Some of the best things about retreat are being comfy, cozy and relaxed enough to enjoy your sewing. You may find this collection of photos a little weird, but I find it very amusing to see how everyone adjusts to sewing away from home, in a large hall with 24 women aged 35 to 70+ all trying to establish a comfortable temperature for themselves. Despite maverick thermastat adjusters, fan operators and door openers, I think we all managed fairly well.
The other part of retreat that I always find so shocking is just how rapidly we can all absolutely take over a space, carve out our own little plot of plastic real estate and establish a work station. Here we have the room 'before' the invasion:
And now...approximately 10 minutes after the doors open (and I'm not exaggerating by much!) we get this:
Three years ago when we showed up for our first retreat here the manager was utterly speechless by our takeover. He could not believe (a) how much crap everyone brought, and (b) the speed with which it all found it's way into the hall, onto the tables, walls and floor! He and the staff love us - we are so wrapped up in our sewing, eating and having a ball that we don't have time to make any demands on them. Plus, we're so incredibly grateful that someone else is cooking & serving the food, clearing up the dishes, making the beds and heating up the hot tub that every time we see a staff member we cannot help but thank them over and over. People like to feel appreciated, don'cha know! I'll post more retreat photos soon....plus a wee tutorial I wrote there to get me out of an embarassing needle-storage situation.
Yesterday when I emailed Paulette to let her know she'd won my giveaway, she replied with the most excited email I'd ever seen. My blood pressure went up just reading it! So cute. Your little package will be in the mail soon, Paulette!