Our day started off with Cecile and Rachel with Just Another Button Company. All our supplies were included in a box and with the knowledge that a lot of the participants in their other class finished their project, we jumped right in! Didn't seem to be too many overachievers in our class . . . at least we did get the basic pumpkin put together. Here's what it's supposed to look like finished:
I was concerned about the 4" "Gather" pin getting through TSA Screening on my return flight . . . no problem . . . seriously? That's kinda scary!
We had an hour and a half break for lunch and then on to Chessie and Me. Linda's design is so cute and is stitched on two different colors of linen seamed together with a pine tree hiding part of the seam . . . too cute!
The banquet is always fun! We had a delicious meal and played "Family Bingo" for candy and prizes. There had been a wreath in the retreat shop with childhood pictures of each of the teachers . . . their identities revealed on the Bingo cards. Our final retreat gifts were in a basket in the center of the table . . . a darling Shepherd's Bush chart - Over The River.
And then there are the gifts from my "Retreat Friends". . . dear kindred spirits that I don't get to spend time with often enough!
Sadness sinks in on the way to the airport. Waiting to cheer me up when I get home are a few of my deer buddies munching on driveway treats.
Back to reality. In 3 weeks I will be heading to Lake Junaluska, NC for my EGA Retreat . . . bring your own projects . . . fun, but can't compare to Shepherd's Bush!