Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spotlight On Our ReMe Sister - Patti Tolley Parrish!

The Wildly Talented Patti Tolley Parrish
We founded ReMe Retreats with Art and Community at our core.  With that as our foundation, one of the most wonderful and awe inspiring discoveries that we've made along the way has been in learning about the remarkable women who have joined us as guests of ReMe.  We're proud to call each of them our ReMe Sisters.  

In what we hope will be the first of many such posts, today we'll shine our spotlight on one of our beloved.  Yesterday we had the extreme pleasure of attending a class taught by Patti Tolley Parrish at Creative Studios NC where Gelli Printing was the order of the day.  

Patti and her husband, Dave, have an amazing love story that brings tears of joy and laughter to our eyes each time we hear it.  She's talented, creative, witty, and kind; and she shares all of this and more in the classroom.  Patti's passionate about her subject matter, and she exhibited great patience with even the most "special" students among us.  (No.  We won't name names!)  

A few of the highlights from our time with Patti follow:

Fun in the studio with Amy Smith!
Jan McClay and Mary Wright, Artists and Instructors.
Look how clean their work space is before class!
Jean Skipper and Jodi Ohl during the first class they've ever taken together.
Yes.  I did Gelli Print all over my shirt!
Tools of The Trade
A few of our favorites from Patti's line of stencils at

Betty would be so proud!

At the conclusion of our Gelli Printing Class, several of the ladies continued their adventure with Patti as they created her Gelli JumpStart Journals.  Patti's original Gelli JumpStart Journals were featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, and they're even better in person! Gorgeous books were created by all, and I'm sure that photos will be featured on Facebook this week.
To learn more about Patti and her work, please visit her blog (Inky Obsessions), her online store  ... her You Tube Channel, and her Facebook Page.  You'll be glad that you did!

Creative Studios NC is home to the individual studios of Jodi Ohl, Jean Skipper, and Jan McClay.  To learn more about Creative Studios and their latest class offerings and events, please visit their website and Facebook Page 

Friday, March 4, 2016

You Meet Extraordinary People When You Actually Listen.....

With our next ReMe Retreat coming up in just a few more weeks,  one of the most remarkable and extraordinary outcomes of our time together, is discovering  many of the hidden layers and fascinating stories each of our guests so bravely and openly shares as we all get to know one another.

 As Celeste mentions in her Ted Talk,  expect to be amazed when you are talking to someone and you will not be disappointed.  We've found at ReMe that statement couldn't be more true.  

Over the course of our  last several retreats,  we have been in the company of fascinating and talented  women!  Some of our common ties start off with the love of art, creativity, as well as  enjoying the company of other souls-but we also come away learning that even with such varied backgrounds,  we all have many, many other mutual experiences that bind us together.

We are proud to encourage (and hopefully nourish) this opening of our hearts and minds to others during our retreats.  We set aside time to not just be creative, but to enjoy real life company of  amazing human beings each and every day of our retreat.   Learning about each and making life long friends is the most cherished experience we all end up having during a ReMe retreat.

Take a few minutes to listen to this talk and see how you can have better conversations  and let people in your life by first and foremost, by being present, too.
Celeste Hadlee -10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

ReMe Friends--While our May event is sold out,  stay tuned for some exciting news coming soon!!!

We've been teasing you for awhile and appreciate your patience...the time will be here very shortly when we can make our next big announcement!!! :)))

Until Next Time,
Jodi and Jean

Friday, February 12, 2016

Coming Soon - Big News From ReMe Retreats!

2016 is ushering in some exciting changes at ReMe Retreats, and BIG News is just around the corner!  

To be among the first to receive this announcement, please do the following:

We promise; you'll be glad that you did!

The Sky Is The Limit with ReMe Retreats!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Grateful Moments ReMe October 2015

If we have been a little quiet over here at ReMe it's because we all are coming down from the retreat high of our latest ReMe adventure in Ocracoke.  As quick as it started, it seemed we were saying teary goodbyes!   As all of us immerse ourselves in the 100's of photos taken during the course of the event, here's a sneak peek at some of the beginning preparations we had going on behind the scenes before this lovely group of women joined us a little over a week ago on Ocracoke.  We will be sure to share even more as the weeks go on so you can be at the retreat in 'creative spirit' with us!

We try to make the retreat as carefree of an adventure as we can, that's why you'll see all of the organizers and instructors schlepp tons of goodies for the 'kids' to play with and or purchase if they choose while we are together.     Lucky for students, we are all hoarders    "collectors" of a bountiful  amount of goods they are able to use  for classes. That in and of itself saves tons of money and stress from having to purchase your own stash for one class!

Yes you see prescription bottles to the left of Penny's display, but there's no pharmacist needed for what's inside--a dose of artsy goodness in a variety of forms (some have labels, ink nibs, watch parts and more).

Jean has a huge collection of stamps and tools to make embossing metal a breeze! Hammers, pliers, and stamps..oh my!

Jodi may have more paint then a Michael's store just sayin :)   Plenty of colors, mediums, and other fun tools to be shared with our guests so they can get their paint on with professional results!

