December 24, 2014
YAY! It’s Christmas Eve! And in our house we’re ready to celebrate Christmas! The presents are wrapped, goodies are made, and tomorrow’s Christmas dinner is prepped.
Tonight Michael and I will be celebrating at a Christmas Eve Service at our church. I’ll be playing piano for many of the carols we’ll be singing. The church is beautifully decorated for this special occasion. There will be an inspirational message, communion together, and then we will join together in a large circle with candles. The room will be darkened and a solemn hush will fill the sanctuary. From one candle, representing the Light of Christ come into the world, we then light each candle. When all candles are lit, we sing “Silent Night” together. For us it is a beautiful tradition of reflecting on the true meaning of the holiday.
Later this evening Michael and I will open some gifts sent from our friends in Colorado, and then will relax by the light of our Christmas tree. We really enjoy our tree. Many of the ornaments have special meaning for us, marking our different Christmases together and places we have visited. We each have ornaments handed down from family. And then...some of the oddest collection of ornaments you’ve ever seen, and we love each one! LOL! Just before bedtime we sneak away to fill each other’s stockings, and then off to bed we go.
On Christmas morning we open our stockings while still in bed. For breakfast we have a traditional Maple Danish that I make, along with chunks of cheddar cheese and steaming coffee. Then we dive into our presents.
Family and friends will begin arriving before noon and we’ll have a delicious dinner with the best pecan pie in the world (made by my sister-in-law Mary), followed by more presents Afterwards we like to hang out in the living room with a fire in the fireplace (we have some grand chestnuts for roasting), listen to music, watch old movies, and just enjoy each other’s company before each one heads for home.
There has been great merriment at some Christmas-themed Stitcher’s Hideaway Retreats! How fun it was to see the reactions when Santa arrived with goodies in his sack for all the good little stitchers!
What fun we’ve had! And we’re in for some more fun at another Christmas-themed retreat next October with Thea of Victoria Sampler -- this time at the historic Publick House in Sturbridge, MA! Woo-hoo!!!
Whatever holidays you celebrate this season, I wish you and yours the very best and merriest ever.
May your stitches be perfect and plentiful in 2015!
December 14, 2014
What a perfect time to post the FUN REPORTS for last year’s Christmas-themed double-header retreats with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler! I think you’ll enjoy reading about our fun and seeing the pictures of our time together -- especially when Santa showed up and stole the scene!
It could be any time now that I receive photos of the Christmas-themed project for the October 2015 retreat, once again designed and by the wonderful Thea!! This is just so very exciting because our retreat project will be the latest three dimensional design in her Gingerbread Village series -- the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat Cottage, inspired by my own little cottage! We’ll learn first-hand all the stitches and finishing techniques needed to complete our project! As soon as I have a few more details and the project picture, I’ll be posting the information to this website. What fun we are going to have!!
If you would like to be added to the email distribution list to receive first word about when information is posted for the October 2015 retreat, just zip me an email and let me know!
November 10, 2014
I have just posted the Fun Report for the Kindred Spirits Retreat to share with you all the fun time we had!
I know that there are quite a number of veterans among those who have attended Stitcher’s Hideaway Retreats and in the stitching community. I thank you and salute you!
Happy Stitching All!
November 6, 2014
Oh, the Kindred Spirits Retreat was just SO much fun! It was a warm and cozy time together working with Ann Pettit on the Anne of Green Gables inspired project, My Sewing Book. We had lots of stitching time and many wonderful hours just being together. It was great to get to know new stitchers and to catch up with alum. There was something about this retreat that was just so relaxing. I had two frequent attendees tell me that of all the Stitcher’s Hideaway retreats they had attended this was their favorite!
Well, time to talk about the 2015 Retreat schedule! There is a lot to look forward to next year!
The alumni events, Alumni Addicts Day and 2015 Winter Escape Retreat, officially opened for non-alum to register on November 1, so now’s your opportunity if you’ve never been to this fun-filled event! This is a Stitchers Gone Wild retreat where we bring whatever we’d like to work on and stitch, shop, feast, and laugh to our heart’s content!!
