Do you have sewing friends?
I’ve met some lovely sewing ladies on the Internet who I would call my bloggy friends, but I’m also very blessed to have real-life sewing friends in addition to my Internet buddies.
I had the opportunity to spend 4 wonderful days with these lovely ladies at the end of October sewing, drinking and eating. It was exactly the retreat that this tired mama-of-three needed to reset and rejuvenate.
The four of us actually met through our hubbies. The guys are all college buddies and have stayed close over the years. It turns out that they all have excellent taste in women and married four ladies who all get along famously.
When Crystal and I had a sewing weekend in Kansas City back in March, we talked about how awesome it would be to get all of the girlfriend-wives together for a sewing retreat at some point so we could hang out away from our families and have some time to reset without our kiddos around. It turned out that the other two were just as gung-ho as we were, so the Girlfriend-Wives Sewing Retreat was born.
We found a big house to rent in Des Moines, IA, which was a nice central meeting place for all of us. Easy driving distance for those of us in KC, St. Paul, and Iowa City (so we could haul all the necessary accouterments), and a relatively easy flight for Julie from DC.
We all converged on Des Moines on a Friday morning and spent the subsequent weekend sewing, reading, knitting and drinking. We had a variety of sewing interests and skill levels, from the the absolutely novice to the relatively advanced. We all sew primarily clothing, but some typically sew for kids while others (like me) tend to gravitate towards adult clothing.
Susan had just gotten a fancy-pants embroidery machine and made the cutest little bibs for some baby gifts. I brought my serger and worked on indoctrinating the others.
We finished off many bottles of wine and champagne, and had a fabulous dinner at a trendy French restaurant in downtown Des Moines. We took full advantage of the hot tub, and all enjoyed not having to get up at the crack of dawn to care for small children.
Our collective output was pretty impressive, too.
I loved having the opportunity to spend quality time with three such amazing women. It is so important to have strong female relationships, but with work and family obligations, it can be so hard to make the time to cultivate those relationships, especially when my friends are scattered around the country.
The GWSR date for 2015 is already set and reservations made. It will be hard to wait another 11 months for our next retreat!