18 April, 2024

Scrub Stitchin'

 Scrub Stitchin' with the Chookshed Stitchers 
has come and gone. I had such a fabulous time.
Five days of friendship, fun, laughter and a bit of sewing too!
It was so great to finally meet the girls I have been 
blogging and zooming with over the years.
As you can see, I had quite a drive to get to Baradine!
Monday I headed off to Corowa to pick up 
Sharmayne from Country Fragrance. This meant I was 
only on my own for three hours of the trip which was great.
On my way to Sharmayne's I dropped in to surprise my niece Andrea
 at her diner Lulu and Didge in Chiltern. Andrea (Didge) 
and Lulu opened the 1950s style diner about 4 months ago. 
They have every flavour of milkshakes and spiders 
you can think of. If you're ever in Chiltern, 
I can highly recommend a visit to Lulu and Didge.

Sharmayne and I have been blogging friends 
for many years. We think maybe 13 or 14 years. 
The first time we met in person was when I drove 
into her driveway! We sat and talked late into the night.

Tuesday we had quite a long day of 
driving to Dubbo. We stopped at the Junee Licorice and
 Chocolate Factory for morning tea.

Did a bit to help the economy at Coonabarabran.
We arrived at Scrub Stitchin' and I finally got to 
meet Chooky from Chookyblue in person.
We all received a goody bag. 
There was a project kit that Anni Downs from  
Hatched and Patched had designed especially 
for us at Scrub Stitchin'. In the box is a 
lovely mug and Brenda crocheted 
everyone a little flower brooch.

Sharmayne and Trish. Trish is now a blogger 
after starting Coming Home with Sharmayne's help. 
Chatting with Janice from Jannimary.

You always have to have scones at retreat!
Chooky's mum made these delicious ones for us.

Late Saturday afternoon we were kicked out of the room 
so it could be prepared for our Starry Starry Night.

It was so lovely enjoying a drink and
 nibbles as the sun was setting. 
We were supposed to be getting ready but 
we couldn't stop looking at the sunset. 
This is just one of the many photos taken.
You had to dress up for the star theme. 

There were many interpretations of stars - 
movie stars, Star Wars, stars on clothes.

 As for me, I attached star lights to my dress.
 The room was decorated beautifully.
We had such a fun night.
After dinner we swapped our 
Make It, Bake It or Fake It gifts. 
Fake it gifts were gifts you bought. 
I received this lovely zippered pouch, along 
with some soap and handcream, from Maureen. 
Maureen also started a blog  
Pink Sunset Cottage over the weekend.

I was lucky enough to win a prize. 
A fat quarter with lots of rabbits, deer, foxes and hedgehogs. 
The Bug Buster is a herbal anti-moth protector.
 I worked on a secret project for the first three days. 
Here's a little sneak peek.
You'll have to wait to see what it is. 

Then I made a start on my 
Project #9 of our Chookshed Challenge.
Sunday morning I picked up my 
rather neglected Tilda hexagons.
Twenty-eight of us attended Scrub Stitchin'. 
Some were bloggers and zoom stitchers.
 I made some lovely new friends.

The thirteen bloggers. 
Back row - Raewyn (Stitching Farm Girl), Chooky (ChookyBlue), 
Middle row - Jindi's Cottage, Maureen (Pink Sunset Cottage), 
Sharmayne (Country Fragrance), Trish (Coming Home).
Front row - Janice (Jannimary), Jenny (Bird on the Border) and me.

After lunch it was time to say good bye to everyone.
Thank you Chooky for organising Scrub Stitchin' 
and allowing me to be part of it. 
Thank you Sharmayne for being 
such a fabulous travelling buddy 
and welcoming me into your home. 
Even though we had never met before,
it was like we had known each other forever. 
Lucy made me feel welcome too!


Gretchen Weaver said...

It looks like a fun retreat! It's awesome you all get together every year. Happy stitching!

loulee said...

Looks like a great time.

Maria said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of your fun weekend.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

It does sound and look like you had an amazing time. I am intrigued . What are spiders at Lulu and Didge? Darling projects. The wool applique looks like a lot of fun. Have an awesome day. Hugs.

Lin said...

What a great trip. Am always envious of Scrub stitchers! xx

Chookyblue...... said...

Was wonderful that you could come to scrub stitchin'...... Finally got to meet you....... Lots of great pics here.......

Chookyblue...... said...

Forgot to say I enjoyed your little video also...........

kiwikid said...

Lots of wonderful photos Christine, it was great to see you again at Scrub Stitchin'.

ButterZ said...

I have always enjoyed this weekend and missed it this year. So glad you had a great time

Susan said...

a great post - it is good that so many people are posting - you each have a different slant on the weekend.

I know you would have had a fabulous time.

Karen's Korner said...

It looks like you and the other stitchers had a fabulous time.

Janice said...

It was lovely to meet you at Scrub Stitchin. As you now know, it is the best fun. Your road trip sounds like it’s great fun.

Julie said...

What a wonderful trip Christine & sounds like such a fabulous time you all had. That is a LONG WAY to drive!!! How great that you had some company for the trip. Those are some yummy Tilda fabrics you have bought there. xx

Karen S said...

Looks like you had a great time there and on the trip as well. Fantastic.

Ondrea said...

Fantastic retreat !

Narelle said...

Looks like an amazing time with beautiful people xx

Kim said...

I've always wondered where the Scrub Stitchin' retreat was.....a very long drive up the Hume Highway way past Dubbo. Fabulous you had company for a good part of the trip. It sounds and looks like you had a blast of a time with all the other ladies. Love those Tilda hexies.