30 10 2014


Ok, ok, so probably not the best idea to write and post at 4AM, but hey, I had the time just then.  Should have realized that a mistake was inevitable.  So, dates now correct and moving onward.

Registration is now officially open for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015, now in our 8th year, and boy, did we have a great start!  We had more hits than ever on our blog  for one day- nearly 900.  Pretty impressive everyone!  Thanks for the support and encouragement to keep this event going.

I also can’t say enough about the quality of instructors we’ve had over the years, from the seasoned professionals to the aspiring instructors, they have all delivered their very best for you, our audience and supporters.  This year will not disappoint.  Take a look at the offerings and email me with any questions you may have.  Don’t miss your chance to join us.

Just CLICK ON THIS LINK to take you to the registration form.



30 10 2014


Whew – it’s finally done!  Registration is now officially opened for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015! (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS.)  We’ve got a great line-up and there is no other polymer event of this type, in the US or abroad, that brings you the opportunity to select from so many instructors and classes.  The goal is to change it up a bit each year to make it interesting and in most cases, the instructors are teaching new workshops – cutting edge workshops – so your time is now to take advantage.

Thank you to everyone who has been patient with me  getting this up and running while I worked some things out and dealt with life issues.

Here are just a couple of things you need to know:

1. Maureen Peck Carlson is the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient for 2015.  Maureen has been instrumental and influential in so many ways in the polymer world and her warm spirited nature and kindness just adds to the novelty of her skills as a teacher and friend.  I hope that everyone reading this post will take a moment to send me a quick note of congrats to Maureen and how she may have influenced your world/life.  Send to

2. Some may notice that the name of the event has been changed from Cabin Fever CLAY Festival to Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest.  This was done for several reasons, but most importantly, to be more inclusive of the Arts Community as a whole.  Those of us who have been around this microcosm of polymer know that there are many different mediums that marry well with polymer.  Fiber arts, metal clay, beading, wire working, etc. all have involvement in some way with many working with polymer.  I felt it appropriate to include them all, although these other arts may not be included in every CFCAF event.

3. The workshop fees are still reasonably priced, although a $30 registration fee has been added on to each registration to better cover incidental costs (purchasing new ovens!) and includes admittance for each attendee to the Tuesday evening celebration and silent auction.  After careful consideration and 7 years experience with this event, this seemed the logical way to ensure all costs are covered.

4. The silent auction will benefit two different charities. While I can’t reveal them just yet, I know that most people, whether attending or just sending in a contribution for the auction, will be more than willing to participate and help. More on this at a later date, once everything is set in place.

5. Please make certain to share the information about this event with as many of your polymer friends, guilds, etc. as possible.  The event is run on a shoestring, so it’s important to get the word out on social media and through any networks available.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

6. I had hoped to get the registration completely up online, but being less than tech-savvy, have been unable to accomplish this task so far.  I am still working on it and hope to get some form up before long.  But if I don’t, please don’t hold it against me.  I’m just a single, middle-aged mother of a wonderfully curious and extremely active 4-year-old who requires more attention than I ever dreamed of, but I am so glad of it.  My motto has become, “I know it’s important and I’ll get around to it when I can … or not.”

On that note, registrations will start coming in very quickly and classes will fill.  Don’t wait – if you want to attend, select the workshops you want to take, start saving and send in your deposit to hold your spot. Hope to see you in February,



28 10 2014


Hello, my friends.  Please forgive my absence, but it’s been a long, challenging few months – I am looking forward to seeing the bright side of things very soon.  My intention was to get the registration for CFCAF 2015 up by midnight, 10/28, but I ran into a few snafus and just couldn’t get it done.  So, I will take my leave now and get some sleep in anticipation of succeeding with my task tomorrow (today!)  I guarantee  you that you will not be disappointed!  Get ready to send in your registrations…the first 50 people to register and pay in full will receive a special commemorative bag!  And, payment plan will still apply for those who need a little extra time to gather funds.

The line-up of instructors is incredible and I feel very fortunate to have them joining us.  Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Just a couple of picture to give you an idea of what I’ve been dealing with since I returned home from Master Class Camp in late July.  I have been unable to use my kitchen and hall bathroom since then.  We are well, but exhausted. Looking forward to finally getting my home back.100_4979 100_5098


21 08 2014

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Mark your calendar now to attend the 8th year of Cabin Fever!  CFCAF 2015 dates are February 12 – 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn West, Laurel, Maryland.  Each year, we try to bring a great mix of instructors as we also honor one of the pioneers in the field.  2015 will be no different.  We’ve got a great line-up of instructors in addition to a well-deserving honoree, Maureen Peck Carlson.

2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Once again, we will have full-day pre-conference workshops and 4-hour conference workshops, allowing you to get a “taste” of what more instructors have to offer.  Above is a sampling of photos of some of the workshops that will be offered.  Be certain to stay tuned to be one of the first to register.



19 08 2014

It’s been nearly one month since Master Class Camp ended and a great time was had by all.  For our second year, we had over 90 people in attendance and an amazing line-up of instructors.  Thank you to all of our fabulous instructors for all that they did to make MCC 2014 the success it was.  We had attendees all the way from Australia and Abu Dhabi not to mention Dan and Tracy coming from Mexico and Melanie all the way from Scotland!

Additional thanks go to Nan Roche and her husband, John, who held a special dinner at their home for the hard-working instructors.  Looking forward to next year and another adventure.  Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of what you missed!

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Now, we move on to planning and opening registration for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in February 2015.  This will be our sixth year of presenting the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award and Maureen  Carlson is our honored guest.  She’s been working in polymer for many years and set the groundwork for many polymer sculptors.  The line-up of instructors is another winner.  Just see who you will have a chance to take a workshop or two from!

Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors are: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Start planning your trip to Maryland in February and stay tuned for registration to open in September.  Congrats to all the instructors…



12 07 2014

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Well, I know that some people just can’t get enough of claying, so we’ve decided to add three (3) mini workshops to the Master Class Camp schedule.  If you are interested in attending any or all of these workshops, cost will be $30 each for MCC attendees and $40 each for non-MCC attendees.  Email me at for additional info and to register.

  • Ponsawan Sila will be teaching MINI ROSES on Thursday evening from 6:30PM – 8:30PM
  • Marie Segal will be teaching STEAMPUNK HEARTS on Friday evening from 6:30PM – 8:30PM and
  • Sarah Shriver will be teaching BEAD SHAPES on Sunday evening from 6:30 – 8:30PM.


25 06 2014

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We are just 3 weeks away from the 2nd Master Class Camp and things are heating up.  Getting excited about having these talented instructors join us and looking forward to seeing what the students in each of these classes bring to life.  That’s the great thing about organizing this type of event – we get to see the diversity of the talented attendees too!

Will you be joining us? Below is a list of the instructors and availability.  Not too late to register! Click here to download registration form and workshop info. 

  • Jeffrey Lloyd Dever – space available
  • Lindly Haunani – space available
  • Marie Segal – space available
  • Sarah Shriver – space available
  • Sandra McCaw – space available
  • Ponsawan Sila – space available
  • Robert Dancik – space available
  • Melanie Muir – FULL
  • Loretta Lam – FULL
  • Dan Cormier – spaces available in both workshops

We have two impromptu evening workshops planned and will also be having a few demos of new products, so join us near the Nation’s Capitol for a few days and see if you can kick your creativity into action.  Get that muse in gear!


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