Create Mixed Media Retreat

Image from Create Mixed Media Retreat

So yesterday afternoon I was looking around on Flickr, minding my own business, when I see an amazing photo upload from Malka Dubrawsky. If you know anything about Malka, you will know that everything she uploads is pretty much amazing!

As I’m reading the caption on the photo, I see something about creating samples for an Improvisational Piecing class. Then I see the word Chicago. My heart starts beating a bit faster. I click on the link. Then I see the word Lisle. Now my heart is beating out of my chest. Lisle probably doesn’t mean much to most people – but it is where I live! My suburb of Chicago!

Yes, it’s true. Malka is going to be teaching 2 classes at the Create Mixed Media Retreat in late August. I was so excited that I could barely focus my eyes to read the website on how to get myself into her class! But I did. And I am. I signed up and will be there with bells on in the front row.

Of course, almost immediately after I paid I had thoughts of What if I make a complete fool of myself there? and What if I make the ugliest thing she has ever seen? I haven’t taken a class in a long time. Maybe 10 years ago I took a ceramics class. I am self taught and I’m sure I don’t do most things by the book. I’ve never taken a sewing class (well, does high school Home Ec count?) But I’m going to put on my brave – and extremely excited – face on an enjoy every minute.

So who is with me? Chicago sewers! Wisconsin, Indiana people! I signed up for the Thursday class from 9am – 4pm. Does anyone want to come, I’d love to meet some new friends!



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    April 28, 2011

    if only i lived in chicago!

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    April 28, 2011

    That looks like so much fun! I’m just up in Wisconsin but I don’t think I can swing it this year. Sad.

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    The Hungry Crafter

    April 28, 2011

    How exciting — that looks amazing! Unfortunately I live out on the east coast, but I hope you will write about it afterwards so I can experience it vicariously! 🙂 I’m sure you will make something beautiful…

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    April 28, 2011

    I’m IN!!! I just signed up! Are you kidding me, I would drive farther than Lisle to learn from Malka! I’m so excited! And I’m looking forward to meeting you. : )

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      April 28, 2011

      Eeek! I am so excited! Can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

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    Pieces of Sunshine

    April 28, 2011

    I would think being self taught and creating as you do would be a distinct advantage, you’re more of a free thinker.

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    May 8, 2011

    I’d love to come but I think Sydney, Australia, to Chicago might be a little too far for a day trip! LOL