A little peek at our pre-guest arrival the first night. The ReMe 'elves' had a fun little project to get everyone started in the festivities.  That was after our catered opening night dinner from an island favorite eatery. I'm not sure how we created anything after that feast!!!

Can you believe Eduardo brought all this delicious authentic Mexican cuisine over to our house on these beautiful platters?     Be sure to visit Eduardo's Taco stand if you are on the island.  You won't be disappointed!!

Oh lookie...a treasure from our May girls!   A sweet surprise for us to discover as we set up for the event!

Penny brought a personal treasure to decorate and inspire our coffee station.  The island brings forth a sense of peace and grounding for sure, but we all need reminders from time to time to allow it to come into our being.   One of our lovely guests, Audrie,  was nice enough to share breathing and yoga techniques each morning to whomever wanted to participate.  Taking a few minutes each day to breathe deeply to  ground yourself is so important.  Self care is something we all say we need to do, but do we really take the time necessary to do it? It doesn't even have to be a huge amount of time Audrie shared, it can be as little as 15 minutes a day or whenever you have time to spare, and you will start to see a difference in your world.  

This year has been  quite a year for your ReMe organizers, we all have faced our own personal mountains to overcome, yet at the core of it all is our faith in doing what we love and faith that we are on the right path no matter what life twists and turns show up at our door step. Each and every one of us uses words and text in our art.  Here you see one of Jean's pieces that reminds us that One Day At A Time is all we need to focus on in those crazy days of life. Sometimes it's one minute at a time.      This year once again we were blown away by the stories our October girls shared with us. Poignant stories, of triumph, overcoming obstacles,  funny adventures, and amazing accomplishments.    

We are lucky indeed to have had the pleasure of their company for our 4th ReMe retreat.  Thank you all who joined us, you will forever be in our hearts and are now one of our ReMe Sisters for Life.

Stay tuned as we will be sharing more memories and moments from ReMe 2015.  

If you are looking to join us in 2016, please sign up for our newsletter (link is on the left) for updates and announcements!

Artfully and gratefully yours,

Jodi, Jean and Penny

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ReMe Retreats Returns to Ocracoke

 In just five short days, our merry band of wild wonderful creative women will descend on Ocracoke Island for our ReMe Retreat.  Words can't describe how excited we are!  This is probably a good thing, as we don't have time for many words while we're loading up all of the artsy goodness that is ReMe!

Please join us virtually on our ReMe Retreats Facebook Page beginning Monday, October 19th, for a sneak peek at our latest Retreat.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy World Play Doh Day From ReMe Retreats!

Creativity is at the heart of ReMe, and most of us can trace our love for all things artistic to our earliest childhood memories.  Finger paints?  Yes!  Crayons?  Of course!  Coloring books?  Gotta love them!  Play Doh?!?!?!?!?  Only for the luckiest amongst us!

Our love for Play Doh begins at the moment we spy its distinctive yellow exterior on the shelf at the store; it continues as its sweet scent greets us when we lift the lid; and we just can't seem to get our fingers on it fast enough!  It's easily accessible, and working with it is soothing, forgiving, and oh so magical! And don't even get us started on the vast array of accessories and colors that are available now!

Did you know...

... that Play Doh was born in 1956, a very good year?

... that Play Doh is made up primarily of water, salt, and flour?

... that enough Play Doh has been sold through the years to go to the moon and back three times? 

... ,for metal lovers, that you can fit 172 pennies in a Play Doh Can?

You can learn all about this and more on Play Doh's very own Facebook Page here.

At ReMe, we love reminiscing about our childhood memories of creating.  Please join the fun by sharing your favorites in the comments section below. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

ReMe Recipes - Jean's Peach Upside Down Cake

Both in the studio and in the kitchen, at ReMe we adore creating.  We also love to share our personal culinary traditions with our ReMe Sisters.  

With that in mind, last week your ReMe Hosts took one for the team.  In the name of "quality control", they sampled Jean's Peach Upside Down Cake, and happily declared it fit to serve to our ReMe Guests!

Jean never learned of Pineapple Upside Down Cake until she was an adult.
In her family, the peaches for this cake came from her Grandpap's trees in his urban garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..

If you'd like to try it for yourself at home, her recipe follows:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Melt a stick and a half of butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan, and spread it around.  (This recipe will also work with two round pans.  Just divide all of the ingredients between them, and take about ten minutes off of the bake time.)

2.  Sprinkle  the melted butter with a 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar.

3.  Cover the brown sugar and butter with fresh peaches that you've peeled and cut.  Jean doesn't measure these; she just eyeballs them.  Maraschino cherries can be added too.  (Jodi's son, Josh, assures us that this cake is better with cherries!)  

4.  Next cover the peach layer with your favorite cake batter... boxed or homemade...yellow and spice are both delicious.

5.  Bake on the center rack for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool in the pan, and invert onto a serving platter. 

7.  Ice cream makes everything better!

Please Note: This cake will work equally well with canned peaches.  Just be sure that they're well drained.

Please comment below, and tell us if you think that Peach Upside Down Cake should be added to the menu at ReMe.  

We'd love to hear about your favorites too!