September 16-19, 2024

 Lake Lure, North Carolina


Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of

Lake Lure, North Carolina,

an extraordinary journey awaits you ‚Äď the¬†

Craft Your Creative Life Retreat.

We're thrilled to introduce you to this transformative

experience that seamlessly blends the art of sewing,

the principles of business success,

and the essence of daily wellness.

Join us!

We Can't Wait To See You!


It's Time To 

Relax, Renew & Refocus


I think you will agree that being an entrepreneur can be exhilarating and sometimes exhausting! It's important to take a step back, refresh our souls, refocus our minds, and then begin to take the steps forward to lay a plan to find balance in work and life.


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The Day Begins

Picture yourself in a quaint spot close to the water's edge, where the morning unfolds with a lakeside stroll as the sun gently rises. Embrace a sense of gratitude for the day ahead, setting the tone for a day filled with learning, growth, and implementation.

As you navigate the day, surrounded by majestic mountains, absorb new skills and put your newfound knowledge into practice. Engage in meaningful conversations with like-minded individuals,
exchanging ideas on enhancing your business structure and creating an environment where individuals work together to strengthen their creative journey.


 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa

Excited to announce that our host hotel

 will be this charming

Historic Inn!

A special discounted rate & room block for attendees.


 If you're a "Dirty Dancing" fan, you're in for a

treat ‚Äď this charming inn played a role

in the movie's magic, making it a

hotspot for enthusiasts.

But that's just the beginning!

While you're here, you'll have the chance

to explore the picturesque surroundings.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll across the

Flowering Bridge, unwind with a pontoon

ride on the lake, hike up to the awe-inspiring 

Chimney Rock, and soak in the 

welcoming vibes of the quaint town.

Join us for a retreat that promises to

ignite your creativity and let you relive

a slice of cinematic history amidst the

warm embrace of Lake Lure's natural beauty.

It's Going To Be Fun!

It's time...

Unlock Your

Creative Potential!

Get ready for an invigorating lineup of classes designed to unlock your creative potential against the backdrop of our picturesque retreat. We get it ‚Äď as creatives, finding that tranquil headspace is key to letting our imagination soar. With the serene surroundings as your muse, it's time to reignite your creativity, drawing inspiration from the beauty around you and the camaraderie of fellow attendees. Our classes, led by industry experts, aren't your typical run-of-the-mill sessions. They're immersive, hands-on experiences where you'll soak up fresh ideas, acquire new skills, and roll up your sleeves to put them into action. With our warm and welcoming experts by your side, you'll be in good hands. It's not just about learning; it's about fostering growth in an environment that feels like home. So, let's rejuvenate, recalibrate, and rediscover your creative fire together ‚Äď all while envisioning your pathway to success.¬†

Limited Space! 



Craft Your Creative Life is all about THREE CORE THREADS!

Sewing, Business, and Wellness 


Roll up your sleeves, put your apron on, and dive into the hands-on sewing sessions! Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, our skilled instructors are here to guide you through the intricate art of sewing. You'll find yourself gaining confidence and honing your skills. Whether you're learning something new or perfecting your craft, these sessions are all about embracing your unique style and watching your creativity flourish.


Elevate your journey by diving into invaluable business insights beyond artistry. Today, it's about thriving, not just creating. Our tailored "Future Self" sessions are for entrepreneurial spirits like you, offering a roadmap to align with your aspirations. Whether honing marketing, defining your brand, building an empire, or preparing for retirement, shape your passion into success. Your future self awaits ‚Äď let's make it a reality together.


We believe that a healthy mind and body are the foundation of creativity.

Our wellness sessions are designed to help you find balance amidst your bustling creative pursuits. From sessions that calm your mind to energizing walks that rejuvenate your spirit, you'll learn to integrate well-being practices into your daily routine, ensuring your creativity always flows freely. 

Learn By Doing 

Hands-on Workshops

Ecoprint on Silk 

Theresa Brown

This class is a creative journey into the artistry of ecoprinting, where nature becomes your personal palette. Guided by Theresa's expertise, you'll begin to unleash your creativity, learning the skills to craft unique designs and colors using leaves, flowers, and plants gathered from your yard or the nearby area during your morning walks. Watch as you transform a simple silk canvas into a personalized masterpiece, resulting in a one-of-a-kind scarf. Join us as we explore the beauty of ecoprinting and let your imagination run wild with carefully chosen plant selections.

Smocked Pillow

Sandra VanSickle

Join Sandra in a hands-on class exploring the art of Canadian smocking‚ÄĒa hand-stitching technique that creates beautifully folded and gathered designs on fabric. Known for its striking texture, Canadian smocking is popular in home decor and occasionally in clothing. Sandra, our expert instructor, describes it as a "slow sewing soothing art," emphasizing the beauty and simplicity of this sewing technique. In this class, you'll discover that Canadian smocking looks more intricate than it is, making it accessible to everyone. Craft your own Canadian-smocked mini pillow to take home.¬†

French Mattress

Sharon Gregory

Leave it to the French to elevate everyday items with beautiful detailing. Marked by an extra big rolled edge welt and tufting, these plump cushions add an extra layer of elegance. Join our hands-on workshop to master the art of crafting French-style cushions. Under expert guidance, learn the secrets of perfecting the rolled edge welt and creating sophisticated tufting. By the end, take home a finished mini French-style cushion‚ÄĒa charming reference piece embodying the essence of French elegance. Join us for a workshop that combines craftsmanship and style, where every detail is a nod to the refined beauty of French design.

