I still have so much more I want to tell you about. Let me show you some of the fun parts of the PALs Retreat other than all the wonderful booths we can buy from.
This pile of goodies was giveaways we all received. I love the sandcastle ornament made from real sand from the beach.
This pile is what I won from the raffle bags that we could purchase. It also included a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate to DownSunshineLane. I didn't win but I still got all these nice things from the bags.
These things were all given to me by sweet people who attend. Two pieces of evenweave. A dammit doll. Bundle of threads with a pumpkin charm. Pincushion that was handmade! Scissor fob made with a real shell found on the beach. A cute tie dye fun purse. Frog Needle minder, roll of archive quality ziplock bags and a beautiful glass ornament with ORTS etched into the glass to store orts in for the Christmas tree. Love each thing. Especially because it meant someone was kind enough to just give them to me.
I did win a prize from Praiseworthy Stitches. Assortment of cute threads.
We have a HUGE table you can bring stuff you no longer want any more. These things decided I needed to give them a home. Free. What's better than that?
These are the purchases I made from the vendors. Can't wait to get busy with them. I know Santa was super busy shopping too and I can't wait to get those either! Is it Christmas yet?!?!
These wonderful ladies are just a few that I have really got to know over the years. Unfortunately Amy the owner of DownSunshineLane and the wonderful host of the PALs Retreat announced Saturday night that this was the last retreat for now. The hotel was bought by Hilton and they priced the conference room too high to be able to come back. The room was full of lots of tears and hugs. I've been to the retreat 7 times now and I love it dearly. I don't think it's over. I think it's just going to change. I really hope more than anything we find a way to get together again somehow. Probably not in 2018 though. So we'll have to figure out another way to see each other. I miss them already.