Winter Blue Birthday Retreat Tent! Randy made this for me for my birthday this week. We had plans to go to Rowe for my 50th birthday for a weekend of Waking to the Power of Myth with Stanley Krippner. Alas, I injured myself and this has forced me to change alot of things lately. It hasn't been easy or welcomed. In fact I am pretty disappointed about it. Birthdays around here are a big deal. We prepare for weeks ahead of time...making surprises, crafting decorations, hiding gifts. This past month has been spent caring for me. Everyone feels badly that I am not going to get to do what I had hoped to do. The workshop is going to be about...
" The 21st Century requires all of us to navigate our way through a world of bewildering personal and social changes. Your personal mythology — comprised of beliefs and motivations that operate largely outside your conscious awareness — is the internal guidance system that shapes your journey. Personal myths guide an individual in the same way cultural myths guide society. Our personal and cultural myths are constantly evolving. The more effective your guiding mythology, the better equipped you are to meet the challenges your life presents." It would have been a perfect way to begin this 50th year for me.
So...instead things are still brewing and some plans are being made but we'll have to see how I actually feel on Friday.
This retreat is made from all vintage fabrics. The huge blue flowered fabric was a complete serendipitous find at the place where I have a little booth selling vintage goods. The drapes came from a historic home in Woodstock...custom made, lined...beautiful craftsmanship. So..that's the outside layer. Then, inside there is a huge bolt of embroidered white fabric and a bolt of magenta pinks fabric that I also found. The pillows are covered in vintage shams with lacework. Randy gifted the colorful star and lantern to me. The chair inside the tent is from his grandfather that came from Germany long ago. I would have preferred to have everything on the floor...but, I can't get down on the floor right now. Everything was arranged just beautifully and the finishing touch was the twinkle lights lining the whole tent.
Randy found the lovely little lantern...and put it on a wooden box that we had.
In the daylight. I am a lover of white and vintage fabrics...
That's it! I know it's alot of photos and thank-you for humoring me by looking if you got this far. I have always loved forts and tents and over the years we have created and owned many tents. This one is one of the prettiest. My husband knows I love pretty, romantic, hideaway sorts of places. The idea for this tent came from Design Sponge. Randy adapted the design a bit which of course is part of the fun of creating a hideaway space. So, grab some fabric, a pole, a few hooks for the ceiling and you too can have your very own hideaway for your special occasion!