After talking to many croppers this past weekend I have heard the complaints and praises of retreats and before we even hold this retreat, we are making changes.
One of the big complaints about retreats is that you have too many people to a room and many times there are the dreaded bunk beds! Oh no! This is why we have chosen Kirkwood Cottages in Holly Springs, Mississippi as our retreat location. Each cropper gets their own double bed. These are hotel style rooms with 2 beds to a room and there is a private bath in each room. Plus all your linens are included and Housekeeping is provided.
The location of our previous retreats was beautiful but it had 6 croppers to a room. The bathrooms were old and looked it, and there was only one to a room. Also there was basically no internet. That was a deal breaker. Kirkwood has internet service, so all of our die cutting machines, computers, and tablets will work.
Another concern, or maybe it is just a wish, is that a retreat not be located in town. Our croppers wanted it to be close, but not too close to home. That way they felt that they were "on vacation". Holly Springs is close to Memphis so the commute is easy and quick. It is easy to get to - right off the interstate. Plus if you forget something, there are lots of stores and restaurants nearby. We didn't have that at Pinecrest.
The Retreat will start the afternoon of Friday, March 11th and end the afternoon of Sunday, March 13th, 2016. That is a whole weekend of Scrapbooking with your friends!
One of the concerns I heard last weekend was that our croppers wanted to crop, and certainly did not want to cook. So we have decided to offer meals at our retreat. That way you can crop until you drop and not have to deal with meal decisions. We will be offering Friday Dinner, Saturday Brunch, Saturday Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Once you register, I will contact you and we can discuss your dietary restrictions and preferences.
We have been going to Kirkwood Cottages for our team Stamp Camps for years. What everyone has liked is that there are 8 croppers to a cottage - you crop in the great room of your cottage, so you just walk out of your room and your full 6 ft table is right there. Most croppers really like having a full table. We don't expect you to share half of your table.
There is a full kitchen in each cottage so if you feel like a midnight snack or want to make cookies, you can. There is also a microwave and a coffee pot in each cottage. The Cottages are right next to each other so it is easy to visit with other croppers. Plus there are lots of windows in the great room where you crop that offers plenty of lighting.
|Private hotel type rooms with 2 double beds and bathroom in each room.|
|Plenty of room and great lighting in cropping area.|
|Look how good the lighting is at night!|
There will be plenty of workshops, technique classes, and a game or two. We are asking our massage therapist, Ann, to come back and to bring her table this time as well as her chair to offer shoulder or table massages. We are dedicated to making you feel pampered and relaxed.
Don't worry about forgetting anything because we will have a Close to My Heart Scrapbooking Store set up for all of your needs.
I will have a tool table with a cricut, cuttlebug, How-to books, and various Close to My Heart tools.
Sign up soon and tell your friends!
All of this for only $180. Hotel style lodging, cropping, and meals for only $180. Pay half now and the other half by February 15th (small convenience fee included) or pay the entire amount when you register.
Ready to sign up? Just fill out the registration form below and click on the "Register" button. You can pay securely online by clicking on your desired payment option. After you click the "Register" button, you will be directed to PayPal so that you can pay your desired payment. Don't use PayPal? Just fill out the registration form online and then you can mail me a check: Melinda Everitt, 8813 River Rise Dr., Cordova, TN 38016. I will be watching for your check and pair it up with your registration.