...or maybe anywhere!
Take a left at the giant asparagus and you'll find a little piece of heaven...
...and a totally inspiring and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a weekend of creating. Art Retreat at the Prairie is a not-to-be-missed art event. I can't imagine a better place for an art retreat.
The Ranger Lounge was our classroom...purely delightful. I've got tons of photos to show you because words just can't describe how lovely this place is.
But, let me begin at the beginning...The grounds are beautiful. Everywhere, you see Rachel's touches.
There are several charming guest cottages and outbuildings. This is one of them...can you imagine cozying up here for your creative weekend?
I can totally see myself sitting right here, at the end of a day of teaching; daydreaming with a glass of wine in my hand and gazing at this adorable glass house. Everyone should have a glass house to gaze at.
I absolutely fell in love with, and coveted, these sweet, little table umbrellas...
Just look at those jing-tinglers. I want one! Don't you?
I was intrigued by Rachel's pastel stash of shabby chic goodness.
But, let me show you the big house...
It's an interesting blend of deconstructed elegance, rich detail and simplicity bordering on austerity.
The style is oh, so pretty! May I please move in?
Please, may I snuggle up in this big bed with a good book and a box of chocolates?
Or, perhaps this one, after a hot bath in the claw-foot tub? I'm telling you, I would sleep like a baby in this house. It's the kind of house I've always dreamed of.
Breakfast was served, every morning, cooked by The Prairie's resident renaissance man, Danny. I don't have a photo of him but, trust me, he looks like he can do pretty much anything. Turns out, he can...and he can cook...real good.
Our sweet and lovely organizer, Barb, took such fabulous care of us. I've never had a classroom set up as beautifully as this.
Thanks to Barb, this is what greeted each student when they came to class.
Barb, and here sweet daughter, Erin, created these adorable potted place markers for each and every one of us.
And, get this, they created these gorgeous necklaces for each student. The students were seriously spoiled...and happy. Happy students make me happy.
Here's the crew. Diane Cook (left) taught...and Barb (center) ran around making sure everything went smoothly while, at the same time, being a student. She's got a lot of energy. I was worn out, just watching.
And, she looked fresh as a daisy, at all times. I looked like a wilted dandelion, most of the time.
But, we had SUCH fun. I'm talkin' serious fun.
They even let us mess up the wonderful covered porch area, in the back.
And, Diane got to ride a little, bitty scooter.
And just look what they made. Creative students. Awesome students. Love.
The food. The food was to die for! Barb had a handy meal plan for us so we didn't even have to leave the property but, one night, we did. We had dinner at the famous hot spot, Royers, in Round Top. I can safely say, this was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I was very nearly incapable of waddling back to the car for the ride home.
And, guess what? We're going to turn right around and do it all again in the fall.
It's pretty fabulous. If you like to be spoiled, and pampered, and hang out with like-minded, creative gals.
I do. I really, really do. I think Barb is still working on the site but, when she gets all the details up, you can see them HERE.
Rachel's inspiration board
If you're interested, you should contact Barb and let her know. Her email is on the Art Retreat at the Prairie site. Right now, there are a finite number of spots for students and I'd hate for you to miss out.
If you do come, make sure you bring your cowboy boots. The Prairie is a place you can rock your boots and enjoy a good tutu...all at the same time. See ya'll in the fall!