We made some beautiful inspiration flags! Joyce loves motorcycles, so she's having fun with the "Hog" fabric! I think Joyce is on No-Doze here since she and I were up 'til 4 am the night (er...morning of) before. Hey, girls just wanna have fun!
Linda Mehler, from Wildflower Studio in McKinney, Texas, taught us how to needle felt these cute Easter eggs. That was amazing! I've never had the band width to even try this before, but found it amazingly simple and relaxing. For those of us who don't have much creativity, Linda provided rubber stamps to stamp patterns on our eggs. We then felted fiber over the designs. Very unique!
We had spinners spinning fleece into yarn! This is Mitchie. This woman has more talent in her little toe than I have in my entire body! She does EVERYTHING! Just an incredible lady... Super sweet, too! I wish I had a shot of all of the other ladies that were spinning. I think we had 5 ladies doing this. Spinning is VERY relaxing!
This is a "Getting to know you" activity with yarn, to be later made into a scarf! Yep, it looks just about as crazy as it was! And noisy, too! 37 ladies cackling at the same time can get pretty loud!
Others made shawls using a tri-loom! Remember those placemats you made in Kindergarten when you were learning about the pilgrims and the Indians? The ones where you would weave the construction paper in and out, in and out, alternating the colors, to make a woven placemat? That's what this is like. You weave the yarn in and out, up and down the triangle board, but instead of using your fingers to weave, you use a long sort of crochet hook. This is another really unique craft!
We always work on a charity project at each of our retreats. For this retreat, we crocheted edging around fleece blankets. We'll be donating these blankets to Medical City of Dallas and Parkland Hospital's NICU. Some of the blankets will also be used as lap blankets for older kids going through chemotherapy at the hospitals.
Of course, we always make time for eating lots of great food, too! We have a baked potato and soup bar Friday night. We have continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The rest of the time we head on over to the chow hall for some grub. I really sound like I'm getting into the character, don't I? I didn't say I WAS a character. I said I was getting INTO character. Just clarifying...
The sleeping accommodations are fantastic, with many rustic hotel rooms holding anywhere from 4 - 6 people in a room. There are also two cabins that hold up to 10 ladies. Very rustic, as well. Aren't these cute? Keepin' with the ranch theme here!