Craft Your Creative Life
A Business & Sewing Retreat
DO YOU YEARN FOR A LIFE OF BALANCE?
I think you will agree that being an entrepreneur can be exhilarating and, at times, exhausting! The last few years have made us realize how important it is to take a step back, refresh our soul, refocus our mind, then begin to take the steps forward to lay a plan to find balance in work and life.
The Day Begins
Imagine being in a charming place along the water's edge, starting your day with a walk as the sun rises, finding gratitude for the day that has begun—then spending the day learning new skills and implementing what you have learned. Having meaningful conversations with other like-minded individuals—at the same time, being amongst individuals who work together to create a strong community, not competition, exchanging ideas on how to enhance your business structure.
Does this sound like you?
As creatives, we first need to calm our mind and free it from the clutter and stress that blocks our imagination. Then begin to rekindle our creativity, gain inspiration from the environment, and those around us. Gather new information, learn new skills, then put those new skills to the test.
It's time to rest, restore, refocus, refuel and tap into your creative energy. It's time to visualize what success looks like to you.
It's time to CRAFT YOUR CREATIVE LIFE!
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Learn By Doing
Leave it to the French to elevate everyday items with beautiful detailing.
Marked by an extra big rolled edge welt and tufting, these plump, casual cushions add another layer of elegance wherever you see them.
Learn how to make a FrenchStyle cushion in the hands-on workshop and take a finished mini sample home with you for reference.
Ripplefold A to Z: In this fast-paced class, Rachel and Terri will share their no bulk, no topstitch method for ripplefold draperies.
They will cover calculating yardage and reading the charts for all fullness and hardware applications.
Students will have the hands-on opportunity to fabricate a mini sample and receive hardware to take home with them.
Master the art of creating this casual but elegant valance. Using a beaded weight chain, students will learn to calculate and plan for matching droop and tail measurements. The skill of using the beaded weight chain method can also be applied to treatments like London shades, swags, and creating shapes for valences and cornices boards. Students will work on a mini sample to take home in the hands-on workshop.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Identify what success looks like to you?
Overcome stumbling blocks and propel yourself forward.
Grow from your mistakes, and build a stronger foundation for your business
Keep moving forward but remember to slow down and enjoy your progress.
Learn about the power of journaling, and don’t forget about self-care.
Set up a morning routine of meditation, visualization, exercise, and setting intentions of the day
Build a Project-Management Tool for Your Business
Airtable is an efficient way to organize and manage your day-to-day operations of your business! This easy-to-use online platform is perfect for you as a designer, workroom owner or installer. The user interface is simple, colorful, friendly and allows anyone to create a database in minutes. You can store, organize and collaborate on information about anything—like employees, clients, product inventories, store terms and conditions, project photos, files and MORE!
Create A Digital Library
A digital library will make you more efficient and give you peace of mind when recalling the methods and techniques used on a project.
With the use of a few online tools like Canva and YouTube, along with your phone, tripod, and light, you will begin to build your online library.
Students will learn how to signup for these free accounts, film, upload,
create and store a catalog that will give them easy access to their methods and projects.
Meet Your Instructors
Sharon Gregory, Co-founder of Craft Your Creative Life and owner of The 13th Avenue Place, a drapery workroom located in Hickory, NC. For 19 years, Sharon has worked with designers to realize their clients' dreams by producing high-quality work and is an expert in draperies, shades, valances, pillows, cushions, light upholstery, and bedding. Sharon joined the WCAA in 2004 and is currently a member of the Triangle chapter. She continues to expand her skill set by attending industry conferences and meetups and taking in-person and online classes. Sharon moved from New Zealand to the USA with her family in 2001. Opening her business has enabled her to share her skills and knowledge with others
Rachel Barrera &
The duo joined forces in 2017 to establish Sugar & Spice Draperies and Shades, LLC. Combined, Rachel and Terri have over 50 years of experience in the industry which creates a dynamic duo for designing and fabricating unique and highly crafted window treatments for the Houston Metropolitan area. Terri’s vast educational experience with the conference circuits and former Custom Home Furnishings Academy and Rachel’s acute talent and skills produce the ultimate learning experience for class attendees.
Cathy shares 29 years in the Custom Window Treatment Industry. She was the owner and manager of Tucks N’ Pleats Draperies for 21 years. Cathy has been a featured speaker and past president of the Detroit Workroom Association. She speaks at WCAA events and was the lead instructor for the Career Professional Program at the CHF Academy for 9 years. Cathy is a master at fabricating draperies, upholstered cornices, soft cornices, and headboards. She is the owner of The Traveling Workroom Temp Service. Cathy travels the country providing hourly expert labor to help other workrooms manage large jobs, clear backlogs as well as teach private classes to individuals and groups.
I am Donna Cash and I own an award-winning soft furnishings design & fabrication studio that focuses on inspiring, encouraging, & training for the home decor industry.
My business, Designs by Donna opened in 1989 and is in Flowery Branch, GA. I use my God-given passion and abilities to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others through exquisite design, teaching, and sharing. When I am in my teaching role, my goal is to build the student's confidence so they can build their skills and grow their business.
The dreams and goals of today are reflected in the joys of tomorrow.
Julia Hash is the owner of JSH Designs, LLC, a full-service to-the-trade boutique drapery fabrication and design studio located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s been assisting interior designers turn their creative vision into reality since 2001. Julia has collaborated with regional, national, and international designers and her work has been published in multiple shelter magazines. She is well-versed in the new techniques, products and safety standards in our industry and is passionate about continuing education and sharing her knowledge and skills with the window covering and design community.
Sandra VanSickle, Co-founder of Craft Your Creative Life, is a dedicated leader in the industry who shares one common goal: to educate, inspire, and promote others who share her vision. With her 42 plus years of knowledge and experience, she is committed to passing along what she has learned through Live With Sandra V, her online presence, hands-on classes, articles, and industry speaking engagements. Located in Apex, North Carolina, Sandra is the proud owner of Sew What’s New LLC, a wholesale custom window treatment studio, and is currently the Director of Workroom Central for the International Windows Coverings Expo.
Meet your Hosts
Sharon Gregory & Sandra VanSickle
Sharon a Kiwi from New Zealand moved to the US 21 years ago, just the time Sandra was taking her custom drapery workroom from part to full-time. As new neighbors sharing the love of sewing it wasn't long before they began working together.
It's been an amazing journey for both of them, one that has led them to host this incredible retreat.
Sharon & Sandra believe everything happens in its own time and without a shadow of a doubt, it's time for the
Craft Your Creative Life Retreat!
Our goal for Crafting Your Creative Life Retreat is to give you a taste of what it’s like to find a balance of work and life, build a plan to recharge your business. And, above all, building lasting friendships within our creative community.Register Today
Fort Caswell Coastal Retreat & Conference Center
Oak Island, NC
August 18-21, 2022
All-inclusive room and meals
No Smoking or Alcohol is permitted on-premises.
We've Got Your Questions Covered
WHEN DO WE ARRIVE?
WHY ARE SMOKING & ALCOHOL PROHIBITED ?
DO I PICK THE CLASSES I WANT TO TAKE?
CAN I SHARE THE ROOM WITH MY FRIEND?
WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
CAN I BRING MY SEWING MACHINE?
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
Rowley Company is a leading manufacturer and international distributor of home décor products that incorporate value-added services and solutions designed for our professional trade and retail partners. Since 1962, Rowley has been helping support drapery and upholstery workrooms, installers, and designers by providing the tools and supplies that they need to successfully grow their businesses.