2019 Newton RETREAT!


Step away from the day-to-day and join us for COLOR PLAY –
Hibernate & Create RETREAT
A Crafting Retreat exploring COLOR!
June 20-23, 2019
at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas!
Includes a special trip to Mrs. O’Leary’s in Wichita, Kansas.

Kelli Sweet of Degrees by Kelli
Tanya Horn of Twisted Angel
Julie Geiger of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop

Registration  $775 per person

Registration fees are non-refundable (no exceptions) but may be transferred or sold to another participant.

What’s included:
Accommodations:  3 nights’ stay in beautifully decorated bedrooms at the legendary Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas. There are 2 to 6 twin beds per room at the Whatever Craft House and 3 full bathrooms that will be shared.

Meals:   All meals are prepared fresh  just for our guests, which includes 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches, along with plenty of snacks and desserts!   As our cook Lindsay says “I’m going to spoil you!”  And, you won’t have to do any dishes!

Crafts:  All supplies and instruction for the creative projects will be provided. You may want to bring an extra tote or leave some room in your suitcase for all of the wonderful projects you will create!  You will go home with a minimum of 5 new colorful projects.

**Registration does not include transportation to / from the retreat.

How to Register:  Registrations by email – send an email to Kelli at at degreesbykelli@gmail.com.   If you are registering with a friend (or friends), only 1 email is needed.  Registrations will be reserved as they are received for the first 13 people.    Upon receiving your registration email, a return email will be sent confirming availability and verify your payment plan option.

Payment Options:
1) Pay in full at time of registration
2) Payment plan: Payment 1 of $400 due at time of registration to confirm your spot and then Kelli will set up a payment plan for final payment or installments.

All payments must be received by June 15th.

Venue:  The Whatever Craft House is a colorfully renovated 1903 home in Newton, Kansas just 30 miles north of Wichita in the heart of Kansas.  Well known as a destination retreat center, the house is a delight for creative souls with large work rooms and handmade quilts on each bed.  It will truly be your happy place.


Retreat Schedule: 
Thursday, June 20th    
Guests can arrive between 12:00-2:00 pm to settle in to the beautiful Whatever Craft House.     We will kick off our creative journey by painting and embellishing a canvas tote bag!  Followed by our evening Welcome FIESTA where you will craft a rainbow!

Friday, June 21st
The morning will be filled with stitches as we learn basic embroidery and explore the wonderful world of wool felt.  Following lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore the shops of Newton, more creative time or possibly a nice little nap!  We’ll finish the day with a beaded jewelry project.

Saturday, June 22nd
Rise and shine on Saturday where we will create a mixed media colorful collage to inspire!  After lunch we will depart for adventures in Wichita, Kansas at Mrs. O’Leary’s where we will learn how to make kiln enameled bracelets!  We promise, it’s as easy as frosting a cookie!   And you’ll love exploring her store!  The evening will conclude back in Newton.

Sunday, June 23rd
All good things must come to an end and following Sunday brunch we will say goodbye with new friends, fabulous projects and plenty of memories (and photos to share!)

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Transportation:  Newton, KS is 25 miles north of Wichita, Kansas just off of I-35.

The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower airport has daily flights with many major airlines.   Visit http://www.flywichita.com for more information.

Shopping in Newton:
Mainstreet Newton has several great places to shop including several antique & flea markets to go “picking” and a great quilt shop – Charlotte’s Sew Natural.  Explore these shops during your down time.

Your Hibernate and Create RETREAT Hosts:

Kelli Sweet
Exploring is the general theme for all of artist Kelli Sweet’s DSC_3552-01creativity as she explores color, texture, patterns or history with vintage inspired treasures.   As Degrees by Kelli, her favorite mediums are jewelry, collage & painting as well as all things quilt & fabric related.

Kelli loves to connect and inspire creativity.  She founded Hibernate & Create as the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge which has blossomed into a beautiful Facebook community from across the US and Canada and expanded into retreats to bring people together for dedicated creative time with friendship & food!


Tanya Horn
Tanya Horn is a mixed media artist and loves COLOR, acrylic paints & all things vintage. Tanya 2
She enjoys sharing her art with others through Bible Journaling classes, wine nights painting in her home and enjoys teaching at retreats.

As an artist and owner of Twisted Angel, Tanya believes that there is creativity within everyone. One of her favorite activities is visiting antique shops to seek out unique items to upcycle as home décor or new art projects.

A self-proclaimed gypsy, Tanya has lived in NE, AZ, CO, WY and currently calls Wichita, KS home – with her two rescue dogs.


Julie Geiger
Armed with a sewing machine or needle and thread, Julie Geiger creates all types ofJulie 2 fabric wonderment including quilts, wool applique, embroidery and wool felt projects.

Captivated by all things fabric since she was a young girl, Julie is the owner of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop, Home of Wool Felt Central in Cozad, Nebraska.

Julie will share her magic, some embroidery stitches and inspire you to transform needle, thread, and wool felt into flowers.


Thanks to these generous sponsors!

House Wren Studio
Mrs. O’leary’s
Marge E. Creations

Interested in sponsoring our attendees with little gifts!   Contact Kelli at degreesbykelli@gmail.com


We’ll see you in Kansas!