Life is beautifully, wonderfully and insanely busy.  It makes me grateful for the zen times when my squirrelly brain takes a much needed hiatus.

Meditation or yoga may be the relaxation drug of choice for many but mine is art.  I create to calm.  Fortunately, I have two friends who feel the exact same way.  We are the Crafty Girls and we LOVE our Cottage Getaways!

Our getaway this fall was essentially 3 days of continuous art.  Paula, Lori and I ate, drank, and created every waking hour.  It was amazing!

We all learn from each other, having three completely different backgrounds when it comes to the creative realm.


Paula is first and foremost a photographer.  Her company, Purple Door Creative, is becoming a powerhouse in the local real estate and business industry.  She can make any house look compelling and her marketing campaigns are fashion-forward.  She is also incredibly talented with painting and papercraft being her most visited creative outlets.


Lori is a professional artist.  She paints incredible pictures and is a colour savant.  I once asked her to mix a flesh colour for me.  She took several colours and within a minute had mixed a sample of paint that perfectly matched her inner arm skin colour.  It was impressive!  Lori’s company, Be A Part of the Art With Lori, has some great timelapse videos on her Facebook page of her work in action.


My background is much more crafty.  I am a knitter, crocheter, card maker, painter and general crafter.  My mother passed along her skill of handicrafts to me and I am grateful for everything she taught me.  I have an art room full of every type of crafting material imaginable and can literally get lost in creating a beautiful card for someone dear.

The Crafty Girls Cottage Getaway requires that each person arrive with a craft idea and supplies.  We spend weeks researching activities and run ideas by each other first to ensure manageability.  The activities are challenging but produce art that is beautiful, functional where possible,  and always high quality.

Our three crafts this session were:  Fluid Acrylic Pour Paining (Paula), Paint Nite (Lori) and Origami (Lisa).  Stay tuned for pictures and explanations of each activity.

But wait there’s more!  We have exciting news!  We are planning to create a Crafty Girls Cottage Retreat.  Four to six women would be housed and dined with all craft supplies and instruction by the three of us included.  All skill levels will be accommodated.  We are currently working out the details but will be announcing our first retreat soon!

Creativity changes and challenges your brain.  What better way to be creative than with friends, food and lots of wine?














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