Unbelievable, Portland was nothing short of fabulous. And all of you made it happen. Each day I thank the powers that be for bringing you into my life. There were too  many amazing moments to count this year and a few rocky patches (mostly at the companion hotel and I am happy to say that we will be back at the Sheraton in 2010), but all-in-all, it was pretty smooth sailing. Or in one person’s case, smooth swimming. Thanks to Jan Richie for her incredible humor and dazzling performance under water.

And a few more thank yous…

Thanks to Christine Merritt  & Marie Kennedy who made our Trade Identification Tags (TITS). What a hoot!! Trading will just never be the same. Wonder what they’ll come up with next year?

And where would we be without the store? It was amazing, AGAIN. I can’t believe they can get so much stuff in such a tiny spot. What a joy for me and a great resource for everyone. Maria and the gang, thank you.

Instructors, there’s no question, without you, well, we couldn’t do it. You keep us engaged and excited about our art. We are grateful. This year we had some new instructors and all the classes were exceptional.  It’s heartwarming to know that new and exciting techniques are still being developed for classes. Everyone benefits greatly. Thanks to Alma dela Melena Cox, Marie Maretska, Tory Brokenshire and Crystal Neubauer for bringing them to us. 

As always the staff at the Embassy were incredible, welcoming our attendees with smiles and treating us like family. On Friday, they participated in the Lee jeans Susan B Koman fundraiser. For a $5 donation, they could wear jeans to work. Our pink rock ‘n’ roll sweatshirts added to the festivities! It was great fun, check out the photo below. 

Many of you are asking, “Are you well?” Sorry to say that I’m down, but I’m not planning to let the crud take complete control as in the past. Apparently, it’s a part of the event cycle for me and I need to plan accordingly each time. Regardless, I’ll be in full swing again soon, preparing for Vegas. Here are a few highlights from classes and other moments during the retreat. If you go to the flickr page in the left hand column of the blog, there may be a few more photos not posted here. And If you have any you’d like to share, I’ll post them. 

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Found this banana in my office. Thank you, I love you, too.


Abigail’s dada doll, not quite complete. Made in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s Who’s Your Dada? class.


More dada, look at those legs.


Goddess of Trinkets, class taught by instructor Susan Bezek.


A few troublemak…I mean students in Susan’s class.


Resins drying.

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 Make and take table fun!


And work, but really, fun.


Thomas Ashman’s Tin soldier.


Working on a tin man.

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Embassy Staff in our rock ‘n’ roll sweatshirts.


This is Clifford.  He’s a bartender at the Embassy.  One day we went for
a stroll into the classrooms.


This is me and Diane Taylor doing the chicken dance while Clifford played
the accordion.

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Maria, Teesha, Sarah and Susan Bezek relaxing after class with wine and snacks.

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 This is Susan’s solution to packing/saving our appetizers for another night when we don’t have Tupperware.

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Instructor Lesley Veneable and Art Husband, Tom, in his fetching pink sweatshirt.


Aerial view of the store. Look at all that stuff.