Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I'm all Signed up for Savannah...


I have to tell you about an Art Retreat that I signed up for last year. Back then, it seemed like "forever" that it would come but now since we are already in February, it's right around the corner!!!

Jennifer Hayslip

is hosting her second Art Retreat,

Petticoats and Parasols


in beautiful

Savannah, Georgia on April 22-25th.

Isn't this just the sweetest little image???

I'm so excited because I've never been to Savannah. I am flying in a day early, along with my friend and roommate Karen DeCapite of Some Days are Diamonds.

 I've never met Karen in person but I have to tell you, it was love at first blog post!

She's one heck of a crazy California girl!  ;)

We hope to get a good head start on some shopping and soak in some history of one of the oldest cities in America.

Jennifer has a wonderful schedule for us. We are starting off with a bang Thursday night (Welcome Night) as our guest speaker will be the beloved Jo Packham of Where Women Create.


I was fortunate enough to meet Jo last year at Silver Bella. She wooed all of us girls and left us in tears. I could have listened to her speak all evening. She is awesome. I dragged 3 hard copies of her book and her one year anniversary magazine from Louisiana for her to sign. I stood in line and waited patiently for a photo with her.

Yes...I am a HUGE fan of hers and it was worth the fear of an extra fee for the 50+ pound luggage! ;)

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My gosh Jo is such a Sweetie. I'm so happy I'll be seeing her again in just a few short months. I'm looking forward to hearing her speak again. She is just so down to earth and SO REAL. If ever I wished I had a neighbor, I wish it was her!

And of course, Jennifer has many other treats for us girls. You can click on the Petticoats and Parasols icon above and read all about it if you'd like. She only has a total of 50 spots available and I hear it's filling up quick. I missed her first event in the Spring of last year and I was determined not to miss this one. She's quite the Southern Belle Hostess from what I hear :) Oh I can't wait.

So now that the retreat nearing, I'm looking forward to seeing friends that I know, making new ones, having the privilege of seeing Jo again and most of all, meeting Karen in person and spending a fun filled creative weekend with her. Truth be told here, she was the reason why I signed up...she twisted my arm, all in a matter of 5 minutes over an email.

It was a done deal, and now we are ready for Savannah Baby! Lawd help us!!!!  ;)


First things first though,

1. Saints need to win the Super Bowl this Sunday

2. Share some love on Valentine's Day

3. Celebrate Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 16)

4. Survive the Lenten season and celebrate Easter

And anything above and beyond and in between now and then is lagniappe!!!


LiLi M. said...

Ah you lucky girl!! I'm happy too as I know for sure that you will take tons of photos and share them with us! Have a lot of fun!

Lori said...

i can't go


have fun for the both of us Jodie!!!

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh sounds like fun and I know you will have a ball!!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!!!
Go Saints!

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Jodie, what fun you have over there!
Glad that you are going to be able to go and may be you might take a few photos for us left behind.
Love the sweet image of petticoats and parasols ~ precious.

Happy week

Lisa said...

You are going to have a ball! Karen is such a sweetheart! I love her to pieces.:) I know I don't have to tell you to take lots of pics to share with all your bloggy friends.:)
PS Go Saints!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Jodi. Oh how I would love to be there. You'll love Savannah. I live about 2 hours away in Florida and have visited often but I would love to have a whole week there to poke around and see a lot of the places outside of the city. I know you'll have a wonderful time. And by the looks of Jennifer's photos from last years party, it will be a grand affair to remember. Take lots of pictures for us.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Debby said...

Oh Jodi, you are so lucky, what a great time you will have in Savannah. You sound like you are so much fun to be around, would love to be a mouse in the corner. Another fabulous post. and yeah...

Marydon Ford said...

G'eve Jodi ~ Savannah will sweep you off your feet. It is a romantic, elegant, full of history city that has a magic abounding within every view you can take in. The people are charming & warm.

Savannah is one of 2 favorite cities, the other is Charleston, SC.

Enjoy ... it is awesome.

Pop over for our giveaway, if you haven't entered.

Happy Valentine's
TTFN ~ Marydon

Anonymous said...

it is thee most adorable image ever....I really hope you have a great time on your trip...it sounds like it's going to be fun!

come see me sometime...


wherewomencreate said...

You are so sweet...I don't know what to say!
Thank you for the nice comments. I can't wait for Savannah - we will all have a wonderful time!!!
Much love

wherewomencreate said...

You are so sweet...I don't know what to say!
Thank you for the nice comments. I can't wait for Savannah - we will all have a wonderful time!!!
Much love

wherewomencreate said...

You are so sweet...I don't know what to say!
Thank you for the nice comments. I can't wait for Savannah - we will all have a wonderful time!!!
Much love

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Girlll! I just read that Jo will a guest at the blog party at Zapp Hall this spring. You coming? I'd sure like to meet you! In the meantime, you have fun in Savannah! ~Mindy

Rochelle said...

Oh I so wish I could go....have fun for all of us who will be staying home!

Wizard of Was said...

Ah Jodie,
Savannah is my most favorite city!! In fact after my husband's and my first time there, my daughter was pregnant and decided to name our first grand daughter, Savannah. I have actually taken my Savannah to Savannah twice and both time the blues singer Gail Thurman of the Pink House Restaurant, has personally sang to my Savannah...so cool. If you get a chance go to the Pink House..the bar is below the restaurant..some real spirits in this place...whew!
Hope you have a fabulous time..have some "oysters on the half" down by the port for me!

The Chateau of Remnants said...

Oh you lucky girl you! can you please pack me and take us all with you! lol

Enjoy have fun and take tons of pics!


