Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Card Making Retreat November

Our card making retreat the 15 - 17 November is filling fast.  The cost is $225 and includes two nights accommodation, meals and two card making workshops.  This is the first time that we have run this retreat.  If you are interested contact me either by email or phone 02 69474216


Monday, August 19, 2013

A Busy Week

The past week has been a busy one.  On the weekend I had four ladies for a Photoshop Elements class.  This showed these wonderful ladies how to use this program to enhance and fix their photos for their Scrapbooking passion.  The weekend was full on as I had lots to show them.  It was enjoyed by all.

Raewyn concentrating  
Earlier in the week I finished my Thread Painting of my dog ‘Jessie’ that I started at the Craft Alive shows as a demonstration of Thread Painting.  I was happy with the way it turned out. 

I enjoy Thread Painting enormously and have started another project of one of my other dogs ‘Chelsea’.  She is a wolfhound cross ridgeback with a wonderful gentle personality.  Chelsea is showing her 14 years now but still has a lot of life in her.
Kaye came out today to show me the hat pins that she has been making for a shop in Melbourne.  They were beautiful.  She has done a great job with them.
September is a quieter month with our Retreats with the only one I have scheduled being the Scrapbooking Retreat.  This sold out several weeks ago.  If you have a group of ladies that would like to do a retreat of their own contact me for available dates.  This can be a weekend or during the week.


Monday, August 12, 2013

3rd Australian Quilting Cruise on Sale

Royal Caribbean has a sale on at the moment and has extended it to our 3rd Australian Quilting Cruise.  Below are the special prices.  The Balcony cabins are exceptional value.  We have had some ladies already take advantage of this special.  If you have been considering coming on this cruise now is a good time to book before the special has run out.

 Cruise portion is priced in US Dollars per person. Even with the exchange rate this is still a great price.  Travel insurance & tools are not included.

Class fee is $385 AUS Dollars We have a choice of 4 classes over 6 sea days.  Both machine and hand worked.

Inside Stateroom from $1586.21 NEW LOWER PRICE $1351.21,

Promenade Staterooms from $1695.21 NEW LOWER PRICE $1424.21,

Oceanview Stateroom from $1886.21 NEW LOWER PRICE $1622.21,

Balcony Stateroom Special from $2256.21 NEW SPECIAL PRICE $1577.21!!

These prices are available until sold out!!

NOTE: Sewing Machines are not supplied. A limited amount of machines may be rented.
Contact me by email  or Lorelle – for more information or if you would like to book.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wagga Craft Alive Weekend

Last weekend saw the Wagga Craft Alive event.  I again had a stall to promote the Russellee Craft Retreats and the Quilting Cruise.  This was a far more successful weekend for all attending then the washed out Griffith Craft Alive and the interesting Wodonga Craft Alive.

This time I went on my own to set up on the Thursday.  Friday saw a large crowd pass through the door.  Over the course of the weekend 4600 people attended the show and keep everyone very busy.  Again I demonstrated free machining and this was very well received.

The team at Craft Alive staged a quilt exhibition in conjunction with the show.  Forty quilts from parts of NSW and Victoria were on display.  The visiting public were asked to vote for the best in show.  To my surprise and delight my quilt, ‘The Brumby’, inspired by a photo of Batlow photographer, Kris Daley, won first place.  Not only did I achieve first place but another quilt titled ‘My Cats’ received third place.  To receive these two places out of 40 wonderful quilts was an honour.
On the Saturday Kaye Snow joined me to help man the stall.  Kaye is a wonderful card maker and we spoke to several ladies about the November Card Making Retreat.  Sunday my wonderful husband, Tony, came as my helper and to assist in the packing up.  Overall the weekend was a great success.  I sold a lot of fabric and kits.  One lady on the Sunday purchased all the cat fabric that I had.

The thread painted picture that I created on the Friday also sold and I have since sold my large picture of a thread painted cat.  I am also holding a Thread Painting Retreat in November. By mid morning of the third day we run out of retreat brochures and I had to send Tony to get more printed at Office Works.

We had a lot of interest in our Cruise for February.  A lot of the cards re the cruise that I had were taken and the balcony special on at the moment was well received.  Time will tell if we have some bookings from this weekend for both the cruise and the craft retreats at Russellee.

Another interesting point is that Chris Dowell, one of our Cruise tutors, has her quilt ‘Just the Two of Us’ in the current addition of Down Under Quilts.  We still have places available on the cruise.  If you would like to come and join us please contact me or Lorelle.  Our emails are on the right of the blog.

Until next time