Non-Newbies have attended our workshops more than one time. They return to our annual workshops and continue to advance their designing talents and knowledge.

I am ALWAYS impressed with the creative ideas Non-Newbies come up with.

For example, Eilene was the first person in our holiday workshop to bring a string of lights to put in her Kissing Ball. She set the bar higher, then more Non-Newbies brought lights the following year. Many lights are battery operated now – great for our wreaths too.

Another time, during a wind chimes workshop, Lisa, my sister, brought copper tubing her husband cut into pieces to add to her piece. How clever, I thought. In many of our workshops, you may bring your own embellishments for your art pieces and I find it very interesting the things people come up with.

Another Non-Newbie, Maryse, is very good at making bows and was kind enough to show us how she does them at our annual holiday workshop in December. Sometimes we discover unique talents by attendees and they are happy to share with everyone.

Some Non-Newbies have been attending our workshops for 5 years – Linda (my cousin), she told me she is hooked on my Kissing Ball workshop in December. She was at the first annual workshop and I’m sure she will be here at the 10th! I always joke about how I’ll do this workshop forever, until I can’t stand up anymore.

At our Container Gardening Workshops in May, many Non-Newbies return because they like to learn about the new featured or themed plants for the season – and because the workshop is not just about learning and having fun – it is about convenience as all the supplies and plants are here for you to assemble your patio pots for the season.

Non-Newbie Benefits

As a Non-Newbie, you are eligible for coupons, gift bags, and special “thank you” gatherings. Stay tuned for more!

Cathy Testa

To see photos of our Non-Newbies, check out our Gallery on our sister blog site,

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