Week before last was the annual stitching retreat with the Friday night stitching group. We haven't been stitching on Friday nights since Joan moved to Aberdeen, but the retreat went on as planned! Joan was home for the week and joining her were Jill, Lori, Jackie, and me! While I wasn't able to take time off from work to be there during the day, I joined them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
These ladies have been doing this every year for the past four or five years. Each year they pick a theme and then they put together little gift bags for each other. Last year was the first year I attended and at the time I didn't even realize they did the gift bags. This year, I had my gift bag ready but man, oh man - these ladies took this year's theme very seriously! Here's a snap of just some of the goodies I came home with!
The pillow case for the pillow in the back was made by Joan (pillow was provided by Jackie last year) - moving clockwise - the slippers were made by Jill's mom, snowman pinkeep from Joan, project bags from Joan and Lori, felt snowman ornament from Jill, at the very bottom of picture is also a snowman stitch marker from Jill, in the tin cover is a tiny little scissors with a snowman beaded fob made by Lori, the snowman project in the baggie is from Jackie, the Frosty Friends scissors fob was from Joan and the pincushion on top of the small canning jar was made by Joan. There are a few other ornies from the girls in the picture too (click on the picture to enlarge so that you can see everything.) These ladies took their theme seriously this year!
I made each of us a snowman ornie for our Christmas trees. The design is from Plum Pudding Needlearts. Along with their ornie I provided a collection of beverages for them to enjoy - assorted hot chocolates, cappucinos, and teas. Just the thing I enjoy sitting down with when I'm ready to stitch in the wintertime!
Next year's theme is "Under the Sea" - I better start thinking about it now so that I can keep up with these creative ladies!