Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Most Memorable Day

Home Sweet Home! For the past few weeks I have been taking a little break and off at adult summer camp- in Italy. Last fall when Debby Schuh was at Paper Crown teaching, she mentioned an Italian retreat hosted by Carolyn Peeler and Terri Brush, La Dolce Vita- the sweet life. It was full but on a whim, I decided to put my name on the waiting list. Forward a few months later and the morning of my birthday, the first email I opened was from Carolyn telling me there was a cancellation. It was meant to be : )

The holidays, a couple of Glitter Markets, a Glitter Retreat and a graduation later, I found myself on a plane the end of May headed to Italy. I honestly had been so busy I really hadn't had time to give it a lot of thought and wondered during the ride over if I had made a mistake or if it would be as wonderful as previous retreats.  It was absolutely AMAZING!!

In fact, it was so amazing that I have had a hard time posting about it because I know there is no way I can do it justice- and the fact I left my camera in Dallas so no pics. Or at least not the good ones, only those from my phone.

Thought I would try and break through the writers' block today and post about one of my favorite days of the retreat (these pics happened to be on my phone).

One day we had a cooking class at the estate of a Count- yep, a real life royalty



We each helped prepare a portion of the meal.

I was the official pasta crimper. I took the filled pasta circles, did a flip over and a little bending and crimping to make this tortellini. Flippo said he was impressed with how quickly we picked it up- he might have just been saying that to be nice: )

 The best meal EVER- as evidenced by the pasta pic.
Our happy-and full hosts!
Lunch with the count- just a normal noon meal- NOT!
I promise to post more pics as soon as I get my camera. It was an amazing experience and one I would love to share with the Paper Crown ladies. There was even a little talk about having a group from Paper Crown go over - any takers?
I can't wait to share more about this retreat. Carolyn, Terri and Tiffany did a fantastic job planning it and the projects were out of this world. I think what I enjoyed even more were the quick but intense friendships that were formed in a week! 


  1. Oh! I can't wait to hear ALL ABOUT IT!!! I'm so happy you got to go and happy that we can live vicariously through you.
    If the Paper Crown girls go - count me in. :)

  2. Glad you are back & glad you had a wonderful trip. Can't wait to see more pics. Italy with Paper Crown ladies??? I'm in!

  3. Hi Cindy, I'm finally back home and had some time to seek out your blog post! Thank you so much for saying such lovely things. It was a pleasure to get to know you. You were a sweet heart and were a blessing to me with your smiling face throughout our week together.

    You know that you and your Paper Crown girls are very welcome to have your own custom event ;)