January This & That at Kill Devil Hills

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I have just returned from a wonderful five-day retreat with my crafty gals, and so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to here on the blog today. For the past several years, my scrappy gang has gone to Myrtle Beach in January, but this year we tried something different and rented a house in Kill Devil Hills on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There were ten of us in a massive 12-bedroom house, right on the beach. The weather was brisk and often cloudy, but overall very pleasant… and the view just could not be beat.

As usual when I go away on these craft retreats, I packed way toooooooo much stuff, and hardly touched any of it. It’s always so hard to judge how much will get done, or what I’ll feel like working on, so I like to go pretty heavily loaded. As is my standard MO at these events, I packed a lot of old collections and old scraps with the goal of seeing how many cards I could manage to make. I almost always take Christmas papers with me, as it’s one of the only times of the year when I work on them. And this time, I broke out my old stash of Simple Stories’ Claus & Co and ended up with 18 holiday cards to rebuild my stash.

I started with most of the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard frames, and scraps from the ephemera and SNAP pack….and even after all these cards, I feel like I didn’t make much of a dent in the supplies. But that just gives me another chance to attack the stash some other time. 😀

The other project I worked on is an old love of mine… counted cross stitch. I first learned to cross stitch and embroider back in elementary school, but it’s been years and years since I’ve worked on anything. For my first project I chose a Halloween chart to work on, for several reasons. Of course you all know I love the holiday, but I also thought that would give me enough time to make sure I could complete the project before the season hits. And I also like that this finished piece is relatively small, and only has a few colors of floss. This is called Simply Scary by The Drawn Thread, and I’m working on 14-count Aida cloth that I’ve coffee and tea dyed. I’m so excited about my progress so far, and will definitely share my finished piece here with you.

So that’s what I’ve been up to here. Hope you all are doing well and are having a great January. Anything fun going on with you?

6 thoughts on “January This & That at Kill Devil Hills

  1. Thank you for sharing this adventure! So exciting! I think this is just so cool that you meet with a group once a year to just craft and bond! I too am part of a group which is local with folks I know and one of our ladies always organizes a retreat; but I never go. I think this year will be different! I hope! I hope to craft more and to gain the courage to share what I craft too! Thanks again for the cool post!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I’m so glad you have a local crafty group, and I really hope you’ll go away on your retreat this year. It’s hard to know how to pack, but it really is just so much fun!! ❤

  2. Looks like a wonderful time away with friends, how fun!! Amazing Christmas cards! And, your Halloween project will be amazing I’m sure!! Take care, hugs!!

  3. How wonderful to have crafty friends to enjoy a getaway with! No one around my area seems to have any interest. That house looks amazing! I’m so happy for you to have such fun. You certainly made a lot of cards. I don’t think I ever made 18 cards for Christmas in a whole year let along five days! lol The cross stitch picture looks amazing. I used to do that, too, many moons ago! Not much fun going on here–today is colonoscopy prep day for me! I am looking forward to this time tomorrow and hopefully good news!

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