I returned from Squam on Sunday feeling completely exhausted, but riding a creative high. The exhaustion thing was totally my fault- with two of my best Squam friends, Kellen and Felicia, staying in my cabin we never seemed to make it to bed before 1am. At our age it pretty much felt like pulling a few all-nighters in a row. But totally worth it. I haven’t had time for that kind of connection in a long while. Sitting by the fire, knitting and talking about everything from why we create, to how we raise our children (and teasing each other mercilessly)…it is a magical thing indeed when you can connect so deeply with other women.
On Thursday I had the pleasure of taking Ann Wood’s class where we learned to hand-stitched a mushroom and seed pod (those are mine, above). It was such a blast, and Ann is a generous and inspiring teacher. She shared her vintage fabric collection with us- scraps of lace, indigo and hand-dyed fabrics, old wedding dresses and couture clothing- all for us to play with! It was such a playful and creative way to spend a day.
When we had down time, Felicia, Kellen and I hit the open road and explored the countryside. We even staged a little barn photo shoot, which I’ll be sure to share this week. We stopped to get coffee and take pictures of flowers. When you are used to having kids in the car with you, little luxuries like this feel extra decadent.
On Saturday night the Squam Art Fair was in full swing. I had a booth selling a few new items from India, and right next to me was Roost, my publisher, selling a stack of Little Bites. It was pretty thrilling to watch my friends purchase my book, and being able to sign their copy with a personal message. What a fun way to soft launch Little Bites!
And even though I know they’ll want to kill me for posting this picture…my girls, looking so happy. I’m in a wee bit of denial that I won’t be seeing them for at least another year but I’ll rest easy knowing we can pick right back up where we left off…