Ten Tips On Organizing A Craft Retreat

April 26, 2016
We are just about 6 weeks out from our first annual Texas Bloggers Art/Craft Retreat.

My goal is to share with you all the journey of organizing and implementing a retreat such 

as this one.  

We are truly blessed to have an active group of Texas bloggers, all over this big state.

Many of them live in North Texas, which is where I call home sweet home.

                   We are blessed in many other ways too.

                   We have this lovely sister like blogger with a heart of gold. 

                   You might just know this fine gal~ Stacey, and she blogs at Poofing The Pillows.

               Stacey is graciously assisting me in coordinating this craft retreat.

A good bit of this tale began when Stacey sort of scooped up us Texas gals like we were 

melting dollops of neapolitan ice cream on a hot August afternoon.

Oh she didn't stop there, she gently corralled us all in as if we were wild long horns on the 

wide open prairie, thats just her natural way, and when she urged us to do so, we minded.

After that she had us all vote because it had to be fair, on our name for a Facebook group.

Now we stay connected in many ways, empowering, caring and supporting one another 

and you know that is a powerful tool.

Women helping women to succeed.

From that point on various events have been planned and well one thing led to another.

This tale has the potential to get wordy, because I am a talker and I am trying very hard to 

stay on track.

First off I just must say that the blogging community is a unique, powerful and uplifting 


At the end of the day, at least for me, it is about creativity and camaraderie.

I am sort of crafty, but not really and truly crafty.

So, I didn't just wake up one morning and say let's have a craft retreat.

It has been a process and well, there have been several bloggers who have influenced me 

in my desire to do this and they probably don't even know who they are.

But you see, we can all be mentored, no matter our age, education, 

expertise, qualification or know how.

One person, or many, can influence you and make a lasting impression on your 

creativity, your thoughts and choices.

When I first began blogging in late Fall of 2012, I felt very small, like a fish in the big ocean.

I was enthused, but I was lost-maybe a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo.


So, I just kept swimming, in a laborious manner.

But then a bright eyed blonde blogger came swimming along at that very time and gave me 

the encouragement I needed.

That special blogger lady is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.

I think I might just have floundered and sunk without her all inclusive demeanor.

In fact, KariAnne is going to be our super cute, super sweet, talented caring and sharing

producer at our upcoming Texas Bloggers Craft Retreat on June 7th, 2016.

She is going to share her Hoffman Fabric Line with us and we are going to be making some

marvelous crafts.

                                                         Fabric and Friends                                                       

Does the fun stop here-no way!

The retreat just keeps going, we haven't even gotten to the sweet tea or handmade sugar 

cubes in the shape of project, this I know I can do!)

We will be creating several crafts to take home with us under the direction of two other 

lovely, articulate, creative, caring and talented  bloggers.

Laura from Decor To Adore and Judith from Botanic Bleu.

These gals have some delightful crafts planned that might just include lace, butterflies and 

vintage book pages and more.

Then there is Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy who has inspired me year after year with 

her creative trips to Southern Exposure where crafts were made, conversations were rich 

and lasting friendships were born.

I have longed for a Texas version of Southern Exposure for a very long time, this is my 

extension of that dream ignited by Jeanie's posts.

Oh, there are many more of you who inspire me.

My sweet family, dear friends, from near and far.

We are a community of bloggers, a vital group of women, who help women to be the best 

they can be.

Next week I will be sharing the importance of the Five C's when organizing a Craft Retreat.

If you have any tips to share, I would love to hear from you.

If you are a Texas Blogger and would like to be added to our FB group, or receive information on the Craft retreat please email me.


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  1. Bloggers and blogging, well, simply amazing! I felt the same as you when I started but I kept on track with support from friends I was making with similar interests. I've enjoyed Jeannie's Southern Retreats too and now I will enjoy the Texas girls sharing their talents………..

  2. Enjoyed this - looking forward to this retreat.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  3. You have some lovely friends, Jemma, and it's a blessing that you all live so close together. I bet it's wonderful to have that kind of support. I am sure that your retreat is going to be super fun!

  4. Joyce,
    I so agree with you about Stacey having a heart of gold! I just found her - or rather she found me and I have so enjoyed her! I can't wait to hear more about your retreat.
    P.S. As a blogger I wish I had found you all sooner!!!

