Nov 12, 2012

Registration now open!!

Over the last few months several events have greatly weighed on me.  Having put much thought into and worked through some of my concerns regarding next year, I am happy to announce that Gitta's 4th Annual Getaway Retreat will be held over the weekend of April 5th - 7th, 2013.  It will follow much of the same game plan as previous years -  games, prizes, great food, luxurious accomodations, wonderful company, an exclusive workshop, and surprises for which you will need to be patient.  It is however, with heavy heart that the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace will not be held in conjunction with the Getaway next year.

Do not dispare, this will in no way dampen our fun.  Many of my plans are already in the works, and the donations from Needlepoint Inc have already arrived.

See you in 4 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days.

Jul 11, 2012

Plans for 2013

2013 will be Gitta's 4th Getaway, and I have been trying to think of a theme to make this Retreat as memorable as the others have been.  This theme will inspire the designs for our exclusive workshop, and souvenier fridge magnet/ornament kit (that has always been one of Gitta's gifts to our attendees).  As the Waterside Inn is located by the Lake, one of the obvious themes I have been considering is "Water".  What  makes this such a wonderful theme, is that so much can be found on the surface and even more below, so don't assume the designs will only be blue, or filled with sailboats.  Remember, lily pads and frogs live in water too (and green after all is one of my favourite colours).  But before I get locked into one mindset, I would love to hear from you.  If you love the theme or have another in mind, please leave a comment.

May 11, 2012

Finished Tea Cup pin cushions

During our Getaway's exclusive workshop Carol Arsenault, our instructor, had commented that if even just one of us gets hooked on Stumpwork she will have been successful.  Well, Monika J. finished hers during the week after Retreat.  She has even bought several Stumpwork books and has incorporated stumwork critters into her "Nature" quilt.   

This is her finished Tea cup

Kim B. also finished her Tea Cup upon returning home, and has sent photos of her finished pincushion.  Kim even elaborated on the design to make it her own.

    Well done ladies.  

If anyone else has finished their Tea Cup Pincushion and would like to share it with the rest of us, email a photo and I will post it.

May 4, 2012

Awwwww!!!!! It's all over!

This year's Getaway once again followed a very successful and proven agenda, but with it's own unique surprises to make it another memorable year.  On Friday all our retreaters were welcomed with a MaggieB bag filled with wonderful treasures donated by Gitta's very generous suppliers.  We later started our evening with a Designer Meet & Greet, pizza & chicken skewers, and playing "get to know each other" games.  We played Bingo, completed a Designer matching game, and ended the evening with a "Guess the Teddy Bear" Trivia and a Pajama contest - and all winners were rewarded with prizes.  But in between all the games, we had our "Teddy & Me Tea Party" workshop.
Our surprise designer/instructor this year was Carol Arsenault.   She is a Stumpwork artist, and in the current issue of "A Needle Pulling Thread" magazine, Spring 2012, you will find an article about and a pattern from Carol.
Our workshop project was a Tea Cup pincushion.  The floral top was embroidered with some of the flower's petals done in stumpwork.  Carol was an excellent instructor and made it all seem very straight forward and easy.  She stayed for the weekend, answered all our  questions, and finished her workshop on Saturday at afternoon Tea.  Thank you, Carol, for all your wonderful insight and tips. You took the "stumped" out of Stumpwork!!!!!

Every year we have had decadant warm cookies later in the evening for that sugary boost.  This year, with Gitta's Birthday being on the Friday we all enjoyed decadent Birthday cake - Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Fudge.  I had to have one of each - absolutely to die for!!!
                                                               This is a photo of myself, my mother and sister.

The rest of the weekend was worry and chore free - stitching, chatting, playing more trivia games, winning prizes, and enjoying free access to the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace.  

Saturday evening, at our Banquet Dinner, Carol once again held our complete attention with her inspiring words, encouraging us all to devote our time to those projects we feel most passionate about.
During dinner we played our traditional word game - this year's phrase was "Collaboration Sampler" - the winning table found 514 words contained within the phrase.  Congatulations ladies.

The winners of our Nametag contest were also revealed after the dinner,  names were drawn for 5 Grand prizes, everyone received a gift package, and someone at each table won the table centre piece - a Bouquet of needleart Goodies. 

The weekend was a blast!   We all had a  great time! 
So much so, that some of us were not anxious to head home! 

There is much work that goes into a weekend such as this, and I want to take this chance to thank everyone involved in making this weekend the success that it was.  

First off, I would like to thank YOU, all our attendees; 
without you handwork and needlework would become a dying art form, the Stitching Lounge would be a very quiet room, and all our preparations would be for naught.  A few of our attendees need an extra mention.  Sam C., attendee at every Gitta's Getaway Retreat and just recently turned published designer, presented each of us with a kit of her first design, Winter SamplerMarilyn R. knitted a stash of dishcloths, more than one for each of us.  Jessica C., a first time attendee brought bags and bags of Hershey chocolates straight from the Hershey Chocolate factory in Hershey, PA. Delish.!!!  And finally Darlene K. who once again was a great help, especially with our "Guess the Teddy Bear" game by bringing along her power point projector.

