20 June 2011

Cape May Retreat

I went to Cape May, NJ for a cross stitch retreat. We didn't do much stitching but it was so much fun. This was my second retreat I went and I met two lovely ladies, Mare and Penny, plus it was nice to see Debra and Karin again too. On Thursday, I took the bus to New York City and got another bus to meet Mare in Cardstalt. It was a very hot day, reaching near 100 degrees. Mare drove and we chatted down to the Cape. We stayed at The Henry Sawyer Inn, a Victorian bed and breakfast house. It is where Mare and I met Debra, Karin and Penny around 5 pm. Mare and I stayed in a suite on the second floor,and the sitting room became the stitching room for the group. I do have to say the bathroom was tiny! The whole suite was covered with afloral and ribbon printed wallpaper. It was very hard to find light switches and sockets. We forgot to leave a light on and we returned, I was feeling the walls to find the light switch in the dark.
After we got everything upstairs, Mare, Karin and I went dolphin watching on the Spirit of Cape May boat. The Captain took us around the coast of Cape May, giving us a history lesson on the town, and a biology lesson on dolphins. It was very interesting but trying to get a picture of those dolphins was tough. I got lucky and able to get one good picture. I did get a lot of pictures of the coast, including the Cape May Lighthouse. After the boat ride, we went to Washington mall, I think that is the name of it, to try to get something to eat but everything was starting to close and we end up having frozen custard. The three of us went back to the inn, and the five of us gather in the suite and digged into the free for all stash. It is cross stitch patterns, kits, and magazines, plus more sometimes, we bring to the retreat that we no longer want or won't stitch, and take the ones we will like to stitch. I got a few Just Cross Stitch ornament series I did not have plus some other patterns. Penny gave us a pattern she designed for the retreat and copied a HUGE pile of freebies. I think I will be organizing them so I can use them for my exchanges. Mare gave us a set of beautiful rose pins. We had a choice of colors, and I picked the yellow roses, since its my favorite flower. We went to bed around 1 in the morning.
Breakfast parfait

Friday morning, I was the last one downstairs or breakfast. Wow! Barbara, the innkeeper, really makes you right at home. The table was set with fresh strawberries, blueberries, sliced cantaloupe and homemade breads and muffins. There was coffee, tea and hot cocoa and she offered us a parfait, which was vanilla yogurt, homemade granola, and topped with fruit. It was almost too pretty to eat. After the parfait, was the entree, scrambled eggs or French toast. Cereal was offered but who wants cereal if someone is cooking for you!
After breakfast, it was shopping time! We went to the LNS, Stitch By Stitch and looked at the patterns and fabrics. Penny, Mare and I was looking through a bin of fabric when I started to feel a bit ill. I think the heat got to me. After sitting a bit, I brought my stuff. Mare, Karin and I went to an Asian restaurant, where they offered Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. The food was good. Penny took Debra to the boat. Debra went whale watching and i think it was her first time out in the ocean. Penny came to meet us at the restaurant. Mare and I went back to the inn and stitched while we waited for Debra to come back. While we were gone, a huge box came from Vickie H. and it consisted all the donations from the designers. The box was as big as a small table. Karin separated all of it in the bedroom and we went in one at the time and picked a pattern. Vickie also included a gift for us. It was a tote bag she made and machine embroidery our names on to the bag. It is beautiful and she did a great job. Thank you Vickie! We had to take a break. All of us went got grinders and than went to Sunset Beach to collect Cape May diamonds. They are exactly quartz stones and they were all over the beach. Karin and Debra collected a whole bunch. After the sun went down, the bugs came out, and we got bitten. We went back to the inn to eat our sandwiches and finish picking out our patterns. Karin, Penny and Debra had went back to their suite by 1 am. Mare and I stayed up for another hour. Mare showed me some of her finishes she brought with her. Mare is a fantastic stitcher and her finishes are so gorgeous.

