Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Venue

Te Kouka Hall - where we scrap!

The Shotover Units - where we will be sleeping

This block of rooms has a lounge and kitchen on one end with a TV so is perfect for some 'blobbing' out when you need a break from creating. There are two showers/toilets within this block and a short walk to the newly refurbished ablutions block with another 7 or so showers and toilets in.

Queenstown Spring Retreat Registration Form

You can access the registration form by clicking on the link below:

Queenstown Retreat Spring '09' Registration form

November 19th - 22nd 2009

A creative retreat from your ‘everyday’ so you can begin to cross off some of your gift and card lists, learn some new tricks, make a gift or two, create cards, scrap some pages and enjoy the company of other creative types, not to mention the delicious food that previous retreat goers have begun to expect!

What the camp fees cover:

Accommodation will be mainly in dorms with two people per room and you will be provided with Breakfast & Lunch each day, tea, coffee & milo as well as an a la carte dinner on the Saturday evening (a chance to dress up a little). Evening meals on Thursday and Friday will be your opportunity to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes in Frankton, Remarkables Park, Arrowtown or Queenstown – depending on how far your tastebuds wish to travel – or even something quick from the Supermarket. Any cold drinks other than water are BYO. You will be expected to help with dishes, keeping things tidy and cleaning up both accommodation and scrap space, kitchen etc. at the end of the retreat. There is an extra payment you can make if you would like to be exempt from this.

Optional Workshops

You will have the option of participating in and paying for at least two different workshops over the weekend. The descriptions and costs of these will be released early August on the Blog and in an email to those who have already registered.


Your registration fee of $30 is non-refundable and this must be paid to secure your spot along with the information asked for in the registration form. Registrations close on Friday 28th August 2009.

The balance of your Retreat fees are due on Friday 30th October 2009.


GIMP beginners Digital instructions

The link for these is no longer avaliable.

Lara Moss

Saturday, June 27, 2009

We scrapped!

Arrived to the above table set ups - love the Prima Flowers Andrea of Scrapbook Outlet NZ set aside for us!
Technique booklets, handmade scrap bags with Precious Pages, papers, embellishments.....and that was just the tables, little parcels awaited each guest on their beds for the weekend.

The fireworks display on Winter Fest Opening Night was brilliant and the Hot Chilli Chocolates were even better than I remembered them!

The scrap room
Looking out over Lake Wakatipu and Ben Lomond - treat for our eyes! Open fire and plenty of space.

Dinner on Saturday night was AMAZING!

cappuccino of wild mushroom

please choose one of the following

corn fed chicken ballotine
wrapped in prosciutto
stuffed with sage farce
on vanilla turnip with carrot butter,
courgette & bean salsa


local lamb cutlet – served medium well
on potato gnocchi, seasonal vegetables
tossed in honey truffle vinaigrette
& mint balsamic jelly

trio of Valrhona chocolate
dark warm triple chocolate brownie
whipped chocolate ganaché
white chocolate crème brûlée

Evansdale Ruby bay
Evansdale Tanya
Farmhouse brie
with accompaniments

All served with Waitiri Creek Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - Jase - you are sooo good in the kitchen!

I will share some more photos when they are ready to go.

The Winter Fest Retreat is over for another year, booking will be made when the dates for 2010 Winter Fest is announced! Watch this blog...but before then we have the Spring Queenstown Retreat in November to look forward to. I will sort the registrations and details for this ASAP.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

just a few more sleeps

so charge your batteries

& get your bags packed!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009


From Southland...coming past Remarkables Ski field entrance....if you get to the one lane bridge you have gone too far!
turn left onto Peninsula Road, travel along until you get to 496 Peninsula Road which will be on your left...about 4.4 Km down Peninsula Road.

From Dunedin,Cromwell etc...
go left at the roundabout where the BP etc is. If you get to the mobil you have gone too far.
follow this road (straight through the next roundabout) and go over the one lane bridge.
Turn Right onto Peninsula Road (if you get to the entrance to Remarkables Ski Field you have gone too far)
travel about 4.4 Km down Peninsula road and you will turn left to 496 Peninsula Road. It's all signposted: Lakeland Park Christian Camp.

If you are map kind of person...check out and type in 496 Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown :-)


Saturday, June 20, 2009

some thank you's

and a warning - dress warm, bring warm stuff, think warm for next weekend!

I'm not saying why just yet...but want to send some thank you's to the following people:
Raewyn Aldridge
Lesley Cooper
Julie De Villers
Niella Han
Nic Howard
Annelie Maddock
Kate Mills
Jannene Sloan
Lainie Takawe
Rachel Tucker
Beverley Warwick
Louise Williams

can't wait to show you why I'm thanking them....and as the text from Bronny earlier today's only 4 more sleeps!

and... Happy Birthday Bronny.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

welcome packs

white paper packages, tied up with string, these are a few of my favourite things...

(I know the song says brown paper packages, but these ones are white!).

Monday, June 15, 2009


visited Andrea on Sunday evening.... needed more than one trip to the car to carry it inside when I got home...packed some giveaways last night...with help from Miss 7 and Miss almost 9...and sorted out some prizes, I love this part of organising retreats...still more to come...

We have a Stampin Up Donation for prizes too :-) - Thanks Ali!

if you are doing the 'home' tag 11 tags email me if confused.


P.S. you can keep guessing.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Spring Creative Retreat in Quenstown will begin on Thursday 19th of November at 7pm and conclude on Sunday 22nd November 3pm.

Will post more when registrations are open.



I've been playing with my ever growing box of goodies and prizes for the retreat and thought I'd share some of them...

I'm hoping to pop into Andrea's the goodies box may grow even bigger in a short space of time!

No one has correctly guessed the answer for the comp in the last feel free to keep guessing!

In two weeks time we will be creating.

Remember to bring some baking/snacks and your towels (that means you too Andrea!). A few still to pay the balance of the retreat fees (due on Friday 19th June).

The chef has an appointment on Monday - hope he can walk in time for the retreat! Bit tricky cooking on crutches.

Have kept our booking for the dining hall...scrapping by the open fire rocks!

Dinner on Sat night is looking a little special so to feel even more might want to dress up a little for it.

Andy specific product requests for sale in the 'shop' over the weekend- flick an email to Andrea at this stage Andrea is arriving on the Friday - if you will need something before then....let her know ASAP and she might be able to send it through or I could even bring it back on Monday.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

been busy

organising some inspiration, challenges, giveaways...

There is another bigger group using the camp so am now re-thinking our spaces and furniture arrangements!
Thankfully the 'common' spaces in the chalet's are a good size, a few trestle tables and it's all go.
We do still have the use of the dining room (with the open fire)...but the rest of the main block will be used by another group so depends on how everyone feels security wise? Let me know your thoughts.
No drama's, all sweet - there are only 13 of us so it's all good. Nice relaxed group :-)
For those who are registered, you should have got an email last night. Check your spam boxes if you haven't received it. And if it's not there flick me an email.

Got a box from Andrea today...something deliciously scrapbooky in it...first one to guess what was in the pizza box get's a RAK at the retreat! Leave a post with your guess. This is only open to registered retreaters sorry.
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