Next I would like to thank the Waterside Inn.    The staff goes well beyond their job description and service expectations to ensure we are all happy and want for nothing.  Tony the night manager, was our evening contact again this year.  He put on quite the show for us, when we asked him to once again take our group photo.  He had us laughing so hard we were almost in tears.                        Thank you again for a wonderful experience.                                                                                   
A heart felt thank you is extended to all of Gitta's staff, in preparing all the kits for the Getaway,  for my Make-it & Take-it workshop kits for the NeedleWorkersMarketPlace and packing for the weekend;  those that kept the shop running while I worked on the Getaway -  designing this year's souvenir ornament, designing my MITI Tea Cup, designing my contribution for the NWMP Sampler,  finishing my Stitch for a Cure fundraiser,  contacting suppliers for gift donations, and planning our games.   And finally to Margaret for all her work in helping with the plans for the weekend, all the paper work, organizing all the supplier donations, and keeping the weekend agenda flowing smoothly.
And lastly a much appreciated thank you goes to our suppliers.  I was blown away this year with their generousity and the wonderful products they donated for our Getaway, making this weekend even more memorable.  And these generous companies & designers were:
Access Commodities
A Needle Pulling Thread
Brenda Franklin Designs
Brown Paper Packages ( Silk & Ivory)
By Jupiter (charms)
Caron Collection
Christine's Swedish Weaving
Daylight Company
Elizabeth Bradley
Gentle Art ( Sampler threads)
Gloriana Silks
H.A. Kidd and Company Ltd. (Needleart accessories & notions)
Hoffman Distributing Company Inc.
Ink Circles
JBW Designs
Jeannette Douglas Designs
Jesse James and Company (Button It Up buttons)
Just Another Button Company
Kelmscott Designs
Kelsea Sales (Distributor of LoRan & Clover products)
Kreinik Mfg.
Lizzie Kate
Needlepoint Inc. (Silk threads)
Quiltsource Canada Inc.
Rainbow Gallery
Rosewood Manor
Stitching Studio
Sweetheart Tree
Threadworx, Inc.
Verachtert / Lanarte
Victoria Sampler
Wichelt Imports
X's and Oh's

Thanks to everyone for their efforts in making it another memorable weekend.

If you would like to see the entire photo album from the weekend please visit my facebook page, Kathrin Ellison or click on the link below

Apr 6, 2012

See you next week

Only 7 more sleeps until Gitta's Getaway retreat. 
I thought a final check list might be a great help while packing for the weekend.

1) What is a Pajama Party & sleep over without your favourite Teddy Bear.  And being that this year we also have a Teddy & Me Tea party workshop, why not bring your favourite Fuzzy Wuzzy.  But that is not to say,  it specifically has to be a Teddy bear.  Here are my two!  But sadly one will have to stay home. 

2) You will also need some awesome PJ's or flannels, fuzzy slippers, and anything else you would like to wear for Friday night's Pajama Party.  Each hotel suite has luxurious bathrobes, just incase you do not want to be seen in your PJ's as you make your way to the stitching lounge.  So no excuses!

3) Your Project Parade item.  Every stitcher has a special project that they are extremely proud of or has special meaning.  They will all be on display in the stitcher's lounge for all to enjoy and appreciate. 

4) Your Random Act of Kindness exchange item(s), if you wish to participate in the exchange.

5) Your "Guess the Instructor" guess must be handed in at 6pm, at the start of our Pajama Party.  So go through all the clues again,  put them all together, and submit your best guess.     Good Luck!!

Have a Happy Easter and see you all next Friday.

Apr 1, 2012

Guess the Instructor Clue #4

Only 12 more sleeps and another Gitta's Getaway begins.  How exciting!  And this year will prove to be the best one of them all.  Our suppliers have out done themselves this year, with fabulous gifts for everyone and others that will be drawn at random and used as game prizes.  And, oh the games! The games will already begin at check-in.   Speaking of that, here is your next clue for our first game, "Guess the Instructor" for our exclusive GG Workshop on Friday evening.

Clue #4: Not an Exhibitor
Although, she has attended other shows and taught at guilds, she is NOT one of the exhibitors at the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace.  We will also have the pleasure of her company all weekend;  she will stay over and join us as a Gitta's Stitching Wizard on Saturday.

The photo is a little snippet of her workshop project.

Mar 23, 2012

Guess the Instructor Clue #3

Clue #3:  Inspired by Nature

Taking her inspiration from nature, she makes her blossoms everlasting with needle and thread. 
This picture is also a clue as to one of her most recognizable designs.

