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march 2018 and more

While I can usually count on the winter months to be slooooooow, everyday life has been surprisingly “active” this year. Perhaps turning 50 does that… or at a minimum, makes it FEEL like that. The RAK stories keep coming in and each time I receiving one, it’s like opening a gift. [I started a new album project in honor of this half-century milestone and every RAK will be included.] THANK YOU to all who participated and continue to participate!!!

Earlier this month, I hosted my first scrapbooking crafting night in ages. A close family friend and a childhood friend passed away. There were two baby showers, a Prospects gig, and several excursions with my husband. We are three IF:Table dinners into the year so far and this ever-evolving group continues to bring me so much joy.

Planning for the 2018 Winter Weekend Crafting & Relaxing Retreat and Playful Girl 2019 is well underway. Unique gifts, delicious meals, fun decorations, and all sorts of SURPRISES are in store for both! There is a waiting list only for the 2018 Winter Weekend Retreat and Playful Girl 2019 will be opened first to Beautiful Girl 2018 attendees before I can confirm what spots (if any) remain. I should know more in the next month or so!

Spring is almost here (it’s snowing as I type). Photography sessions will kick into high gear within the next two months. If you want first pick at summer or fall session days, NOW IS THE TIME TO SCHEDULE! If you have any questions or are interested in securing a date, let me know.

Have a spectacular day!

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2018 winter weekend crafting & relaxing retreat

Winter Weekend Retreat 2017

I have been hosting this annual retreat weekend for nearly 15 years. It’s become somewhat of a holiday tradition – making gifts, listening to Christmas carols, sipping egg nog chai lattes, and enjoying treats of the season.

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There are PRESENTS!!!!

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And crafting breakouts. And Saturday Night Pizza.

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You’ll find the rest of the details below:

WHEN:  Friday, 11/30-Sunday, 12/2

WHERE:  North Branch, MN

COST:  $200; SUPERSIZE IT by adding Thursday, 11/29 for only $20 more (see payment schedule below)

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All meals will be included with the exception of one item you will be asked to bring and share (an online signup will be posted weeks in advance of the retreat). There will also be a hot beverage bar and snacks. LOTS of snacks.

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$50 non-refundable deposit due 4/1/2018 will hold your spot with the remaining balance due in two equal payments on 7/1/2018 and 9/1/2018. A non-refundable deposit allows me to organize this special weekend from year-to-year without creating an unnecessary financial burden on my family or business (in addition to fronting a deposit, I am required to pay the full balance in advance). In the event of a cancellation, the amount paid – minus the $50 deposit – would be refunded once the spot fills.

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There are eight (8) spots available (THE RETREAT IS FULL!); if you are interested in reserving one, just shoot me a note – I will confirm availability and forward my address for the deposit.

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Hope to see you there!

Mary Teschendorf - March 1, 2018 - 8:30 pm

I’ll be there.

Tina - March 2, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Sounds good, Mary!

Leslie Norman - March 4, 2018 - 8:46 pm

Please save a spot for me!

Tina - March 14, 2018 - 9:37 pm

Will do, Leslie!

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beautiful girl 2018 | altogether beautiful

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Our FIRST EVER girl-themed retreat took place last weekend. After a year in the making it finally came to life!

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Beautiful Girl was a mixture of laughter and tears. Adventure. Daily gifts, treats, and pampering.

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And crafting, of course!

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Ladies earned tokens throughout the weekend, spending them on items in a fully stocked boutique.

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There was also a scarf-tying breakout AND a field trip to Dancin’ Dragonfly Winery.

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A glorious weekend that also included mini photo sessions, made-from-scratch meals, and more!

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Beautiful from start to finish.

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Next year’s theme? Lighthearted, joyful, creative and fun => PLAYFUL GIRL will take place February 15-17, 2019 (with the option of adding Thursday, February 14). Registration details will be out soon!

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