Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Alone Time and a Little Art Retreat



I have taken myself on a mini art retreat....
...up to the lake house...
...all alone.



I brought art supplies...lots of them...
my books, magazines....



I have lots of cleaning and preparation to do for the company that will be coming this summer...
...so I should be pretty busy for the next few days...



...but I am alone...
Mr. Flea and Starla are home.

The drive up was long and leisurely...
...stopped at two of my favorite antique shops...
...took my time...
...found some fun little things.



I used to crave alone time...it seemed like every single moment of my day was filled with other people talking...needing something from me.
Not so long ago...I led a very busy life.

Today I am alone and so far am enjoying the space, the quiet and the simple natural beauty of the lake and mountains.

In a few hours it will be dark...
...I think I will be missing Mr. Flea and Starla then.
Hopefully there won't be any bears around...
I was told at the store that frost was expected tonight...brr
...and no one to cuddle with!

I will report in tomorrow to let you know how I survived the night and how my art projects are coming! Have a good night! :)

I can do this!

42 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

Oh, it sounds wonderful. Have fun, sleep well and just refresh yourself. Blessings to you.

fairmaiden said...

Lovely quiet time tucked away in the mountains...awe.

Margaret said...

It sounds like a movie theme, going to the lake house to commune with nature. A little scary if it is in the wilderness, but at the same time exhilarating. A place for spiritual repleneshment. Love your photos, can't think what those trumpet flowers are. Would love to see some pictures of your hideaway. Enjoy yourself.

My Grama's Soul said...

I LOVE alone time......it seems as tho I never get it very often.

Jo

Rosemary said...

Enjoy your alone time! Sometimes it's just what we need.
Rosemary

Anji Johnston said...

Carpe Diem!

Angie @ Ranch Dressing said...

Sounds wonderful...I'd love to have a lake place someday. Enjoy!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you! I love being alone at our lake house with just my art supplies and books! Lucky you! Enjoy. Jamie V in MT

Andrea said...

Sounds fun , and sounds like something I need to do!

fiberdoodles said...

Enjoy your quiet time. It will pass very quickly :0)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Laura,
Alone time can be such wonderful time... new ideas, lots of wonderful old memories somehow almost forgotten because of "noise". Enjoy it & stay warm.
xo~Tracie

The French Bear said...

Laura, have a wonderful relaxing time and enjoy the creative time to play!!!! How lovely to have a chance to relax and be in the country.....and stop at the antique store, woo hoooo!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Andy's Attic said...

What a treat!! Enjoy, create, relax, sleep well, stay away from bears, get home safely.
Annette

La Petite Gallery said...

Aren't computer's great? You can stay in touch and be in the woods. Bears are scary.
Enjoy your solitude, and rest.

yvonne

Beach House Living said...

Sounds blissful; alone with supplies to create.
Enjoy yourself.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Eeking out creative alone time is important...you'll be refuelling and energizing. Wishing you serenity and bliss, sleep well and lock the door to keep the bears away!

ZoutHout said...

Pluk de dag oftewel carpe diem...

love from http://zouthout.blogspot.com

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Sounds magnificent! Enjoy...

Judy

Dorthe said...

What a beautifull post, and aso fantastic flower, so wonderfull for you,to be able to have some allone time, in such a lovely place.
Happy creating,and working.
Dorthe

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Off course you can do this!!!!!
I read your words, and I nod when I do it. I recognize the feelings, the need of quietness, of beeing alone and to do things just for myself sometimes.
I wish you a nice time there in the cottage!
Take care!
Mia

Annemary said...

ce doit être MERVEILLEUX dans cette petite maison de Fée !!!!!!écoute la nature qui va te parler à toi cette nuit !!!!!et profite de ton Bonheur !!!!bisous à+

Lululiz said...

It sounds so idyllic and total bliss.

Isabelle - Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Laura

It all sounds so wonderful! I do like having time alone, I tend to accomplish more.

You really are making the most of not working anymore, a new life with quality you time!

I work from home and am on my own from 9am to 3.30pm. I do enjoy being by myself then.

I hope that you had a good night sleep and that today you will find relaxation, fun and peace.

Take care
Isabelle x

Roseanna said...

Sounds like heaven...

carpe diem said...

muy bonito Laura!
un abrazo, Olga

Diane said...

Ohhhhh....I long for a little frost Laura =)
This morning as I ran, trying to dodge the tiny raindrops on my head, I thought about the day in the not so long from now future, where I will not be doing this. And I smiled =)

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Laura -- you are doing what I dream of doing. In fact, reading about your journey up there, your stops at the antiques stores, etc... hit so close to home for me I realized I was on the verge of tears. (Silly, huh?).

Enjoy your time -- what a gift.

XOXO
Ruth

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Sounds like a wonderful time, Laura. What a luxury - time by yourself with the beauty of nature, inspiration and art supplies. p.s. hopefully no bears around and not too cold at night for you

manon 21 said...

j'aime aussi cette solitude mais pas longtemps.....

Amitiés

Manon

Terri said...

Aaaah, alone time. Something very precious. Today I am choosing to take some time alone. I will be doing much the same as you shared in your post. I hope your alone time is soothing and nourishing and I look forward to seeing what you make.
Hugs,
Terri

Donna said...

Sounds so lovely.

Donna

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Sounds fabulous!!! Have a relaxing time:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

MosaicMagpie said...

Oh Yes the precious alone time. We have a getaway cabin I sometimes go to alnoe. It's always fun until night comes then a little company is missed. Have fun with your projects.
Debbie

Robyn said...

ENJOY your alone time! Stopping at your favorite places and then concentrating on YOU is great!

Rostrose said...

Oh dearest Laura, I am SURE you will survive! :o)
Enjoy your time, relax - aaaaaaah! Sooo fine!!!

Your smooth pictures of those sweet "bindweed" (??? In Austria we call them Ackerwinde (Convolvulus arvensis)) and the iron "basket" (???) are wonderful poetical!

Hugs, Traude

Burlap Luxe said...

VERY INSPIRING!!!
Time to relax and find your sould being in your life and art of creating :)

Love it over here BIG TIME :)

Flea market euro chic like my place :)
xx
Blessings
Dore

PS...Oh and you have been added to my blog list from the begining and I drop by for a peak now and then to drool :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Oooop's typo in comment before this, It was to say..." Soul being"

xx
Dore

Heidi Johnson (Hagedorn) said...

Have you read Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She was in a different stage of life when she wrote it.... however it reminds me of your art retreat! I think you would love this book!

vosges paris said...

I'm having a great give away and would like you to invite to join in ;)

Knitting Out Loud said...

Sounds lovely!

Danielle Combs said...

Enjoy your special "Me Time" retreat! :) Looking forward to seeing what you create!

StephanieinSD said...

You are living my dream - summer at the lake house, art retreat, time away. Enjoy your summer and keep the fun pictures and posts coming so we can live vicariously through you! :)