Friday night was the grab bag exchange where everyone brings a container full of fun and stitchy stuff. The exchange is played like a White Elephant where you can "steal" someone else's container. I was really foolish and didn't take a picture of either the goody bag I made up or the one I received. All I can say was they were both appreciated. After the grab bag exchange we did the Christmas ornament exchange, and here again there was a ton of gorgeous ornaments to choose from. I was lucky enough to get an ornament stitched by KarenSC which I just love. It is so cute, and it will look terrific on our Christmas tree until I get my ornament tree. Maybe I will have it by Christmas, and I can keep this ornament for it.
Saturday night we had our final exchange which was the finished piece exchange. There were 30 of us in this exchange, and the creativity that was presented was awesome. There were very few duplicate ways of finishing, and in the actual stitched piece itself. This was another activity where it was pure luck as to which one you would end up with. And, again, I was very lucky!! My piece was stitched by Charlene and it couldn't have fit me better. It is a fantastic saying on a beautiful scissor bed with the most beautiful blue floral fabric. Did I mention that my favorite color is blue? There is no way I could have stitched this piece as it is in high count fabric and way too small for me to see. I have yet to determine where this will lie in my home as I have been carting it around to show off to everybody on what a beautiful piece I received.
Saturday was especially touching because Toni gifted me a special stitched piece which is not only a darling chart, well stitched, designed by one of my most favorite designers, the proceeds from the sale of this chart goes to the American Cancer Society research. Isn't this Lizzie*Kate design the cutest piece ever? I was really surprised and touched by Toni's generosity.
I have been saying that I was able to sit and stitch and laugh for these three and a half days, but I haven't shown you that I accomplished anything with all that time. My next post will have pictures of what I got done during the stitch in. Probably not as much as you would expect given all that time, but you have to remember to take into consideration all the talking and laughing part of this retreat.
Until next time, thank you for visiting and commenting. They really do mean a lot of me. Have a happy and healthy week, and get lots of stitching done!