The Making Waves in Sturbridge retreat is close to being filled already and it’s 8 months away! One of the attendees was able to see the stitched model of “Walking on Water’s Edge” -- our retreat project designed by Diane Herrmann -- and she said it was gorgeous and can’t wait to do it! I can’t wait either!
And now for some BIG news about the retreat with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler on October 19-20, 2015, in Sturbridge, MA! Our retreat project will be the latest amazing three dimensional design in her Gingerbread Village series -- the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat Cottage!!!! And much to my delight, Thea’s new design is inspired by my own cottage and will feature white trim, Victorian touches, porches and more! You’ll have two full days with Thea to learn all the stitches and finishing techniques to complete your very own Gingerbread Christmas Retreat Cottage! We’re in for a fantastic Christmas theme retreat!! As soon as Thea has the project completed and pictures to share I’ll post them here for you to see. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!
And now -- to get back to working on the Fun Report about our Kindred Spirits Retreat!
See you at a retreat soon!
September 1, 2014
Wonderful news! I’ve opened up registration for the Making Waves in Sturbridge Retreat!! While this retreat won’t be held until July of 2015, I’ve received so many queries about it that I decided to open registration early. Diane Herrmann will be teaching her absolutely gorgeous “Walking on Water’s Edge” project for this retreat! It will be held at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.
Registrations have been coming in steadily for the 2015 Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts Day! At the moment these events are open only to Stitcher’s Hideaway Alum, but on November 1 they will be open to anyone. Fortunately the wonderfully large room at the Publick House can accommodate many stitchers. We had such a great time there last year! Every time I think about it I still smile!
My summer has been very, very busy. We have had a lot of work done inside our home -- going room by room and having wallpaper removed, walls and ceilings painted, wood floors refinished, and many new windows put in. It’s been a bit chaotic -- and we’re not quite done -- but we think things will be finished by the end of September. We are going to really enjoy our “new” house this fall!
We have spent more time than usual at our little cottage while the house renovations were going on and it has been very relaxing. We’ve had great times visiting with family and friends this summer, and wow -- I’ve been getting a lot of stitching done!
In early May my husband Michael and I traveled by car to NC where we visited his mother and one of his brothers, and then went to Hilton Head Island to visit my cousin and his wife in their amazing southern manse where we were spoiled rotten! It was a really fun trip with lots of opportunity to explore, visit, and just enjoy each other’s company.
I have also just retured from a trip to California to visit a dear friend who recently had a mastectomy and is undergoing chemo treatments. She hadn’t had a mammogram for 5 years because she didn’t see the need since there was no history of breast cancer in her family. She has since learned that about 85% of those who get breast cancer have no family history of it. She has a rough road ahead of her with treatments now. If she could tell each of you something it would be to get those mammograms, ladies!
Next up for me is getting everything ready for the Kindred Spirits Retreat on October 3-4!! That is just going to be so much fun -- and I am SO ready for another retreat. I really miss everyone between retreats and it has seemed like forever since last February. I can hardly wait!
Happy Stitching, Friends!
June 29, 2014
I have just added the Fun Report for the Sturbridge 2013 Retreat. What a red, white, and blue time we had! Ha-ha!! Enjoy!
June 18, 2014
I have a lot of exciting news for you!! The 2015 Retreat Schedule has been set!
But before I begin telling you all about 2015, don’t miss the opportunity to take Ann Pettit’s “My Sewing Book” class at the Kindred Spirits Retreat this October 3-4! Ann’s design was inspired by the story of Anne of Green Gables. On Thursday night before the retreat begins this group of kindred spirits will be watching the movie Anne of Green Gables together! We know we’re in for a great time!
I should tell you that Ann has informed me that this is the last time she will be teaching her “My Sewing Book” project -- so don’t miss out! Her project is absolutely adorable. I’ve waited several years to finally be able to book her to teach it
And now for 2015 News!
First, you already know the dates for the Alumni Addicts Day and 2015 Winter Escape. And today I have officially opened registration!! Let the stampede begin!!
Second -- Wow. I have booked Diane Herrmann to teach her gorgeous “Walking on Water’s Edge” project! How gorgeous is THAT!!
This Making Waves in Sturbridge retreat will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, July 15-16, 2015 at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. I will provide further information as soon as possible. !
