Saturday, April 21, 2012


Kelli asked about the meals each day ~ All meals are being catered by The Back Porch BBQ in La Grange. Korin is Kim's sister (Kim is Rachel's innkeeper at The Prairie). You can read her story on her blog here. No muss, no fuss ~ they bring it in and take away the trash for us! All we have to do is eat and keep creating! It just doesn't get any better than that! Lunches are $20 each, dinners are $50. That includes tax and gratuity. If you're not staying at The Prairie and would like to join us for breakfast, let me know that too ~ 
If you're interested, email me at vivi.magoo.presents@gmail.com. I'll send you an invoice that you can pay on PayPal with a credit card.

I'll host an informal happy hour each evening at 6 o'clock in the Ranger Lounge ~ or outside if the weather is nice! I'll have a little wine, a few non-alcoholic drinks and some munchies. If you'd like, stop by the Stone Cellar  in Round top, and bring your own favorite bottle back to The Prairie to enjoy!

Lunches will be served about 12:30 pm and dinners at 7:00 pm. Happy Hour at 6:00 pm, and who knows ~ there may be a midnight sweet each evening too ;o} 






Thursday ~ Lunch 
Greek Salad
Rolls and Butter
Lemonade/Iced Tea
Dessert
Thursday ~ Dinner 
Tex Mex Fajita Dinner
Lemonade/Iced Tea
Wine/Beer
Dessert

Friday ~ Lunch 
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Weikels bread
Pickles, onions, peppers and homemade sauce
Lemonade/Iced Tea
Dessert
Friday dinner - Group reservations at Royer's Round Top Cafe!
Todd's Pork Tenderloin - topped with Royer's Peach and Pepper Glaze
Smashed Potato Casserole (warm)
Broccoli Salad (cold)
Glass of wine or n/a beverage
Piece of Royer's Pie - yummy good!

Saturday Lunch
Turkey Sandwich
Weikels bread
Pickles, onions, peppers and homemade sauce
Lemonade/Iced Tea
Dessert

Saturday Dinner
Traditional Texas Dinner
Lemonade/Iced Tea
Wine/Beer
Dessert

Let me know this weekend if you are interested in adding any meals ~ I have to give Korin a final head count on Monday. 

Happy Saturday!
Barb

Hi everyone! I can't believe the time has finally come! I've been planning and preparing for so long ~ it seemed like it would never get here! But, here it is ~ Vivi Magoo Presents...Art Retreat at The Prairie next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and I'm so excited I could burst! I'm looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know each and every one of you! I know you will LOVE the classes and the location ~ what's not to love?!? 

Don't forget to join us on Wednesday night from 7 - 8 o'clock in the Ranger Lounge. Royer's famous pies, Blue Bell ice cream and beverages will be served ~ yum! It's just a time to begin to get acquainted with each other, meet your instructors and see where you'll be taking your classes. 

Let me know if there is anything I can do to make your retreat more meaningful for you! If you haven't signed up for meals, you still can do that. If you would like to only sign up for some of them, please email me, and I'll send you an invoice through PayPal. Individual lunches are $20 each and dinners are $50 each. 

Todd's Pork Tenderloin - OMG!!! 
A big surprise and treat is that I was able to arrange is for a special group seating at Royer's Cafe across from the square in Round Top for dinner on Friday night! He'll be serving his delicious pork tenderloin,  smashed potato salad and broccoli salad along with a glass of wine and a piece of pie for dessert! Bud Royer and his daughter, Tara Steele have been working with me and we finally got the details all worked out! You'll love the food ~ and the ambiance is fun and lively! It's guaranteed you will want to return!

Gotta run! I'm finishing up some special gifts for each of you! I can't wait to share them with you!

Safe travels to you all! See you soon!

Barb

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Join us at The Prairie!

Have you always wanted to learn how to make bezels? I'll be teaching two different bezel making classes at Art Retreat at the Prairie.

I have to say, this Wax On class is one of my very favorites to teach. I'm offering it Thursday, April 26...at The Prairie. Not only is it bezel-making...this class...but we also get to play with wax...and...a...mystery...inclusion. I can't tell you what it is. I wish I could. It's a surprise for the students. But...they're gonna love it!

Friday it's my A Charming Reliquary class. These wonderful reliquary bracelets are pieces that I did quite a long time ago and have always wanted to teach. Now's my chance...and your chance to learn!



I've finally...finally...finished a few more samples for my Entrada class, which I'll be teaching Saturday, April 28.

I love the soft colors of the aquamarine and jasper in this Shield bracelet. This class will focus on creating a fabulous buckle closure with bezel set stone.

The Prairie is an incredibly beautiful retreat venue...I hope you'll join me there!

posted by Deryn Mentock

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Just over a week now...

