Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Stitchers Garden Retreat - Primitive Hare - Spooky

It seems life has just been so crazy.  I had an amazing weekend (March 10,11,12) at my annual Stitching Retreat.  I had a wonderful time, and of course it is so easy for me because I do not have to travel.

Here are the pictures of the goodies we received and the Stitching Project.

When we came back to our seat after breaks and meals there was always a new gift on the table.  All handmade, except of course the little scissors.   The stitching bag, needle book, the little ort tray, the post it note holder (or whatever) and the little drawstring pouch filled with chocolate.  I picked the bag - lots of spooky choices, I picked the one with the floating dresses.

 These were are two Friday night projects - the little mason jar, we pin cushioned the top.  I choose fabric that matched the bag.  And of course the wonderful strawberry - but I choose the orange and the green - so mine really looks more like a carrot.

I was very surprised to win the raffle basket.  It is a spider web.  Three projects, soaps, candles, lotions, linens.

This is a terrible picture of the project.  It is a stitching bag and a little stump doll.  This is a picture of my weekend progress.  

I ate too much and spent too much.  

It was unfortunate, it was the weekend we set the clocks ahead.  I am one of the few people I know that does not like Daylight Savings Time.  I really like the sun to rise early and I don't care what time it sets.  

And if that wasn't bad enough - we had a crazy blizzard on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  I had taken Monday and Tuesday as vacation so I was safe at home.  The office closed at 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday we were closed  Snow Day.  I have worked in the same building since 1978 and this is only the 2nd time (once in 1993) we closed.  We are the snowiest city in New York - always get over 100 inches a year.  So for us to close it had to be bad.  But by Thursday we were all plowed out and back to work.  

The best news I have to share, is I have decided to retire early.  I will be 64 in June.  I have worked too long in the same place.  I will be retiring the end of August - in six months time.  I will most likely get a part time job, just for the extras - like Stitching Retreats.


  1. Looks like a great retreat and how nice that you won the raffle goodies :)

    I heard about your snow as my mom lives in the Rochester NY area and they had quite a bit, too. Not as much as you, but I'm glad she didn't have to venture out in it.

    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! I"m sure you're counting the days :) I'll probably be retiring at the beginning of 2019 when I'm 64, too. I love my job, but really want to begin traveling while I'm still in good health.

  2. Looks like you had a great time. Enjoy your up coming retirement.


  3. First up.... Congrats on your retirement plans! What a wonderful thing to have on the hotizon :o)
    Your stitching retreat sounds like a lot of fun :o) Love the weekend's project :o)
    Hugs x

  4. What a fun retreat. Love all your goodies and projects. Your carrot/strawberry is too cute.

  5. I would love to go to a stitching retreat, it's been over 15 years since I did one (pre children!). Love the raffle prize and the stitched project too.
    Well done for making a decision about retiring. I am determined to stay at the bookshop until I retire as I discovered we are allowed to keep our staff discount cards if we make it that far!

  6. I would love to attend that retreat also! Good for you on the decision to retire.

  7. Looks like a fantastic retreat with gorgeous goodies! Congratulations on your up coming retirement too, how exciting!

  8. Congrats on your raffle win and glad you enjoyed the weekend, plus had a few extra days off. Also congratulations on deciding to retire, wow!

  9. Nice haul and yeah on winning the raffle.
    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, more time to stitch!

  10. Wow, so much fun stitching stuff, and I love the new project. How excited you must feel to know retirement is so close (i'm still counting in decades until I can be done!)

  11. Wow how cool are the gifts! Congratulations on winning the raffle. A very spooky yet awesome prize. Good luck on your upcoming retirement. Think of all the stitchy time you will have soon. Yay!!
    xo Alicia

  12. What a wonderful retreat and generous gifts, sounds like you had good fun.

  13. I'm sure the retreat was wonderful and you had a great time with the other stitchers.
    So cool that you decided to take an early retirement. I also retired around that age and I have never had the wish to go back to work, lol.

  14. Personal note first... I can't imagine what you and your family have been going through over all these years... I do hope that the cold case show sparks a memory or better still the person comes forward and gives you closure. My heart breaks for you all....


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