Saturday, February 25, 2012

Creative University Journey Story Entry 2

Howdy Candies and thank you for stamping by to read more about my adventures at CU 2012!  I’m truly excited about sharing this post for a couple reasons. 1. I get to share tons of great things I learned and 2. I get to pay a humble homage and appreciation to the Ladies who touched my soul and energized my inspiration.  One of the main reasons I travel to CU every year is because of what I learn and become inspired by.  From the incredibly talented ladies in which I form true friendships, to the Awesome hand-picked by Fabulously Artsy herself - Instructors, and those that give willingly of their precious retreat free-time to show me how to endeavor into other mediums of art. 

I mean seriously…where else would I ever want to go that I can stay up till 3:30 am being creative, then take a nap by the fireplace and roll-off of it listening to a handful of Ladies crafting and giggling at my choice in sleeping quarters at 5am?  Uhm…no this isn’t the highlight of my entire weekend but just an example of how I can look back and laugh at myself because I have sooo many memories of this incredible weekend.  I think aside from all the classes and non-CU gatherings of some creative hearts that others offer to share & teach what they do in their niche but it’s the what feels like a million other things I get to experience in the process. 
I’m quite sure at this point the suspense is getting to you so let me just demonstrate what I get out of Creative University by a photo nutshell of things I did, learned, and created…Are you ready?

Creative University Classes: (In order of how my Sorority “Silver Sprites” took them)

Card CafĂ© – Sheila Bennett:

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Scrapbooking – Michelle Nist:

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Jewelry – Bird On A Wire – Erin Grotegut:

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Altered Art – Michelle Johns

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Technique Boutique – Self-Paced & Contributed By: Tresa Black, Sheila Bennett, Michelle Nist, Erin Grotegut, & Michelle Johns. So many different New & Old techniques learned & LOVE using them.
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Things that others gave so willing of their time & efforts to share & teach me how to do, my rendition of them:

Tahne Timmons – Chanmille Bracelet & Lisa Swartzenburg / Linda Shores

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I was so inspired by the Giving Tree that I made about 5 of them now. LOVE them so much that this is what I did when I came home for my Mother-In-Laws birthday gift.  Keep in mind my Darling Husband is the one that hand-picked each element that went into this gift including the stones in her necklace to installing the knob on the box. What an awesome thought he had and shows the love of his Mother.

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Creative University Charm Swap – The theme this year was “Woodland Fairies” I’ve posted mine I did but here is what I received in return:

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I swapped a total of 18 charms I don’t have photos of all of them but here are a couple to share:

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I realize there are a ton of photos within this post to gander at.  I feel so blessed that I get to take home more than just one-of-a-kind treasures but I also get the chance to keep posting about my CU Journey!  I truly do not believe there are enough words or expressions of gratitude that I can give to Creative University.  What I do know is that I’m loving sharing every single moment of it with you.  If you enjoy what your reading please see my first Entry to participate in my February Blog Candy Give-Away. Stay Tuned there is more…Thanks for stamping by!

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1 comment:

Kathie said...

thank you Nichole, your words are fantasticly correct in many ways.....the memories will be forever ingrained in my mind. I will wish away the next year just to make it to CU13.