Klay Karma 2007

The weekend before last I had the immense pleasure of attending Klay Karma 2007, a polymer clay artist’s retreat sponsored and organized by the Massachusetts and New Hampshire polymer clay guilds. To say that these ladies came together and organized a fantastic event would be such an understatement. The retreat was held at Rivier College in Nashua, NH, about an hour drive from my home. I arrived in the early afternoon on Friday and went in to register and get set up. I was greeted by a bunch of welcoming faces ready to direct me to where the fun would begin. Here’s Amy and Bette, both committee members.

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I received a key to my dorm room and an enormous bag filled with all sorts of art goodies. I then moved on into the workroom where I got set up and then had a lot of fun greeting old and new friends. All of our meals were in the cafeteria in the same building and the selection of food was mind boggling, especially the array of delectable desserts. I especially enjoyed the chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake. The weekend was filled with creating and sharing, laughing and hugging, demos and learning new techniques. What I especially loved doing was walking around periodically to see what everyone was working on. Some ladies brought beautiful jewelry to sell and it was an eye candy feast!

I attended Klay Karma 2005 a couple of years ago and it was my first ever artist’s retreat. At that time, I found it very challenging to stay focused and work on anything because there was so much to see and do. This time I had a better focus on creating and I think it was because of the wonderful idea of the 1 inch swap. Before the retreat, participants were asked to make two 1 inch squares to bring in. You could make the squares any way you’d like, with any technique you liked. The only criteria was that the squares be 1 inch and no more than 1/8 inch thick. We dropped our squares into a glass container when we arrived and I was very curious about what would be done with them. My curiosity was satisfied when I visited my friend Amy’s table on Saturday and saw the gorgeous mirror frame she was making with all of the donated squares. The frame was later raffled off and Diane from the Connecticut guild won it amongst a lot of excited cheers and oh-ing and ah-ing. You can see a picture of it here.

During the weekend, everyone was walking around exchanging squares. Here is my collection.

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Another thing I really enjoyed about going to Klay Karma is that it gave me the opportunity to spend more time with fellow members of my Rhode Island guild, Rita (top left), Dora (top right), and Toine (bottom). We meet once a month and it always seems like the meeting time flies by. Thanks for a great time, ladies!

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I look forward to Klay Karma 2009!

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I’ve been feverishly working on a commission for wedding jewelry which, at the moment, has pretty much taken over all of my spare time. A post on Klay Karma 2007 soon! Ah, a walk on the beach would be lovely right about now..

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A Trip to the Jersey Shore

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My company recently closed down for our annual vacation. Ahhhh, no work for 9 whole days! I spent the time relaxing at home, working on art projects and visiting with friends.

The highlight of my time off was a trip to the Jersey shore. We stayed right on the ocean.

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There’s nothing like getting up in the morning and gazing out at the sea in all of its pearly morning beauty.

jerseyshore2.jpgGoing for a walk on the beach at days end, pink sunset colors reflected in the clouds and ocean foam. Listening to the gentle sound of the waves lapping at the shore. Being close to the beauty of the sea and her rhythms helped me connect once again with my inner self.

I returned home, rested and rejuvenated.

A Visit to a Garden

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Tower Hill Botanical Gardens occupy approximately 132 acres in Boylston, MA. In existence for about 20 years, it is a beautiful, peaceful place where you can stroll along many woodland trails and garden paths. There is also a shop, a library and a cafe with wonderful food.

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I had the pleasure of visiting there recently. Of course, I brought my new Nikon D40 along for the adventure!

This is a wonderful time of year to visit because the gardens are bursting with color. As you can see, I was really inspired by the beautiful flowers and the magical creatures living there. Pan looks like he has a secret, doesn’t he?

I am looking forward to returning in the fall to see how the gardens have changed their colors.

What gardens do you like to visit?