Friday, April 10, 2015

Squam Blossoms for Squam Art Workshops

I understand now why the lure of a Squam Art Workshops retreat is so great. It holds the sisters I never had, the neighbors I wish I had, and the friends I long for. I think some people are lucky-they experience change and connection in their first retreat. It's took me 4 tries. Yes, I'm a late bloomer and a very shy one at that.
My time at the last fall Squam was different from previous visits.  I felt real acceptance from the women in my cabin that I had previously only seen there, but not experienced. It felt like I finally, finally met women who understand what I’m going through:  how to engage and remain true to myself and not always pull to the needs and lure of others and to nurture what is creative and original in myself.  I know now what it is like to have a "tribe" at Squam, to ask a hard question and have it answered, to offer a heart with openness.

It is rare to be in such fine company.
I don’t see them often but I keep up with their lives in Facebook and Instagram and would like to see them there again.

Elizabeth Duvivier, the amazing woman who started Squam Art Workshops posted a contest to use up to the leftover bags from previous workshops: make anything with the bag, include the logo and win a spot! There is a second prize of a $500 gift certificate towards a workshop that is running through Instagram. So I entered.
Here is my project – I call them Squam Blossoms. I used the handles of the bag for the stems and the printed flowers for the buds.

You can also see the other amazing entries at #TotesSquam.


  1. So creative and skillfully crafted. I love 'em!

  2. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! I found yer blog through Crafty Crow looking for veggie inspiration for my preschool class. I've always wanted to attend Squam...someday. Your poppies are really pretty...all the detail and my favorite color combo! Sending you winning vibes!

    1. Thank you! I didn't win the contest but I had a wonderful time making them and learned a lot.