My Big Chill weekend in Colorado

cake ornamentThe weekend after teaching in Diablo Valley Phil and I flew to Denver to have a reunion of sorts with my dearest friends my old art school roommates. Our roommate Tracy got married and we flew from far and wide to converge for the long weekend and celebrate Tracy’s marriage and the fact that we were all in the same place for the first time in 25 years!

the ol gang
(left) Tracy, Gen, Me and Amy in 1983 when we went to Otis Parsons school of design (and Mike took the picture) and us all reunited at Tracy’s wedding 33 years later!

happy hour

We all met up the day before the wedding at the hotel and immediately went out for a celebratory cocktail.

Amy gen and me in denver
On the day of the wedding a group of us wondered around downtown Denver, seeing the sights, catching up, introducing Gens husband, Martin (from Australia), to his first tamale, and basically having a blast reconnecting.

arrived at the wedding

The wedding took place on a gorgeous ranch north of Colorado Springs with a view of Pikes Peak in the distance. By the way, I’ve had a lot of people ask about my dress, I bought it from They have a lot of retro styles, and the dresses are made on order customized for your height for no extra fee (perfect for me since I’m so tall!). If you follow this link you can get $30 off your order.pikes peak


gen mike and amyGen lives in Adelaide, AU now with her husband Martin who’s the Lord Mayor. Mike is a designer for a gaming company in Austin but has also worked over the years as an actor.  Amy  is a book designer specializing in fine art books for museums in Los Angeles.
gen and martin

Tracy looked absolutely radiant escorted down the aisle by her two sons.
Tracy and MikeTracy and I reconnected last year (after not seeing each other for 10 years) when I taught in Colorado Springs and while there we shared a lot of trials and tribulations over the years, and it fills my heart with joy to see her so happy now with such a great guy (also named Mike). and mike phil and gen
We all had such a blast at the wedding and were so sad to say good by to Gen and Martin, but now Phil and I will have to visit them in Adelaide in 2017 while on my trip to New Zealand to teach at NZ National Quilt Symposium!!

manitou springs

The day after the wedding me, Phil, Amy and Mike, went to Manitou Springs. I love it there, I could totally see living in that beautiful little town.manitou springs2

tracys llamas On our last day, we all went over to Tracy and her husband Mikes new 10 acre ranch, where they live with Tracy’s llamas, chickens and two giant black Russian terriers (140 lbs!) with a view of Pikes peak out their front door.

group shot in pasturewilflowersIMG_5136
I loved seeing all the different varieties of wildflowers growing in the llama pasture. What a wonderful weekend!!

Keep creating, Judy

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

5 Responses to “My Big Chill weekend in Colorado”

  1. What a wonderful time you had in Colorado Springs! My sister-in-law lives there, so we have visited many times. Manitou Springs is fabulous (but beware of the flash flooding that can happen there). My sister-in-law lives in an adorable house kind of near the Broadmoor, and she loves it there.

    • Hi Cindy,

      yeah Tracy told me about the flood a couple years ago that wiped out the first floor of a line of shops near the creek. I had never been to Colorado until last year and I’m so glad I’ve got a few more opportunities to visit again over the next year.

  2. ryllis says:

    Looks like a lot of fun.

  3. […] Lucky for me, my old college room mate Tracy lives near Colorado Springs and we were able to get together for dinner after I finished teaching. It was wonderful to catch up on everything that’s happened since we last saw each other in May, when she got married. […]

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