Monday, February 8, 2010

Heaven on Earth


Can you imagine walking into this knowing that you are blessed to spend two magical ART filled days in this little piece of HEAVEN right here on earth?
This weekend I was blessed to attend the Heart & Communion Art Event hosted by the talented, beautiful, mother/daughter team of Debbie Murray & Shea Fragoso. The event was held in their home/studio which is located in an old church, that has had these two Fairy God Mothers wave their MAGIC wand over her tired soul & breathe a new breath of life into her beautiful soul. There is a sense of ENERGY that surrounds you the moment you climb those beautiful old wood steps. As you round the corner you enter a room where the ceiling soars - seeming to reach for heaven itself. The Golden GLOW that wraps around you soothes & whispers "Leave the outside world behind you my child"
This is the table where we sat to create. Beautiful covered chairs around a table that went on forever. A bag (from our dear Jo Packham of Where Women Create Magazine) stuffed FULL of goodies given to us by many generous vendors was hung on the back of each chair. MANY THANKS TO EACH GENEROUS COMPANY THAT DONATED THINGS TO US!
I have a soldering station at home but, it doesn't look like the one above. Does yours?
Another view of the table that indeed does stretch on forever. Can you imagine how many talented creative souls can gather here? The angel is holding our name tags.
At each station was a tile for us to work on, a burlap bag stuffed full of supplies from our teachers (more on these amazing gals in the next post)a Valentine & CHOCOLATE! You can't create without CHOCOLATE! Look below at the kitchen with a granite counter top filled with breakfast goodies... croissants, muffins, fresh fruit (black berries, strawberries & blueberries) in a gorgeous crystal bowl. Coffee bar & orange juice. And let's not forget the champagne for those of us that wanted a mimosa or two! Yes, I told you they were OVER THE TOP & I'm not exaggerating one word. The name of Debbie & Shea's company is A GILDED LIFE & believe me they do indeed live up to that name.
Yes, that's the kitchen!!!! Where the alter used to be! And look up above to see the arch that looks into the studio where they create. I am not going to show you that area because our fabulous Jo Packham has them on the schedule to appear in Where Women Create Magazine & I won't ruin the surprise. Don't miss a single issue of that magazine & be on the watch for this treasure. This a little appetizer for another post to follow since I want to share the jewelry pieces I made at this event. And I can say ... I WILL NOT MISS A SINGLE EVENT THESE ANGELS HOST! Thank you Debbie & Shea for opening your doors & your hearts to share this glimpse into Heaven here on earth. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to call you my friends.


Nan said...

My goodness this is a fabulous chance to be in this special place. I've never heard of such a thing it facinates me. Nan

Lisa said...

Oh my! How wonderful! I just love all the goodies and what a beautiful place! I am so glad you had the best time!
Hugs, Lisa

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Oh MY Gosh!!!! I know you thought you died and went to heaven, CRAFTING HEAVEN!!!! Do you realize how lucky you are to get to go to all these wonderful places. I am sooooooooo HAPPY for you my FRIEND. I know you love and enjoy evevy minute of it. Can't wait to hear all about it from you own sweet lips.
Hope you are having a good week.
Hugs, Pat

Rebecca said...

What a great they have a website? How fun was that? Anxious to hear more of your retreat.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Charlene, talk about magic!!!! THis is too good to be true and what a duo. You are lucky to have been there. Thank you dear lady for visiting my Valentine post and yes, you may use the image with the crown! However, I don't know if the blingee (the sparkles) will transfer. It is a free service if it doesn't work for you. The image, sure, go ahead! It is a Waterhouse oil painting.

Have a wonderful St. Valentine's day!!! Bisous, Anita

Then and Now at Collected Treasures said...

Just BEAUTIFUL! I'm so glad you got to go. I want to hear more about it Fri. Hope the weather permits.
Miss U,

wherewomencreate said...

It is so sweet of you to thank WHERE WOMEN CREATE - it is our pleasure and our honor to be involved in these fabulous events.

I am going to come to one of their classes myself - I can't stand missing all of the fun!

Much love

diane said...

WOW! What a venue....Two churches in a row. Can't wait to see what you created Charlene =)
I love the magazine. Jo has quite a thing going~

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful visit to my blog! Yours is beautiful!!
I love the beautiful church that has been repurposed. It is sensational.... Stop back when you are in the area!!
Happy Valentine's Day!!

clustres said...

This is spectacular!


Charlene, thank you for the peek into the beautiful retreat you attended! Looks like such a fun time. Hope to see you soon! ~ Angela

Me....bunny said...

this is a home? WOW! I would have loved to attend...but alas...I'm far away. I'm sure you have the Art Spirit in ya'


Alisa said...

Amazing, right?! Both the ladies and their space!
I'm hoping to make the next event they hold.
Oh, and yep, I'll see you Friday. :)

Violet said...

Hi Charlene! Thanks for telling me about this post, all I can say is WOW!!!!! They live in that beautiful church?!?!?!?! And what an amazing workshop they had there! I absolutely love your new look, your blog is totally beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~ Violet

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Wow ~ I am sitting here in awe of the beauty of that wonderful place ~ what a treat to have gotten to be there ~

Jan said...

I'd love to come to a class sometime! Do you offer a class schedule and info?

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