Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Only One Ewe Retreat....

Greetings dear friends and readers!
I was just so very lucky this past weekend to attend my very first *stitching* retreat! AND I had a B*L*A*S*T!!!! The retreat was held by Jan Alexander of Tree of Life Samplings  and author of Belfonte Notes. Jan is a stupendous, kind, generous lady and she attended to our every need and showered us with goodies all weekend long!

In our retreat room.....we were lucky enough to have the Tree of Life Samplings Trunk Show present and let me tell you, we all OOooohhhh'd and AAhhhhh'd over the samplers that Jan's talented hands and imagination has created. If you look in the lower right hand corner there is a darling design entitled "Penny America" that she will be releasing soon. You can read all about it and a reproduction sampler (you heard right ladies... a reproduction!) at her newest entry on her Tree of Life Samplings blog HERE

Tree Of Life Trunk Show


The weekend was filled to the brim with stitching!!! But the best part of all (to me) was meeting people of like minds. They shared my love of stitching and were just as nuts as I am for not only stitching but for stashing!!! And we all did plenty of that in Jan's shop :)

Here's some photos of all the great people I met during the three day retreat:

Retreat 3

(l - r) Brenda, Jan, me, Kathy

Retreat  2

(l - r) Mary, Judith, me and Carol

Retreat 1

(l - r) me, Diane, Yvonne and Karen

We had a finishing class....and we learned how to finish the exclusive retreat design "Stitch Together" into a sewing box. Here is my box with the piece mounted on the top and a bit of primitive dyed chenille trim surrounding it. I had all the retreat ladies sign the inside of the box so that I could always remember our awesome weekend together stitching.

OOE Retreat Box

"Stitch Together Your Pleasant Thoughts"
Only One Ewe 2011 Retreat exclusive design
Designed by: Tree of Life Samplings ~ Jan Alexander
Stitched on 32 ct. Tree of Life Linens using GAST Expresso
Copyright 2011
I learned so much at the retreat....for instance I learned how to take care of my knick-knacks - I've always aired mine but apparently keeping them under wraps is the way to go ;o)  I laughed so hard I thought I'd wet myself when Carol stated to Yvonne, Diane and Karen:  "You girls are so slow, I could go through menopause waiting on you!" I shared smiles, chuckles and even shed a tear or two when I had to leave. Like I said, "It was a GREAT weekend."

Jan designed and gifted.....each retreat attendee with an exclusive retreat design and I had nearly finished it prior to leaving, but just slipped the final stitches in it this evening. So may I present, "Beauty and Grace" by Tree of Life Samplings:

Beauty and Grace 1

Beauty and Grace close up

Beauty and Grace top

Beauty and Grace 2

"Beauty and Grace"
Designed by: Tree of Life Samplings ~ Jan Alexander
Stitched on: 32 ct. Hazelnut Tree of Life Linens
Stitched with GAST
Copyright 2011

I simply cannot wait.....to get this framed and hanging in my special stitching space. It is gorgeous in real life and these pictures do not do it justice *at all*. This special design will always remind me of my special weekend among my new bestest stitching buds having a great time on my "Mommy Vacation" as Ellie called it ~ who was not so happy I was gone and having a great time :o)

Until next time my dear friends.....join me as I continue to stitch keeping "my hands to work and heart to God."
Hugs and love,
Signature

64 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and your stitching is beautiful as ever. Fun looking through the photos of the people you shared the experience with, for I recognize 1 or 2 from their blogs. Small world, isn't it :)
    Take care.

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  2. Vonna, I am so lucky and blessed to have met you! You are such a sweet person. It was so fun to "let loose" and cut up! You are a great friend, a wonderful teacher and a girl after my own heart! I hope our travels have us meeting once again! Love Ya!!

    p.s. Don't forget that I did say "you never can tell when I might just pop in on ya" LOL!!

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  3. Gorgeous pictures and finishes. Looks like you had a great and fun time. I SO want the retreat design....lol. Sigh...I have to talk to my hubby. We HAVE to move. Missing out on too much here

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  4. Yes, stitching camps/retreats are just awesome! There is nothing like others who love this stuff as much as we do! Glad you got to experience it. I highly recommend it for every mom at least once a year for mental health!

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  5. I'm jealous! That looked like such a cool retreat to attend! What a great special design she designed just for y'all!

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  6. Wow sounds like you had a great time. Gorgeous stitching of such lovely designs.

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  7. been reading on other blogs about your retreat .. you all seem to have a blast :) love your stitching exclusive it is gorgeous *sigh want to stitch it .lol so glad you had some me time too :) take care and happy stitching :) love mousexxx

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  8. Looks like a great retreat! Love all the pics. x

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  9. It sounds like a fantastic time!! What great pics--thanks for sharing! The fun time you had shows with those big smiles of yours in each picture. :)

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  10. Retreats are wonderful for all the reasons you have stated. I have attended three Stitcher's Hideaways and am looking forward to my fourth.

