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Monday, August 24, 2009

The August Retreat Report 2009

This past weekend was Ann's Annual August Day Retreat, she's been holding it for more years than I can remember, I think this is my 8th year attending and I know it started before that! Its a great day of stitching, friends, shopping and food! Way too much food!
We had about 30 stitchers in attendance throughout the day. Ladies from the area, and ladies from as far as Ottawa, Hamilton and London, Ontario.
Back row L-R : Sharon, Laura, Rebbecca, Trista, Bonnie, Wendy, Barb, Sheila
Middle row L-R : Isolde, Kathy, Beatrice, Carmen, Marj, Christin, Angie, Adriana, Bernie, Ann, Judie, Colleen, Beth
Front Row L-R : Claire, Anita, Marg, Paddie, Me, Paula, Mollie

Well I'm not going to do a lot of talking here, I'll let most of the pictures speak for me!
Ann, our hostess getting a chance to stitch before the masses arrived!
Adriana, the 93 year-old stitcher's amazing work!
My favourite girls! Christin (back left), Judie (front left), Kathy (back right), Adriana (front right)
The aftermath from lunch!
Bonnie, new to our retreat. We hope to see her at our next function in September at Kathy's!
Trista, Rebecca's stitching friend, the retreat is a first for her too!
One of Marie-Paule's amazing creations! She comes up with the neatest ways to finish her projects! Unfortunately she couldn't be in attendance this year. But dropped off her cool clocks!
Carmen, one of the regulars ... probably since the first retreat!
Colleen, she always comes with Carmen, they are stitching/shopping partners in crime!
Christin, one of the regular cast members of this blog we came down together.
The Gallery!
Shopping!!!!
Chef Dan, who made us this yummy breakfast Sunday morning of French Toast and bacon!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

You look absolutely gorgeous and as a smiling sparkling star! ;-) Ann

Carolyn NC said...

Boy - sure does look like a good time!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Gee, I thought I had a big table...lol Looks like a good time was had by all and plenty of food to gobble up between stitches. Thanks for sharing and be always in stitches.

Chrizette said...

Oh you are so lucky! It looks like it was loads of fun!

Sadie said...

Looks like a great day was had by all. Wonderful pics.

valerie said...

Sounds like a fabulous time! I wish there was something like that near me. I'd go every year if there was!

tkdquintmom said...

I envy you every year you go on this! It just looks like so much fun. :)

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Thanks for posting the pictures, it was truly a wonderful day.

See you in a couple of weeks!

riona said...

That does it ... I am moving to Canada!

Katri said...

Looks like so much fun! And whoa, what a gallery!

Yvonne said...

Lovely pictures!! I love the Dimensions - stunning!!

Now I can show my husband that French Toast exists!!! He always say no such thing as French Toast. When I described them to him, he said they are called Poor Knights toast/bread.

CindyMae said...

It looks like such a wonderful time!!! Great pics, thanks for sharing!!

Leah said...

I love seeing pics of the retreats you attend, Dani. It's fun living vicariously through you!! ;)

Julie said...

Fun time had by all...

Bette said...

What an absolute wonderful time. Loved seeing all the stitched pieces.

Alice said...

Lucky Dani! That gallery has some amazing work!

Carla said...

looks like you had a great time :)

Beatrice said...

Oh Dani the pictures are wonderful.
Didn't we have a wonderful time. It was so nice to see you and all of our stitching friends again.
I stole some of your pictures ..thanks I love them.
I guess you are our official photographer by now!!!

KnittySue said...

OH Man that looks like fun...wish there was a group around here.
I posted you as a winner...come over and pick your prize and e-mail me.

Dee said...

I had to laugh at the picture of all of you...one of the dogs has his back to the camera. Isn't that just like when you try to photograph your family? Someone always blinks or has a weird expression. LOL

The display of finished projects is awesome. Is the dragon yours?

Tammy said...

Now that's what I call a retreat. I used to go to one every year in Canmore maybe next year I can attend now that I am in Ontario.

venus said...

I love seeing the pics of retreats you attend...its fun living...loved seeing all stitched pieces...
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Kathy A. said...

Great photos hon. Didn't we have the best time!!!
Look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks. Many hugs

claudia said...

That first picture says it all...what a beautiful group of smiling faces!
Looks like it was loads of fun!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and it was good to see you again.
Clare

Barbi said...

I am so jealous! I would love to go to a retreat of stitchers! You look like you had a wonderful time. Your pictures are fantastic! I live vicariously thru you. LOL

Kajsa said...

Looks like a fantastic retreat. I love the stitching exhibit, so many pretty stitched pieces there.

Carol R said...

What a fun retreat!

Needlearts Kelly said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. What a joy to spend time with so many stitchers - and what inspiration! That gallery is incredible.

gio162 said...

Wow, that looks like a lot of fun had by all, and what gorgeous stitching!

Cindy F. said...

What a great turnout!! Lots of fabulous friends and stitchers:) Such a great thing Ann and Dan do. I wish I were there with you all!
Everyone's work is so beautiful. I know you guys had a great time:)

Wanda said...

What an AWESOME retreat!!! I hate to admit it but I am SO jealous!!! The gallery looks so wonderful...such beautiful displays of many many stitches! And the shopping? Wow!

mollycaff said...

What a fabulous way to spend a weekend, lucky you!

Lynn said...

I almost hated to view all the pictures 'cause I knew just how much fun I'd missed. Glad you all had such a great time. I just haven't been feeling all that great lately and work is taking everything out of me. I'm hoping to make the SAL at Rebecca's in October.

Karan said...

There's lots of gorgeous pieces on display there. Looks like you all had a fabulous time. :0)