escape 2 create 2014

18 March 2014

 I really stalled with this blog post...
it was SO hard to do it justice with my words...
The escape2create retreat is more than just a retreat..
its a feeling that grows in your heart...
and I feel ever so lucky to have been able to attend again this year.

I need to begin by thanking Meredith and Amanda...
you are such a dynamic duo... your eye for detail 
(and I mean every little detail)
 is amazing...
The decorations are spectacular...  there was such a visual impact as we walked into the room
The little touches everywhere ... the lolly table and signs..
the printed menus...
printed instructions... the goodie bags on the tables... all so generous and coordinated.
Their expertise didn't end there....
they also organised for the most beautiful healthy meals... every plateful was a treat.
The prize table blew me away..... I think everyone was over the moon with their take home gift this year...I know I was....I scored myself a much coveted Raskog cart...yippeee!!
(Thanks also to Ken and Kim for carrying home for me)

The retailers who set up their stores so we can shop at our leisure ALL weekend...thank you so much.

and  the teachers this year were just beautiful... so inspiring...and very down to earth.
Of course I was over the moon when my dear friend Kim was listed as teaching this year...
it meant we were able to spend some real quality time together...
and I adored Kim's Project Life inspired class very much.
It was such an honour to meet Gina...Natalie and Celeste for the very first time...and I totally loved the layouts I made in each and every class.

Thankyou also to the beautiful Sue..Lauren...Marika...Kim .Meredith and Amanda who kept me laughing and chatting all weekend .. there was never a dull moment on our table.

It was just wonderful to spend a long weekend with old and new friends....
just to sit and chat....
take a stroll and admire the work at each table...
to see some incredible techniques...styles... new products....and to just realise that no matter what your style...or medium.... we are just a group of friends.... all sharing in a wonderful craft together.


  1. biggest thanks to you Mardi. I just loved sitting next to you all weekend i hope we can do it all again soon. I love it that we can chat and scrap, cry and laugh and feel like we have known each other for so long… and yet it's really only been such a short time. I feel so honoured to call you my friend.

    1. Oh Amanda....I would love to do it all again.... I'm so sad its over for this year. I truly did love our table... I laughed til my belly hurt...shared stories...and just felt totally relaxed.and you are such a beautiful does seem like a long time... maybe because it just felt comfy right from the start.

  2. I second what Amanda said - loved seeing you and spending a little time together.
    Hope to catch up soon for a coffee

  3. Me too..... coffee and a catch up would be wonderful.... I hope it works out really soon.
    Its always awesome catching up .. love it.
    Mardi xx