.  Or contact kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com for more information.   This is a really fun weekend with LOTS of great take-home items including a painted bucket, canvas painting, loaf of bread, corncob jelly, burnt sugar cake, taper candles, and more!  You don’t want to miss it!

 

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"Chickens in the Road" photo by Suzanne McMinn

“Chickens in the Road”
photo by Suzanne McMinn

It’s time to register now to go learn at the Chickens in the Road Farm!  I will be teaching again with my friend Suzanne McMinn at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia in September and October.  Here is the info that Suzanne just posted on her blog:  Chickens in the Road

Primitives & Pioneers Retreat — Canning, Cooking, Arts and Crafts!
September 13 – September 14, 2014 OR October 11 – October 12, 2014

This retreat will span two days, offered in both September and October, taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the art easel with workshops including “Oh, Pioneer”–including corn cob jelly, hand-dipped tapers, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, fresh lard, and burnt sugar cake, along with “Let’s Paint Primitive”–an awesome art experience in which you’ll be led step-by-step to create two works of art, one on canvas and one on a old-fashioned bucket. (No prior experience required!)  Three meals per day are included along with all your supplies, materials, and take-home projects. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, West Virginia.  Click here for information on registration.  

 

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20140515_205007_resizedThe next workshop in West Virginia has been scheduled!  The one last month was so well received that we are planning another one.  Here it is:

Fall 2014 Primitives & Pioneers Retreat!  – September 13-14 in Clio, WV  – This retreat will span two days taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the artists easel featuring lessons on corn-cob jelly making, hand-dipped taper candles, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, painting a primitive landscape and a decorative bucket plus more!  The retreat includes all instruction and 3 meals per day.  The host and my teaching partner is Suzanne McMinn of “Chickens in the Road” and Sassafras Farm.  Learn more about her and her farm and get registration information here.

Come join us!

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Subject for Painting Lane to Sassafras Farm

Subject for Painting Lane to Sassafras Farm

Lane to Sassafras Farm

Lane to Sassafras Farm

I had a couple of free hours Saturday morning before teaching the workshop so I set up my easel and painted a little view of the lane that leads to Sassafras Farm.  With all the bad weather we have had this year this is the first time I have had an opportunity to paint outside.   Lane to Sassafras Farm, acrylic on canvas panel, 6″x8″, available for $95 (unframed).

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1902716_10202121268928339_1379206020109407286_nThe second painting project we did during the weekend “Creativity Workshop” was a gourd bird house.  And didn’t they turn out terrific?!  Super work everyone.

Don’t forget if you missed this fun weekend that we will be hosting another one September 13-14th.  Just contact me for details on signing up or learn more about it  here.

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