And then, if that isn’t amazing enough, Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler will be teaching a brand new design -- her Retreat House Sampler! This is still in the designing stages so I have no picture to show you as yet. This will be held on Monday & Tuesday, October 19-20, 2015, at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.
This is a lot to look forward to!! I’m so excited about each one of these retreats that I can hardly stand to be around myself - lol!!
If you’re not yet on the email distribution list, contact me and just ask to be added. I will be emailing information on each of these retreats as they are posted on the website and registration opens for each one.
See you at a retreat!
April 27, 2014
I have begun setting dates for the 2015 Retreats! By popular demand, the Winter Escape Retreat and additional Alumni Addicts Day will be held at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. We loved the big room there, the lodging options, and the meals - yum! The Winter Escape Retreat will be held on Thursday & Friday, February 19-20, 2015, and the Alumni Addicts Day will be held on Wednesday, February 18. These events are for Stitchers Gone Wild! These are non-instructor retreats designed to give us all an opportunity to stitch on whatever we’d like, have wonderful meals together, hang out and have fun! If you’re on the mailing list you’ll receive advance notice of the opening for registration. If you aren’t on the mailing list yet, just send me an email and I’ll add you.
I had such a wonderful time at the 2014 Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts! I have many fond memories that continue to make me smile! It was so great to see everyone in the middle of our rather long winter, to see what everyone else was working on, and oh -- my room in the Inn was so wonderful! And SHOPPING!! Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing was there all 3 days -- and they will be there in 2015, too! Woo-hoo!!
Registration is still taking place for the Kindred Spirits Retreat! It’s going to be a great time. Most of us will gather the night before to watch the movie Anne of Green Gables . Then we’ll have 2 days to work on our project together with Ann Pettit of Brightneedle. She designed her adorable “My Sewing Book” inspired by Anne of Green Gables. Those of us who attended the 2009 Spooky Retreat with Ann Petit were able to see this lovely project first hand and we were in love with it! At that retreat Ann’s project for us was the Ghoulies and Ghosties Etui. We enjoyed Ann’s sweet nature, her simple finishing techniques, and good humor!
Many of you know that Chris of Chris’s Collection closed up her shop last year. We all enjoyed the shops that Chris and her pal Pam set up for us at Stitcher’s Hideaway Retreats over the years. And I miss them both!!! But I have great news!! Chris is going to set up shop at the Kindred Spirits Retreat for us!! She’s bringing all of her remaining stash and will be selling everything at 50% off!! Woo-hoo!! AND -- while Pam runs the shop for us, Chris will be attending the retreat as a stitcher for the first time!! I’m so happy that she can join us!!
See you at a retreat soon!
March 31, 2014
I have just opened up registration for the Kindred Spirits Retreat!! YAY!!
See you there!
March 14, 2014
I’ve just posted the Fun Report for the Alumni Winter Escape Retreat & Alumni Addicts Day! Enjoy!
March 11, 2014
First up -- the big news! I’ve posted preview information on the Kindred Spirits Retreat to be held in Mystic, CT on October 3-4, 2014!!! Ann Pettit of Brightneedle will be teaching “My Sewing Book”, a project inspired by Anne of Green Gables, a favorite book (and movie) for many of us! In the book Anne refers to “kindred spirits” - people that make a special connection through shared beliefs, feelings or experiences. As stitchers we share a lot in common, and so I’ve named this exciting event the Kindred Spirits Retreat!
This is going to be such a fun event -- and our project is adorable!!
For those that can arrive the night before, we’ll be watching the movie “Anne of Green Gables” together! There will also be an optional stitching exchange -- participants will stitch up something about friendship and finish it in the form of their choosing!
Now let me tell you what a fantastic time we had at the Alumni Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts Retreat!!!! This year it was held at the Publick House Inn in Sturbridge, MA. We had loads of room there, fantastic food, and stitching, stitching, stitching! I’m very eager to get a Fun Report written up about the retreat so that those of you who missed it can read about it. We defintely loved the location and having an optional additional day of stitching, so my plan is to do it again in 2015!
We had some VERY memorable laughter-filled meals there with an entertaining hostess!
Oh, there is just so much I could say about the retreat -- but instead of putting more here I’m going to get cracking on that Fun Report so you can read about it all at once!
See you at the next retreat!