I’m heading back to Squam Lake this week. My first trip was in 2011. At the time, I traveled with my good friend Eva. We both had dreamed of attending Squam Art Workshops and I thought it was never going to happen. We made the leap and signed up. It was magical.
This marks my 5th trip and I am bringing along another good friend, Marceline. She has always wanted to attend and I know she is going to love it and be so inspired by the community of amazing women and the the natural surroundings. My wish is that her soul is filled to the brim with creativity and gratitude.
I was able to take two six-hour classes at Squam this year. The first one was Tool Time with Terri. Terri’s home/workshop is located near the RDC property so we were taken by van early Thursday morning to start our day. Her home is beautifully landscaped with gardens right out of a magazine as well as an interior that is inviting and filled with collected items that scream Country Living. To say I loved it is an understatement. I ran around taking pictures when I first got there just to make sure I could remember what it looked like.
WeÂ gatheredÂ around her craft studio for a introduction to our project ahead, which was filled with sewing machines, tables, and every type of crafty item you would possibly need for a project. It all was organized so well it had me drooling. We headed up the driveway to theÂ wood shopÂ perched on top of the hill. It was newly built with a large open space and organized with all the tools needed to build an amazing tool box. There were large rolling bins filled with reclaimed wood, hockey sticks, and croquet mallets. Plenty of nails, screws and assorted hardware to add interest to our projects. For this organize- junky, it was a dream come true.
After a brief demonstration on how to use the tools properly, we were off to design and build our tool boxes. I designed a simple box with hammered handles on top and hammered nails for accent. After trying several time to get a straight cut with the jigsaw, I switched to the chop saw and had better success. The wood I selected was already painted green and blue so IÂ sanded the edges really well and then I was ready to assemble my box. It came together fairly quickly and I was able to start on another box. For my second box,Â I chose some wood that had been painted for a sign. It had the words “5 for $20” on both pieces. I also saw a few others using croquet mallets for handles so I used one for the handle of my second box. I think it would be great to use outside on a picnic table to hold sauces or plastic ware in the summer. I came away from Terri’s class with the confidence to use tools that I have never used before. It was tons of fun and very inspiring.