Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Retreat Recap

Happy Last Week of October!

My this month has flown by!  The weather has been so beautiful here in Nebraska that it is hard to believe November is just a few short days away.  Before I know it Amy will be home for Thanksgiving and then Christmas!  YIKES!!

Retreat was last weekend.   I was asked in the comments of my last blog post what retreat was so bear with me if this is old news to you.  The shop I work at has two retreats a year.  A spring "frills" retreat and a fall "no frills" retreat.  Spring retreat includes an exclusive design, swag bags, door prizes, massages, sometimes a trunk show, a make it and take it, swap table, brag table and shop night plus the most important thing...4 days of stitching.   I blogged about our last spring retreat a couple of posts back.  Fall Retreat is no frills.  It's 4 days of stitching, an ornament exchange and brag table. Period.  We may re-think the massages though and add those in for next year.  Our ornament exchange this year was Christmas themed.  Last year it was Halloween themed.  I didn't take too many pictures this year but did manage to snap a few of the finishes that happened and of course the brag table and ornaments.  This fall we had a total of 28 retreaters that were able to attend.  I believe, judging from all the laughter, everyone had a good time, I know I did!

I believe Linda was the first to finish something at retreat this year.  But I have to call her out on it. Having only 3 stitches to put in, while technically a finish, is IMHO Cheating!!!  But we clapped for her anyway and I took the dirty little cheaters picture too!

See that maniacal look in her eye?  She knows she cheated and she doesn't care!  Mwah!  Linda you know I love you.

Doreen had a finish from the Hometown Holiday series.

Stacy had a finish in the monthly Cottage series.  She might have had more but you actually have to bring your stitching with you to retreat if you intend to stitch.  Sadly, Stacy remembered her homework but forgot her stitching!!  We had quite a few chuckles at her expense.  Luckily, another gal that was coming on Friday was able to bring it with her and so Stacy just worked on her homework for the first 24 hours of retreat.

Carole had a finish, although unless you know her and recognize the hair you wouldn't know it was Carole.

Deb had a finish too.  When I went over to take the picture she had already balled it up and stuffed it in her bag.  I say that's abuse of a finished cross stitch and she should have to forfeit the piece.  Do you agree?

Mary Ann had a finish while at retreat too.  But she hid behind it when I took the picture.  Possibly another reason for forfeiture?

The following were displayed on the brag table.  Kudos to all for the gorgeous pieces we got to see!  Pictures just don't do them justice.  Especially mine this year as I thought I should behave and not climb up and down on chairs to get a better shot.  I apologize for the quality.

 The ornament exchange was fun and everyone did a wonderful job again this year.

Finally, I will close with a couple of WIP's that I thought you might enjoy seeing.

It's not often I see anyone working on a Hawk Run Hallow piece and this one is stunning! Elaine said she hasn't stitched on it since last retreat so I challenged her to have it finished by next fall's retreat.

The last piece I will share is a Prairie Schooler masterpiece being stitched by Patty.  I believe it measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 x 55 on 40 count.  This one got several people's attention. So much so that a couple of them went on ebay and bought the charts!

And there you have it, retreat in a nutshell.  I hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful projects stitched by the awesome needleartists that attended, and keep in mind this is just a small sampling of the beautiful pieces the ladies were working on.   A big thanks to all of you for supporting our retreats, without you we couldn't have them!

Take care till next time!



Jackie said...

I so love a no-frills retreat! Don't get me wrong, the spring retreat sounds like tons of fun too! It looks like everyone had a great time. I really enjoyed the show and tell!

RuthB said...

Wow -- such big smiles -- you'd think people were enjoying themselves. lol Everything looks wonderful.

Cari said...

I love a no-frills retreat !! Stitch, laugh, stitch, eat, stitch, laugh, nap, stitch !! Thanks for sharing all the pics. I can tell everyone had a great time. And yes, the 'cheaters' should surrender their piece to you !! LOL So much fun !!

Robin said...

What a wonderful retreat you offered! I love a no frills retreat where you get to stitch, laugh, chat, eat, and repeat for the entire weekend.

Thank you for sharing!

Robin in Virginia

PS I think Carole should surrender her piece to me!

Carole said...

In your dreams Robin. LOL I was just going to the board to tell you to look at the blog for pictures since I forgot my camera.

It was a wonderful time and I can't wait till spring.

cucki said...

i just love everything and all the lovely work so much x

cucki said...

and me cucki back again...
i just love all the pieces so much..super sweetttttttt work and so inspiring..thank you for sharing dear..
love you xxx

Stacy said...

Thank you for yet another super retreat. It was so much fun! Even if I did forget my stitching and had a ton of homework to do. ;-)

Maggee said...

Looks like a great no-frills retreat! I have been to PALS, which is the same type of retreat. I prefer that, since I am a no-frills stitcher! Don't care for specialty stitching and am a slow stitcher... wouldn't be able to keep up if they were doing a make-it and take-it! ha! But I shall enjoy your retreat vicariously through your pictures! Ha! Thanks for sharing with us!