Last week I spent five wonderful days in Utah, meeting people who I knew, but didn't know. Had left comments for on their blog, and they on mine, had an occasional email with, etc., but had never met them in person. They each shared the same love I did - stitching and things crafty. You wonder about those people sometimes - what they're really like, what their voice sounds like - you smile when you read their comments, and eagerly await their blog updates. You find that they have other interests that are like yours. You wonder about them, wish that you could meet them, but in the course of everyday life you know that you live too far away and have schedules that conflict. So you email and follow their blogs and never meet them, but yet, because of the shared interests, you feel like they're part of your heart and soul. Well, I had the most wonderful opportunity to finally meet up with some of these very special people and find out what they're like. We all met up at the Canyons in Utah - a truly beautiful place (all pictures are clickable I think).
We also met up with Cathi, Cari, Joan and their friend Karen:
Karen, Joan, Cari, Loraine and Cathi. What a hoot these ladies are!
And the whole group at lunch:
Jolene, Terri, Karen, Cari, Cathi, Joan, Loraine, Kathryn and Julie at Bandit's Restaurant! What fun! A lot of good laughs and good food.
And these ladies spoiled us! From Loraine and Jolene we were presented with these wonderful gifts:
Such wonderful talent both these women have. These bags were stuffed with patterns that Loraine had designed, a bag with scissors and floss winders and Jolene also made this wonderful pinkeep:
Cari, Cathi and Joan also are so talented and so much fun to be around! They gave each of us these goodies:
Such wonderful goodies and special momentos of our time together. I'll treasure these forever!! I wish that we could have spent more time together! I think that my stomach would be killing me from all the laughing! And I'm amazed that with all the noise and bustle that night when we were all together, that Joan could still keep the pedal to the metal and keep sewing! LOL
It was such a great time - just the best. We did some sightseeing, and what would a trip be to Utah without going to Shepherd's Bush?
Moi outside Shepherd's Bush
We had a lot of fun there - shopping, spending money (big time) and meeting some more people. I wish I had taken pictures, but I met Katrina and her friend Karin, and Val at Shepherd's Bush! Such a great time. We had lunch in Ogden while we were there. The street are lined with painted horses:
The Lion House
And a couple samplers located in the house:
Now, should we all do it again next year? I'm in!!!!!!
Oh, and after a two month hiatus on stitching, I finally was able to park my rear in a chair and get a slight case of stitch butt! It felt so good!!! I have to thank you girls for finally getting me out of the stitching rut!
I know that I've been absent from commenting lately and I apologize, but things were really crazy up until I went on the trip, but I plan on rectifying that situation ASAP. I have missed seeing what everyone is working on and can't wait to catch up!!!