I had secretly planned something extra special for the girls this time, but it was all secret squirrel stuff, so I will get back to this later..
I did buy a couple of things though... peach jam, mustard pickles and corn that you pop straight into the microwave to make popcorn..
My first project was a Christmas bunting panel that I found stashed away amongst my fabric. I had forgotten I had bought it from The Quilter's Store ages ago. It was so easy to put together and I am glad that I can say that I finished something while away.. I think I have earned a bit of a rest now..lol
Tuesday morning came and I was up before the sparrows - I quietly crept into the shower, got dressed, grabbed my large suitcase and the keys and snuck out.. I thought for sure I was going to wake my room buddies - Helen and Norreen, but no, they kept on sleeping.. I went over to the sewing room to set up the room.. The table was decorated with Christmas table runner, tree, decorations, pressies, bon bons and candy canes etc..
Mmmm - six openings at a time for four times during the day should do it..
These are the 'lucky' tags I had made - each one was wrapped in a heart shape bit of paper, tied with string and placed in a box for 'lucky dip' for the advent..
Afterwards I took a stroll outside while the girls checked out the gifts.. I love their new displays..
First of all I ventured into the greenhouse - made with gorgeous old windows, painted with the stressed white look.. I wouldn't mind this at home..
This is the chicken coop - I couldn't get a photo but their are silkie hens inside..
Now back at the retreat it was time for a little more sewing and a couple more advent boxes to be opened, and a little challenge to be completed..
I had provided each of the girls with two squares of felt, a circle template and some stuffing. With this they were to make an ornament for our tree using bits and pieces from a box that I had filled with lace, ribbon, beads etc for them to rummage through.
I don't know what I was expecting but they all did a fabulous job.. check these out.. Well done girls..
So glad I didn't offer a prize for the best one because there is no way I could have chosen one over the other..
Now it was time for some games.. First game - Threading popcorn - I don't think I have laughed so much in my life - I don't think I thought too much about the popcorn except that it was for the game but somehow the girls were eating it while threading it - both at the same time...lol
Here are our champions, all lined up...
The girls were very industrious over the week and here are some of their projects they were working on.. I will be quick as I have to finish up and go.. I don't think I have all the project photos but here are a few..
Susan did some secret sewing so I don't have any photo's of her projects...
Teresa bought me this gorgeous tag... I cant wait to put it on my tree this year...actually, I think I will hang it somewhere all year round... too cute to put away... Thanks Cassie..
Some of the girls made a delicious fruit salad on one of the days - soooo yummy.. thanks girls.
Long post but it has finally come to an end - had such a terrific time with these girls and I'm glad I could have had the privilege of making this retreat something a little more special for them..
Love you guys heaps...xxx