I just returned from another great SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) Retreat in Chicago. As always, it was several days packed with activities. The ladies that worked hard to put this event together did a great job and I think that everyone enjoyed the weekend. There were quite a few new, first time attendees! That was really exciting!
The food at the hotel was good, but the desserts – yummy!!!
As always, there were lots of table favors from shops and guilds. It’s such fun to see the creative element with these favors! If you’ve never attended a SAGA retreat or convention, there’s still time to sign up for the retreat in PA in Sept. I’d encourage you to consider it.
Not only was I able to enjoy getting reacquainted with women that I’ve met previously, but I had the privilege to meet one of my internet friends, Jenny Jo. 🙂 We’ve known each other for several years online, but this was the first time we met in person. She’s the smart one that remembered the camera (I only had my cell phone for pictures!), so I just “stole” her picture! This is us at “market” after a busy day.
We enjoy getting to know each other a bit more over dinner one night and again at breakfast our last morning. We discovered that we share very similar upbringing – both attending a reformed church, learning the Heidelberg catechism (both of us attended Sat. morning catechism classes as kids), etc. I can tell you – that never happens! She was as delightful and thoughtful in person as she is online. She gifted me with a beautiful smocked pincushion! I will treasure this. Not only that, but she also made a book with lovely smocking designs and ideas that go beyond children’s clothing.
I also received a nice gift basket from the SAGA board. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of the basket – it was pretty, and full of goodies. Another student gave me some delicious caramel popcorn! I devoured one of the bags while in Chicago.
I had a wonderful group of students for both classes that I taught. However, I stayed busy enough that I only remembered to take a quick couple pictures right at break time, so many students are missing from the pictures.
The students all worked hard and I believe that all of them will be able to finish up their projects soon. 🙂 I hope that many of them took away some new tips and techniques that they will be able to use on other projects.
Upon returning home, I am busy watching 2 of the granddaughters while their folks are away (in England!). They will be with us until Monday, so I am staying on my toes keeping up with them!!! Yesterday we did some creative “art” work outside. LOL! You have to love the way that little minds work – how about that coloring position – down the steps. Hahaha!!!
I have one thing going for me – I’m getting some great sleep at night!
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer!!! Keep on stitching…..