Thursday, November 3, 2011

Retreat and Stash

 Hello friends,

I am back from the Dyeing to Stitch Retreat and what a fabulous time it was. Here is the group we stitched with all weekend. They were so fun! Kim and Brenda (the 2 ladies to the left in the front) joined us on the night of the banquet. It was so much fun I hated for it to end.  I can't wait to see how much of the projects everyone gets done before the next one in 2 years. I love stitching at the beach!
They gave us projects galore. The theme this year was Seaside Seasons. We had our opening project which was a bag with a design of the 4 seasons representing each designer. Thursday was a collaboration piece in which each designer did an accessory. There is a pincushion, scissor keep, scissor fob, and needle book. I can't wait to get started on these. I need to do my Christmas stitching first though. Friday night we made a nice liner for a basket with Pam from Olde Colonial Designs. So the basket you see in the photo with a close up below was our farewell gift. Is that not fabulous or what!! I was beyond words! The liner fits right in the bottom. The little acorn on the basket we also received at the retreat and is adorable. It is tiny and was made by the hands of Pat, Patty, and Wendy of Dyeing to Stitch.
This is a picture of all my stash. Do you think it's enough to keep me busy?                                                   This is a combination of gifts 
 from the retreat, the boutique there, and a visit to the Dyeing to Stitch shop. I love my basket! I just had to say that. I met alot of very nice stitchers whom I hope to keep in touch with and talk stitching. I didn't post pictures because I don't usually like to post pictures of people unless I ask permission. I didn't get a chance to do that with everyone so you'll have to take my word for it that they are wonderful people.

To close things up I just wanted to include this picture of  Perry. My Aunt gave me the little scarf for him on our recent visit. So I put it on and I think he got a little mad at me because he wouldn't look at me.He would look out of the corner of his eye and at one point he totally turned his head away from me. He is such a little stinker but I had to laugh. He got used to the scarf.
I am working on ornaments for the next few weeks for Becky's ornament challenge. I will show as soon as I get a few done.

Have a good rest of the week and Happy Stitching!!



Cathy B said...

Hello Maureen! It was great to meet you and your mom at the retreat. How wonderful to be able to share your love of cross-stitch with your mom!

I'll email you this weekend -- you asked me for my address...

Erika said...

Oh my goodness, Maureen, you did a fabulous review of the retreat! It was so wonderful to see you. Your stitching is so inspiring...I can't wait for your next blog post! Love, Erika