About 11 years ago, I transplanted into a teeny tiny community that has ZERO art culture. Sure, there are plenty of crafters, all of whom I adore, but my art and I don’t ever really seem to fit in here. (Don’t get me wrong, I like the little town and there are some pretty amazing people here.) Every once in a while, I treat myself to a trip back to my home state where people ‘get’ me. Last weekend I was blessed to be able to attend a three day/two-night bead retreat in Annandale, Minnesota.
O. M. G!!! It was soooooo much fun! There were about 35 ladies, all with massive amounts of beads and gigantic quantities of creative energy. The camp staff prepared all of our food and did all of our dishes, so we had lots of time to bead and some of us even took a little time to sleep.
I was able to finish a custom order, restock a Marilyn Monroe bracelet, learn a new stitch, make some super fun earrings, and almost finish a ruffle bracelet (it just needs a clasp yet). Oh, and I worked up a few paper beads. I also spent a lot of time ogling over other artists’ work. The amazing talent in that room was incredible and inspiring.
This retreat gave me a renewed sense of creative passion. It also reminded me that I should never ‘settle’ with my artwork. The only limit to my creativity is that which I apply.
Whatever your passion is, go renew it! Jump in with both feet and your eyes wide open. Explore new possibilities and stretch your limits. Most of all have fun!