Thursday, May 5

Birdsong

Karla's art event was absolutely amazing!
It's been days & I'm still coming down off my Kansas high!

 I was in awe of her ability to not only entertain & host 30 women, but to enjoy herself at the same time.

Her laid back attitude set the tone for the weekend.
(yes, her attitude & these slippers)
Everything was over the top awesome.
the food,

the atmosphere,
but especially the community of beautiful, generous women.


It was a little spooky staying in Karla's Cottage after reading about it for so many years.
I got to walk the fairy trail & see the disco ball in the garden.
Karla's home has just right balance of frill & whimsy.
There is a man cave upstairs, complete with pool table & humongous TV.
Here is the future home of the Nathan B&B!
OMG, her studio...........
Jammed packed with so much great stuff!
Just in case you wondered, there are 84 hats in here.

I forgot to ask how many rolls of wallpaper.
No detail was left undone.
  From the hand sketched table cloths,
to the bird themed desserts.

It was very cool meeting & teaching alongside Carol,& Debbie.
I think the girls loved the varitey of classes.

Everyone's project was truly unique.


 So many talented ladies!

I took part in Beth's Nature Journal swap.

Each page is a gorgeous reflection of the artist who created it.

I brought back so many wonderful gifts & 
souvenirs.
But the greatest gift of all was the friendship & memories.

It was so fun seeing old friends again, & meeting some new ones!
I can't wait till next month when Beth, Karla, Sherry, Kana, Marie, Cami & a few others will reunite at Paper Cowgirls!
So Karla, when's Birdsong 2?
PS
Happy Birthday !

44 comments:

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time Lisa. and so much fun. The projects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend
XO Tina

BECKY said...

Wow, what a delight for all who participated! And what a fantastic hostess! I bet all of the classes were just wonderful! Your pictures really did capture the feel of this special event! I hope there is a Birdsong 2! I might just have to fly out for it!!

Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us, Lisa. I mostly lurk around here, but lurking just isn't as much fun, so I will be commenting more!!

I'm sure it was such a joy for everyone to meet you, too! You have such a sweet spirit!

Have a wonderful day!
Becky

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

So much talent in one room. Lucky you you got to hang out with such awesome women! Karla's place is just gorgeous too. I know you had a blast.

Laurie said...

Oh, this is my favorite post about Birdsong so far! You have captured the spirit of it all! I loved meeting you Lisa -- and a belated happy birthday to you, too! I can't wait to get weavin'! I sure wish I was going to Paper Cowgirls!

Thespa said...

Oh how amazingly fun! So wish I had been there. What a great atmosphere. Thanks for sharing!

craftymarta said...

OMG, no wonder you are still on a high. You and those other ladies are so fortunate to attend the event. The creations were pretty amazing and that is just looking at some of them. My fav thing is that buffet with all the cream and white stuff and all the hats inside. I can just dream about a studio and covet. Lucky ladies indeed. Blessings, Marta.

Jenny Petricek said...

This post is a feast for the eyes...and the soul! Looks like so much fun. Would love to participate in a weekend retreat like this at some point in the future, as I've had a difficult time connecting with artists where I live, and am longing for some friendships w/other creative women!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Laurie's right, you got some good ones! This is a great post, thanks.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Looks like you girls had the best time! Karla's home and studio are so beautiful!! The bowl full of millinery flowers and the cabinet full of hats have me swooning! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos with us!
Michelle

Whim & Fancy Designs said...

Lovely Post Lisa!!! It looked beautiful!! XOXo,AD
See you soon!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You really did capture the awesomeness of the weekend....great post!!!! I can't wait to see you all again next month. Yee Haawww!

How's your foot? I hope you're staying off of it!

Dorthe said...

Hello sweetie,Lisa-
I can see you teached your gorgeus purce or little bag- they must have been so exited making that -,all the partisipans- and you all looks so glad, -what a wonderful week-end .
Thanks for all the beautiful photoes dear- when not being able to visit for real, it is the next best :)
Hugs-and love-
Dorthe

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

And a good time was had by all!
Except for me, who had to miss this fabulous event, drats!

Karla's place is an absolute dream and your projects were all worthy of being in Somerset.

Great re-cap of the weekend, Lisa!

XO,
Anne

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Screaming Sardine said...

Wow, what gorgeous eye candy. And what a beautiful time it looks like one and all had. :)

Cheers,
Tracy

Debra@Common Ground said...

Can you hear me crying...? It looks wonderful and I would have worn my slippers, too!! Thanks for sharing all the magic, xoxo Debra

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what fun! I would have been in heaven! Her home and her studio are soo lovely! (they would have had to check my pockets before i left! :)) A lot of inspiration there...tfs!

