Saturday, 25 August 2018


Important information below.

Please note, if you are needing FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER supplied due to an earlier start this year, you will need to choose this option in your ticket purchasing on the very first page. If you do not click with dinner Friday night you will not be able to have a catered meal at the retreat. Catering is per head. 

You can choose to bring your own, buy on the way out or eat with us. but is is absolutely important to make your choice with purchasing tickets. 
I can  not add you in for dinner at a later date. Thank you for your understanding with Friday night dinner, it is on trial this year and not been available in previous years. 

Here is a re-cap of whats available this year!

Crafting, Art creating, Reading, Talking, Coffee/Tea drinking, Sleeping, Walking or Outdoor activities...

Val Laird is a well-known Australian designer whose beautiful projects have regularly appeared in leading Australian craft magazines. Val loves to design pretty and practical projects.  Her talent and passion for stitching can be seen in her gorgeous sewing accessories, wall-hangings, bags and quilts. Val loves to share her wide experience in   craft and has taught at craft retreats and workshops in South Australia and Queensland. Her designs may be viewed at

As well as silversmithing and many other crafts, I enjoy doing beading projects. There are many beautiful crystal, gemstone and glass beads available and I like to use these to create all styles of beadwork. Beaded chains are a favourite but I enjoy all types of jewellery-making! I also run my own jewellery, beading and craft supply business called Chain Reaction. The aim is to make hobby crafts like beading, card making and even silversmithing enjoyable and affordable for all. Please come and visit at

I enjoy being involved in the Papercraft and Art industry and have learned many techniques.
I design, create and teach craft workshops in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area, including card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and art journal workshops.

 But above all, I hope you enjoy your creative time away from your usual weekend duties and have a most wonderful time with us at this years Creative Craft Retreat!

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Hope to see you there,

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Update concerning 2018 retreat

Hello everyone,

The retreat planning has been a busy one. I have secured 3 amazing teachers. The blog is now updated with the workshops including costs. You can see them all here plus the info about 'Do you own thing' - which is still very much a large part of the retreat. 

I have worked with the wonderful Leanne Midgely to get the booking site up to date (Actually Leanne has done all the work, I have just added all the suggestions, and there were a few tricky ones to get happening) So a very big thanks to you Leanne!!!

Not long now until the booking site opens. Please remember the retreat will be capped at 50. So first in best dressed. I cant hold spots so please avoid the disappointment and don't ask. I appreciate your help with this. 
Friday night dinner will be an option too. You can either bring your own dinner Friday night or grab a bite on the way out or have it with us, the choice will be yours. Retreat is open from 4pm, you can check in, set up your room and start crafting, or chatting... with the official opening being later on. This way those coming later wont miss a thing. 

Looking forward to seeing you all. I am very excited to be able to bring the retreat available to you this year.

Take care...

Kind Regards,

Cally Brunner
Coordinator for Creative Craft Retreat 2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Creative Craft Retreat 2018

Hello everyone, Yay my first blog post for the 2018 Retreat!!!

This email went out this week, if you didn't receive it please let me know so I can add you to the email list. My list may be outdated and your patience would be greatly appreciated as I take over the Craft Retreat. I will add the emails here for those who prefer to keep up to date with the blog. :)
Here is the email.

Hello everyone,

If you aren't already aware through our Creative Craft Retreat web page or Facebook page, Creative Craft Retreat is running once again this year in association with Toowoomba Community Baptist Church. 

My name is Carolyn (Cally) Brunner. I am the new 2018 Coordinator for the Craft Retreat. 

I have taken over coordinating Craft Retreat from Leanne Midgley and it will run along similar lines as previously, although if you've been before, you may notice a few changes here and there!  There wont be too many changes as I have been an active participant at the Camp for 3 years running. So I know it is a wonderful weekend for crafters as it is. 
As always, it will be a wonderful weekend of crafting, chatting, fun and friendship.

It will be held this year from 4pm Friday 26 October to 3pm Sunday 28 October at Lake Perseverance (45 minutes north of Toowoomba). All the information can be found at although it has not been updated as yet, I still need to sort that part out. I will have it up and ready for opening of registrations August 26. In the meantime, you can have a look at what has happened over the previous years camps via the social media/blog sites. You will be able to register and pay online once it is set up.  You can also find Creative Craft Retreat on Facebook at  

There is a small price rise as Leanne was contacted early this year to advise of the camps price rise. Last year the cost was around $135, we need to raise it by $10. Workshops will be extra as per previous years and once all the information is sort for those we will notify you by facebook, blog and email.

Registrations will open August 25 and close on Saturday October 6, 2018. 

  • Are you a talented crafter and would like to share your know how - please send me an email with brief info and photos of your talents. I am in the process of putting together a set of workshops for the weekend.
  • If you have any friends or family that you would like to invite, feel free to pass on all the details. We will be capping the camp at 50 attendees. So once the bookings open, I would suggest you book to avoid disappointment.
Please if you have any questions, feel free to email me. I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.
I am very much excited and hope to see you there,
So until then, Happy crafting!!!
Carolyn (Cally) Brunner
Craft Retreat Coordinator