Monday, October 13, 2008

The Blessings of Friendship



What an incredible weekend I had - filled with laughter and fun in a beautiful place known as Freedom Valley. My good and sweet dear friend, Frannie invited women from all over the country to come and be a part of her special place which is almost like a "rustic" fairytale land. Above you will see her main entry to her sweet cabin..



...such a beautiful and magical lil' place.



This is known as her lil' schoolhouse...



... and what she calls her tree house. It was so very peaceful there.




This is a picture of the farmhouse table on her back porch where a lot of creative hands worked all weekend making such fun things...



We also got to visit another special place known as Sugarbucket Antiques - had an incredible lunch and a fun "fryin' pan toss". Thanks Kathy for your wonderful hospitality.




This picture was at the entry to Luna's farm where we learned about picking, carding and spinning wool. It was such a fun and beautiful evening.



These are some of my wonderful new friends making their wool pumpkins. We all enjoyed that project and loved our dinner even more. Luna had all the tables set out in the yard - farmhouse style, dressed in burlap and candle light. We had an incredible harvest stew and homemade bread - it was a delightful night.




This is Luna spinning wool...



This is a picture of my clay pumpkin tree - Cindy, a wonderful folk artist created this pattern and taught the class - we had a wonderful time.



Some of my friends making their dolls. An absolutely fantastic class taught by sweet Jo, she instructed us on carving faces, using recycled products and adding our own embellishments. We had a choice of a crow, Santa, angel or raggedy ann. It was truly hard to pick - they were all so cute.




Here is an oh so cute - Raggedy Ann.

Well, I've gone on and on and I could some more. It was a true blessing to get to be a part of this weekend. I rarely ever take off work but this was worth every minute of it. Thank you to all my friends, both new and old - memories were made that will last a lifetime. Many laughs, tears, and joy filled the weekend - and I was extremely blessed by the whole experience.

I'm hoping all of you had a wonderful weekend too and I wish you an even happier week.
Cathy Cobblestone

19 comments:

Cherry's Jubilee said...

OHHH wow....that is a true blessing. Creativity and friendship all in one! AND great food.....sounds like heaven. cherry

simple~needs said...

wow, that looks like sooo much fun!! i think it would be awesome to go do crafts with a bunch of friends. :) i am loving the wool pumpkins!!

Raggedy Angel said...

I would have loved to have been there! I may have to host a class at my shop! Beth

tidymom said...

What a BEAUTIFUL place!!! Lucky you Cathy. I bet you had a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for taking us along!

Happy Fall!
~Tidymom

basketsnprims said...

Wos, what a wonderful weekend you had. Luna has such a cool cabin.
I love the dolls & the wool pumpkins.
Pam

Audrey said...

Frannie is just such a wonderful lady and I love her dearly! Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life and I am so thankful for your friendship Cathy! I love you so much!

Darlene said...

What an awesome time!!! That would be SO MUCH FUN crafting, friends and food, what more could you ask for?!?

My Artful Heart said...

Cathy...what a FUN weekend indeed! It was so great meeting up with you again! I hated missing the class on Sunday afternoon (Cindy's pumpkin project), but the felting class at Luna's was wonderful.

Can't wait to see you again...we can sport some new aprons too!

Lots HUGS :)

millerhomestead said...

What an awesome place! I just love it. Wish I could have come. :0) God bless, Jamie

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to spend some time with like minded souls! Glad you were able to enjoy it.

millerhomestead said...

Hi! I just gave you an award! Love your blog. Please come on over and pick it up. God bless, Jamie

Nancy Jo said...

Hi Cathy,
Thanks for showing the pictures. I enlarged everyone of them! I just knew you would all have a really good time. Nothing like a group of women together all talking at the same time.
NANCY JO

Jean said...

What a wonderful time you had. I am so.....jealous. Love the little tree. The table you all worked on was so beautiful.
Have a great evening
Jean in Virginia

Ada Mae said...

I really enjoyed the day--making new friends, learning new crafts. We need to do this more often.

lindanuts said...

I envy your group and the blessed friendships you share. Such a delightful time....

Nancy said...

sHi Cathy, WOW! what a wonderful time you must have had! Love the cabin and school house! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Nnacy

downbranchroad said...

It was indeed "The Blessings of Friendship". What a wonderful time we had! What a blessing to make new friends and fellowship with old. I agree with Ada Mae, we need to do this more often.

Linda said...

Oh my that looks like the BEST time! I am so glad you got to attend and so you could share it with us!!

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. What a memory you've made!
Laura