I'm going to post a whole heap more photos of the retreat tomorrow, but in the mean time I thought I would show you a few photos of Jenn and I preparing the gift bags for the participants, and while I'm at it thank our supporters. We really appreciate their ongoing support as they enable us to share a little more love on the weekend by way of a gorgeous gift bag. We couldn't do it without them.
Each year we hand make a (gorgeous :)) gift for each of the participants, and for this year's gift we owe a big BIG thank you to The Fabric Store. They donated over 30m of fabric so we could make these super pretty linen project bags. We were lucky enough to be allowed to steal the design from the lovely Melissa of Tiny Happy and we love how they turned out. My only sadness is that we didn't quite make enough, so none of us ended up with one. Won't make that mistake again! I've also just realised that I didn't get a proper photo of them.....
A big big thank you to Jenn (who you see in my half-renovated kitchen which was the staging area for the packing) and also to the patient Martine who had to sit in sawdust, and listen to a grinder all day, while we sewed. You two are champs!
We also need to send a big thank you to Skein Yarn for our gorgeous mini-skeins in a jewel box of stunning colours, Sunspun for the super-pretty tapestry needles and Loving Earth for sending boxes and boxes of my favourite raw chocolate - the Creamy Mylk. Yum! We also had Mamashanti (who is a good friend of our yoga teacher Gemma) send us a box of delicious smelling Chai samples, and the generous Ink and Spindle again sent us a super stack of their delicious fabric. I'm using my sample for a pocket on a tote.
On the Saturday night we were lucky enough to get to give away goodness from our friends at Frankie (who gave us a super pretty gift bag with memberships and other goodness), Woolarium who gave us some gorgeous Shibui for a pretty tank, one of the new gorgeous project bags from the ever-lovely Karen at Fringe Supply Co, a full set of gorgeous Assemblage patterns from Kirsten, even more patterns including some of my favourites (like Ruby and Lisa) from Tessuti as well as a mid-week retreat at newish crafting studio Create at Warburton. Just like Christmas. But better.
Finally I also wanted to give a shoutout to Purl Soho who supplied us with their ace Overnighter Bags in hardcopy for the workshop and also to Ellie from Extra Curricular who gave me a gorgeous stack of her mag to give away for the fun of it. Being able to give presents is the best.
Finally I need to announce that the winner of our giveaway was Mackenzie Sasser from the US. Hope you love your gift! and thanks everyone for entering. Reading your comments was so fun.
See you tomorrow with more photos.