Monday, May 23, 2016

Sewing Retreat Anyone?


Debbie Cook, this picture is for you. I've posted it before but it's still cute!

I disappear from my sewing blog for well over a year, enjoy next to no sewing, and I start back with this? A sewing retreat?

Before I get to the point of this post I'll fill you in with what we've been up to. I realize I don't have a hugely popular blog but for those of you who've been kind enough to follow, here goes:

Hans and I left our Florida Marina (we live on a sailboat) in January of 2015. We managed to get to the Dry Tortuga's (not the most comfortable sail and I'm glad that's off Hans' bucket list) and the Bahamas (some of the worst weather seen in 30 years. Leave it to us!). We were gone for six months but it seemed like a lot longer. Life on a boat can be pretty interesting.

Looking back, even though we spent way more money than we had expected, I'm glad we did it because it would not have happened this year, or maybe ever. My dad's health started to decline last summer, so upon returning from the Bahamas we put the boat on the hard and came back to Pennsylvania. I ended up back at my old waitress job and since the inn needed a piano player, I volunteered Hans for the position. We only intended to stay for a couple of months, but ended up staying all the way through to New Year's Eve.

The Inn. Built in 1885. Look at that porch.

Enjoying a break in our room. We actually lived at the inn for a memorable six weeks!

In January 2016, back to Florida and the boat we went. But before we knew it, we were putting the boat right back on the hard as my dad died in March and we came back to Pennsylvania to see if my mom might need some help. Hans and I are back working at the inn and this morning I woke up and had an epiphany. I said to myself, "Duh! Why not suggest a sewing retreat at the inn to my bloggy friends!" I guess it's just a case of living too close to it to realize how perfect it is. There are already a few groups of ladies who come to the inn: rug hookers, quilters, and this week we have cross stitchers.

The inn has 74 rooms for rent along with a variety of rooms that can double as sewing areas. There are hospitality suites, adjoining rooms, single rooms etc... We are an historic inn built in 1885, located in western Pensylvania, and we're a couple of hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo... It's truly an unexpected gem in a rural setting. Within close driving distance there are antique stores, a pottery, wineries, a micro brewery, many golf courses, and within walking distance is the best damn consignment/thrift store ever!

But please understand, I don't get anything for this! I'm not a saleswoman and there is no commission. I just think you'd love this place. (Psst, depending on dates, I could probably get you a discount).

If anyone is interested just send me an email at laurao43 at hotmail dot com and I'll send you a link to the inn. I don't want to blast the name of it here and risk having weirdos contacting them.

As for Hans and I, we plan on getting back to the Knotty Cat in January.

Wilbur had his own bed but he still slept with us!