McCarthy Valance

 Cathy Tucker


 Join Cathy in an engaging hands-on class where you'll learn to create the versatile and stylish McCarthy valance. With its soft folds, this valance beautifully combines elements of a trapezoid valance and a soft stationary roman, offering an ideal alternative for your client's homes. The McCarthy valance can stand alone as a single unit or be extended with additional sections for larger windows. Throughout the session, Cathy will share her expertise, demonstrating various variations of this unique valance. Learn how to use a beaded weight chain for precise proportions and create a mini single unit to take home. Elevate your skills with Cathy's guidance and add a touch of sophistication to your window treatments.

"Future Self"

& Bullet Journaling

Sharon Gregory


Sandra VanSickle

Join us for an enriching retreat session led by Sharon, where you'll dive into the world of bullet journaling, a method that has profoundly impacted her life. Learn the fundamentals, receive expert tips, and start your own journey of self-expression and organization. Alongside, Sandra will guide a sessions on speaking to your Future Self, a transformative experience no matter where you are in life. Explore goals, chart your path, and envision your future, whether it involves scaling up or down, retiring, traveling, volunteering, prioritizing health, or finding balance. Sharon and Sandra's combined expertise will empower you to embark on a holistic journey of self-discovery and intentional living. Don't miss this opportunity to cultivate creativity and clarity in your life's journey.

Set Yourself Up

For Success

Donna Cash


Kickstart your day at the retreat with a transformative morning session led by Donna. Discover the art of setting up a morning routine that encompasses meditation, visualization, exercise, and intention-setting for the day ahead. Delve into the power of journaling and embrace the crucial aspect of self-care. Donna will guide you to identify what success truly looks like for you, helping you overcome stumbling blocks and propel yourself forward. Explore the invaluable lessons that can be gleaned from mistakes, cultivating a stronger foundation for your business. Donna encourages you to keep moving forward while reminding you to slow down and savor the progress you've made. Join us for this empowering morning session and embark on a journey of self-discovery and intentional living under Donna's expert guidance.

Meet Your Instructors 

Theresa Brown

Theresa is a professional artist whose long art career embraces many areas of the Arts. She uses natural dyes and low-impact synthetic dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool, paper, and leather. She transforms her work into artisanal clothing, accessories, and art. Her articles and designs in the fiber arts have appeared in international publications such as "No Serial Number" and "Belle Armoire."   A trailblazer in ecoprinting techniques, Theresa holds the distinction of being the first instructor to teach Ecoprinting on Leather in the US. With a wealth of experience, she has shared her expertise as an instructor at prestigious fiber art shows nationwide.

Donna Cash

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.

Cathy Tucker

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 nine 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, and teach private classes to individuals and groups.

Sharon Gregory

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

Sandra VanSickle

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 Artisan Atelier for the International Windows Coverings Expo.

Craft Your Creative Life Retreat

Held at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

Lake Lure, NC

September 16-19, 2024


  • 4-¬†Hands-on Workshops
  • Supplies and materials¬†for workshops
  • 2-Progressive Business Sessions
  • Morning Wellness Sessions
  • Sponsoring Vendor's Showcase
  • Continental Breakfast: *Hotel provides¬†for¬†guests staying at the host hotel
  • Lunch:
    Provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
  • Beverages:
    Provided during sessions
  • Wi-fi
  • **Special Retreat Offer**
    A block of rooms is reserved exclusively for retreat attendees. Take advantage of a 10% discount on your room rate when you book as a retreat participant.

  • Free Parking

Past Participant Testimonials


Our Industry Sponsors

Craft Your Creative Life

Premier Sponsor

Rowley Company

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 grow their businesses successfully.

Your Retreat Hosts

Hello There


Meet your Hosts

Sharon Gregory & Sandra VanSickle

Sharon, a Kiwi from New Zealand, moved to the US 23 years ago, just when Sandra took her custom drapery workroom from part-time 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, leading 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 and build a plan to recharge your business. And, above all, building lasting friendships within our creative community.

Join Us!

We've Got Your Questions Covered

Your Investment

Your Investment


Per Person


  • 4-¬†Hands-on Workshops
  • Supplies and materials¬†for workshops
  • 2-Progressive Business Sessions
  • Morning Wellness Sessions
  • Sponsoring Vendor's Showcase
  • Continental Breakfast*:Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday for *guests staying at the host hotel.
  • Lunch:
    Provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.
  • Beverages:
    Provided during sessions.
  • Wi-fi
  • A special discounted¬† room¬†rate at our host hotel¬†1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa,¬†Lake Lure, NC
  • Free Parking
Join Us

We are excited to have you join us!

                  ~Act now to secure your spot at the

      Craft Your Creative Life Retreat 

-------> Registration closes August 15, 2024!<---- 

Limited space is available, so grab your spot today!