Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tree of Life Samplings Retreat

Last weekend was the Tree of Life Samplings Retreat in Terre Haute, Indiana.  You just can't beat a weekend of stitching with old friends and new!  Above are some new friends, Robin, Jan (Tree of Life Samplings designer and retreat thrower), Mary, Kathy, Candace and Carol.  As you can imagine, the laughter was flowing and the needles were flying!  

 We saw someone else taking their picture with a frame so we had to copy!  Above are Barb and Ellen!   We are lucky cause they stitch with us at Inspired Needle.

 Here is Karin doing a solo pic!    Highly cute.
 Here are Patti, Karin and me. 
This is Ranae and Anna.  Total cuties!
 Anna was working on this cool BBD piece.
 There was an exchange.  Above is the really cool piece that Candace stitched.  Ranae was the lucky winner.
 Jan brought merchandise to the retreat.  Here are some of my scores.
 This is Emma Rose Freedom by Tree of Life Samplings.  I really love this one!
 Jan had hand-dyed fabric for sale. 
 Karin started on the retreat piece!!!  Looks totally gorgeous so far.
 Remember that bag I purchased from the Etsy shop, Dutch Sisters?  I finally broke it out and used it this weekend.  Perfect purse for a stitching weekend.
 Patti finished this great Stacy Nash piece!
 Here is another great design from Jan.  Penny America.
 Here is Emma Rose Christmas, What Love Can Do, and the finished class pieces.
 Ranae made this pin cushion for me!!!!!  Just because!  Isn't it sweet?????  I love, love, love it.  Thanks Ranae....that was really lovely of you.
 Robin stitched this small for the exchange and Ranae won it.  It is a free chart from My Big Toe and I can't wait to stitch it myself. 
 Above and below were some of the chart racks that Jan bought.  Lots and lots of my favorite designers!!!
 On the way to the retreat we stopped in Zionsville, IN in order to visit Persnickety Stitchers.  Was it on our way?  Of course not!  But we will not be deterred when an unexplored stitch shop is within 100 miles!!!!  What a great little town....we had lots of fun looking at stitch stuff, Vera Bradley stuff, antiques and had a great lunch!
Linda and Pat were my Zionsville models!

24 comments:

Margaret said...

I loved seeing all the pics of the friends having fun. Great stash and all too! And great stitching!

Karin said...

Great recap Laura!!!! Love, love the pic of the 3 of us!!!

BrendaS said...

Great post Laura! Lot of great pics:))

Anonymous said...

Great recap of a wonderful weekend! I really enjoyed meeting you and the others from your stitching group, Laura!

Robin in Virginia

thegreytail said...

you know I was waiting for this!! :D
thank you! it was so much fun looking at all these stitchers having a great time.. and all those charts.. and finishes.. and gifts.. and exchanges.. and OH MY!! :D

Cathy B said...

Love your pictures Laura. Was so happy to meet you and the rest of the Inspired Needle gang!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Great photos of a fun weekend with friends.

Babs said...

Wow, first time a picture of me made me crack up and scream at the sametime......

Barb said...

That looks like lots of fun!!

Giovanna said...

Thanks for sharing your great pictures - what fun!

Lois said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! Lovely pics both of yourselves and all that wonderful stitching and charts!

Siobhán said...

Looks like you guys had a good time! Great pictures! :)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Great blog, as always, Laura.
Linda

sana said...

The very happy photograph made me feel happy , too!

Julianne said...

Laura,

Great to see a picture of you. It looks like it was a fun weekend.

Nan said...

It was great to meet you. Loved the recap and hope to do it again soon.
Take care!

CathyR said...

What a fun time! Great "picture" story, Laura. Looks like the weather cooperated, you got lots of great stash and you had a blast with your stitching buddies! Plus, you got to meet lots of blogging friends! Thanks for sharing your weekend.

Cathy

Jan said...

Laura!!! What a super neat thing to finally get to meet you!! You are just how I imagined, a great smile and a loving heart! Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

Enjoy your stitching, love!! xoxo

woolwoman said...

what fun seeing you guys enjoying this retreat. It was nice to see faces of some bloggers I enjoy. Love all the projects you pictured and WOW - Jan sure brought in a great boutique. enjoy all your great projects and purchases - Mel

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. Looks like you all had a great time! Lots of lovely stitching too!

Ranae said...

Great recap of the weekend

Peggy Lee said...

Great pictures Laura! I had a blast meeting new stitchy friends.

A stitchers store is ALWAYS on the way!

:o)

valerie said...

Looks like you all had a ton of fun!!

Patti said...

What fun pictures Laura- I feel like I was there! Wait- I was- LOL! Bob did an excellent job as the photographer, didn't he? Good times!!!! Thanks for posting all these...note to self I must return to Blogland soon!!!