  5. Oh Jemma, I wish more than anything in all the world that I could join you at your reTREAT! Because it WILL be a treat for everyone who is there! I know you'll have amazing crafts, divine food, but most of all the atmosphere will be warm, nurturing and filled with fun! Thanks for the lovely shout-out! I have a distinct feeling that your retreat is going to truly rival Southern Exposure!

    Sending beaucoup wishes for much fun (when is it, by the way! I'll send extra good vibes!)

  6. Oh I just can't wait! It's going to be so much fun too. Looking forward to meeting some other Texas bloggers and sweet KariAnne! Thank you so much for putting this together!

  7. Jemma, these are great tips to help you organize this craft retreat. It sounds like a delightful project, and now I'm going to have to check out The Marmelade Gypsy because I'm a gypsy at heart myself. So many pretty colors on your post today, and do you know that little girl holding the flowers?......I love that collection and pick them up every now and then when I see a cute one. :) I think you are just the right person to help organize this fun event, and I really admire you Texas bloggers and your energy and perseverance.

    love, ~Sheri

  8. Aww, you're so sweet I could cry! I just love y'all and can't wait for the chance to be together again. :)

  9. Jemma,
    Your tips for creating a craft retreat are right on! Thanks so much for the shout out and for including me. I am so excited about this and can hardly wait to meet everyone who comes. Thanks also to 1] Stacey for reaching out to me... inviting me to be part of the Bluebonnet Blog Hop and 2] Laura for her lovely lunch at her home for Texas bloggers... We have so much planned for a wonderful day.


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    2. P.S. Found some more of those cute blue and white polka dot bags... :)

      P.P.S. Don't you hate it when you spot a typo just as you hit the publish button on a comment. Thanks for having a DELETE option for comments.


  10. I'm sad that I'm going to miss all the fun..but I can't wait to hear all about it!
    xoxo, T.

  11. Jemma,
    Must I move to Texas? I am so envious of the lucky ladies able to participate in this retreat!! What a wonderful idea! I don't think I know of any bloggers in NH, :( but I have wanted to participate in a retreat for a couple of years after reading about a bloggers cruise! I can't wait to read more!!!!

  12. Jemma it sounds like it will be a fun time with fun bloggers. Your tips are well thought out.

  13. Jemma, what a great idea to create a FB page with Bloggers from your area! I love the craft retreat idea, it's going to be so much fun!!

  14. GOod morning dearest Jemma!

    I am so late. I just can't keep up with blogging and Instagram and work and my writing! AHHHH! I need a retreat and this summer, I am going to RELAX! I had wanted to have a craft retreat at my home a few years back, but without a plan, things never happen! I am going to use your planner here to perhaps try to start a retreat, on a small scale and see how it goes. It could be fun!

    Have a lovely day my friend, Anita

  15. Jemma, sounds like you Texas bloggers are going to have a wonderful retreat together! Oh I know that it will be fun. Happy Wednesday to you sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. It sounds like you have a great plan, and with Stacey helping you, that is extra special!

  17. What a lovely idea. Stacey is a sweetheart. I am sure it is going to be grand and so much fun. Sometimes crafting is so much fun and it is always great to share. xo

  18. Hi Jemma! Oh, this sounds like a great idea! I'll be looking forward to it. Thank you for popping in to see me today!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. I think you are all going to have a wonderful time.

    All the best Jan

  20. Oh Jemma, what fun! I can't wait to hear more about this, I know you all will have a wonderful time and of course, it'll really be a big time, Texas craft bash!

  21. Truth be told, I'm getting a little tired of the northeast so I'm packing my bags and moving to Texas. I heard you have a lovely guest room, yes? ;).

    I didn't realize we've began blogging around the same time Jemma. I think 2012 was a good year!

  22. Almost enough to make me want to move to Texas. What fun y'all will have. I look forward to seeing the results of your crafting.

  23. Jemma,
    This is going to be so much fun for you lovely gals! I'm feeling a little jealous here in NH....Maybe it will be so much fun that you'll be inspired to plan a retreat on an even larger scale....I really can't wait to hear all about it....and lots of photos too!


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