Friday, August 29, 2014

Our First Amazing Doodlebug Design Team Retreat - The Condensed Version.

Hi Doodlebug Friends!  It's Wendy Sue here with you and today I have a post that's a little out of the norm. I am not sharing a project...instead, I'm going to share a little recap of the amazing weekend-long design team retreat we had at Doodlebug Headquarters last weekend!  I hope you'll come along and enjoy the journey as I relive it through photographs...after all, we know that photographs and stories are some of the things we love most!  Grab a snack and come along with me...all the way to Salt Lake City, Utah!

Several of our design team members were able to coordinate schedules and get away for our design team retreat.  We all met up at Doodlebug HQ on Friday afternoon...some of us already knew each other, but many of us were meeting for the first time.  It was so fun to meet the girls we've been getting to know over the last several months, but we sure missed the gals who weren't able to join us.

From the moment we walked in the front door, we felt so welcome!

The design room was just down the hall, and just look at how fun it is!!

As you can imagine, we were all pretty much in colorful Doodlebug heaven!

We were completely spoiled.

We spent a little while "meeting and greeting" and then we headed out for some fun shopping at Gardner Village - a quaint little shopping center full of retail specialty shops which are located in restored cabins, houses, and buildings nestled adjacent to an old Mill that was original to the property. 

If you're ever in Utah, you should definitely stop by...and take your credit card and an empty car trunk (or a moving van), because it's loaded with fun shops, stores, and products you're going to love!

After we got our fill of shopping, Cynthea treated us to a delicious dinner out at Behihana!  Yum!  A couple of us were even treated to birthday candles in our ice cream and a happy birthday song from our friends...which really makes getting a year older seem not-so-bad! ;)

After our late dinner, we returned to Doodlebug HQ where we spent the rest of the night getting ready to share our projects the next day, being silly, and having fun!  Here's a peek at just a little corner of our sleeping quarters, before all of the air mattresses were blown up - what a site that was - I wish someone had taken a picture of that! ;)

We woke up bright and early the next morning, Saturday, and started preparing for the day.  I bet you didn't even imagine that the towels supplied to us came in Doodlebug colors!!  How awesome is that?!?

 We were treated to a delicious breakfast before heading down to the design room to get creative!

This is when the creative wheels started turning and we all got into our groove - the energy in the room was almost palpable.  It. Was. Awesome!  Of course, we all took plenty of photos, told lots of stories, and had loads of laughs all day long.

Does it seem like we did a lot of eating at our retreat?  Yeah, we did.  But seriously, when food is this cute (and equally delicious), it's IMPOSSIBLE to resist!  Yummy sandwiches and Italian Sodas for lunch:

And incredible snack centers all throughout the day:

Oh, did I mention the all-night-long Chocolate Fountain?!?  Three words - chocolate cinnamon bears. mmmm.

We spent the entire day working on fun projects!  Each of the "local" gals put together a project for the entire team to work on.  And some of us squeezed in a few of our own projects too.  Here's a look at the fun project Tonya designed for us:

First, we created these darling home decor wood projects from our friends at The Wood Connection. We loved how different everyone's turned out!! Can you guess who each set belongs to?

Here we did you do?

Cynthea made the sweetest little Christmas Shadow box:

We each got to make our own to take home:

Lori taught us how to make our own custom pillows...and she held our hands all the way through - especially those of us who don't normally sew on fabric! ;)

You knew this was coming, right?  What's a sleepover without a pillow fight?!?

Tya and I put together some fun little paper projects for everyone to work on...but you only get a little sneak peek of them, because they are coming to the blog with all of the details very soon - keep an eye out!!

And the perfect finale to our amazing weekend?  An absolutely incredible brunch, catered (and prepared on-site) by the amazing Chef Andrew from Bubble & Brown Bakery! was SOOO good!
And then it was time for all of us to head home...back to our families and "real life" but with loads of memories, fun projects, and rejuvenated creativity!  Thanks so much to Cynthea and her amazing team for putting together such an amazing weekend for all of us!!  I, for one, have been inspired to really make the little details count, and I want to add a little bit of that fun doodlebug spirit to my life every single day!  

Happy Doodlebugging to all!!


  1. Fabulous recap of a fabulous weekend Wendy!!!!!!

  2. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

  3. What a fun post, Wendy! It was such a delightful weekend!

  4. Wow, this does look like heaven! Crafting, shopping and eating...can't get much better than that!

  5. THANK YOU for the recap Wendy Sue - it looks and sounds like it was F U N :)

  6. Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

  7. Thanks for sharing this Wendy!! Aren't you all just the cutest?!?! It looks like you all had an amazing time. I am kicking myself in the B-U-T-T for not going.....but I know my son appreciates me being here for his birthday. Next time!! :)

  8. Looks so fun! Love all the "doodle bug colors" and the smiling faces.

  9. Sounds like you all had a blast, that is my kind of weekend!

  10. This was the perfect recap Wendy! Such a memorable weekend... I loved hanging out with you and learning new tips. I have to say Cynthea's furniture in rainbow colors has inspired me to look at yard sale finds with a fresh eye. :)

  11. And I thought I couldn't be more envious than I already was about the 2014 Doodlebug retreat!!!! Not sure, but I think that might be heaven!!! OH my gosh, what a wonderful little recap of your journey! Super cool, TFS!!! xoxo

  12. PS- forgot to say how stinkin CUTE y'all are!!! Pillow fight!!!! LOL too fun :)

  13. Looks like oodles of fun! Can we please have a design team and design team alumni retreat, too???? PLEASE.

  14. WOW this looks like a total blast!!! HOW FUN ♥

  15. Please do aDoodlebug retreat for your fans!!!! I know we would all be happy to pay a lot for such a great experience!! Please....

  16. This looks like so much fun!!!! Wish there had been one in 2013!! <3


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