Wednesday, September 26, 2012

soul stew part two





























Oh, what can I say that these pictures can't? After what seemed like an untoppable art retreat two autumns ago, Rachel graciously invited us all back last weekend to her cabin in northern Minnesota. We were a cozy group of six -- a bit quieter this time, but still quite enough to cause a substantial creative ruckus.

We woke each morning to a stunning sunrise over Lake Superior; collected stones from the beach and adorned them; devoured the prototype of Rachel's book (coming out in November!); painted wooden bangles and spoons; made aebleskivers (puffy Danish doughnuts); walked, talked, ate, used colorful words, doodled tattoos, begged Lori to sell the bracelets she painted...

I also bought my very own aebleskiver pan and was rather impressed with myself for getting that cast iron sucker through security. I might even use it once! Also scored a parenting fail with the Ole and Lena fortune cookies I took back for my kids, which we found had horribly inappropriate jokes on the inside ;)

Eventually there will be a stew book for this retreat just like I did for the last one -- I just hope it doesn't take me ten months to cook it this time!

Don't mind saying that I'm a little bit yearny looking over all of these pictures. Thank you Rachel and the rest of the stew girls Lori, Jen, Carissa and Liv for a wonderful, unforgettable weekend!


painted fish studio said...

it was a great weekend, so happy you made the trip! xo

Karen D said...

beautiful aimee

Lynn Fisher said...

What fin that must have been! Great photos!

sweetwild said...

love all this goodness ... the pictures say it all!


Alice Braga said...

Another helping, please!

Tricia @ Daring Hue said...

Those painted rocks are gorgeous!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Love the photos, Aimee,

My sister Anne recently moved to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula and I love going to visit her and spend time on Lake Superior.

I'm envious of the art retreat,


T.L. Holmes Williams said...

I love reading about your adventures and wish I'd have been born as creative and talented as you ;) How lovely to be surrounded by such creative girlfriends!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Raychel said...

Ahhh can I be invited next time? It looks so magical and good for the soul!

rachel awes said...

oh aimee!
you bought the pan even before you left!! that fills my heart w/happy apples to know!
+ oh yes, lori's ((anthropologie)) bracelets!!
+, everything!!!
what a treat it is to pour over your photos + words.
loooooooove 2u xoxox

Tracey Fletcher King said...

those photos are inspiring even from across the ocean... stunning shots and i am sooooo envious of your experiences there... sure you are bursting with creativity now...xx

Em said...

Wonderful pictures! That looks so fun.

Sadee Schilling said...

Ooooh this looks amazingly wonderful. So glad you had a glorious time with your creative friends! Beautiful photos--I think I can feel the essence of your retreat just looking at them.

Liz B said...

I am so jealous of your art retreat! What a way to recharge creativity! Does anyone want to do this on the east coast?!? :)

Andria said...

Wow, Aimee, these photos are really amazing. What a wonderful experience this must have been. The views alone are breathtaking; I imagine the art-making and fellowship were as well! I'm with Liz B above...we need something like this on the East Coast!!

Jessica Sporn said...

gorgeous setting and lovely works. Definitely serve up another bowlful!

Liv Lane said...

love, love, love these. the fortune cookies anecdote cracked me up and i'm so impressed you bought the pan! which means you plan on cooking something new...which is a lot more than i can say for myself. still, a new stew book would be delish. love you.

Lisa Gonzalez said...

I don't think I could dream up a more perfect weekend. Thanks for sharing the pics, I'm so glad you took the time to go and have more stew :)

Cindy said...

man, you girls sure know how to live the creative life! sounds like a great trip & your pics look wonderful. i also enjoyed seeing them on Instagram while you we're there.

tori sunshine said...

I haven't wandered around my favorite blogs for a while and am glad I did tonight...or am I? What it mostly did was give me more reason to get on with that bucket list of mine and find my kindred spirits close to home..or not :)
I have to know who's arms those amazing tattoos are on?

Lori Portka said...

I love this Aimee! I'm so happy you were able to swing it too. Thanks for all of your encouragement about the bangles :) I hope the box arrives today! xo