squam classes: tool time with terri

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.

Squam Spring 2013

Squam Spring 2013

We gathered 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 the wood shop 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.

Squam Spring 2013

Squam Spring 2013

Squam Spring 2013

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 I 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, 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.

Squam Spring 2013

Squam Spring 2013

 

returning from squam : friends

Squam Spring 2013

I have been home for 5 days now since my trip to Squam last week. At this point it almost doesn’t seem real. I’ve acclimated back into my routines, laundry, grocery store, etc. Yet, I feel a bit lighter and happy. A trip to the woods will do that to you.

Squam Spring 2013

I returned to the woods with 3 former cabin mates from 2011 and one in the form of a doll. My good friend Eva could not attend Squam with me this time, but she made a mini-me of herself and I brought her along and introduced her to everyone. I met 2 new cabin mates upon arrival and we quickly connected. Shortly after we met, a few of us were hiking up Rattlesnake Mountain, though no snakes were spotted, thank goodness.

Squam Spring 2013

My favorite part of getting away to Squam is the time spent with my cabin mates. The inside jokes you come up with. The late nights by the fire. The laughter. Stepping away from our daily lives and responsibilities and taking time for ourselves is the best gift we can give ourselves. Truly connecting with each other is a treasure I will store up and use throughout the year. Thank you to my Point Comfort cabin mates for helping me find my fun side again. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

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journey to the lake

I’m off to the lake again.
S.A.W. Spring 2011
Looking forward to reuniting with some friends I met when I first ventured to Squam in 2011, and of course great laughs, creative goodness and some good rest for the soul. It’s been a busy first half of the year. 2013 is kicking my butt.
S.A.W. Spring 2011
S.A.W. Spring 2011