welcome august

by Sarah

August is upon us and the end of summer is near. This month three things are important to me….First, create explore discover art retreat registration opens today August, 1st.(click directly on the bold text to take you to the registration) If you have wanted a weekend away in the sierra nevada mountains to learn about art, creativity and a little female bonding….then this is for you. Join us October 6-9, 2011 in Truckee, California. Our instructors for the inaugral retreat will be:







Denice Barlow Brown of Inkstitch







Marisa Anne of Creative Thursday







Liz Kalloch of Liz Kalloch Design






and myself…Sarah Stevenson of redlinedesign®

This week I will highlight each artist with their biography and their class offerings. During September I hope to bring you interviews with each of them and yes I will share a little more about my design and art background as well. In addition, I will begin to share the journey of this retreat with you. It has been the most positive experience and fills me with a joy and passion that I hope I can express through my words here on the blog.

In addition to these incredible women, my dear friend Kathleen who gave me the nudge nearly a year and half ago to start this blog will be joining me as a guide and fellow creative spirit. She will be coordinating sponsorship opportunities for the retreat and can be reached at: kathleen@createexplorediscover.com. Hopefully I can convince her to share a little diy project with us in September as well and maybe even a peek into her lovely home here in Reno….

So with all that coming in August, I will also be taking a break from regular blog posts and participating in August Break 2011 with Susannah Conway. Each day for the month of August instead of blog posts people from all over the world will be posting photos to their blogs. I’ll be swim mom at the final swim meet of the summer season, traveling to the East Coast with my family and preparing my son for high school and my daughter for 4th grade….so this week enjoy the biographies and definitely enjoy the photos of my August Break….Have a great month everyone….and see you through my photos…

Welcome July: Create Explore Discover Art Retreat

by Sarah

Happy July 1st everyone and Happy 4th of July weekend. Today I am bringing some really exciting news from redlinedesign®. We have just launched a new website for an art retreat that I will be hosting called Create Explore Discover. The retreat will be held from October 6-9th, 2011 at the Cedar Sport Hotel in Truckee, California. This has been my main focus for the last month, so I apologize for the lack of posting on the blog but I wanted to make sure that we got everything set for the launch and am working feverishly with some really awesome artists to teach us at the retreat.

So first all, to access the new site: createexplorediscover (www.createexplorediscover.com); here you will find general information about the retreat including: the location, the schedule, accomodations, class information and contact information; class and instructor information is being updated and finalized over the next few weeks and registration will open on July, 11, 2011. At that time you will be able to make class selections, register and begin planning a special fall weekend getaway in the Sierra Mountains. Registration will be processed through our secure paypal site and space will be limited so that we can keep the retreat as intimate and focused as possible.

In addition to the website you can follow us on facebook (CEDartretreat) and twitter (@CEDartretreat) and we are listed on a new creative class website called: seekyourcourse.

Who will be teaching at createexplorediscover?

Our headline teacher and keynote speaker for the retreat will be:

Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday. I have spent over a year following and taking courses from Marisa and I am so excited to share her with you all. Her stories and her vision of art and creativity are so genuine and real that I know you will enjoy her as much as I have.

Our instructors include:

Liz Kalloch of Liz Kalloch Design. Another incredible artist that I have been following and working with since April, 2010. If you have been following the blog you know that Liz is the leader of The Meetup that I participate in monthly. Liz is an incredible writer and artist and I know her vision of creativity will completely inspire you.

Sarah Stevenson of redlinedesign®: yes…..I will also be teaching at the retreat and have a few really exciting things up my sleeve. I will reveal them as the next week unfolds and can’t wait to share my little piece of Lake Tahoe with you.

There are also several other artists in the works and they will be revealed on the blog as we finalize information with them.

