Thursday, 22 October 2015

Stitching Retreat goody bags and a clear out!

If you're a follower of Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher (and if not, why not have a look over there now?) you may have already seen her post about our stitching retreat last weekend, together with Mii Stitch (another lovely blog).

We spent two nights in a gorgeous converted dairy last weekend and had lots of fun chatting, stashing and de-stashing and even managed to do a little bit of stitching!

This is the second time we've met up and on both occasions we have exchanged goody bags.  This time we had a Hallowe'en theme and I'd like to share with you the gorgeous goodies I received.

From Ingrid:
Lizzie*Kate design, fabric, glow-in-the-dark thread, Hallowe'en ribbons, 
decorations, Lego monster and lots of sweets (a few of which were missing when I 
came to take this photo!)


And a close up of the cute little witch she stitched, finished perfectly as always!

From Rachel:
Sue Hillis Hallowe'en chart, fabric, Hallowe'en ribbons and threads, Witches Brew candle, 
notebook and a Hallowe'en stitch!

Here are close-ups of Rachel's ornament (front and back) which I was honoured to receive as it is I believe the first ornament she has ever finished!


All the gifts were just wonderful, and my boys (aged 6 and 7) were absolutely thrilled to see all the decorations and sweets when I got home, dare I say it even more excited about those than seeing their Mum after her weekend away!

We did manage some stitching and I even started and finished a cute stitch during the weekend, but I will share those photos another time.

I had taken with me most of my UFO pile and stash and with the help of my friends I sorted through everything and managed to get rid of three projects that I no longer want to stitch on for various reasons.  So you won't be seeing any more of this one...

(too hippy dippy!)

or this one...

(chart too complicated)

and most importantly, this one has gone too!

(too big!)

Yes, I've killed off my HAED Treasure Hunt Bookshelf!  It was full of confetti and just didn't "grab" me any more.  I have other HAED charts though and I still aim to complete at least one of them one day.

Thank you girls for a fun weekend - can't wait for the next one!

Justine

37 comments:

  1. It was so lovely to see you again!!
    You have been so brave with our decision to ditch a few projects :) HAHA
    Can't wait for the next one...

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  2. How wonderful..... Such a fantastic thing to do, hook up with stitching blogger friends. looks and sounds like you all had great fun too :)
    Lovely gifts and stitching.
    Smiles :)

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  3. Good for you Justine! How very brave of you! And relieving I imagine.
    So nice that you all got together for fun.

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  4. Great to be able to spend a weekend with fellow bloggers/stitchers!AriadnefromGreece!

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  5. what a fab weekend Justine! those goody bags have some wonderful contents.
    I agree with the other ladies, you're brave & wise to acknowledge that those projects no longer appeal to you, even though it's clear you've put effort into them already.

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  6. How nice that the three of you were able to get together, Justine--and what nice gifts from both stitchers! It is always such fun to be surrounded by others who "get" your passion for stitching, isn't it?

    I think you are wise to discard those WIPS that don't bring you joy--our tastes certainly change through the years :)

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  7. What an awesome time! It's so nice to get together with fellow stitchers. Dropping projects is a hard thing to do but sometimes it just has to be done. Congrats on dropping the ones you did. Hopefully you will find many other projects to fill their space. Love all the goodies you received!

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  8. I'm glad we helped you kill off some of your WIPs. That gives your basket room for some more! Can't wait to see how you finish your finish. :)

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  9. Looks like you girls had a fantastic weekend. Wish I was there. I too, have tossed a few starts that I knew I would never work on again.

    Linda

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful weekend away with like minded people. Beautiful exchanges. Sometimes we just have to let go of some projects. I look forward to seeing your finish from the weekend.

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  11. Sounds like you had a great time together! Sometimes it's best to just admit you are no longer in love with a project, I know I have a couple like that! x

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  12. Lovely exchanges and great idea to have a clear out!

