Just the Details...

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting about twenty creative business women from all over the United States ~ some of whom I have very much enjoyed reading about since I began my on-line art adventure. It was a celebration and a gathering of those of us with a common interest in the artful world of blogging, as well as art, design, and photography. I took it all in ~ the details of En Le Jardin Art Retreat, hosted by my friend Jennifer...

We began the morning with a light brunch of fresh fruit, Southern style chicken salad and croissants, and sparkly champagne punch in her dining room which looked like a fairy land.

The art workshop took place in her garden in which we were surrounded by angels and crowned cherubini, vintage linens adorning the tables and chairs, flowers...

..and more flowers.

Delicate, vintage hankies were tied with ribbons.

Pretty silk and velvet millinery blooms to be used for the project overflowed from Analise's vintage satin box.

Angels were watching us from every corner in the garden.

Something fun that I have never done was that we all participated in a secret swap beautifully organized by Andrea Singarella. Here are some of the gifts that fit the theme of the weekend just perfectly...

A Little Blue Bird brought this to us ~ petit and edible bird's nests.

I found these gorgeous blooms in this monogrammed muslin bag from Andrea.

Our first En Le Jardin charm, which Scrappi Jessi had custom made for each of us.

More beautiful scraps of silk shantung, vintage sheet music, and paper roses.

It was ~ bliss.

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After an decadently decorated and artsy afternoon En Le Jardin we all enjoyed the finale and wrap party at my home in the evening for some delicious Italian, Mediterranean, and Southern edibles that I prepared...and of course, refreshing adult beverages ~ shaken, not stirred ~ for which we had the perfect Southern Gentleman concoct.

Some scrumptious Kahlua chocolate chip cake for desert {it's there behind the candles}.

And I still got to enjoy the sweet peas, the day after, but no left overs!

It was a pleasure to meet all of you. I hope our paths will cross again. Thank you for coming.

Ciao amici,


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PS ~ To get to know more about the women who attended the retreat, please click on the En Le Jardin badge on my side bar.

PPS ~ Thank you Jennifer for a fabulous time ~ especially planning it with you.