Faye said...

I just found your blog thru Junk to Joy...I'm your newest follower...great stuff you have here!!!
Faye

T's Daily Treasures said...

No doubt you girls had an absolutly fantastic time. Creating with friends, new and old, is always a wonderful thing. Best wishes, Tammy

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohhhhh what an amazing post, such scrumptious photos, wish I lived closer to be able to attend such wonderful events!! Thank you for sharing this gorgeousness with us. Hugs, Mandy x

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Lisa...it all looks so HEAVENLY!!!! I'm so glad you girls had such an amazing time ~ I love the projects too and sure hope she hosts another one!!! Maybe I can come to that one! Looks like you met some amazing women...I'm glad you guys took so many photos so I can study them!! hugs and love, Dawn

sissie said...

Hi Lisa!
What a fun place to be! Karla's cottage is amazingly beautiful. I cannot believe all the lovely vintage treasures collected over time. I would want to look through everything!!!

I'm glad you had the opportunity to attend.

hugs
Sissie

A Cottage Muse said...

So glad you had fun and thanks for sharing with us!

Vicki said...

Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend. I bet you had to pinch yourself! Love the projects.

Rebecca said...

Oh how fun~ it all looks so wonderful
So glad you had a good time
Blessings
Rebecca

luverlie said...

WOW! You just have me drooling over everything! I just could not pick a favorite from any of the pics. Looks like a good time was had by all! tfs

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Lisa, I am so happy that you had such an amazing time sharing the excitement and friendships. It is so wonderful to be able to take away such fond memories of beautiful things to see, create and friendships made. Those nature journals really took my fancy.
Come down slowly!
Hugs,
Suzy

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

This looks like you all had a lot of fun, dear Lisa! Karla's studio is amazing. If I had been there, I'm not sure there would be still 84 hats in the cabinet, lol.
Hugs to you,
Julia

Amy said...

it looks like fun was had by all.
great projects here!
Amy

Hope said...

Oh Lisa.....this is the best Birdsong post so far. You couldn't have said anything else! I made another purse yesterday....Lincoln said it was really cool.
XO~Hope

Diane said...

And as they say...it looks like a WONDERFUL time was had by all! Karla's generous spirit is shown everywhere! I can see why you're having a hard time coming back down to earth, Lisa! You must feel totally INSPIRED!

Hugs and take care of that foot!
Diane

Miss Sandy said...

I so wish it would have worked out to attend! It looks like it was a wonderful event. Thank you for sharing and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Wow Lisa Marie...looks like you all were in heaven for the event!!! SO much beauty!!! And I loved seeing all of my friends there! Wish I could have gone too!!! You look great and I hope you are having a WONDERFUL HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO!
(if not, i'm having fun for you...i've been camping for almost two weeks now and i think of you everyday!)
AND...
Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!

Love you much!

Shopgirl said...

your post is beautiful, it makes me want to make something wonderful. Hugs, mary

icandy... said...

sheer beauty~~ it looks like such an amazing time!!
ox

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Lisa,
what a magical place Karla's studio is and it sounds like you all had a wonderful time.The projects are all beautiful.TFS.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Marie

Suz said...

This is the retreat I hated to miss! It makes me feel a little better to see all the wonderful pictures. The three classes were totally unique. And the swaps...droolworthy! I know I would have loved them. I, for one, am hoping for Birdsong 2!!!
Fondly,
Suz

Charlene said...

Looks like all of you had a MARVELOUS TIME! I knew that Karla's would be DIVINE! Jan gave me some of the details via Cami... LOVED all your photos. Have a great Mothers Day & Birhtday! Hope to see you again soon.
HUGS!
Charlene

Lovey said...

This looks like the most fun ever! So much talent and beauty all in one place. Love it Lisa!

Lululiz said...

Great photograph of a fantastic event. I so wish I could have been there.

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, ohhh, wow, what a weekend. To be at Karla's with soo many creative ladies and friends must have been amazing. What a blessing!! Clarice

Erica said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous time! I wish I could be with you at Paper Cowgirl. Hopefully next year!

vicki said...

Oh Lisa- this is one of your most incredible posts! I adore every picture! What a wonderful event- you had such a great turnout- and the crafts- fabulous!! I am in love with that first picture- such amazing creations!! Maybe my most favorite post ever--
Vicki

Zane Wooder said...

I'd love to know how you made the birds that you eat. I love the eyes you put on them.

-zane