Retreat Swag Fun

I’m back from a wonderful weekend with friends where we shared a little slice of heaven known as St. Dorothy’s Rest at Camp Meeker, California. It’s a scrapbooker’s retreat in the Lydia House organized by my awesome friend, Lori O’Donnell. Although I don’t scrap, I love the company of the dozen or so women, the time away from the day-to-day things, and being un-plugged to get back to creative basics using nothing but paper and colored pencils. I spent a great deal of time drawing designs for surface patterns and going through many books for inspiration. This was my 3rd trip, and this time, I came bearing gifts! I brought bags for all the gals (as shown here packed into the back of my Suburban,) full of  items sent to me by various companies and individuals to share, as well as a few goodies from me. I thought you’d enjoy a peek at all the wonderfulness! (All swag sponsor products can be purchased online!)The wonderful shopping bags were courtesy of my local Beverly’s Crafts in Rohnert Park, CA. They just moved locations a few blocks away from their previous store, with their old location now a Bevery’s Crafts Outlet, and their new digs- a shiny-happy playground for me, (yeah, and other crafters, too.) They now carry a great selection of fabric, some of the most fun brands out there, including some of my favorites such as Amy Butler and Moda and can also be found online at Thank you Monica! I gave each friend both of my Pink Persimmon Holiday stamps sets, Holly & Mistletoe and Merry Christmas Tree. Unsure if all recipients would have acrylic stamp blocks to use with them, I had 3 acrylic block sizes cut for each gift from our local Tap Plastics. Purchased locally, they came out to around $1 per piece. Also included was a small green stamp pad. I tucked everything into clear party bags and topped with a fold-over card with my blog header design.I found some wedding cake bags at the local party store, perfect for tucking in blank greeting cards and envelopes to use with the stamps. They easily ran through my desktop printer and I finished each with a bit of Washi tape.Dear friend and blogger, Selena Cate, shared gift-wrapped jeweler’s loupes for everyone from her blog Apron Thrift Girl. Loupes rock, for so many reasons, but especially for zooming-in the old-fashioned way!Selena also made an amazing blend of herbal tea to share from her fab new food blog, Flavorstitch! So delicious. Thank you Selena!The awesome Amanda of 32º North Supplies on Etsy made up and sent each a stunning kit of vintage and specialty crafting supplies. I adore the foil Dresden trim, the baby carrots, paper roses, vintage-style postcard and gorgeous German die-cuts of Santa, angels and butterflies. Goosebumpy! Be sure to check out the  32º North Supplies Christmas ornaments, decor and many other vintage items as well! Thank you Amanda!My good friends at SC Johnson sent holiday Ziploc bags, which will come in extremely handy as I go about baking the multiple tubs of school-fundraiser cookie dough stuffed in my freezer at the moment! They also sent us medium Ziploc Smart Snap containers which are awesome for craft supply storage! Thank you SCJ!Empower Your Shower is a fun little company created by three good friends with a vision, to make shower-time a more thought-full time. Empower Your Shower clings attach to the wall or tiles of your shower, or to any other smooth surface, as gentle mind motivators. Part of the proceeds from Empower Your Shower motivational clings go towards efforts to combat human trafficking in India. (I designed the EYS logo, the artwork for the clings and the logo for Thank you EYS!Whitney of Divine Twine not only shared every color of twine her company makes, but even the new soon-to-be-released purple and brown! I wound each color on vintage spools for everyone. Aren’t they gorgeous? I can NOT get enough of this stuff! I tie and wrap most everything with Divine Twine! Thank you Whitney!One of my blog sponsors, was kind enough to send each of us EZ Photo Resizer With EZ Crop Program software for cropping images in different shapes needed for small projects such as their wonderful Photo Jewelry supplies! This software allows you to edit to the specific millimeter and shape needed for photo jewelry, or most any crafty photo/image project such as junior high campaign buttons for your kid! This latest version includes the text-maker! Thank you Susan!What’s scrappin’ without snackin’?! Sensible Foods, from here in my neck of the woods, sent me packing with delicious assortments of “Crunch Dried®” fruits and veggies for everyone to nibble on. I think I’m in love. My favorite was the Orchard Blend, and these healthy snacks kept me from overdoing it on the not-so-good-for-me ones that were of great temptation in the house. Thank you Linda!Meyers Imports comes through once again with a little assortment of fun. 3 vials each of different colored German Glass Glitter , because who doesn’t love GGG?! And tiny bits of sweetness in the form of vintage mushrooms and bitty plastic animals. With all the moss growing around the retreat house, I enjoyed an itty-bitty photo-shoot. Thank you John!Everyone was super thrilled with the unexpected swag and I was over the moon being able to share it all. Once again, an enormous thank you to all the contributors.

I will be returning to the retreat in March of 2011, so if you are interested in contributing to retreat swag and to promote your products on, please contact me. Next time, I’ll be sure to put together enough bags not only for the scrappers, but also for a blog giveaway!Be sure to stay tuned to see the incredible product that was sent to me for review that I’ll be showing off tomorrow!

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