Monday, October 24, 2011

Stitching at the Beach

Hey, Friends!
I don’t believe I shared my Fall Bowl last week, did I?  Not nearly so full as I’d like, but coming along! 
This past weekend was the Fall PALS Stitching at the Beach retreat -- only my second, but I sure did enjoy it!  A great big thank you to Amy and Ray of Down Sunshine Lane for all the hard work and effort that goes into pulling this event together!  It was so much fun to be with about 70 wonderful stitching gals!  I didn't do any fishing, but they must have been biting? 
On Wednesday morning, there was a heavy drizzle most of the way down, but that was the end of it.  Going through Darlington  yes, of Darlington Raceway fame  to get our engines needles started for stitching!  The temps were cooler than last year, but nothing intolerable.  A light jacket here or there, but I never had to break out the tennies, just flips!   

One of the greatest pleasures is putting the faces to names of online friends, and learning a more about the friends we’ve already met.  I got a hefty dose of numb butt, but not a whole lot accomplished.  I, personally, didn't do any surfing, however, there were some adventurous souls who did.  

Nor did I do any ornament exchanges, but there were quite a few beauties out there... I did partake in the grab bag swap ... see how hard it was to make a choice? 

We were so fortunate to have a few celebrities from the stitching world among us for this year’s retreat and all just as sweet and pleasant as you’d ever hope. 
Marie from Blackberry Lane Designs was there with her over-one art works!  
Tanya from The Scarlett House had her amazing new samplers displayed to tempt and taunt us.  When we could pull her toes out of the sand she stitched along with us!  
And we also got to spend some quality stitching time with Paulette of Plum StreetSamplers.  She made her new designs available for purchase right there!  Yes, she is just as sweet and nice in person as she seems with her beautiful daughters.
You can get a quick glance at their new pieces at the Online Needlework Show here.
Amy said she’ll let us know when plans are underway for next year, and I’m sure most of us will be watching for that posting!

Thanks for stopping by, and your comments are always appreciated!  As I see that others have posted about the weekend, I'll share those links with everyone in the right sidebar.
and Happy Stitching


  1. Great pictures Charlene!! It was so good to see you again! Hope to see you sometime soon!!

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend!
    Maybe next year I can go to this event.

  3. oooo sounds like you had a fab time and lovely that you got to meet some of the designers face to face :) love mouse xxxx

  4. I love all of the stitching in your Fall Bowl ~ the hares are cute. Glad you enjoyed the retreat, it sounds wonderful. It must have been nice to meet some of the designers too! :)

  5. I love your bowl of fall smalls, Charlene--it's a lot fuller than mine would be if I had one, that's for sure!!

    So glad your PALS retreat was a success--nothing like being surrounded by great friends and great stitching :)

  6. Sounds very fun! Nice photos, too.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful time - i'm glad you got to enjoy it ;)

  8. Oh lucky you!!!! You got to go to the PALS retreat! I wish I could have gone. Looks like so much fun!

  9. It was great to see you again Charlene. Your photographs are great, I meant to take some and did have my camera, but guess what I never took one.

  10. It was so good to see you, you look great! Your bowl of falls looks awesome. Hope to see you soon...honest!

  11. Wonderful photos, Charlene! I dream of going one day. I LOVE your fall bowl! I dream of having one of those some day, too! ;)

  12. Looks like a great time! Glad you had fun, and thanks for sharing the pics.

  13. Oh, what a wonderful bowl of Autumn Lovelies, Charlene. And what a wonderful and joyful time y'all had at PALS. I'm right along with Siobhan in dreaming of joining y'all there one day. Such Bliss... Blessings always in stitches...


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