Monday, October 25, 2010

the north shore

picture-perfect-day

love-to-travel

collage-action

drawing-dreams

forging-free

secret-safe

making-rings

tomato-soup

mocha-moose


candy-shop-inside

candy-shop-1

railroad-crossing

wild-rice

the-forge

broken-fork

windsock-fish

blustery-day

red-chair

the last time i went to the north shore of minnesota, i was so stuffed with baby i could barely waddle on the rocks. this weekend i went back with a considerably smaller tummy and my arsenal of paper, inks and pens. there i met seven spirited girls for my first art retreat. four glorious days. two shining, two blustery. one kind of weather to push us outside to the art of nature, and another kind to keep us hunkered down inside, creating art of our own. a magical weekend on a magical inland sea, a load of creative ruckus. home now, stuffed with enough food, wine, music, art, walking, talking, swearing, waves crashing, cafe hopping, mom-and-pop shopping, and goodness to make my belly just as full as it was eight years ago.

35 comments:

rachel awes said...

all i can say
is how much
i loooove you!
xoxox

Inner Toddler said...

ditto Rachel.

Lori said...

such sweetness! :)

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

i am eating the tomato soup as i look through these pictures, sighing and aaaahhhing at each one. my belly is full, my heart is full and my eyes are, too. love you.

Shannon said...

How special. You've got me so excited to make some creative messes. Oh how I would love to join you on retreat someday!!

la ninja said...

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall :)
bzzzz, la mosca ninja

Chel said...

Oh- I love it all! That fork, though, must have *some* story to share...

Izzy said...

geez, you guys are killing me. every blog i read is stories of the blissful time spent in sisterhood heaven!! i'm so jealous... =) pictures on all blogs are amazing.

Jane said...

It looks like such a wonderful time there! I love the photos!!

queencake and titangirl said...

it sounds and looks lovely and inspiring. glad you had such a great time. best,anja xx

Biomouse said...

Absolutely perfect sounding weekend Aimee-your trip makes me want to just squeeze every moment out of every day.

Kolleen said...

oh sweet love...
sweet, sweet, belly full love!!!

oxoxox
k

Lynn Fisher said...

Oh awesome, Grand Marias? Good Memories for me too. I would love to meet you there sometime!

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh, this looks lovely! I want a moose nut roll! :-)

cath c said...

wonderful!

and that rocky seascape waves splashing photo looks like a fredrick church painting!

and my word verification is bonelica...i like it.

painted fish studio said...

i am so glad you came.

happeningsonchaosranch said...

Sounds and looks like a slice of heaven!

Sharon

bklyn76 said...

wow! i just started following your blog and am in love! your work is gorgeous and your photos are fabulous!

i've only been to minnesota once but loved every minute of it!

Karen Blados said...

What awesome awesomeness! Someday I'll take an art retreat, but for now I'll drool over the goodies from yours.

freebird said...

How simply wonderful!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Oh, that does that sound devine.

That chair, that view...I'd be curled up with coffee and books and a blanket and that's pretty much where I would have stayed...except for the times I'd go inside and have wine and girl time and create...can you sense the good-natured envy coming your way? :)

LuckyDog said...

Wow, that sounds like heaven!

Megan Walker said...

DANG ALMIGHTY!!!!!! Amazing on so many levels I don't even know where to start... maybe my speechlessness is a blessing in disguise! :) I will say I'm so happy you had such an AWESOME get-away! You deserve it!

P.S. something in one of your photos is actually on my list for tomorrow! great minds....... :)
P.P.S. I hope you had a Moose Nut Roll :)

Pointy Pix said...

That looks amazing and sounds like the perfect retreat for a girls' only stay! I am envious! I also have to ask - what exactly is a moose nut roll??

aimee said...

you've all said it right on! it was paradise! NO clue what the moose nut roll is, but their hot chocolate was tops and i heard the mocha moose was too!

AG Ambroult said...

that sounds like a dream. I wanna hear more about it!

stephanie levy said...

looks like such a great time. and the humor involved on US road trips is unbeatable. if you know where to look :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Retreat! Awwwww, sounds like an amazing and invigorating four days. I am incredibly envious!

playcrane said...

I say ditto to everything everyone's already said. I must go on an art retreat sometime soon!

meg duerksen said...

awesome pictures!!

and i recognize all those chicago streets too!

tulpen said...

Awwwww. Sweetness.

chrissy said...

your photos showed me SO MUCH of the love that i missed....thank you so much for sharing. hope we have another chance soon!

JessiVille said...

Oh what fun! I hope one day I will be able to attend an art retreat! That can of tomato soup has given me an idea for lunch today!
Thank you for sharing!

plo said...

wow. These photo's bring back memories...where were you? I long to come back to the North Shore and stay at one of the cabins and sketch to my hearts content!

Robyn P. Thayer said...

Hi,
we were featured in the lettering section together this latest issue! What a delightful blog you have. Scrolling down my heart leaped to see the North Shore, as I spent many years up there. Keep up the awesome art and inspiration spilling!