Sunday, June 14, 2009

art sisters Niagara retreat

M is for Martha! M is for Maija! S is for Sandy!
N is for Natalea! V is for vivian !
(ya had to be there....)

We're back!! what a great time we had. hanging out, talking, creating, sight seeing, eating, and more talking and hanging out. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend. All the girls are so much fun and so very creative. the cottage was beautiful that we rented. Niagara on the lake is a gorgeous place filled with fun shops, restaurants and bakerys. And of course, Niagara Falls is breath taking. We had a great mix of silliness and laughter along with a few more serious conversations. We stayed out of trouble and behaved.. (well, mostly...)

We enjoyed the fresh scent of all the flowers on the porch and in the town, as well as the sweet smell of some bakery and candy stores and of sweet rolls and cupcakes baking in the oven, as well as some not so very sweet scents... (umm, but we wont go there, even though that, those times, really were part of the highlights of the weekend!
We swapped gifts and we each made a special softie which we drew names and exchanged. All of the softies were awesome! I got Nataleas sweet YO YO doll, which I adore.. (and I adore her too I might add)!
And The very awesome and very interesting Maija got mine, which was the pink bear I showed in my last post!

I took about 1oo pictures but of course i wont post them all, though, I thought I would share a few!
Martha is a good teacher and we made the sweetest bags!

the Falls are gorgeous! we had dinner in the skyline tower... way high in the sky!! but what a gorgeous view!
WE brought our little friends with us to the falls.. they loved having their pictures taken.. and I think that some of the tourists thought we were nuts..
(they would be correct!)

And, look who missed me!

heehee.. arent they freaken cute!


Lori said...

Viv, it looks...and sounds like you had a great time...i loved looking at all of your pics...what a fun and beautiful place to have a retreat!!!

Unknown said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I can't believe you posted that picture of me laughing my ass off!!!!!! I'm so glad we finally got to meet! It was sooo much fun and I can't wait to do it again next year!


♥zoe♥ said...

What a fun beautiful girls pictures! You road trip sound like you are having so fun meeting wonderful talents and what a beautiful gifts you had from the girls:) So jealous you *teehee*


kathy said...

VIv looks like so much fun - and cute makins also -- My first swap evah! was with sweet Sandy - a stocking swap - too fun - your babies too cute ! Kathy -ga

Bob and Joanne said...

I'm glad you had such an awesome time! And how hilarious you all have dolls who had to see Niagara Falls.

However, if I had to sew on vacation, I'd think I was being punished!

The baby kitties are so adorable!

Carla said...

What great fun it looks like you had! Wonderful photos.

AwtemNymf said...

Welcome back home Viv. Looks like you had a GREAT time! I knew ya'll would- you were all in great company! Love the cottage you stayed in too. How quaint!
And I KNOW you missed your furbabies a lot! Welcome Home!

Maija said...

OMG!!! Your sweet little kittties missed you so much!
Wasn't it amazing????

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

They are so sweet and cute. Loooks like so much fun...hugs..m.

Malissa said...

Looks like you girls had a blast!! I hope you got into plenty of trouble!

Simply Shelley said...

What a fun time for all....thanks for sharing with us your adventure.
Your kittys are soooo cute!


Jessi Nagy said...

hey sweets,

aaawww you girls look like you had a blast.
i love all the goodies you all made.

Ana-Maria said...

Beautiful blog.

natalea said...

that was the best time!!! i miss you already and have to admit it's a bit tough getting back to reality! talk soon! xo natalea

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time!! =D

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Oh, it looks like you had a blast! Love all the dolls, esp. you ladies! said...

Aren't getaways with art friends wonderful???

full of bliss said...

It certainly looks like you all had a wonderful time! Such fun pictures, thank you for sharing you great getaway!

Anonymous said...

viv you look like you had a blast! that pic of the falls is amazing! I remember a old movie I watched the other day with marylin monroe she was cheating on her husband on a vacation to the falls haha.. well glad you had fun but I bet your fur babies are glad you back! big hugs


Anonymous said...

viv you look like you had a blast! that pic of the falls is amazing! I remember a old movie I watched the other day with marylin monroe she was cheating on her husband on a vacation to the falls haha.. well glad you had fun but I bet your fur babies are glad you back! big hugs


Fab Frau said...

What a fantastic idea! I regularly have a 'seminar' with my girlfriend in Tasmania, Australia. What a fun group.

Kai said...

Your retreat looked like SUCH fun, Viv! I swear one of these days you & I just HAVE to meet 'cause I have a feeling you are such a blast! And I'm a NUT so we'd be laughing the whole time! Love all the goodies you ladies made! And that teddy YOU made & showed in the previous post?PRECIOUS! 'Course it has stiff competition with your two lil' kitty-cuties!

Barbara said...

looks like ya had a FASTASTIC TIME!!!!!!!
just posted pics of our house and how horrible it was when we moved in....WARNING NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART...

Fran said...

Looks and sounds like y'all had a wonderful fantastic fun retreat!! What FUN!!! It's great that y'all get together every year.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

YEA!!! I was hoping you would post some pix of your retreat. That's one of my favorite things to do with my friends...go on a crafting, sewing retreat. My favorite photo here is of your little friend who is laughing her head off. Way fun!
In my archives (under quilting) is my post about my last Girls Retreat. I had to show a burnt cheese crisp, courtesy of my friend Margie, and tell her that's what happens when your priorities are all messed up. Hee-hee!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great time and such a beautiful area to be in! Love the pics of the falls...they are just gorgeous! Your little yoyo doll is a cutie and so is the pic of you and your 2 babies!!