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2017 winter weekend crafting & relaxing retreat

I have been hosting this December weekend retreat for more than 10 years now.  Weekends have included a mix of scrapbooking, making cards, crocheting, sharing meals, photography workshops, photo sessions, and even baby showers.

trip down memory lane

It’s been good.  A couple of years ago we switched things up with a one-of-a-kind weekend at Lake Superior Barn.  Though very special, Lake Superior Barn is not likely to happen again for some time.  So last year I thought it would be nice to begin anew at Memory Lane.

Some things remain the same – like Christmas music, egg nog chai lattes, and Saturday Night Pizza.  But similar to our retreat at Lake Superior Barn, there are Christmas gifts for everyone in attendance and crafting breakouts.  My goal is to create a new kind of special for us at Memory Lane.

The retreat is limited to nine woman total and spots usually go quickly.  If you are interested in signing up, details are below:

WHEN:  Thursday, November 30-Sunday, December 3, 2017

WHERE:  North Branch, MN

COST:  $200 (a $50 non-refundable deposit due by 4/1 reserves the spot with remaining balance due September 1, 2017)

Most meals are included, aside from one item you will bring to share (details will be posted to SignupGenius two months in advance).  There will a hot beverage bar & an assortment of snacks and treats on hand as well.

retreat treats

Two (2) spots are still available [the retreat is FULL!]; if you are interested in reserving one, just shoot me a note and I will send you my address for the deposit.  Hope to see you there!!!

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SJB reunion 2016

My 8th grade class reunion took place over the summer, giving me the chance to reconnect with a dear childhood friend.  Kelly contacted me a short time later to schedule a family photo session over the holidays and I was delighted at the thought of meeting her husband and son.

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Not to mention seeing the rest of her family.

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Her brother was in town for Christmas and Kelly wanted to capture time with him.

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It was so much fun spending time with them.  Kelly’s son has a laugh that reminds me SO MUCH of his momma at that age.  Her husband was hilarious.

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And Kelly’s mom happened to have a birthday the very day of the session.:D Here’s a peek at the rest of our time together:

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Thanks again for the memorable day, Kelly!

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photography workshops for 2017

The Everyday Photographer Workshop

I began offering the Everyday Photographer Workshop a few years ago to help beginner and amateur photographers understand how to better use their cameras. Not only do attendees receive personalized instruction for shooting in manual mode, they learn how to create powerful images and meaningful artwork for their home and loved ones. The workshop covers all of the basics – lighting, aperture, composition, depth of field, ISO, lenses and other equipment, post-processing, and the concept of storytelling photography.

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It also includes breakfast treats, lunch, and some sort of dessert-in-jar in addition to a workbook and goodies to take home.:D

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If you are interested in attending one of the 2017 workshops, a deposit of $100 will hold a spot with the remaining balance of due a week before the workshop. You will find dates and other details HERE.  If you have any questions, let me know!

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Want to learn more about photography:))

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one little word {2017}

My word for 2016 was SAVOR and I did exactly that with moments, food, memories & more. With our firstborn graduating from high school and heading off to college, it was a year of transition.

Change.

This next year will be the last in my forties which means more change is imminent.  I have spent the last decade as mom-of-young-children and as I mentioned in THIS blog post, a new season is approaching.  It is time to cast the net, to REIMAGINE dreams and goals for the next season.

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My word for 2017.

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