June 09, 2009

Aaaaand We're Back!

We're slowly getting back into the swing of things here in San Francisco, but wanted to take a moment to share a bit about our fantastic escape to New Hampshire last week. We were honored to be teaching at Squam Art Workshops, which is held at the Rockywold-Deephaven Camp on Squam Lake. It's impossible to describe in pictures and words what a magnificent experience it was to spend 5 days in such a beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring setting. But oh well....we'll give it a shot.

We had no idea what to expect, but were astounded when we arrived at our own private little cabin with its own private little dock. It was all perfectly charming and rustic, complete with a screened-in porch and fireplace (which was mysteriously restocked with kindling and firewood each day—the camp equivalent to a mint on your pillow, it seems).

We spent Thursday and Friday teaching workshops in an expansive, gorgeous cabin with it's own fireplace and dock: one class was dedicated to Nature-inspired crafts, while the other focused on our Wallpaper book. Our students were so wonderful and talented and eager to dive right in and make all sorts of beautiful projects. We were completely blown away by their creativity.

Our evenings were spent quietly enjoying a roaring fire and the Norman Rockwell jigsaw puzzle that we checked out from the Camp Library.

We had Saturday off and spent the morning roaming the shady wooded paths between cabins and poking our heads into all the other amazing classes that were being offered (knitting, block printing, felting, painting, sewing....). Everyone was so happy and relaxed and completely blissed-out by the activities and the setting.

After lunch we embarked on a little canoe adventure, paddling our way out to the wonderfully serene Church Island.

Obviously we were completely enthralled with the natural beauty of Squam, but it was the incredible people we met that made the experience truly unforgettable. We were so happy to have made so many amazing new friends: from Elizabeth (the founder/organizer) and her crew of fantastic helpers, to all the students and all the teachers (Betz, Marisa, Maya, Laura, Lisa, Lizzy, Sally, Lisa....) it was the connections we made with these wonderful people that made the trip truly magical. We highly encourage everyone to check out Squam Art Workshops and make plans to attend in the future. Hopefully we'll see you there!


Me said...

Ahhh I just found your blog! Great shots! What a fun week, my wallpaper projects are getting rave reviews here in Boston. Thanks again :)

Marisa an Creative Thursday said...

LOVED meeting you both! hope to see you soon in SF ~ oh & your gorgeous wallpaper book that I brought home. love that too!!

LizzyHouse said...

I was thinking about you both today! Your book came up in a conversation, and it made me happy to know you! I'll be in San Fran on Wednesday, which is actually my birthday. If you are in your shop, i'll come stop by!

see you soon?

Lauren said...

Hurray! See you Wednesday! Happy almost birthday...