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  13. What lovely gifts and great to meet up with stitchy friends.
    I totally agree that there is no point plodding on with stitching that is no longer enjoyable to stitch for whatever reason.

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  14. Cool you got some great stuff! I'm glad you were able to get rid of some stuff that wasn't calling you anymore. I don't think I'd be able to do that!

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  15. How fun to get together with other stitcher's. Great Halloween gifts and wonderful stitching!
    love Annette

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  16. It's always fun to meet with stitching friends. Looks like the girls filled your goody bags with superb things.

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  17. What wonderful exchanges - the little witch is darling.

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  18. Sounds and looks like you all had fun! Bravo to you for getting rid of a few things. I've done that before.

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  19. Sounds like a great weekend. Sorry to see that some of your WIP's just aren't making you happy, though well done for taking the decision to cut them loose.

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  20. Ah not the bookshelf one. Oh well I will just have to do mine soon hay. Glad you had fun with other bloggers face to face and you got some nice things too.

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    1. I'm just being realistic! There is way too much confetti and far too many other things I want to stitch. I look forward to watching you stitch yours and will be cheering you on!

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  21. Great exchanges among creative ladies! I too find it hard to part ways with UFOs, I'll seriously consider this step, lol. Thanks for being first to comment on my new post, take care!

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  22. What fun must it must be to attend a stitching retreat and exchange goodies.
    Like you , last week I decided to scrap my first HAED( thankfully a freebie) . As I only stitch gifts , I cant find a person whom I can gift the HAED ,so why stitch.

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  23. How great it must be to have a stitching retreat and the goodies looked great. I would never do a HAED Justine I am such a slow stitcher that I would never live long enough to complete it. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  24. lovely new beginnings...retreats are for just that...and more....x

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  25. It sounds like you had a lovely weekend! Enjoy all your goodies :D

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  26. Can't beat a stitching weekend with friends :) Well done for getting rid of UFO's you no longer want

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  27. Sounds like you had a great time Justine and the gifts are amazing.

    Good for you on getting rid of the UFOs you no longer want. Life is too short to be stitching on things you don't want to!

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  28. Sounds like a great weekend was had. No point stitching on what doesn't make you happy. Look forward to seeing your other wips:)

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  29. What a great time you all must have had and wonderful goodies and gifts.

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  30. quante cose belle e che bei ricami

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  31. Quite obviously you had a wonderful time together with everything that belongs to a stitching retreat, no matter how many stitchers meet. So great to have stitching friends not too far away. All these goodies are just wonderful.
    A neat idea to get rid of some of your UFOs. It doesn't make sense to keep them. Maybe there is some other stitcher who'd love to finish them. I also have such a UFO but although I take it out every now and then I don't feel like continuing stitching on it. But I'm not ready yet to let it go.

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  32. Wow...sounds like a great weekend! And such fabulous gifts too.
    Sometimes you just have to let go of those designs that you just can't stand anymore. Stitching is all about enjoying what you're doing and those ones obviously don't make the cut! :)

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  33. Wow...sounds like a great weekend! And such fabulous gifts too.
    Sometimes you just have to let go of those designs that you just can't stand anymore. Stitching is all about enjoying what you're doing and those ones obviously don't make the cut! :)

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  34. Sounds like you had a great time Justine! Well done for reducing the UFO pile, stitching is meant to be fun after all. Although I don't have any UFOs, I did the same with a HAED that would have gone that way if I hadn't ditched it a couple of pages in. Now you can focus your stitchy energy on the projects you love!

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  35. Your girls sure had a fantastic weekend!! I bet the boys were happy to see you too.....okay ...probably because you were the bearer of sweeties but just overlook that bit :D
    What a brave decision to just let go of pieces that you've started working on! But I totally get it! I think almost every stitcher has felt twinges of guilt for not working on a piece .....but the piece no longer brings them the same joy it used to! So well done you for making the decision to not hang onto them!

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