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  11. That really looks like fun and you seem to have found a ton of kindred spirits. Beautiful stitching and finishing to keep as memories of the occasion. Great idea to have everyone sign the box.

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  12. Great post! What a wonderful retreat! And the retreat sampler is to die for. I'm glad you had such a great experience. Something tells me there will be many more!

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  13. What a lovely weekend, and such pretty designs.

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  14. I read about the retreat yesterday on Jan's Tree blog, but she did not post enough about it! The retreat pieces are exquisite--I hope she plans to release them eventually! You KNOW we all want them now!! Glad you had a great time! Your finished box is very nice--been thinking about doing a box myself... Hugs.

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  15. That sounds like so much fun! My mom and I went on a retreat a few years ago. It was the best time. Stitchers are a fun group.

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  16. Vonna, if anyone deserves a stitching retreat, it's you! And you picked a good one to attend! I love Jan's designs! Love seeing and hearing about all the fun you had, and of course Jan's designs. Her gift design to you all is so pretty!!

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  17. Looks like you had a fabulous time, met some wonderful stitchers, and learned some helpful hints, Vonna... I love the idea of you having everyone sign your sewing box. What a special memory of your shared weekend that will be!

    Hope your summer is off to a great start :)

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  18. And WE were lucky to have YOU, Miss Finisher Extraordinaire!!!! Amazing class, my dear, AMAZING!!!!! Loved your encouragement, everyone felt afterwards that they could finish anything, what a wonderful gift God has given you!! Keep on shining it!

    Your Beauty and Grace turned out beautifully, you stitch with the speed of light, goodness!!! I can't wait to see the frame molding you choose!

    Thanks again for coming and honoring us with your class and special smile and charm! Love, love, love ya! hugs!!

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  19. Wow Vonna, how lucky you were to attend and to receive that beautiful special piece, "Beauty and Grace". Please show it to us when you have it framed. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I loved reading about it and am very envious! :) Cathryn

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  20. Sounds like you had an awesome time at your first retreat! I'll take a guess that it won't be your last. I had heard you would be teaching some finishing. I would have loved to have been there with all of you!
    Before dropping by I had just finished visiting Jan's blog and saw her wonderful new releases. Penny America is awesome!!
    I also love the retreat piece she designed. Yours is fabulous!
    Hope you are enjoying some quality time with your family now that summer has begun.

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  21. Sounds like you all had a great time! Every so often Mom does need her own time away. Your sampler is just wonderful.

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  22. Vonna, I'm so glad you got a Momma vacation! Plus to get to attend a stitching retreat?! How great was that..

    Love your projects from the retreat, they are gorgeous.

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  23. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Vonna, thanks for sharing your retreat adventure! I love reading everyone's journaling about the retreat as well as seeing the pictures! Your Beauty and Grace piece is simply gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed your "Mommy" vacation!

    Robin in Virginia

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  24. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Vonna,
    Was this in Indy? Only a couple hours from my house??? There aren't any retreats like this in Northern Indiana - I wish I'd known about it. It would be a great "mommy vacation" as Ellie called it, and it would have been fun to meet you face-to-face.
    Maybe they'll do it again next year!!
    Cindy in Angola

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  25. Looks like everyone had such a great time and your projects were wonderful! Sometimes it's a good thing to get away and have some "girl time and stitching time"

    Have a great weekend:)))

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  26. Vonna, I'm so happy you had such a marvelous time at your first retreat! I love Jan's design for the retreat--I'm amazed at how quickly you got it stitched up! It will be a beautiful reminder of this very special weekend!

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  27. How fun! Your project is beautiful. Sounds like you had a great time with some terrific women.

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  28. Vonna, wasn't it a wonderful weekend! It was so great to get to meet you and have you share your talented finishing skills with us.
    Your finished retreat piece is gorgeous. You forgot to tell us how to stitch as fast as you do. LOL
    I'm glad you enjoyed your mommy vacation. Hope to see you sometime soon at Jan's.

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  29. Retreats are so much fun and so educational. I am so glad for you that you got a chance to go. I went to a retreat this spring in Fargo that Nordic Needle hosts. I wanted to learn hardanger. It was wonderful.

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  30. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! What beautiful designs. It is nice to have a mommy vacation too and focus only on your needs for just a little while.

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing about your special weekend with Jan. Your stitching is beautiful as always. You must have had a very special and memorable time at the retreat. Such great fun!

    Blessings!

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  32. Looks like a wonderful retreat, so glad you had a "Mommy vacation." Those are sometimes the best kind of vacation! Love, love, love your projects, they are gorgeous. You did a great job as always!

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  33. Sounds like you had a fabulous Mommy vacation! I love the design you were gifted...it is perfect!

