I honestly didn't hermit at ALL the weekend of January 17-19... it was even BETTER than hermitting I was stitching with 17 other ladies at the Timberhouse Country Inn Resort! As a group except for a quick little trip to do a little stash shopping most of us pretty much stayed inside warm and safe stitching!
Up until this past November the retreats I go to at the Timberhouse were run by Ann of Knowledge and Needles but now that she has become a Snowbird, she's not around anymore. We all wanted to continue the tradition of our January, March, and November stitching retreats so Bonnie and I have taken over running them. In all honesty Bonnie does much of the work as she's much closer to the facility than I am. But I'm there as a sounding board, support and help whenever she needs it. January was quite a challenge to get off of the ground this year. Up until late November we had a full retreat and slowly people started dropping out. That is quite a challenge and frustrating when you have people dropping out and needing to fill spots three weeks before a retreat! We've learn a few lessons and will put a few things into place to hopefully reduce that stress.
On the upside, we had a few new faces there! It was nice to spend the weekend with my friends Julie and Mylene. Julie and I took a little selfie Saturday morning! It was wonderful to get to spend a weekend with Teresa who I had previously met twice at the annual Knowledge and Needles open house that Ann holds near the end of August. So I guess that's the upside of some of the usual retreaters dropping out, we get some new wonderful additions to the group!
I didn't really take any pictures this year... My urge to take pictures seems to have left me this last year. Saturday afternoon we did get out to Knowledge and Needles since Ann had left the keys for Bonnie and I to open the shop to anyone who wanted to do a little shopping. I of course couldn't help myself and I did buy a few things.
I was also able to finally pick up the signed chart I had won off of Facebook from Norden Crafts. They regularly give away charts and if your name is drawn its sent to the LNS of your choice to pick up. I'm looking forward to stitching this one on 40ct in a gorgeous red!
... I like long romantic walks on the beach.... (please note down winter coat, snow on the ground and that Lake Ontario is FROZEN!)
Here are some of my shots...
Meanwhile back at the Timberhouse...
cHeart In Hand
Stitched on: 32ct Belfast Linen - Autumn Field from Zwiegart
Stitched with: DMC & WDW
Christmas Favorites Santa & Reindeer
Stitched on: Mystery fabric
As usual Sunday came around all too soon and it was time to head home. Normally we pack up around lunch time but it was snowy, and windy. I decided shortly after breakfast it would be best to start making my way home. Instead of 3-3.5 hours to get home it took 5.5 hours! Wow!
Check out both Bonnie and Christin's blogs they took a few more pictures than I did, many of the stitching on display.