In addition to the artists I will have many people working with me to ensure the retreat is a full success. The first person I want to introduce is my dear friend Kathleen. (If you have followed me from the beginning you know Kath is the one that convinced me to start a blog–so look where a year and half has taken me…..) Kathleen will be working by my side to ensure that the retreat runs smoothly, sponsors are taken care of and will be adding her special touch to event and class details. she can be reached at: kathleen@createexplorediscover.com.

The second person is Jo Klima of The Darling Tree. Jo is currently working with me to create an incredible logo for the event. We are really close to completing it and will share it here on the blog when it is finished. Jo has also just finished creating new blog buttons and logo pieces for the shop but I will introduce those in a separate post….

So there you have it, an intimate art retreat and fall getaway in the mountains above Lake Tahoe…..hmmm, care to join to me?

Happy 4th of July……


Welcome May

by Sarah

Most of April, for me was spent traveling and regrouping on my long term and short term goals for redlinedesign®. Getting it all on paper and mapping out a plan are exciting for me and a process I have truly enjoyed doing. In addition to mapping out these plans, I also spent some time talking about them with another artist and entrepreneur to help me give direction and develop a plan to move forward. When you have so many ideas it is very easy to lose focus and direction. By having someone that you can talk to that is supportive and is doing something similar I found that my enthusiasm was greater and my need to follow-through even more important. This is commitment to my passion, my business and my clients and friends. With that said, I am solidifying that commitment here on the blog so that you know what exciting things are coming in the next several months.

1.  Art Retreat….yes, I said it and now its out there. I am in the early stages of developing a special, intimate retreat here in the Tahoe area for anyone that wants to “tap back into their creativity”. Follow along on the blog over the next several months as this develops and please consider joining in….more sneak peak details as it all unfolds.

2. Summer Sundays…June, July and August will bring 3 intimate Sunday retreats for exploring the creativity inside your soul..

Get ready to do some fun learning this summer….I will be offering three intimate hands-on studio classes at my home and studio called: Summer Sunday’s…..
so save the following dates and look for a special invitation coming out soon….

June 26 at 4pm–Floral Arrangements for Summer-We will be creating simple floral arrangements with fresh flowers from the local farmers market that can be used as summer inspiration around your home or as a special gift giving idea. Cost: $30.00 (covers floral supplies and in class treats; you provide your own container)

July 31 at 4pm–Jump-Start to Creative Journaling-have you ever wanted to start your own journal or create something that is just about you? If you answered yes, then this fun hands-on lesson is just for you… We will be exploring with a few writing prompts and using art supplies to start your very own project. Cost: $30.00 (covers cost of journal and in class treats; all supplies will be provided)

August 28th at 4pm–Design 101-With the kids back in school how about exploring some updates around your home? We will explore what it takes to do some basic redesign of an existing space. Class will include: developing a “program” for the space, selecting a color palette and how to develop a budget. Cost: $50.00 (very hands-on course to get you started; you will leave with a space program, color ideas and a simple budget and a special book to keep everything organized…includes in class treats)

3. New Photography is coming this week. I have some really fun pieces sitting on my desk that I will be packaging for the online shop and posting for you. If you have been checking in recently, the photos accompanied by the post are being packaged as we speak….

4. New Stationery is coming before the end of May and will include some of my favorite floral photography.

5. 5th Annual Lavender Ridge Purple Summer Festival-Last year was my first year joining this event that is in conjunction with Artown; this year it will be a three day event and I am in the process of registering for a booth again and will have some really fun “lavender” photographic pieces that I took during last years event.

6. Finally, next weekend I will be hosting and open studio and sale event at my home and studio. Sunday, May 15th from 12-4pm…….all 2010 pieces will be on sale and new product will be available. If you can’t make it to the sale all products will be available in the online shop for presale on Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 15. After this date many of the pieces will be retired and no longer available.

Welcome May is part of a monthly group called the Meet Up and it is hosted by Liz Kalloch of Liz Kalloch Design. Please stop over to her blog, she is a fabulous artist and an incredibly inspiring writer. Have a great May everyone….