Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stitching at the Beach with PALS 2012

Hey, Friends!
Stitching at the Beach with PALS was great, as every time has been.  I did get a touch of a nasty stomach bug, but even with that thrown in, it was a great time spent with stitching buddies .  Thanks go to Amy from Down Sunshine Lane for establishing this long tradition.  This was the 15th annual event, although only my third.  Pixie and I got along quite well this year.    There were so many celebrities new friends in the mix this year, and it was certainly a pleasure to meet each one and see their beautiful designs in person.  Let’s see if I can remember who was there, but please forgive me in advance if I forget anyone.  I wish I had been on my game enough to take a photo of each of their display tables, but…

Isabella from The Primitive Hare
LaDonna from Black Branch Needlework
Marie from Blackberry Lane Designs
Pam and Susan from Praiseworthy Stitches
Stephanie from Nouveau Encore Designs
Sue Hillis Designs
Tanya from The Scarlett House
Last but never least was Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Nancy was unable to join us in person unexpectedly, but thanks to Linda, her wonderful array of beautifully colored goodies was there for us to touch, enjoy, and purchase!

didn't take a lot of photos, but have found some blogger PALs who did:

There was a nice "Retreat"bag prepared from many donations from multiple vendors.  Here is a sample of some of the items included.

And then of course there were additional purchases as well as a couple of gifts from friends.  I've already put away the charts and goodies bought from other vendors, but you'll get to see them as time goes on.

didn't participate in any of the exchanges this year, but they looked like lots of fun!  I did make a little something to remember the fun for a few friends!


The was great fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year!  If you weren't there, try to work it out to come next year!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your weekend keeps you in stitches!

I'm grateful for living close (four hours) to the coast!

and Happy Stitching
and Pixie


  1. Charlene,
    Sounds like you had a good time despite your set back. Hope your feeling much better now. All those finished pin cushions are adorable.

  2. I always look forward to seeing all the updates from the PALS GTG everyyear I intend to go but something always comes up, but I will be there for the 2013 GTG and I can't wait!!!

    I am glad you had a great time :)

  3. Sounds like you had fun despite "the bug". Love the chocolate cherries pillow. Such a cute one! Stay well.

  4. Great to hear you had such an enjoyable retreat in spite of the stomach bug, Charlene. It must be fun to meet so many bloggers and new stitching friends. WOW--you were busy stitching so many little gifts--they all look great and I'm sure your friends are thrilled to have a little souvenir from your get together!

  5. It was so good to see you and to stitch by you all weekend. It was so much fun! Thank you again for the very sweet gift! I love it! Hopefully, it won't be months before we can get together again.

  6. it was so wonderful seeing you again Charlene!!! I take the pillow every where with me :) hugs!

  7. Thanks for sharing about PALS. I believe I will go next year! Looks like more vendors this year! Gonna go hunker down with stitching before Sandy comes a visiting! Hugs!

  8. So sorry to hear you got a stomach bug Charlene and glad you had a good time nonetheless. All your gifties look wonderful and nothing like meeting with friends with a small token. I am sure they appreciated it has well.
    Take care of yourself and feel better:)


  9. It sounds like it was a wonderful retreat! And the designers who came -- fantastic!! Love what you made up for friends too -- very nice! Glad you had fun!

  10. I have been waiting for a report! It sounds like ya'll had a fun time.

  11. So pleased you enjoyed your retreat

  12. It sounds like an absolutely fabulous time!
    I am sure that your frinds loved the sweet things that you stitched for them. They are wonderful.

  13. Hope you are feeling better! So much fun stitching with you and the gang. Thanks again for the cute little pincushion... will always remind me of a great trip to the beach!

    happy stitching....stay warm!

  14. Sounds like you had a good time. I don't believe I had a chance to talk to you. So many people there :-)

  15. It was great to see you again and say hello. The pillows you made for everyone a lovely and I'm sure will be cherished.

  16. Hi Charlene! I'm a new follower :) Loved seeing all your pictures and lovely stitches! Just gorgeous.

    Happy Stitching


  17. Such thoughtful and special gifts you made. Each one is beautiful. The retreat sounds like many of your friends went - how fun! Thanks for sharing.
    love Annette

  18. Charlene,
    So glad to meet you at PALS. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and it was a great weekend. We had so much fun and loved the beach! I had to keep bugging you Carolina Girls and see what was up at your table various times throughout the weekend. Cheers to you and your friends! pam from iowa

  19. oooo sounds like you had a fab time :) and nice stash goodies there too ... lovely wee ornaments you made too :) such a shame I am on the wrong side of the pond but Harrogate is almost upon us again :) love mouse xxxx

  20. I'm so glad that you had such a good time, Charlene! I dream of going one day. Lovely ornaments!

  21. I'm glad you had fun - looks like a wonderful retreat.

  22. Sorry I missed all the fun this year! How are you, my friend? Haven't been blogging, stitching, or on the computer much this year at all. But there's always next year! Glad to see it all was such fun. Hope to see you around soon. :) Take care.


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