Monday, April 12, 2010

The Charm Bracelet Workshop....
and the QUIET storm!

You wouldn't believe it! All these wonderful ladies (and I mean wonderful), scheduled to come to this charm bracelet class in SUNNY central coast California months ago. We were having beautiful weather, some shower breaks here and there in the last couple of days. THEN....the quite storm hits on the second day of our two day class! I'm talking GALE winds, HAIL flying by outside...during the workshop. The power went out not once, but THREE times. OMG! Is this not the worst thing that can happen to these nice people who came from near and far and paid good money for a workshop?! Preferably with electricity. Yikes.

We made it through somehow, I was ready to break out the wine. But they stayed on course, the lights came back on, we managed to do a last minute firing for some charms, and then...whammmoo, it goes out again. We finally wrapped up the day, WH lit the candles, and we broke out the wine, singing Kum By Ya in the garage classroom, waiting for the thunderstorms to stop so they could at least get to their cars! Whew. Diana Frey and I were just sure the weather would be better in April than the sketchy weather we had for the February workshop. Wrong.

But no worries, all is well. The ladies learned, we played, we created, we ate, we laughed (oh did we laugh) and we toasted to new friendships. Isn't that what all this about anyway. Who cares about the weather! They all have beautiful etched metals and fabulous pmc charms to add to their collection of talented work.

Thank you to all of you who attended the Quiet Storm Retreat at Riki's house this weekend, Kim, Diana, Gwennie, Marlene, Shelley, Carrie, Connie and Lisa. We appreciate your good sense of humor, patience and understanding of our Central Coast weather systems! Please come back when the weather is spectacular, umm, like today. Oh brother. Isn't life fun?!!

And thank you Diana for another wonderful workshop. We are a great team, I had a ball, and look forward to our fall workshop together, whatever we decide to teach!

12 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

I heard from some other friends that it was quite a crazy storm!! glad you all enjoyed yourselves anyway! bet it was great fun!!

In the Light of the Moon said...

It sounds as though you had a wonderful time,regardless.I agree,who cares,some wine,and good friends who love to giggle and create!!!!!Thanks so much Riki for your kind words on my blog..just needed a boost today and I appreciate it so much!!Love ya,Cat

Beatnheart said...

yeah for you Riki!! wouldn't you just know it...I'm glad you had a great workshop in spite of it all...Cheers to You..

NuminosityBeads said...

Sounds like it was fun and worthwhile despite the storm!
Yes, and thanks for stopping by my blog today too, you busy girl!

Kim

slommler said...

Sounds like an exciting workshop!! Hope you have some pics to share
Hugs
SueAnn

stregata said...

I'm sure the storm and the electricity outs just made the day more memorable!

diane said...

Wow! I would STILL loved to have been there. Stormy weather would have been just icing on the cake =)

Beatnheart said...

Thanks for your visit Riki! Yes hopefully next time. I realize the next step must be focals of my own design...I have done my apprenticeship to a degree with the use of tools and findings etc. now to create my own pieces. My husband does copper work for a living..acid etching, patinas etc. but I think if better if I learn from someone else..I watch him plenty so I know the gist of things Its hard being original..everyone follows the trends. you see them everywhere...but to find something unique...yes!!

Gwynnie B Designs said...

It was a wonderful class and the weather just added to the excitement of it all! Rain, hail, sleet or sunshine won't diminish a woman's desire to create, right?!?

xXoO
Gwynnie

Marlene said...

It was sooo much fun and I learn soooo much from both of you! Not to mention the amazing jewelry you make in your studio..I wanted it all! I can't wait to take another class...The storm..was just too exciting LOL ! Marlene

Charlene said...

CAN YOU HEAR ME POUTING ALL THE WAY FROM HERE? I wanted to come to that class so BADLY! But, I DID NOT send that weather to you. I would never jinks my friends. :) Sorry to hear the storms blew in but, with great company... who cares. I know they had a wonderful time. Hugs to you, Chester & Diana. Charlene

Lynn Stevens said...

Never a dull moment! Sounds like a exciting time was had by all. I'm sure everyone had a fantastic time and learned so much it didn't matter what was happening outside.