Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chessie & Me Retreat Hosted by Stitchville USA

What a great time I had seeing old friends and meeting new, this is a shout out to two of my friends Vicki from Ark. she was so cute and adorable, Kirsten from Tex was a real joy a very sweet lady, it was a pleasure to meet you both,  table I sat at  were Linda a good friend, Larue who I met last year Sue I also was introduced to last year and Karen, we had such a great time at our table, lots of giggles, and serious talk, the serious talk only lasted for a few minutes due to Linda who had us in stitches with her dog pictures.
I went on a week long retreat myself for lots of stitching, pool and hottub time, along with a few walks added in.
I stayed at the Carlson Country Inn in Chanhassen Mn. the only contact I had with people was at the gym and pool also at breakfast, I had a fridge in my suite with a microwave so I made lots of salads and sandwiches I had  my trusty latte machine, I was totally in heaven just stitching my heart out.

First I want to show you the goodies Stitchville had at the tables.
We also had carmels and a beautiful little bird in our rooms waiting for us.
I love the bag it is large and had some goodies inside.
The wooden box is beautiful, which is dove tailed that is an old fashioned way of putting a box together,  no nails, the pin cushion is adorable, we all had different ones due to the fact they are hand turned, The fob on the scissors is also handmad, I am totally in love with the luggage tag it is my favorite color.

This is the prestitch items we did before the retreat, I worked on mine when I was relaxing at the Inn.
This is a little box we painted and distressed, I need to put ricrack around the stitched picture the cutter did not do a good job cutting the wool around the stitched picture, ( do love ricrack)
Linda from Chessie&Me also gave us the needle emery's, they are so soft and sweet Thank-you Linda.
The project for sat. was a very sweet project, I am about half way through with it I had to go back to work this week, darn so not much stitching.
 
The picture that comes with the pattern thread and fabric looks a lot different from the real thing, I am not much for stitching  on white so I was a little worried when I opened the pattern pack, whew I was so happy to see the beautiful fabric that came with the project, I love this and am so happy to be almost done with it, it will go in my cat and bird bathroom.
I love how Linda hid the little sheep behind the tree oh so cute.

I did manage to buy some stash remember a couple of months  back I said I was not buying any stash
until Stitchvilles Retreat? well I was such a good girl I only bought two skeins of Weeks that I needed for a project,  I waited for the retreat because Deb gives a good discount on the night of the retreat.
 
I love Blackbird Designs, and I just had to have By The Bays newest pattern it is lovely, and of course after seeingh Chessie&Me Halloween House I just had to have it, the Cricket Pattern is really cute I will put that on the Baby Lotion pink fabric.

Well Mike is in Fargo for work and will not be home until monday night, sooo lots of uninterupted stitching, I will post more later this week with the other project I worked on at my little week long getaway, and somemore new stash.

P.S.
Next years Designer for Stitchvilles Retreat is The Drawn Thread Yippee.

Happy Spring (no snow please)
Catherine

 

6 comments:

Catherine said...

Great goodies! Looks like a fun time!

Lisa said...

I just love Stitchville USA...always a place on my "to visit" list when I go visit my family in Minnesota! Looks like lots of goodies and great stitching projects! What fun!

Poppy said...

Hello

Stitchvilee looks great! Great stash too.
Hope you have a good week.

Cathy B said...

It was so nice to see you again Catherine!

Hopblogger said...

Hello Catherine,
Congrats on the 100+ followers!! So glad you had a nice time at Stitchville. Everything is lovely.
Many hugs and kisses, Conny

Solstitches said...

It would be a dream to attend a stitching retreat.
It looks as though you had a wonderful time.
Lovely new stash.
Margaret