Stacey’s At The Gap December 2020 Newsletter
Well what a year we have had in 2020, so many changes and events but we have survived!!!!
Our year started with recovering from the fires and getting on track with retreats to have our first retreat cut a little short with some minor flooding. Our ladies weren’t too worried and would have loved to stay on until the waters receded but they had to be at work the following day.
March was our first Quirky Moo retreat, Mandy from Sew Quirky teamed up with Kylie from Little Moo Designs and we had a massive retreat, Friday evening was the welcome party and reveal of what the weekend project was going to be. Saturday it was all systems go with applique with Mandy then moving on to constructing a bag with Kylie. It wasn’t just all work we did have lots of laughter, “Moo Yoga” thanks to Kylie dressed in her cow suit, lots of games and prizes from some really great sponsors.
COVID the dreaded COVID had landed and we were required to close at the end of March. Mal and I decided to put this time to good use and started painting the exterior of the cabins. This ‘little’ project has given us a fresh look and we are pleased with the results so far…… still some work to go but the bulk of it is done in the main complex.
Our patchwork shop has just been restumped this week and will have its exterior facelift done between Christmas and New Year…… weather permitting! Also while we were closed we revamped the camp kitchen which is now looking terrific, you can come and stay and self cater and enjoy this wonderful part of the world.
Busy Schedule for 2021
Due to COVID our retreat weekends became very busy when we were able to reopen, so much so that extra dates were opened up and bookings shuffled into next year for the southern/over-the-border groups. Our calendar for next year is quite busy with only a few available spaces in Stacey’s At The Gap retreats so check your diaries and get booking.
November we tested the water with a Mystery Tour. The idea came from a discussion being had around the dinner table, the ladies were lamenting the fact that with COVID there was no overseas travel and they wanted something exciting to do. My partner in crime Kylie (from Little Moo Designs) and I formulated a tour weekend with the ethos of supporting small business! The ladies arrived Thursday afternoon and settled in for a fun weekend, they had no idea where they were going or what was in store for them…… Kylie and the cow jokes!!!
Friday morning our local coach company Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches picked us up at 7.15am and we headed for Toowoomba to visit Charlie’s Sewables. After a bit of fabric shopping and a coffee from the van out the front we headed to Rosewood to the Quilters Inn… more fabric shopping! Lunch was preordered from a fantastic little café in Rosewood (can totally recommend Harry’s Place).
Back onto the coach and with a fair drive we were at Packer Leather at Narangba. Thanks to Kylie’s connections there were treated to a FULL factory tour which started with one of the owners giving us an insight to how his family’s business came to where it is today. Such an inspiring and amazing day was had by all but we had more instore!!!
Saturday we had arranged some local cottage industry type businesses to join us for a mini market day. Six Siblings Studio with hand made earrings, beautiful soaps made locally in Warwick, hand dyed yarn, more earrings from Crowning Glory, leather shoes from Benestar Sandals and some gift packs from Wave Bath & Body. So much fun…… and they want to do it again!!!
Safe & Happy Christmas
So the year has ended on a high and we are currently preparing for Christmas with the family with everyone together at home this Christmas for the first time in a few years!
We look forward to a busy year next year and catching up with old friends and meeting new friends too.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas, let us be thankful for what we have and may 2021 be SO MUCH better than the character building 2020!
Stacey’s At The Gap - December 2020
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