Thursday, October 17, 2013

Art is Life

Art is You Stamford Ct.
where to start.

So many beautiful memories,it's hard to pick just a handful.But let me start off by saying, I had the chance of meeting so many wonderful online friends for the first time and also reconnecting with friends I made last year. Here's Terri,Lynne,me and Cara...

and here I am after Colleen gifted me with this gorgeous apron...I think I showed it to every single person I came in contact with...and boy were they jealous...heehee...

Here's Ingrid (my sis,that graciously came to give me a helping hand in my first live classes) and I goofing around in class...yes,as a new live teacher my hands were shaking,my heart was racing...but everyone was so kind and generous...

...here are some awesome students Patricia and Cindy...

and two close to my heart friends...Patti and Terri...

and sweet Betty working on her Glass Tubes...


Here's some finished pendants from some of the students...like Terrie,and Terry and Patricia,and Laura...

and after my classes were finished...I then took Richards and Jessica's amazing ring class...


and of course,Michael's "Tiny Shriney" class...

Sadly, I didn't finish my projects...Ingrid says it's because I talk to much..
heehee..
maybe she's right.

But when the time came to say goodbye...I'll admit it,I was an emotional mess...so much sharing and caring,and stories and laughs and overcoming fear, and feeling alive...
it was hard to walk away from that...
Here's Dawn and I saying farewell...
but there's next year right...
and I'll be there with bells on.

One final note,unfortunately I lost all my photos from the retreat.The above photos were taken by other kind souls.I had hoped on sharing class photos just so I could say thank you to them....thank you for giving this newbie a shot...
so to my students...
Thank you.
From the bottom of my heart
and a special thank you to 
sweet Laura,Edie,Kim,Carolyn,Maria,Terry,Patti,Lynne,Linda...
to all the teachers and their kind words of encouragement,
to Sal and Ellen
to my big sis Ingrid.
Sometimes there aren't enough words.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

10 comments:

Dawn Gold said...

Such a wonderful fearful post about an amazing retreat...So Thankful to have met you..."Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened..till next time sweet Cat xxx

Terry F said...

It was an amazing time!! You made it even more special for me. I can't stop laughing at some of those silly pictures. Is it creepy to say I wish I could wrap you up and put you in my pocket so I could take you out all the time to see you? Sad you lost your pictures. Lots of long distance hugs!!

Flutter Before You said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Cat. I hope that one day I get lucky enough to partake in your talented teachings. :) Ohhh I love your new apron too! Fabulous that you faced, and conquered your fears and accomplished you dream. You go girly!!!

Caterina Giglio said...

great post, so nice to see you had such a wonderful time! and I never finish a project in class either.. LOL!!

Chris said...

How super fun!!! I know you were kinda nervous, because you are so concerned about your students having fun and learning lots of new stuff. I also knew that you'd do GREAT! Love the pic with you and Jessica and Richard~~I'm saving up to take one of their ring classes next year, I hope. How fun to see these pics!

Wait, did they say you talk too much?? hahahahahhheeeeeheeee!

NANCY LEFKO said...

Wonderful to finally meet you, Cat and so glad to hear that you had such a great time & that you'll be back in 2014.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Totally marvelous apron, OMG I am jealous! Looks like you had a marvelous time. Bet those hands are not shaking now! xox

Jo Anne O. said...

So nice to have met you and Ingrid at AIY! I am loving my special necklace and really seriously thinking about taking the dive into metal smithing! Sorry I missed saying goodbye before you left. I will email you the photo I took of you two as soon as I figure out how! ( lol, new phone ) Cya

Katalina Jewelry said...

Hi Cat - Looks like a ton of fun and a wonderful experience! Hoping I can go someday :)
Hug, Kathy

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful post! It was a pleasure meeting you, Cat, and I hope to take one of your workshops next year. Take good care!