Still stumped?  Then you'll have to wait for Clue #4.

Mar 17, 2012

Guess the Instructor Clue #2

                                                                Clue #2:  Tools of her trade!!
She requires more than just needle, fabric and thread to complete her craft;  two scissors, one to cut thread and another to cut "cloth covered wire".  Also necessary will be a hoop and tweezers.  No symbol chart to follow, just an outline brought to live through free style creativity.  Guess her specialty, and this combined with last weeks clue may help in solving her identity.

Don't forget your guess must be submitted at check-in on Friday, April 13th.
Good luck, another clue will be posted next week.

Mar 9, 2012

What's for Dinner?

As last year, you have a choice of appetizer and Entree for the
 Saturday night Banquet Dinner.
Your selections must be in to us by March 20th. 

Please choose a soup or salad:
- Soup: Fire Roasted Red Pepper - with shaved Parmesan and chili
- Soup: Potato and Leek - with chive sour cream and bacon lardons
- Salad: Caesar Salad - Romaine Hearts, Crispy Bacon, Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Anchovy Dressing
- Salad: Baby Spinach - Toasted Almonds, Fresh Black & Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Red Wine Vinaigrette

Please choose an Entree:
- Pork Tenderloin Medallions
- Thyme and Lemon Marinated, then Grilled Chicken Supreme
- Seared Atlantic Salmon

Guess the Instructor Clue #1

It's only 35 more sleeps until the Getaway.  How exciting is that!  Are you all packed?  Or at least finished your Nametag?

The Getaway Exclusive Workshop will be held on the Friday evening.  By guessing the identity of our workshop instructor/designer you can win a prize. Your guess must be submitted to us at Check-in on Friday, April 13th.  One winner will be drawn from all the correct guesses. 
Clue #1:
Born in England, living in Canada for the past 30 years, this designer has been published in several issues of A Needle Pulling Thread.

Drop by next week for Clue #2.

Feb 22, 2012

Stitching Lounge

As some of you already know, for Valentine's Day weekend I treated my husband (and me too) to a weekend away.  I took him up to The Rousseau Marriott.  We had a wonderful time.  Saturday afternoon we found ourselves a wonderful spot by large windows overlooking the frozen lake.  I stitched and my husband edited the photos we took on our hike that morning.  While I was sitting there I kept on thinking how wonderful is this;  this is the atmosphere I need to create for our Getaway.

 And then it hit me; the south banquet room at the Waterside Inn has huge windows looking south over the lake.  In the past years we have always held our banquet dinner in this room.  So this year, this room will be our Stitching Lounge; we will be able to enjoy those large windows while it is bright and sunny.
We may even open the doors and enjoy the fresh spring air.

Only 7 more weeks until another great weekend.  
A weekend spent stitching with friends, and no cooking or cleaning.
Is there anything better?  See you there!!

Feb 7, 2012

Stash, stash, and more stash !!!

Every year I am blown away with the generousity of our suppliers.  Part of our goodies from HAKidd, the Canadian distributor for DMC arrived today.    They sent so much stuff; and everything they sent they sent for each retreater.  I was so thrilled that I just had to share some of the surprises that await Gitta's Getaway 2012 attendees.  The gifts and prizes will not disappoint.  Other designers that have already sent goodies are - Rosewood Manor, Ink Circles, Lizzie Kate, Vervaco, Gloriana Silk, Kreinik, Kelmscott, Gentle Art, Just Another Button Company and Silk & Ivory.  And there is still more to come from Zweigart, Threadworx, Victoria Sampler, Sweetheart Tree, Weeks Dye Works, Threadworx, and more.  

Tomorrow I'm off to meet with our Events Co-ordinator at the Waterside Inn.  This year's menu is now available and we will be finalizing our meals for the weekend.
The  Waterside Inn has a 5 star rating from the Toronto Star.  The executive chef takes great care to provide a unique and exciting taste experience in an atmosphere of elegance and comfort.  How devine !!!

Jan 16, 2012

And the Winner are . . .

Darlene came into the shop on Saturday and helped with the Early Bird draw.  We had 20 people that had already registered for the Getaway. 
All 20 names were each written on a slip of  paper and then with those in the shop at the time as witnesses, the names were drawn.  Drum roll please!!

And the winners are ......       Barbara Salmon

                                               Jean Clinton

                                            Bonnie Hockings

Congratulations ladies, your rooms will be upgraded to either a 1 bedroom Penthouse or King suit.

Jan 7, 2012

The luxurious Penthouse Suit

Only 6 more days until the Early Bird Draw.  
Everyone signed up for the Getaway by midnight on January the 13th will be entered into the draw.   3 lucky winners will have their rooms upgraded to either a Penthouse or King suit. 

We had another sign up today, so as of today we already have 18 attendees, 17 of which are returning Retreaters.  Remember there are limited spaces available.