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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bleated Retreat Post

Its been a week since the March Knowledge and Needles Retreat at the Timberhouse in Brighton!  As usual it was a fantastic time and I'm already looking forward to next year!  It was great times with great friends with far too much food and lots of stitching!

Christin, Tracey and I actually started the weekend a day early.  Thursday morning we packed up the car and headed down to Beatrice's place.  She was hosting lunch and stitching at her place for the day, and was kind enough to put the three of us up for the night!

Merry Cats-Mas
Freebie ???
Stitched on: Mystery 28ct linen
Stitched with: DMC

 These two are from the free kit that came with the magazine
Cross Stitcher 
Issue 260, December 2012

While at Beatrice's I managed to squeeze in a few happy dances!  Now I admit one of these was ALMOST finished and  the other two well they're the kind of thing that only takes an hour or two.

Friday morning Bonnie joined us at Beatrice's and we all headed out for breakfast.  I must admit that breakfast is my favorite meal out, how about you???  Bonnie was such a sweetie and sneakily paid the bill for ALL of us before we knew it had happened!  Thank you Bonnie what a treat!  Then it was time to head off to our favorite stitching destination, the Timberhouse!

The "London Girls" stitching away!

We quickly managed to settle in, set up our little stitching nests and over the next little while more of the ladies showed up.  Before you knew it the room was filled with 19 of us talking and stitching!

 Judie's spectacular cushion!!!

 Beatrice's gorgeous Loon!

Marg's stunning handmade quilt!!!

Of course there was the usual wonderful display of finished pieces.  It wasn't long before Bonnie was able to add one more item to the table, Smaug (aka: Blair's Stupid Dragon!)!  Later that evening once the fire was started, Bonnie had a burning ceremony!  She was so happy to watch the chart and left over threads burn!

Bonnie's finished Smaug

Smaug's Ceremonial Burning

Saturday was our traditonal trek to Chez Dan (aka Knowledge & Needles central!).  We were once again treated to a fantastic meal by Chef Dan with fantastic service!

Beatrice, Clare, Wendy & Isolde

Debbie, Marg, Judie and Ann

 Tracey and Rebecca

 The menu with our appetizer, bruchetta

Dan's Chicken, rice & salad all very tasty!

Did Ann not do an awesome job with dessert???

 Not only does this picture look good, it smelt soooo good too!!!

Here's a few more shots from the weekend!

Tracey & Ann

Bonnnie, Rebecca & Beatrice

 Wendy, Colleen, Ann & Marg

 Debbie gave us all a good laugh when she pulled out her "glasses"


As usual Sunday rolled around all too soon, and we had to go home!


Jackie said...

Your retreats always look like such fun!

Shebafudge said...

Looks absolutely fantastic! Lots of beautiful stitching on show. I'm still drooling :)

Vickie said...

What a great time. Glad to see you enjoy yourself.

cucki said...

Wow such fun time it..
Hugs xx

Mouse said...

hahahahah I want some of those glasses ... glad to see you all had a wonderful time again and all the stitching is fabulous ... I take it smaug isn't going to be stitched again then ???? hehehehe love mouse xxxxxx

Bekca said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time, thank you for sharing your lovely pictures :)
Best wishes.

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Such fun - love all of the shown pieces. Such lovely ladies.

Bonnie Brown said...

Great pics Dani!!!
It was great seeing you again! Hopefully we will see each other soon!

Linda said...

Congrats on the finishes Dani. The retreat looks like so much fun. Wish there was something like that in my area.


Lumiruusu said...

You must have had so fun tohether and whatthe wonderfullpieces of stitching there wereto see.
The Christmas Garden-sampler by BBD was lovely !!

Annette said...

What a beautifull and yummu pic's!!

Susan said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

Clare said...

We had a great time. Wsh we could do this more fatten

sharine said...

Looks like an awesome time was had:)

Karen said...

It looks like a great time! Your little finishes are really cute. :)

CJ in OK ;-) said...

All the pics are great. Looks like you all had fun but Sunday always comes to soon CJ in OK

Melinda said...

Looks like the best fun... Thank you for sharing your weekend with us

Barb said...

Looks like a wonderful week-end with lots of yummy food!

Patty C. said...

Glad you had a good time :)

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely finishes. Looks like you all had a fantastic time.

Sally said...

It looks like a fantastic weekend was had by everyone :)

Christine said...

Your retreats always look such fun and the work on display is gorgeous.
I do love your little cat ornament

Julie said...

Stunning work by your friends. I always look forward to your pics from The Timberhose.

Claire said...

Love the photos.x

Carolyn NC said...

Now that looks like so much fun!! Nice finishes, too.

Nic said...

Looks like a good weekend. And some beautiful pieces there. Love the burning ceremony!

Ann said...

It looks to me that you had a wonderfull retreat!
Friends, stitching, laughing and eating/drinking. Can it get any better? I don't think zo! ;-).
You did make a great progress on your Accolade!
Kind greetings,

P.S.: I had to smile with the burning ceremony but I would've kept the leftover threads (always come in handy for small projects :-)

Melanie said...

These are always my most favorite posts! Everything is always so fabulous.

geeky Heather said...

Wow, what a lot of eye candy! I think that is my favorite part of retreats...walking around seeing all the lovely things everyone else is working on. At least, that's my excuse for not getting more done when I go to one. ;) Congrats on your finishes!!

Lynn said...

Great retreat pics! I love the ceremonial burning of Smaug, lol!