Goodness how quickly the time flew. Everyone was so nice and I have had some lovely comments. At the bottom of this I will post an email I received today from Debbie.The photos are not in any particular order as I still haven't come to terms with this new computer.

Now for the Oscars:

I would just like to thank my helpers Anita, Lynn and Linda who were invaluable throughout the weekend and put such a lot of effort into making the event  run as smoothly as possible. Also the teachers who made the workshops fun, Sarah-Jane, Laura, mad Zoe, daughter Angie who cut her teaching teeth on the Karen Burniston Pop Up Purse Mini Album, and Jane. Also thanks to a visitor from the US, Marj Marion, who volunteered to demonstrate the Dream weaver Stencils.

But most of all thank you to all of you lovely ladies who put your faith in me and paid your hard earned cash to a new and untried Retreat

This was taken with the Bandstand in the background

This was in one of the workshop rooms

The evening meal

The old fashioned lift together with old fashioned couple

Linda was the very worthy winner of the Cricut raffle

Everyone has put up a picture of the pier and this one is mine

Richard desperately tried to control everyone and in the end just took some pictures. As you can see this is with the pier in the background

This is the email from Debbie:

Hi Jill

I just wanted to write to say a big thank you for the weekend retreat.  Firstly, I owe you an apology as I got your name wrong a couple of times over the weekend but I will just put that down to excitement and the fact that I was trying to remember lots of names!  Sorry.

This was my first retreat but what a retreat to cut my teeth on.  It can only be described as superb.  I had the best time and there was nothing I could fault on the content of the crafting.  The only problem was that, once I saw what was being made in classes, I wanted to do them all!  The make and takes were as good as the lessons and the things we made on them were amazing.  Anita was a fantastic teacher as were SJ, Angela, Laura and the lady who made the flowers for the cards.  I will never look at faux roses in the same way now I have learnt how to make them.  I am amazed when I look at the card we made with the roses and can't believe I made them myself.

The little touches were appreciated and having things like plenty of rubbish bags, sweeties in the rooms (what a gorgeous touch) and having everything we needed in our bags just made things perfect. 

The hotel was a little tatty but was mostly clean and tidy and served the purpose.  It was handy having the rooms for different classes and having the scrapping room where the make and takes took place.

Would you please pass on my thanks to everyone who taught on this retreat as they did a sterling job.  They were all lovely and I felt that nothing was too much trouble for them.  I was never made to feel as though I was slow or silly whatever I asked or at whatever pace I went.  Whatever was requested was there within minutes and I can only imagine what feat of organisation it took as the whole weekend went smoothly without any hitches (unless it was rather like a swan where you see it fly off gracefully but their little legs are working like a piston engine under the water!!).

Please take this as my written intent to attend next year (just thought I had better get that in quickly after looking on the UKS thread) and I am thoroughly looking forward to it. 

Please apologise to poor Anita as I badgered her so much over the weekend to run another jewellery class so I could make my brad earrings - I promise not to do so next time (mind you - it depends on what she is making next time!!!!).

A massive THANK YOU Jill for all your efforts and work towards making it the best weekend I have had for some time.

12 Responses
  1. Linda Says:

    Three Cheers to Jill for organising such a fantastic event....hip hip hoorah!!!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks Linda - and for all of your hard work. I am so grateful to you soldiering on through that migraine although you were in such pain ((((hugs)))))

  3. Woo Hoo for Jill......thanks again for all you did for us.....was my first proper retreat and I loved every minute, despite not really being on the planet for most of it :)

  4. KraftyKaren Says:

    I had a fab time and really enjoyed it. It was great to have cardmaking as well as scrapbooking and also some lovely and varied make and takes too.

    Thank you for great time and for all the hard work that you, Richard, Angie and your team put into it.

    Karen x

    PS If you have any leftover shrimps they can always come to Debden with us next week LOL!!!!!

  5. Linda Says:

    Wouldn't have missed it for the world Jill, loved every minute :)

  6. Alison Says:

    Sounds like everyone really enjoyed it Jill and had a great time. Well done!

  7. Anita Says:

    What an absolutely brilliant weekend, thank you Jill for letting me be part of it and thanks to all the ladies who came and made it worth all the hard is the next one??? ;)

  8. Lynn Says:

    Thanks Jill, for a super retreat. You worked so hard planning this all year, so glad it was a super success. Was so sorry I had to miss the Sunday, but was thinking of you all. Great pictures. Must put some on my blog too. Here's to next year!

  9. Anita Says:

    What a wonderful weekend! Thank you Jill so much for letting me be part of it with you all, I had a blast....and cannot wait till next time....MMMMMmmmmmmm shrimps eh, haven't had one of them for years!..xxxx Hope you are taking a well earned break now

  10. liz Says:

    I agree with everything everyone has said Jill, it was brilliant. I too loved the lovely little pink bucket with seaside sweeties in it. Yes, I agree the shrimps were just like I remember (in the olden times!) x

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Steady on Liz. Some of can't remember that far back :)

  12. Giullietta Says:

    I was nervous coming on my own, not knowing anyone - but people were so friendly. The classes were emminently achievable which has not been the case at other retreats I've been to. I liked the shrimps and pebbles and just had the very best weekend.
    Every word from Debbie is true.
    Many many thanks Jill.

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