Monday, January 29, 2018

I'm so excited to have Aimee Ferre as my special guest for the retreat in September!  Like SO excited AND super stoked to make these Witch Boots!!!  

These boots are so amazing they were featured in the Better Homes & Gardens "Holiday Crafts" magazine.  
That's big stuff friends!  And she's kind of like a celebrity so I'm feeling pretty lucky to have her as a friend :)

Soooooo...wanted to give all my retreat girls a heads up to look out for a pair of black boots or shoes to grab and bring to the retreat.  This will be the one item we will not be providing because, well, boots & shoes are a personal thing and each of us have different styles we like and so this will help you get a pair that you absolutely LOVE and then Aimee will teach us how to make them beauteous & spooky!  Eek!  Can't wait!

Whose excited???  

Check out some of the beautiful boot creations Aimee has designed...try not to drool on your computer screen.

Hurry up September!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Welcome to my addiction.  

Hello.  My name is Christine and I am addicted to pom poms and felt balls.
Why can't I be addicted to working out, going to the gym or running?  Nope.  Not me.  I can endlessly wrap yard around a pom pom maker and string felt balls for hours on end.  So much that I now have yarn callouses on my fingers.  
If you run into me and I hide my hands then you'll know why.

In my defense this addiction has been strangely therapeutic.  It has replaced sitting in bed and eating chips.  I've lost weight and the chip companies want me back.

The colors are vibrant and make me happy.  Finished projects make me strangely giddy.

I'm excited to have found Benzie Design.  Their felt colors are heavenly and have inspired me to make some cute decor for our September retreat.  One day I may need to seek professional help but for now, I'll be stringing and pom pom'ing my way through life.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can you believe it???
The Retreat is Sold Out!

Thank you to everyone who grabbed a spot! 
We are gonna have so much fun!
PS - if you missed out on this one, there are more to come!

We're Headed to Nibley!

Reclaim Retreat 2018 will be held in Nibley, Utah!

I don't know if it was the French Country style of the house, or the 100 year old barn next to the fire pit.  Maybe it was the gorgeous brick walls in the kitchen, the woodsy surroundings or those yellow bar stools but I found a retreat house and I am so excited!  

I love a good space and I believe the place I hold my retreats has to be special.  I have been searching high and low for a retreat house I could 1) afford and 2) was cute inside and outside and 3) was available the time I needed it.

I came across this beauty and the owner was nice enough to Face-time me so we could walk through the house together.  

The property is beautiful.  Large shade trees, a 100 year old barn where we can sit out around a campfire in the evenings, a beautiful large kitchen for gathering, crafting and talking into the wee hours of the night and a theater room!  Logan is close by and there are some amazing vintage stores, delicious eateries, nature and cows, fall colors and cute shops.  
I can't wait!
Only one spot left!!
Email me at to purchase.

Nibley, UT watch out!  Here we come!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I love happy mail!  These just arrived and I'm so excited to have one for each of you at my September, 2018 retreat!  Imagine a little winter scene inside...a tiny glittered house, tiny bottle brush tree and a little woodland creature.  
I can't wait!  

Grab a spot now!  There are only FOUR left!

Click here to sign up!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!!


2018 brings with it lots of possibility!
Fresh Starts are a good thing!
Don't limit yourself to ONE word.
Choose lots of words, heck, go crazy, choose a whole sentence!

Do your best.
Be kind.
Take care of yourself.
Reclaim your life.
Work Hard.
Play Harder.
Take a trip.
Spend as much time as you can with family.
Be happy.
Have an adventure!
Make new friends.
Be creative.
Treat yourself to something special.
Get a massage.
Move forward at your own pace, not anyone else's.
It's ok to say NO.
Choose your battles, some things are just not worth it.
Accept that hard things happen.
Go dancing.
Attend a women's retreat!  (wink)
Love yourself.
Forgive yourself.
Let go but don't forget.

May this year bring you joy and happiness and things that will make you grow as a person.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reclaiming My Life

Soooo...losing a loved one is tough, tough, tough!  "I do NOT recommend it" is now what I say when people ask how things are going.  I struggled for a while not knowing what to say and this is the best I could come up with.  So many things come into play when one dies and you are left picking up the pieces.  I have found myself slowly reclaiming my life...I have to, right?  When you look at the other options, moving forward is the only thing I know how to I choose to do it though is mine to own.

Today is six months.  SIX long months of slow recovery.  I've seen people re-marry in six months and I don't get it.  No judgement if you do, but I can't wrap my head around it.  

I still miss him, see the pain in my children's eyes, accepting that he was a WAY better parent than I am, that the kids went to him for everything and I know when I get frustrated with them that they WISH he was here.  Parenting is tough enough when there are two of you, but now it's just me and at times that is overwhelming.

I can tell you that a death of a husband is survivable.  I have grown stronger in my faith which I'm grateful for.  I feel extra gratitude in my heart this season for my Savior and I pray that my kids feel this love for Him as well.  It has been my saving grace.  

One thing that is helping this Christmas season is knowing my sweet husband is celebrating Christmas on the other side.   I am excited for him because he served God and Jesus his whole life and now he'll be there participating and witnessing it first hand.  
That thought brings me comfort.

This is the season to do do good.

Pray for ways you can help others because through our service towards others is how we survive hard things.  There is always someone struggling worse than we are.

Do the simple things

Hug your kids
Let your family know you them you love them
Treat your spouse with respect and dignity and let them know they are loved
Bite your tongue when the mean thoughts come
Communicate better
Serve others
Open your heart to God
Be Humble 
Treat Yourself

Thanks for reading.  
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!