:Josie:
A new piece to share with you today,
and a class sample for my newest class
It is just a bit over a week before we begin our 
inaugural journey at The Prairie!
This newest cuff softly whispers of of the many techniques we will be exploring in 
in this premier two day class I'll be teaching

Etching base metals, laying down of solder with our torches, 
stamping, adding texture,
various cold-join techniques,
and exploring some exciting new patina options. 

I am getting so excited and will enjoy meeting new friends 
and making new ones!
See you oh so soon~
diane

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Hello everyone, I’m Barb’s daughter, Erin.  I’ll be poking around here time and again to update you on all the fun we’re having with Vivi Magoo’s Art Retreats.  I guess I should give you some details on me, just to make proper introductions… I’m a 30 year old work-from-home mom, married to my handsome hubs of 6 years.  We welcomed our first child, 
Miss Vivi in the Texas Bluebonnets
a daughter named Vivi, last May. (Have y’all ever heard the story behind Vivi Magoo?  If not, we’ll be sure to fill you in, stay tuned!)  I’m a numbers nerd by profession, but a creative soul at heart.  I’m excited to be a part of the Art Retreats – meeting inspiring women, getting my creative juices flowing, traveling and spending time with my oh-so-close-knit family.  I’m excited to meet many of you who will be attending our inaugural Art Retreat at The Prairie at the end of the month and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the future.
Last week, Vivi and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Round Top, Texas for the big (nay, HUGE) biannual Antiques Week and stay at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell.  Let me tell you, friends, my soul has a new place to call home.  For so many reasons. 
Hands down, I could live at The Prairie and never come home.  Seriously.  And I know we just met, but let me tell you - I love my home.  The Prairie is just that great.  I’ve always been a Shabby Chic fan (who doesn’t love Rachel’s serene, feminine blend of old treasures and fluffy, floral fabrics?) but to stay in her B&B was Mecca to me.  Every detail was perfectly and thoughtfully executed.  You can’t help but feel your stress lift away when you’re there. 
A short drive from The Prairie is Round Top, which is the quintessential small Texas town.  Exactly what I’ve always imagined in my mind when listening to country music.  Slow, easy, friendly – very Mayberry-esque. 
And the food.  Oh, friends, let me tell you about the food.  I ate my weight in deliciously barbecued meats, tangy coleslaw, baked potatoes and beans.  And don’t forget the 3 SLICES of cherry pie a la mode with Blue Bell ice cream (from neighboring town Brenham) that was the literal cherry on top.  My family’s favorite is Royers Round Top CafĂ©, a restaurant that would rival any big city fancy establishment although it is nestled in the heart of Round Top.  The ambiance is a fun, cluttered hippy mix and the food is to die for.  And it was their pies that I so piggishly devoured last week.
And if all of this isn’t enough to knock your socks off, there were the many venues full of row after row of antiques.  From old, 17th-century farmhouse tables with $10,500 price tags to old, ratty doll parts (because someone’s trash is another’s treasure), they had it all.  Big, small, old, expensive…you want it, you could probably find it at Antiques Week.  After 9 years of hearing stories that my parents would tell about Round Top, the antiques show, the food, etc. I was in heaven being able to experience it all first-hand.
Hopefully I’ve given you a glimpse of what captured my heart last week and why I am literally counting the hours until we return for Art Retreat at The Prairie.  I can’t wait to meet those of you who are signed up in person.  And to those of you who cannot be with us, I’ll be back to update you on the fun and memories.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Retreat at The Prairie

 This is the dining room located in The Ranger Lounge
(above picture courtesy Rachel Ashwell)
at 
Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie B&B.
We will be having breakfast here each morning 
before we begin our classes 
each day.
Today it is EXACTLY three weeks, before we begin an incredible journey together,
and I can hardly believe it.
The very first of many
Barb has put together a groovy little get-together 
for Wednesday,
April 25th from 7-8,
where we will be having a little desert & drinks.
We will be able to mingle and meet each other,
as well as visit with the instructors 
before the next FULL day of classes.
AND,
you'll also be able to tour 
The Prairie.
It is truly an amazing venue, 
one you will not want to leave once you arrive.
Just this past Monday, Barb & I got together to discuss last minute details, 
and I don't know about Barb, but I got all fluttery inside 
thinking about how close it was to the day we begin classes.
 Barb is a one of a kind lady, and I feel so blessed to be a part of her team.
Sometimes I just want to pinch myself.
And, I promise you my friends,
you will not be disappointed....
with the classes,
with the instructors,
with the venue,
AND 
most of all...with Barb Solem.
Here's a fun little tour of The Prairie, but this is just a peak.
There really is so much more.
Enjoy!

~diane