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  34. Beautiful finishes Vonna! Looks like you had a lot of fun on your retreat...a little mommy-time is good for the soul and helps to recharge the batteries!

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  35. What a wonderful weekend it must have been...I hope that maybe one day there will be a stitching retreat in this neck of the woods!

    Your projects look lovely, and Im sure you will have many happy memories surface each time you look at them.

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  36. Oh it sounds and looks like you ahd a fabulous time. I have wanted to go to a stitchy retreat for ages. I just adore the two retreat patterns. They are simply gorgeous. And perfectly stitched too. :)

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  37. Great pictures! I think the most fun you can have is with a bunch of stitchers! Your retreat pieces are fabulously gorgeous! Glad you had a good time and got to take a Mommy vacation!

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  38. So glad you got to have a 'Mommy Vacation' (too cute)! Looks like you had a wonderful time and met some new friends too! Beautiful stitching as always! Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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  39. Stitching retreats are the best! They are addictive! Once you go on one you need to find more. Dyeing to Stitch Retreat in Virginia Beach is in Oct. it's my 2nd one there. LOOOVE IT!!!! Your projects look great and will give you wonderful memories of a fabulous time.

    Maureen

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  40. Sounds like a wonderful time Vonna. Glad you had lots of fun!!!

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  41. Oh I am so happy you got to go to retreat. It sounds like you had the time of your life. I know where there is a get together in early September that you might be interested in!!!!
    Sending warm hugs my friend

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  42. P.S. Lynn will be there!!

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  43. Sounds like a fantastic time Vonna. And I love the piece that you stitched. There is nothing better than good times with friends (and I think I would have wet my pants at that remark too! LOL)

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  44. Love this post! Vonna your pics are wonderful! I'm sorry to say that I'm green with envy...love your sampler and I'm so glad you had a great time.

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  45. It sounds like you had a wonderful and special time on this lovely retreat. Your pieces are really lovely.

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  46. Too much fun!!! Glad you had such a nice time :-).

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  47. It was so great to meet you Vonna! you are such a sweetheart, talented finisher and can really make someone laugh so hard they cry! ;0) I sure hope we get to meet up again! I forgot about Carol saying that to us. LOL

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  48. Loved your photos and reading about your retreat! I have always wanted to have a stitching retreat experience!!! Maybe one day! Looks like you had lots of fun and made some great memories and some great pieces as well! Thanks for sharing!
    Leisha

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  49. It sounds wonderful. Lovely stitching!

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  50. WOW - I loved hearing about the OOE retreat - Jan is an awesome person and I know she has many lovely friends. Nice you could meet some of them and enjoyed yourself so much. Great projects - looks like you got a lot done. i like your new blog updates and the new photos of the kids - very nice. thanks for visiting my blog - hope you have the happiest of Independence Day weekends - Mel

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  51. What a great time you all must have had - sorry not to have been among you! Beautiful stitching and finishing, as usual. Love all your pieces. Perhaps you could all agree to let the 'stitching place' be offered to all your stitching buds! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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  52. Looks like a wonderful time! Your sampler is beautiful - can't wait to see it framed.

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  53. oh Vonna,
    what a wonderful time....I heard about this retreat ages ago, but knew I couldn't go, so I forgot about it.......oh, how I wish I could have gone......what a wonderful time you all had...and oh my! That special sampler is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. You are a maniac girl! I can't believe you've finished your retreat piece already. Now I'm gonna have to get busy. So good to see you and hopefully we'll be able to get together again soon.

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  55. What a cool weekend! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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  56. Sounds like you had fun at the retreat. Your stitching and finishes look great.

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  57. Beauty and Grace is just lovely! I'm so glad you were able to have a weekend away. It refreshes the soul of a busy mom every once in awhile!

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  58. Looks like you all had so much fun! I love the retreat pieces too! They turned out so pretty

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  59. The stitching retreat sounded great, so glad you got to go. Your stitching is beautiful as always, thanks for sharing pictures. I love the new pictures of your children from vacation. Have a wonderful summer !!

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  60. You stitching is impeccable and you seem to stitch very fast! Our local stitching retreat in El Paso will be in October with Linda Ebright from Lizzie Kate. I am so looking forward to a fun weekend just like yours. I love that shops have these retreats, aren't you? Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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  61. Lucky Lady! Sounds like you had an awesome time! and what a lovely design.

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  62. It sounds like you had an amazing time Vonna and the pieces you stitched are gorgeous. I am so envious when I see stitchers getting together like this!

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  63. I'm glad you got to go to your very first reatreat! How wonderful! They are just the most amazing days filled with the most amazing people and you don't ever want to go home! Its so nice to be surrounded with people who have the same passion.

    It looks like you had an awesome time, what fantastic photos!

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  64. Sounds like a fabulous time, the retreat pieces are gorgeous

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