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A crafty retreat at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth

Christmas Carol Altered Art by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Morning my lovelies, hope you had a lovely weekend.  We certainly did, laughing and crafting our way through three days, two evenings and countless shift changes at our crafty retreat at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth.  Ladies thank you so much for coming along,  loved your company and your projects all looked stunning. Our lovely friend Lin was with us in spirit too.  Thank you too to all the staff at the Holiday Inn who looked after us too.  Fabulous food, hospitality, company and great crafting. 
It was altered art day on Friday.  We made Christmas themed gift boxes, perfect for petit fours, marzipan fruits, hose round choices wrapped in gold paper and taller gifts in the large one. 
Altered projects by Carol
Our large two day project was a Christmas Carol album/memory book altered again in the Christmas Carol papers, this years Christmas release from Graphic 45. 
The late shift on Saturday night

gorgeous decoration by Meryl
Saturday morning
Cathy and Kim crafting away
Janice & Jane concertrating 
Donna joined us from Arizona
Starting the day on a Starbucks with Sheena 
Donna, Sheena, Jan & Cath taking time out to pose for the camera :) 
Roul and the fabulous staff who looked after us at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth
Most of us late Sunday Afternoon, tired but happy :-) 
Christmas Carol Altered art by sheena Graphic 45
Sheena's projects 

We raised a total of £112.00 in memory of our lovely crafty friend Lin Jones over the weekend too which has been paid to the Clatterbridge Cancer Trust who looked after her so well in her last few days with us.  Thank you ladies for your contributions. 
It's always sad when an event comes to an end, especially after such a great three days Our next one is booked for 20th & 21st February 2016. If you fancy joining me and like minded crafters for a weekend getaway to enjoy your hobby click the link below for more info and booking details.  

We've got a big birthday in the house this week.  Harry bean (my baby) will be 18 on Saturday.  Am dithering over making or buying a cake (says the mum who taught cake decorating for 10 years) so am off to get out some books and have a think.  
Have a great day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up later in the week with some more crafty makes :-) C


  1. Looks like a fabulous time, I'm off to check out the link


  2. You are getting me in the Christmas spirit. It does look like you all had a wonderful time!

  3. Looks as though you all had a wonderful time - very envious!!

  4. Hi Clare, Once again some fab photos of what looks to have been a wonderful weekend. The projects look wonderful so I think I might just pop into your "shop" for a quick look-see! Thanks for sharing and take care.
    Margaret A.

    PS: Congratulations on raising such a great sum in memory of Lin Jones. Well done to all!

  5. Hi Clare
    What a grand time you had ,some lovely photo's you have shown us too.
    Well done on the donations in memory of your friend .
    Take Care
    Elaine h X

  6. Morning Clare, Wow !! fantastic creations and a fabulous time had by all. Congratulations on raising so much money in your Friend's memory.
    Happy 18th Birthday to Harry for Saturday.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  7. Morning Clare, Wow !! fantastic creations and a fabulous time had by all. Congratulations on raising so much money in your Friend's memory.
    Happy 18th Birthday to Harry for Saturday.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Oh Clare it looks like you all had so much fun, I so wish I was there!! The projects looked great and I know the ladies are pleased. Nice memorial for your friend too. Congrats to Harry Bean on his 18th and many many more for him!!! Enjoy making his cake, I bet you do it!!!
    Take care.
    Luv from Judy in Arizona


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