Monday, September 13, 2010

A Weekend Retreat

This weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with my good friend Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio.   We've followed each others blogs for a while, but met each other for the first time several years ago when I was exhibiting at Intergem.  After that, we met several more times when I had shows, and then again when ArtBliss had Barbara Lewis in for an enameling class.

Photo by Barbara Lewis

Cindy and I came up with the great idea of getting together for a weekend night for some beads, dinner out, conversation, and general letting off steam.  It was absolutely, positively, without a doubt, fantastic.

First, I nearly blew Cindy's surprise.  If you visit her blog post (click here) you'll see the friendship necklace she made for me.  As she got in the car from the post office, I said, "Hey, I'm on your blog right now!" as I held up my Blackberry.  And if you look at her blog, you can see the necklace was totally supposed to be a surprise and she said there was no way I'd ever see the photo because I'd be on the road.   Woops.

photo by Cindy Wimmer 


We had lunch at a Greek restaurant, descended upon Barnes and Noble's jewelry book section (with Starbucks, of course!), and then to our hotel where we discovered that while the hotel was quite nice, they for some reason didn't have WiFi in the rooms.  So back to the lobby and the really cool business section where we went to work on some upcoming projects and ideas, putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard.


For dinner, we headed to the Town Center and chose a restaurant NOT based upon the kid's menu.  I mean, I had a side of mac and cheese, but it wasn't kid's mac and cheese by a long shot -- made with cream and asiago cheese, it was all grown up.


We ended up staying up until almost 3am talking and laughing and even though I had a horrible migraine and spent a lot of the talking and laughing squeezing my eyes shut, I wouldn't have traded it for the world.  In the morning, Cindy taught me a wire technique that I've been wanting to learn (and incorporated today in a Cup of Soup bracelet that you'll see soon!) and we parted with promises to do this all again very soon.

And I can't wait.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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  2. How wonderful! You made me feel the excitement of your trip. I would love to do that with someone, and you two are some of my very favorite people. Thank you so much for sharing your fun times with us! Enjoy the day, Lori!
    Erin

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  3. I'm sure you and Cindy will have lots more beady adventures together, its my dream to find a friend with a bead addiction like mine, to do all those fun things with too

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  4. The one thing I hate about lactose intolerance: I can't eat cheese.

    That mac and cheese looks gorgeous *drools*

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  5. I love weekend getaways, no matter who they are with! So glad you have a wonderful weekend having fun while being productive!

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  6. Sounds like something good for the soul!

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  7. You and Cindy and both very sweet people ... so naturally you would gravitate to one another. That's funny about the friendship necklace because I read her post right after she put it up. I'm sure it was, nevertheless, treasured by you even though it may not have been a total surprise! You guys must have some great husbands, too!

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  8. You and Cindy and both very sweet people ... so naturally you would gravitate to one another. That's funny about the friendship necklace because I read her post right after she put it up. I'm sure it was, nevertheless, treasured by you even though it may not have been a total surprise! You guys must have some great husbands, too!

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  9. Hey Lori
    Our little retreat was the best girlfriend time I've had in forever. And we WILL do it again soon...why not? I love Barbara's comment...our husbands are quite tolerable! You forgot to mention how we ran in to my husband and kids though in Barnes and Nobles! :-) Randy's already "ok'd" another bead retreat so it's a go!

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  10. Lori, it sounds like you both had a wonderful time. Don't we all need time to recharge here and there. I'm sure we'll be seeing more pretty things as a result.

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  11. Sounds like a great time! It's great that you gals could get together.

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  12. I am green with envy of you two, but am so happy for you, to be able to share and connect, and thank you for connecting us too!!

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  13. Aww that is sweet!
    What a treasured time I know you guys had! Huggs to you both! ox

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  14. It is always so nice to get together with a good friend...it is soothing to the soul.

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  15. How fun! I would love to find someone in Phoenix to do the same thing with! My sister and I occasionally get together to bead, but she's not quite as obsessed as I am. :)

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  16. Sounds like it was fantastic! I sure wish I could meet up with jewelry/blogging friends...

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  17. My favourite way of spending a weekend, albeit it with a photographer friend! The friendship necklaces are absolutely exquisite.

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  18. Hi,
    wow wonderful all your works. I like it. Great
    best regards
    Karin

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  19. Must be fun to meet a virtual friend in person. Inspiring post. :)

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  20. Your weekend sounds so perfect. Sorry you weren't feeling well but it sounds like you made the best of it regardless. Yum, mac and cheese!

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