Our guild has planned it's annual retreat for mid-June. Unfortunately, the powers that be have decided that, in order to make it affordable for all, we are not actually "retreating", but attending a daily sew-in at the local Veterans Hall for three consecutive days, lunch & dinner provided. A friend and I volunteered to do registration, payment collection, name tags and "goodie bags." We are supposed to plan for about 70 attendees -- not exactly my idea of a retreat, because we return home each evening, but so be it.
My friend and I have been diligently working on our assignment, with a $150 budget for name tags and goodie bags, etc. That's about $2.00 each attendee. We have been successful in soliciting some donations from the LQS and members, which has made our task a little easier. The theme is tropical, "Tank Tops & Flip-Flops". This whole set-up is to show you the goodie-bag pincushions we have just finished - 75 of them - in that theme. The scraps are from my collection, also the buttons. These are "stuffed" with crushed walnut shells, donated to us by a local orchardist's mother and wife, who are in our guild. I think they really came out nice. The hardest part, surprisingly, was hand stitching the buttons through-and-through on both sides. My fingers are sore!