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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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14 April 2010

Lasting friendships made...

I just returned from the ShabbyLaneShops member retreat in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!
It was wonderful to meet so many talented website owners and learn about their talents thru some very informative classes. The best part is we all became fast friends and had great fun! It was hard to leave those lovely ladies and fly home! I promised to share some pics--so here they are~

 the massive Cabin Catherine rented for all of us

posing for our group pic--the SLS sisters and friends!

our nightly visitor,he was a BIG guy!

Bunny and Rita cook Italian sausage and sauce for us!
Bunny carted that sausage all the way from New York!

a day  of shopping hitting the antique malls and flea markets!

Left to right---Lynn of The Vintage Nest, Carla of Blue Heron Studios, Rita of Tesorofino, Bunny of B.Catherine Designs, and Claudia of Antica

 a drive up to the Smoky Mt national park--the redbud trees were gorgeous!

overlooking Gatlinburg Tenessee

I hope you enjoyed! This was my first time visiting this part of the country. Being from the Pacific Northwest, this was a long way from home. I will treasure the memories and the many friends I have made!


Lisa said...

I am so glad you got to our part of the world! I am partial to the Smokies as I am a NC girl! Looks like you had a super great time and it is always great to make new friends! Thanks for sharing your great trip!
Hugs, Lisa

Shirley said...

I really liked the pictures that you shared with us. I have been into Tennessee a little ways, but this time of the year the trees and flowers are beautiful. I liked the cabin that you stayed in and that was quite a nightly visitor you had. Once again thanks for sharing your trip.

someplace in thyme said...


JoyAnna said...

Thanks, Debbi, for sharing your fun trip with us! I love the Smokies as they are in my neck of the woods-I live in extreme South Western NC, about 2 miles from the GA border. We are considered to be on the fringe of the Smokies
Love to go on Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic drives.
You have a lovely home there in Oregon - I think it is a beautiful state, what I have seen of it- mostly Portland and the area west where all the flowers grow! Beautiful!

Bunny said...

Hi Deb! You took great pics!! Luv the one of Rita & I cooking. Mr Big Boy was eating the left overs from the garbage, he was so cute. I so luved getting to know you!! Till the next...
XO ~ Bun

Melody said...

I'm glad you got to see some of the Antique Malls..hope you got to see the big Flea Market out by I-40
I sure hope you got to see Cades Cove, but you looked like you had so much fun in that cabin there wasn't much siteseeing. A lot of artists and photographers come from all over the world to that area for pictures.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Debbi, what a treat to see your post today. Meeting you and the rest of the gang will be a fond memory I will never forget. The scene of you and I pawing thru that "mountain" of linens will always be a special memory. I have spent the last two days working on those gorgeous pieces and got every last stain out! :) Love all your photos! And hope there will be lots more on the upcoming 'beach' trip. xoxo Lynn P.S. Ride 'em cowboy!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Did Lynn say "Ride em Cowboy"???? I heard you and Lynn discussing what you use to get stains out of those linens and I was too busy searching for treasures. When you get a chance, email me what you and Lynn use for vintage linen stains.

I really enjoyed being around a group of women that have so many common interests. It was wonderful meeting you and getting to know you. I will truly miss your wonderful story telling. Can't wait to meet up with you ladies again soon!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely post !!Memories never last in life !!

Vicki said...

Hi, Debbie,
It looks like you all had a terrific time at your retreat! It is always fun to be able to put faces with names. Isn't Tennessee a beautiful state? I hope you have the loveliest of weekends, sweet friend! Love and blessings, Vicki

ShabbyShopsinaBox said...


I was so fortunate to meet you! Your work is truly amazing and I wll always remember that you tought us how to pronounce Oregon as an Oregonian.




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