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Stitch & Bitch V was the best retreat we have ever had. I don’t know if it was the combination of people, the projects we were working on, the food and games, or just what led to it but this was by far the most fun we have had at a retreat. And we CAN NOT WAIT to do it again. We will on Feb 2-6, 2023. I think most everyone will return but just in case they can’t be sure to let me know if you want to be added to the wait list. We always give the people who were at the last retreat the first right of refusal for the next but if they can’t attend we open it to the wait list. And trust me, you don’t want to miss this!!!!!

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We saw the Andy Griffith Mural on Moore Avenue in downtown Mount Airy when we visited earlier this week. It is created with spray paint! The mural displays four aspects of Andy’s life and career against the backdrop of Pilot Mountain. The mural, done entirely with spray paint by Greensboro artist Jeks, was completed in May 2022, in time for what would have been Andy’s 96th birthday. Our tour guide told us about watching the artist working with spray cans of paint to do it. That is pretty amazing for spray cans!

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We had a couple of days away to recharge our creative juices. On the way back home we stopped at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s Retreat. They are doing so much work there restoring the structure to the way he had it originally. It’s so amazing that they have so many documents that Jefferson wrote to tradesmen describing what he wanted. It will be even more amazing when completed. Click here for more information on Poplar Forest.

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It’s the quiet before the storm….storm of sewing, that is! The Quilter’s Retreat started yesterday afternoon and while I didn’t get here till early evening I tried to catch up by sewing until 11 pm. And now, as usual, I am the first one up. I just can’t seen to sleep past 5 am. It’s kind of nice in the quiet minutes before all the machines fire up. I can’t wait to see what everyone is doing! More to come.

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Still away for a few more days….and now in Richmond at the beautiful old Jefferson Hotel. It’s all decorated for Christmas so it looks lovely.

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And Santa Said….

…you’ve been such a good girl, Kelly. You can have anything you ask for. LOL! Sometimes we all need to take a break and refresh our creativity. We did that over the last few days as we went to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte NC with good friends and family. Sister came up from Georgia and several friends went down with me from Virginia and we had a terrific visit. We even saw Santa at the show and told him all the things we want for Christmas. 🙂 Have you started making your list? I hope something creative is on it that includes The Studio. Watch soon as our Gift Certificate Special will be offered. (Pictured L to R: Kelly, Barbara, Sister (Suzanne), Hope, Santa, and Lynne. What a crew!)

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We had such a great time on our trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We went to see the Ricky Scaggs concert but we packed in a whole lot more. We drove around the countryside and took in the beautiful landscape; saw hardworking people and their horses working the fields; watch the horse and buggies come into town; shopped in some lovely old towns with painted buildings that we adored; but best of all we found a few fabric outlets where I could not resist buying some gorgeous material. I’m beginning to think I have a problem. LOL! I see another trip to the area in the very near future.

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I got to appreciate a different type of art yesterday as I traveled to Lancaster PA to see Ricky Scaggs and The Kentucky Thunder. They were AWESOME! Bluegrass is alive and well in this group. It was one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a long, long time. Great job guys. We LOVED it!!!!

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Yesterday I went to see the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Washington DC. It was very interesting…unlike any exhibit I have ever seen. Normally at an exhibit you see the paintings of an artist but at this you see copies of Van Gogh’s works and information about his life. And then you actually sit in a large room surrounded by his works projected on the walls all around you. You feel like you are inside his works. VERY DIFFERENT!

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We are having so much fun with family and friends painting together at Capon Springs Resort this week. If you didn’t make it you are missing out on so much fun!!!! We will hopefully have out 2022 dates soon so you can put it on your calendars and plan to join us to learn to paint or come to improve your painting skills. It’s a great place to relax and learn!

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