Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Best Thing About Stitching Retreats....

Is seeing old friends and making new friends. 

I was so glad that Yvonne and Karen were able to attend this retreat. 
I met them last October and we've been stitching buddies since.

I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful new stitching friends. 
As you can see they were all busy stitching away.

As the days went on the pictures got goofy.  Seems as though I had a fondness for holding out the camera and taking lots of pictures of myself.  I've uploaded all the silly pics to my flickr account.  If you are interested in more silliness you can check them out here.

Another of my favorite things is acquiring stash.  Jan packed up lots of stash from her shop and had it set up in her suite for our shopping pleasure. 
I think it's safe to say I spent time in her suite each day. 
As you can see I'm not the only one who gains happiness from stash shopping.
....Look at the smiles.

On Saturday it came time to total the "pile" of stash I accumulated during my visits to Jan's room.  As you can see it was quite a total and although it appears that I'm sad in this picture I soon got over it when I carried my bag out and got to play with it. 
I came home with lots of Tree of Life Samplings designs and fabric. 

As I wrap up the Only One Ewe 2011 retreat I want to leave you with 2 more pictures.
Below is the finished box from Vonna's class.  Inside the box everyone attending the retreat signed their name.  This is definitely a keepsake that I'll always cherish.

And last but not least.......
I have had my LHN traveling stitcher finished for a couple of
months but had yet to make the pocket.

My new friend Brenda had her traveling stitcher with her at the retreat.  After eyeballing her pocket during the weekend, I was confident that I could make my own.  So, after returning home I got busy and this is what I came up with.  I'm so happy I finally finished it. 
:-)  Thanks for the inspiration Brenda.

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share the retreat fun with you.
I love hearing from you and appreciate you sharing a part of your day with me.

Tomorrow I'll be posting my patriotic designs I've completed this year.  Until then.....
Keep on stitchin' on,


Yvonne..... said...

I am so glad I got to come to Indiana and play. It was DEFINITELY a fun weekend. Love you and Karen to bunches! Of course, you know I LOVE the LHN stitching pouch. I've got to get busy and stitch mine up. Have a great 4th and thanks for posting the pictures. It's always neat to see someone else's view from the lens! Hugs!

Karen said...

great pics except the one of me! LOL i didn't look happy shopping even though i was! LOL i think that was when i was getting tired. LOL it was great fun and soooo glad i got to go hang out with you and Yvonne!!! and the girls at the retreat too!!!

Michele said...

that's definitely the best thing about stitching retreats! So glad you had a blast :)

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a great time and got some lovely new stash.

Shari said...

what wonderful fun...oh, I wish I had been there!!! So close, yet so far away....

Lynn said...

From the looks of it, it was most definitely a great retreat! There's nothing better than stitching with and old! I wish I could have joined all of you.
Your stitching pocket is fabulous!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

It's so great to see y'all having such a fun time stitching and stashing. Love your stitching bag, and that box finish is fantastic! I also see that you've found and filled a great frog! Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing your patriotic stitching!

Jennifer said...

Great pics with friends!!!

Looks like you had a fun time.

Stay cool on this 4th.


Mouse said...

glad you had a great time :) and brill stash haul from the size of the bag hahahah... and love your travelling stitcher too ... well done on the finish finish :) love mouse xxx

Kathy said...

That weekend was so much fun! I love your Traveling Stitcher envelope. I need to stitch mine and finish it. Brenda inspired me too.