Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pals Fall Fling....

 Oh my gosh....this year's fling was great but too short for me.  Amy from Cross Stitch Pals always does a fantastic job and this year was no exception. Although it started on Wednesday, I couldn't arrived until Friday night. 
(Can't figure out why my boss had a problem
with me taking a 3-week vacation...oh well!)  
 I did get there just in time for the evening festivities which included some exchanges. Here is my loot from the Grab Bag Exchange, which was full of stitching goodies...

From Teresa-TN
I wish I had taken pictures of some of the is amazing how creative some stitchers can be!

The registration packet was full of great goodies and we received so many wonderful freebies all throughout the weekend....

I also got to meet some great blogging buddies including Michele and Karen.  They are so sweet in person and treated me with this cute little pin cushion, pins and scissor fob. 

After a full day of shopping, laughing and stitching, we had the stitched exchange Saturday night.  I found the cutest freebie on the web and decided to make a needlebook....

Front of needlebook
Design: "Needles & Scissors"  freebie
Designer: Sandy in MT
Log Cabin Designs

Inside of needlebook....I just love the little stitching motifs.
I was excited that my stitched piece went home with Judy, another SC stitcher who was there with her sister, Donna.  Both were a joy to be around and I had a great time laughing and stitching with them.

I was fortunate enough to receive both of these lovely items from Doris who travelled all the way from Wyoming...

I just love the little drawstring bag that she made to keep the needleroll safe during the exchange.  This will definitely go into my stitching bag to house some of my little stitching tools...
Though I had my camera, I just couldn't put my stitching down long enough to take pics!  I will leave you with a few that I did manage to capture...
View from our room at the Springmaid was perfect!

It was a beautiful weekend spent with some great stitching friends, both old and new.

Donna and Judy
(Both of you should be blogging!)
Linda P...where are you????  She definitely kept us in "stitches" Friday night.

Shhhhhh.......We all know how fast a stitcher Nicole is and I think I found her secret. Two pairs of magnifiers!  Now we know how someone can finish one of the Hawk's Runs in just a few days!

She's so good she only needs one hand to stitch!

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Well...if you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.  Make sure you check out some of the other blogs since many have posted a lot pics from the weekend.  Amy has already set the dates for next year so go ahead and mark your calendars!  Happy stitching...


  1. I've seen several posts on this retreat in blogland and it looks like fun!

    Hawk Run in a few days? Not true, right?!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love seeing everything! You made a gorgeous needlebook! And Nicole with her two glasses -- lol!

  3. Sounds like you all had fun - Thanks for the freebie link - Your needlebook was wonderful !!!

  4. What wonderful pictures Karen. I am hoping to make it there next year :) Looks like alot of fun.

  5. Yup--I saw that Amy had posted the dates for next year, and I immediately put them on MY calendar! I am going for sure!! (well, God willing of course!) It looks like you had a great time and a great view! Hugs.

  6. I am so glad you posted the double two eyes shot of Nicole!! camera blew up on that shot and didnt come out....I see why now~~haahahaha.... Love the photos and sure did have a GREAT time~~~ Always, Faye (Phey)

  7. Looks like everyone had a great time. Loved all the pictures and the one of Nicole was wonderful.

  8. Yes, it was tons of fun, wasn't it? Great pictures!

  9. Thank you for sharing these pictures :) It sounds like you had a wonderful time and recieved wonderful gifts!

  10. Looks like a great time for everyone and lots of nice goodies. I think 2 pairs of glasses would give me a headache!

  11. It was great seeing you there, and it sure is a lot of fun! Can't wait until next year. That is a fantastic needlebook!

  12. It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time and you received such great gifts! Thanks for the link to the freebie, it's adorable!

  13. What wonderful goodies you came home with!! :ove the needle case you made! Sounds like everybody had a wonderful time!
    Hmmm SC isn't that far from me.....I will see if i can swing it next year :)

  14. What a haul of goodies! It looks like an awesome weekend! Too bad your boss doesn't have his (assuming) priorities arranged correctly. Stitching first and THEN work! Geez - how many times do you have to tell 'em?

    Smiles - Denise

  15. Oh gosh, you had to do it! I had a feeling this was coming! :) I look so composed in this picture considering how much we were laughing. It was so good to see and hope to see you in December!! :)

  16. What great goodies, and looks like all had a wonderful time.

  17. Oh wow, it looks like you had a fantastic time!!!! All those goodies and great friends to chat and laugh with :o) I'm SO jealous! LOL!

  18. Wow, your fall fling looks wonderful! Look at all those goodies! Isn't it wonderful when you finally meet some of your blogging buddies? Stitchers always know how to have a great time.

  19. This retreat must have been so much fun as I can read in manyblog posts. Enjoy all your goodies!

  20. thanks for letting us enjoy the retreat thru your blog & pictures!!!! It seems everyone had a great time....sure wish I could go!!!

  21. I loved seeing all your pics, Karen :)
    TFS :)

  22. Looks like a wonderful time! Great pics, wonderful new stash and beautiful exchange pieces.

  23. I was sooooo glad your needlebook went home with me, too! Have been showing it to everyone and they love it! Hope to see you next month.


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