Sew, laugh, eat, sew, laugh, eat, sew, laugh, eat - repeat from beginning for a week!. I have just come home from a sewing retreat with the most fabulous group of friends in the most charming location. Welcome to Petticoat Junction in Normandy Tennessee.
The Junction is a retreat house which sleeps 15 in 'dormitory' style rooms with a large open sewing space on the upper floor.
This gives you just a little look at the bedrooms. There was a beautiful dining room where home cooked catered meals appeared as if by magic. Is there anything better than dinner showing up after a full day of stitching?
A comfortable sitting room was available for watching movies and hanging out at night but I have to admit I don't think any of us stepped a foot in there - too much sew, laugh, eat.........
The entire house was a delight with vintage photos, good books on every shelf, and a screened back porch (complete with daybed) with a swing that was a perfect spot for early morning coffee and stitching. There was even a little shaded table out in the side yard.
The big open room upstairs had lots of natural light and a terrific 'feel'. Notice the color coordinated work stations - these girls are serious!
Most afternoons we took a break and walked around the little town. There was a bit of 'strut' going on with some reliving their high school days. Others (who shall remain anonymous) felt it necessary to take their sangria for a walk. If you look closely you may notice someone is still in pajamas - clearly the dress code was a few steps below casual.
The week would not have been complete without a late night trip to a neighboring town for a Walmart run. There was also a little bit of 'strut' going on there. It's amazing how much stuff looks appealing when you are with eight sleep deprived women late at night in a Walmart.
As luck would have it Petticoat Junction is right next door to a lovely local dining spot which served a 'knock your socks off' Sunday buffet (which I learned is really a boo-fay!) You know you are in the south when the sweet tea is served in Mason Jars. Clearly no one went hungry. We were also treated to some live music.
I think it is safe to say a good time was had by all - even the one that slept through being toilet papered to her bed or the 'young one' that kept a good attitude with us 'worrisome' and 'troubled' older women and provided unending tech support.
I would like to send a big shout out THANK YOU to eight really terrific, funny, smart, compassionate, gorgeous women who were the best company I could have ever asked for. I even got a little bit of my own stitching done - another version of my new dress and jacket.
You know the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" - this last photo sums up a perfect week.