Friday, June 28, 2013


It was just too much fun to resist putting all of those letters in the title. I giggled every time I tried to say the name of the Get Together in Chigaco when I was there over the weekend.

The Superstar Serial Starters and Divine Disciplined Divas group on Facebook had its annual get-together this past weekend, and I was actually able to make it! I was a day late since my family's vacation had already been planned, but no one seemed to mind that I was a bit late. According to some, my weird sense of humor and continual laughter made up for being late.

If you ever have the ability to attend a get-together or a retreat, I highly suggest you make it work out. I had such a wonderful time meeting these great ladies - and man (go Mike!). It was wonderful to see everyone's work in person, ask questions, see the toys that others' use, etc.  I loved being able to get to know these great folks rather than just see posts on a computer and a small picture of their faces (or their kids', etc.)

Here are some of the pictures that were taken, and I have tried to keep the pictures of just me since no one else has given permission to use their photos, but I want to capture how amazing it is at one of these events.
 Everyone found their spot and enjoyed stitching
 Yes, I really see a camera and stop to smile! (I'm in the purple shirt)
 Everyone walks around to see what others are working on, to chat, etc.
 Aury on the left of AuryTM who kept us entertained at the table. 
Tina Bush on the right who is simply amazing!
 Lori really hates her picture taken. She also has a Johnny Depp obsession that we enjoyed during the trip
 Make yourself comfortable and get to know your neighbors!
 Go out to eat and laugh some more (OK, yeah, we were drinking).
 Spend time taking a train with Stephanie Bishop of Steph's Fabbys and have a great time!
 Yep, we had a ton of fun. My cheeks still hurt from laughing so much!!
 Stephanie Bishop smiling while Lori hides behind her menu
 Captain Jack did a pole dance on the cup and earned some cash (can you see how silly we were??)
Hanging out in jammies at night was totally cool!! The conference room 
was open as long as anyone wanted!

Also wonderful was meeting Aury of AuryTM Designs.  You should have seen my face when I realized that SHE was AURY! I knew that someone in the room was a designer, and then I felt stupid when I was commenting on the USA Pattern she was holding up. Ironically, I had it on my wish list on a stitching site, but when I said how much I loved it, Aury handed it to me.  I kept trying to pay her for it, but she said she really liked my honest comments and loved seeing my shocked face when I finally put it together that she was the designer.  Haha! Yep, still feeling like a naive dork!

Again, if you have the ability to attend a retreat like this - please do it.  I have added many more amazing people into my Facebook life as well as their email addresses and phone numbers. Some of these ladies traveled from Canada to attend, and I thought it was great they could and did make it!!

I have already put next year's GTG on my calendar, and now I'm trying to see how many other retreats I can afford to attend. There's nothing like having Stitcher Wives in your life.  (Yes, an inside joke, but I'm sure you can put it together.)


  1. Looks like you had a fabulous time! I recognize two of my fellow Canadian stitching buddies in your pics. I spent time stitching with Kathy just before she left and I know how much they were looking forward to the trip.

    1. Lynn - hopefully you can make the next one!! Kathy, Beatrice and Bonnie were wonderful!

  2. Ellen Lee, angelicabeads@yahoo.comJune 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Nice write-up on the get-together. I had a blast there, too. It was great meeting you and the other stitchers who attended. Thanks!


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