Ilysa Ginsburg
Ilysa GinsburgHost & Teacher
Kira Slye
Kira SlyeHost & Teacher
Lisa Renner
Lisa RennerGuest Teacher
Toni Ransfield
Toni RansfieldGuest Teacher
Shannon Tabor
Shannon TaborGuest Teacher
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Join us for 5 classes with 5 wonderful teachers!

Ilysa and Kira are your hosts. We co-authored Polymer Clay Art Jewelry, published in 2013 with F & W Media, and we co-host a weekly show called PolymerClayTV on Youtube. We own the popular craft supply website www.CreateAlong.com, and each have been playing with polymer clay for over 25 years!

Join us along with Toni, Shannon, and Lisa for 5 fun-filled classes and learn all kinds of techniques. We will be designing jewelry, a covered papier mache torso vase, a masquerade mask, a beautiful memory keepsake with caning, and a pretty footed vessel with a sea-girl theme.

Join us from October 23-28, 2017 for an all-inclusive art retreat in the lap of luxury.

We’ve got a fabulous 4 days and 5 nights planned for you in a private beach resort in Kill Devil Hills, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina shore.

You will have a wonderful time in a gorgeous room outfitted with beautiful furnishings, private ensuite bath for each bedroom, and some choices- from a deluxe private King bed room, to a bunk quad with 4 room mates.

Your room, all meals, snacks, drinks, and 5 classes with 5 fabulous talented teachers are included in your retreat registration.

There will be a Mermaid Masquerade Ball complete with costumes (and prizes!) so start planning your bedazzlements now!

Teenaged kids 13+ accompanied by a parent may enroll in the retreat.

Our house is directly on the beach, with a private walkway and covered dune-deck leading straight to the Atlantic Ocean.

Do your morning stretches on the dune deck listening to the waves crash, or sit on the house deck with your coffee or tea and watch the sun rise!

The ground level features 3 hot tubs, a pretty yard, a putting green, and ocean view decks on all 3 levels facing east.

We will do our art classes in the enormous great room with the ocean view. There is a gas fireplace and big screen TV in this room so we can relax in the evenings and have dessert, coffee, and drinks. Or enjoy the private movie theater and watch the nightly feature we have planned!

We will sit down to eat in the second dining area- so we don’t have to move our crafting supplies around! That’s one of the best things about this mansion… lots of space to spread out, and we will be the only ones there so we can be as creative as we like.

Want to chill, put your feet up, and watch a movie? There is stadium style seating in the private movie theater!

Is billiards, shuffle board, or card games more your thing? We’ve got all that and more in the huge rec room!

Or would you rather spend all night in the studio playing with your clay and practicing what you learned that day? No one will stop you. This is not a hotel- we will be the only ones staying here, and we are in charge!

There’s a laundry facility and 4 fridges which will be stocked with drinks and snacks for you whenever you get hungry or thirsty.

There are so many places to sit, relax, enjoy your favorite book, or take a nap.

Important features of this house:

  • wi-fi for all of us and a land-line phone.
  • elevator if you have trouble with stairs.
  • ample free parking.
  • nearby grocery stores and pharmacy.
  • ensuite bath in every single room, and one in each quad room.
  • direct beach access for walking, thinking, and beach-combing.
  • See our Terms and Conditions for any other questions you may have.

The details:

Save The Date:

The retreat will begin on Monday night, October 23rd with arrivals after 4 pm, and continue until Saturday morning October 28th with departure by noon.

The retreat is All-Inclusive, including meals, drinks, snacks, specialty art supplies for your classes including clay, 5 art class sessions provided by Ilysa, Kira, Lisa, Shannon, and Toni, a Masquerade party, and fun activities and extras. You will receive a short list of supplies and recommended tools to bring along  (extra clay in your favorite colors, basic polymer clay tools, and any of your favorite supplies.)

Please no tag-along un-enrolled kids or children under 13. We thought long and hard about this and we want everyone to be able to concentrate on the art-making and fun-having, without worrying about the children.

There are no pets or smoking allowed in this home. (We are allowed service animals- if this is a legitimate need please contact us to discuss it).

There is ample free parking on site, so feel free to drive.  We will set up a Carpool board prior to the event so you can even find others to share the ride!

There are 2 grocery stores in town and a pharmacy in case you want to shop for any special needs you may have, and you can put anything you bring (food, meds, etc) in the refrigerators.

Wheelchairs/special needs:
There is a special needs single king bedroom with easy access bathrooms for those with wheelchairs or scooters, this will be first come first served- if you think you need this room please let us know via email immediately so we can reserve it for you. support@thingscrafty.com.  There is a long set of stairs to the beach- so ocean access will be limited (might be able to get there from outside the property.)

There is NO ramp into the house- there are stairs we will need to assist you up. If that is not possible and you must remain in your chair at all times, unfortunately this experience may not be right for you. Once inside, everything is accessible by elevator.

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