The NW Bead Society's retreat is sort of like WWDC in that it sells out almost as soon as it's announced, with many returning year after year. I was a little slow off the bat, and spent much of the summer on the waiting list, but finally got the call that someone had backed out so I was in.
So bright and early on the last Friday in October, Patricia Hardway and Pamm Horbit grabbed me and we all headed for the Fauntleroy Ferry. There's something magical about ferries - I always feel like I'm on vacation as soon as I'm onboard. Despite the fact that it's really right next door, I'd never been to Vashon Island, an oversight I was very happy to rectify. It's amazing to me how close it is to Seattle, because it truly felt like a world away.
|a quick snapshot of the main beading room taken from my little corner|
And when I needed a break from stitching, there was always someone up for a walk around the camp or a foray down to the beach (where my friends helped me find several more items for my Found Objects challenge piece). Meals were served in the main dining hall, a short walk away, with a spectacular view. For a day and a half we shared our meals with the Ballard High School Choir, who gave us a mini-concert Saturday night, singing Ave Maria. Which of course made me think of my Mom because that's one of her favorite songs. The food was simple, healthy and absolutely yummy and it was sooo nice letting someone else worry about menus and prep and cleanup, too.
|view from the dining room at Camp Burton|
|the same view from just outside on the deck|
|from one of my walks|
I didn't find out until the last morning, but my Secret Buddy, Sharon, couldn't be there. But she gave all of her packages to Shirley with explicit instructions. Shirley did an amazing job - she was definitely sneaky extraordinare. I found my first surprise waiting on my workspace Friday evening with a hand-written note saying "Do Not Bend". It turned out to be this mask.
Beaded Bottle project. And collected several new messages for my project. (To recap - I'm working on a Message in a bottle project and I'm still collecting messages for my bottle. Feel free to send me one if you're interested).
Sunday I took a fun class from Debby Zook on making Icosidodecahedrons (otherwise known as Beaded Baubles). There was supposed to be a large bead in the center, but mine didn't fit (too small) so all I have is the framework, which supports itself quite nicely. I'd love to make a bunch of these for my Christmas tree.
They're also another bead project that you could give to a guy.
Because I can't resist sharing, here are a few more pictures from the beach:
|Tidewater with barnacles|
|barnacles encrusted on an old stump|