A Fanciful Life said...

Hey there Jodie, what a fabulous time you will have. I almost signed up for it (Savannah has always been on my list of places to visit) but decided to save my pennies this year instead. I can't wait to hear all about it. That's AFTER the Saints win the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras is over, right?! Yes, February is a great month!
Sharon :-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Jodie. So glad to have you back visiting again. Thanks for your lovely birthday wishes -- your gifts of happiness and satisfaction are the best. Savannah is beautiful! I havent' been there in many a moon (and when I did go it was with my ex) but love history, the old homes and the restaurants. You are gonna have all that wrapped up in a very creative event with wonderful women which is gonna make it even more special (no ex's involved. HA!) Have a great day. Blessings, Tammy ps GEAUX SAINTS

zandra said...

Wow, sounds like a lot of fun! Just love those retreats! Can you pack me in your suitcase? ;o)
Hugz, Z

trash talk said...

Girly girl, you must have wheels on your rear with all this traveling you are doing! I think, no I know, I am jealous!
If you really want to see Jo again and since you are burning up the highways and airways...why don't you come on down to Zapp on the first Sunday and see her (and ME) at the blog party? What do you say...is it a date? I'll bring the C&C!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Jodie, I'd love for you to come out to my blog party at Zapp Hall, you are officially invited! Yes, Jo will be there and I'm so looking forward to meeting her and you, so please make plans to attend if you can.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Savannah is a beautiful city! (I did a post on Savannah just a few weeks ago) Do try the Old Pink House for dinner if you can one night, and I would also recommend a daytime drive out to Tybee Island - such a pretty beachy place just a very short drive from the city. Oh, and the shops along the river are so much fun - especially the candy one! Have a great time!

Karen said...


Look out! Ladies - out of our way - we have some SERIOUS shopping to do! And a FULL day of crafting - yes! OMG I can't wait!
Girl - we are going to have such a good time!
I'm already saving my pennies for the antique stores. I cannot wait to actually give you a hug in person . . . I think we are going to scream - yes? When I met Cindy and CeeKay in AZ, I didn't even have a chance to put my purse down for like 10 mins. (I hope I have a chance to a least set my luggage on the floor before we start in!)

OK, now we have to settle down and do some serious cheering for the Saints on Sunday. We are going to Joy's for their annual SuperBowl party and I told her husband "Outta my way - move over - I am actually going to watch this game!" :)

Mardi Gras - you are just going to have to explain it all to me when I see you. I am a So Cal girl after all.

LOVE YOU TONS!!!!! Hugs! Karen :)

Angela Harris said...

Ooh you're soo lucky! I would love to go to that beautiful party she is going to put on! I can't wait to see all of the wonderful photos you will have when you come back :)
Thank you so much for the encouragement you give me!!
~Angela Harris

Cindy Geilmann said...

I am sooooo excited for you. I had
no idea those things took place. Savannah is my favorite vacation spot. We go there when ever we can and stay down by the ocean. Can't get enough of it.

That is cool that your going with a blogger friend that you've never met.

Valentine Hugs


Miss Sandy said...

Hi Jodie,

I saw Jennifer's last event featured last year and it looked awesome. I am so glad you are signed up and ready to have some creative fun.

sissie said...

Sounds as though you are going to have a wonderful, fun-filled time in Savannah!
You are going to love Savannah, the homes there are to-die-for!

Have fun.


Hope said...

I am excited for your trip to Savannah. I absolutely love Savannah. Say hi to Paula Dean for me...she is the best. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Frippery said...

I have always wanted to go to Savannah. You will have a ball I'm sure. Can't wait to see what you make!

Stephanie O. said...

Good for you, girlie! I read all about it and you will have so much fun...

I'll be thinking about you on Sunday as we are SuperBowl rivals! How about this idea....At half-time we must both make a toast to each other? No matter what the score is!!!!

Suzanne MacCrone said...

What a nice post you did about Jenn's event! Last year's retreat was wonderful and I just know that Savannah in April will be better.

I look forward to meeting you and will see you then.


twinkleshabbystar said...

Thank you sooo much for the lovely post shout-out! I am thrilled and excited to see you again. We are going to have an AMAZING weekend girl!!! Get ready!!!
GO SAINTS!!!!!! WHOO-HOO!!!!! ;) XOXO,Jenn


Off to another adventure. You lucky girl. I do love the image of the girls with their parasols. Have a great time.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Ahhh, so you and Karen are 2 of the lucky girls going to Savannah! I'm sure you all will have such a great time crafting, chatting, shopping and enjoying the lovely architecture. Savannah is pretty much on top of hubby's and my wishlist of cities to visit. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of pictures of your wonderful trip!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, Jodie! I'm very happy too, that I found you!!!
Have a great weekend!

Christine Edwards said...

OMG! How much fun. Just going to Savannah alone would be cool, but what a neat weekend. I read Karen's blog too, so I thing she'd be lots of fun to hang out with all weekend. I know I don't have to say, but have an amazing time.

Jessica said...

Oh yay! I saw Jennifer's event last year, and I bet it will be great this year!! :)
I was cracking up over your Super Bowl post. You have dual personalities. ;) My thing is guy, action flicks. hehe.

Cherry said...

So nice to meet you and visit your blog. Please add me to the drawing for your giveaway. I'd love for you to come visit me when you have the time!



Laurie said...

Oh my goodness, it is a box full of goodness! And a beautiful box! I will be back to visit your blog more. Meanwhile, thank you for the chance to win your prize! I hope you'll come by my blog and enter my giveaway, #95!

Have fun riding the magic carpet!