Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Fun at the PA Fall Getaway! πŸ‚

Finally, it had arrived, time to head to Pennsylvania for a stitching getaway! Get ready of lots of pictures...


Linda and Annette @Cross Stitch and More by LinAnn Events hosted this absolutely fantastic weekend, many thanks to you both! I hope you decide to come back here next year, but it not, I'll go wherever you choose!
Here are the goodies we received - patterns, needle minder, scissor fob (with our own initial on it!), telescope magnetic pick-up tool, and we got to choose three colours for the tree pattern. I think I got it all!


I won a door prize on the left, and then won a prize for most creative bag in the exchange (I think that was the title?) more on that later. I went from having zero scissor frogs to having two - awesome! Now I need more scissors.
Karen gave our table some homemade lip balm made from the beeswax from their bees, and NY Annette gave us a Halloween themed needle minder. So sweet, thanks ladies!


Although I didn't take her class that was offered while there, I do love the patterns designed by the lovely Sue Hillis.

Seeing them all stitched up and finished made them look even more amazing!

And the other part of her display.

I was only going to get the Stitches for the Needleworker, but seeing the Happy Thanksgiving framed made me want to get that one too. And a sweet freebie was included also.


Jim and Kevin @Needleworker's Delight/Silkweaver Fabrics were there and brought so many patterns, fabric, and goodies!



And there was another fabric table too!

More finished treasures, so tempting.


After one of my purchases with them, I won a $15 gift certificate so I had to get another piece of fabric. I could have sworn I bought another pattern, but maybe it was one I liked but they sold out.
The bag was made by Sarah, isn't it beautiful? Can you see the "butterfly"?! πŸ’€


It was such a beautiful day, Karen and I stepped out for a walk to enjoy the sunshine. The trees really hadn't started changing colour yet, but it was still pretty.


After a most delicious lunch earlier, we thought we would wait until later to have dinner, but when we got back to the stitching room, everyone else had gone to eat.

That left us alone in the room... trouble! πŸ˜‰

But instead, we joined everyone for dinner. The lunches and dinners were delicious, and the desserts... even better! It's a good thing our room was a bit of a walk away, I was still able to get my steps in!


Then it was time for the CIDER exchange. Each item had to begin with the letters in cider. These were mine, C - Christmas chart, I - invisible thread, D - DMC floss, E - Etoile Floss (2 Halloween and 2 Christmas colours), R - Ribbons for finishing.

I also stitched this without the beads and altered it to fit the theme. I finished it there but couldn't show it as finished piece and ring the bell since it was added to the bag!

Here it is put together. I made the bag on Thursday night, nothing like waiting until the last minute.

These were all the bags, so many creative ones! We played it like the white elephant or dirty Santa game. Lots of "stealing", laughter, and luckily not too many tears!

This is the gift I chose, it came from Edie - thanks, Edie!
C - Christmas, I - Igloo, D - Drink, E - Embroidery thread, R - Red. Did you notice the two Sue Hillis charts?! I told DH I was stitching the pink drink for his bar, he just rolled his eyes!


And then there was the giveaway table, I brought a box and still ended up bringing a lot home! I guess I'll be bringing it to the next retreat in two weeks.

These are some of the treasure I couldn't pass up.


There were so many gorgeous finishes, this was NY Annette's adorable mouse! It was the first one she put together, with Fran's help, and turned out great.


Although I didn't finish, I'm getting closer! Just the Harvest Moon to go, wishful thinking to be done by the full moon on the 12th.


And then all too soon, it was over. 😒
Thanks to Helene for sharing our two tables group pic! I made lots of new stitching friends, such fun! Even the darn frog joined us, he definitely made his way around the room.


So until next time, I'm already looking forward to it!
And on the way out, some colour to tease us.

10 comments:

  1. How fun! I would've been in 7th Heaven with all that Halloween. It's the framed pieces that really get your attention! I've had to buy a few charts because of what the framed version looks like. The desserts look scrumptious!

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  2. I will send you the pic of my friends there so you can see them. I'm pretty sure Edie that you got the exchange from is the same one I know. Sounds like a lovely retreat. All my friends said they loved it too. I'll have to see where the next one is.

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  3. Astrid: Wow what a lovely time you had.
    The tree is beautiful I really like the dark fabric surrounding it.
    I love flower frogs, I have a black one just like yours, I have never seen the turtle on, now I need to look more closely at the antique shop.
    Nice stash, have a great time at your next retreat.

    Catherine

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  4. Wow, what a fantastic time you had, with so many goodies exchanged and collected. I'm not surprised you didn't get a lot of stitching done but, like Katie always says about her retreats, the memories you make instead are priceless. :)

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  5. Oh my goodness (envious sigh)....you must have had the most fabulous time! And all that enticement to part with money - I would have needed a bank loan!

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  6. What an awesome looking retreat Astrid. Love all the photos. I am so jealous.

    Linda

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  7. It looks like it was a lot of fun and there were lots of goodies to enjoy, too. I haven't been to a retreat in years, but that looks like a good one!

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  8. I am so jealous! Looks like you had a great time and all the goodies and winnings, sounds like it was your lucky get away! Glad you had a great time!

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  9. That looks like so much fun!!!I loved seeing all the pictures but they did make me just a bit envious!

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  10. It looks like you all had a great time!
    I’d be surprised if you got any stitching done really! I know I don’t when I go to my sewing group, tee hee!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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