Mare and Debra at breakfast

Believe it or not, Mare and I were up before 7am. The suite got warm because we shut off the air conditioners the night before. I went downstairs for some coffee and talked to Debra on the porch. She gets up around 5. It was raining too. However it stopped raining by 10 am, because we had my new bracelet

plans to go to a few craft fairs. First fair we went was at Cold Springs Village. A historic place on how Americans lived in the Revolutionary times. The craft fair was a dud but I did buy a green crystal bracelet. I love it so much and it sparkles. We walked around and different buildings had different aspects on their living times. We went to Emlen Physick Estate, where a Victorian fair took place. It was a big dud too. Apparently all the crafters were at the third craft fair, on the Boardwalk. It was huge and went on and on. Mare and I decided to go in the morning. We stopped by the LNS again, and I picked up 3 of the Little House Needleworks 2011 ornaments and beads for Mare. Mare and I went back to the inn and Mare showed me how to make her canvas bookmarks. They are very easy to do and very pretty. The other girls came back and stitched for awhile. Mare started her pincushion class. Penny and I are the only ones to do one. Karin was still stitching her design and Debra had the wrong type of can I think. We took a break and went to The Ugly Mug for dinner, which was a sandwich place. The food was good but very obviously you can tell they were in their summer mode, like serving potato chips instead of fries, so they could get you out to get more people. But that is my opinion. We celebrated the group's birthday by getting gelato. It was delish! Than it was back to the inn, and finish our pincushion class. I went to bed at 12 because I couldn't stitch anymore.
pincushions completed, Penny's is the fox and mine
is purple thread and needle

Debra, Mare, me, Penny and Karin
at The Ugly Mug

I was up before 7 again. Poor Mare slept on the daybed because I hogged up a king size bed. I packed all my stuff before breakfast. After breakfast, I stitched a little on the porch. The frog came to visit me and I brought home the frog from the retreat. The darn thing flips backwards. It is an adorable little frog. Mare and I said good bye to Penny, Karin and Debra. They had plans to see the Lighthouse and climb the stairs. Mare and I checked out and left the inn by 11. We went to the boardwalk for the craft fair. We went got some grinders for the trip back. I ate half of mine in the car and saved the rest for my bus ride. We were trying to get me to the bus stop for 5 so I could get the 6 pm bus back to CT. We just parked the car and the bus went by. We unpacked my stuff and Mare sat with me until the next bus came. Since I did not make it for my 6 pm bus, I had to wait for the 8 o'clock bus. I didn't get home until 10:30. I was exhausted and I slept almost 12 hours and still tired.

You can see more pictures here. My next post will be on stitching projects and the stash I got at the retreat.
Thanks for reading my adventure. I cant wait to see where the retreat will be next year! I am hoping West, like Las Vegas or California.

PS. if anyone know how I can shrink the picture on top of my blog, please tell me! It is just showing half of it. Thank you!  Editor's Note:  I fixed the problem with the picture.


Jennifer's life and goings on said...

I am glad that you had a great time. I need to find a stitching retreat around in Maryland. The pincushion is just cute. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!

Claudette497 said...

What a fun vacation! I'm looking forward to seeing the stash. That frog is hilarious!

blueladie said...

What a great retreat. TFS it! :D Cathryn

Debbie Jo said...

Wow!! I am so glad you's had such a great time. Wonderful sight seeing adventures and great events to visit. I love craft shows/fairs! Love all the stitching everyone got to do and the idea of sitting on a porch and stitching without 100+ heat sounds like heaven!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, sounds like y'all had a great time!! Glad you had fun, and the pincushions are so cute. I have the same problem with my photo. I don't know what it's problem is!!!

Emily in NC said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip with good friends and good fun.

Meari said...

Sounds like a great time. I really wish I could've gone. :( Boo.

Debi M. said...

Sounds like you had a great time!!! I am so glad.

Wanda said...

I got tired just reading about everything you guys did at the retreat. Cape May sounds fantastic. What a lovely retreat!

Berly said...

You guys had a great time!! I hope I get to go next year!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you ladies had a great time and I know Mare does beautiful work.


PennyB said...

So glad you had a good time Vickie. It was fun and I enjoyed meeting all of you. Your pictures are great!


Elaine said...

What a great trip you have had Vicky. Look forward to seeing your stitching projects and stash.

Shelley said...

Sounds like you had a super awesome time on the retreat. I look forward to seeing stitchy pics and such!!

Debra said...

Just seeing that frog makes me laugh! It was great seeing you again and I hope we both get to go next year. I so miss the great breakfast we had at the B&B. Your finished turned out great!

MaryT said...

sounds like you really had fun I'm going to edit my blog but the Sea To
Shinning Sea sampler is a Cricket Collection

Mary Louise in IN

Anonymous said...

I had a wonderful time and that was a great update! Glad I was finally able to see your photos.I didn't realize you took so many.

Vickie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for the lovely made my day.