Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Artist PlayDate: A Little Lunch and a Whole Lot of Fun With Some TST-ers

Quick Note: Please forgive the fact that I have not responded to comments. This week has been off the charts crazy but I have been reading and LOVING all responses and will be responding soon...promise :)

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting some fellow TST-ers. Jenjen, Phoenix Ravenswing, Phoenix's wonderful husband, Phoenix's fabulous sis-in-spirit and I met for lunch.

Phoenix Ravenswing, Jenjen and Natasha

It is such an amazing experience to meet the people you have been corresponding with online. It does more than simply put a face with a name, it adjusts your perspective. You have a certain picture in your mind of a person and how they will sound or what their expressions will be like. What I found in meeting these incredible TST-ers is that they exceeded every expectation I had. Immediately, I was engrossed in conversations that ranged from books to iPod's to history. While I had things to share, I had more fun simply listening and learning.

This lunch made me wonder what it would be like to meet each and every person on the Thursday Sweet Treat. I picture a room filled with laughter, crafting, stories and warmth. Someday I hope we can make that a reality.

Phoenix Ravenswing, Jenjen, Natasha and Phoenix's sis-in-spirit

For now, I want to thank Jenjen and Phoenix for taking the time to have lunch. You are both funny, thoughtful, exceptional, intelligent, talented women with such heart and passion for all that you do. I am honored to know you. Phoenix, thank you for allowing me to meet two very special people in your life as well. They are fabulous and wonderfully giving souls.

AND thank you to Kris (Lisianblue). Phoenix had her phone number so we called and I was able to chat with her for a few moments despite the incredible noise on my end. She has such a kind, warm, inviting, calm voice....I loved sinking into conversation despite the fact that it was brief.

Jenjen and Natasha

Thank you to ALL of the people who visit this blog. Thank you for playing, cheering, sharing and being who you are. You add so much to my life and to the lives of those around you. It's truly my pleasure to know you.


Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


Awww... thank you Natasha! :-)

It was wonderful meeting you & Jen-jen as well. Wonderful people even more wonderful in person! :-)

I hope that more of us can meet together in person too. Events of the last week or so are reminding me that such enclaves of positive, supportive people are not yet as numerous as might be wished.

Somewhere, there should be the beginnings of a plan to meet - a TST convention or gathering, as it were. Give enough time to plan it properly, ntm give participants enough time to make arrangements to be able to attend, I think this could be an amazing thing. :-)

BB & GF, you wonderful TST-ers! :-)
Thank you all so much for playing & cheering here, and cheering simply BY your being here. :-)


jodi said...

You guys look like you had great fun together. Wish I could have been there.

twinklescrapbooks said...

Looks like fun! :)

Natasha said...

Phoenyx Ravenswing - I am in complete agreement...I think there should be a gathering as well...I'm taking the summer as my time to plan sooooo...perhaps I will throw that in the mix

Jodi - I totally wish you could have been there as well...hopefully we will all have a chance to meet in the future :)

Twinklescrapbooks - how are you?? How's everything?? Wish we would have met you as well...

I hope for the future :)

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Such lovely ladies! *wolf whistle* ;)

Let's all go to the Bahamas... I think I'm kidding. Maybe. :)

Natasha said...

Amanda - I just laughed so hard strawberries almost fell out of my mouth!!

Ummm let's say you're not kidding...Bahamas...I'm in ...I think we could pull it off, don't you?

lisianblue said...

mmmm the bahamas - is it humid there?????

It was so great to be able to talk to Bird, Natasha, and Jenjen - even tho half the conversation was about not being able to hear each other! But, it was fun! I'm so glad that Bird thought about calling me so I could at least join you wonderful people for a few minutes from far away!
A TST convention - watch out world! lolo

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

It was a true treat meeting Natasha, Bird and bird's hubby and sis-in-spirit!

I had a lovely time and learned a lot from everyone...

I am so honored to have met all of you, too!

Friendships I'll keep forever...

Can't wait for the next luncheon!

(PS - Sorry, I'm sort of "offline")