Friday, February 27, 2015

Having fun in Vegas!

Wes was in class today and enjoyed himself smocking on a small dress for a quilt block, The first of two Brenda Shade classes. Other attendees were having fun with Judith Adams, Carol Ahles and Phyllis Brown.

Tonight there is a small market and Wee Care Stitch In so lots of fun and time to spend with friends.

Wes really enjoyed the Welcome Reception last night where he had coffee and desserts!

Wish you could all be here, but it is nice to be a small group as there are over 30 raffle baskets-nearly one for every attendee! Wes hopes he wins one (or two) at banquet tomorrow night!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Elvis Lives!

Here is Wes at the SAGA Smock Across America Retreat in Las Vegas. He has found Elvis!

He also found two swans for his new friends.

Things are starting to take shape for the retreat. All of the teachers are here, including Phyllis Brown who changed her flights and came yesterday to avoid being stranded at Charlotte Airport due to the snow! Hope all of the attendees have safe travels to get here.

So, Viva Las Vegas!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Las Vegas here I come!

Today I leave for the SAGA Retreat in Las Vegas!

Am I ready?

1. Class requirements.

2. Artisan Card

3. Basic Sewing Supplies.

4. Camera etc.

5. Clothes.

Yes, I am packed and ready to leave.

One thing- the expression:

"What Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"

Not happening!

I will share all that happens!

If you aren't coming to Vegas, we will miss you but maybe you are going to Chicago or Valley Forge? I hope so because you don't want ot miss out on all the fun, do you?

So visit the SAGA website and get signed up as we Smock Across America!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Wee Care Gown Trunk Show

The new 2015 Wee Care Gown Trunk Show is in the process of being cataloged, photographed and prepared for a year of bookings with the SAGA chapters across the country.  The show contains 40 gowns, 3 bonnets and 2 blankets which provide a fabulous array of colors, styles, smocking designs and embroidery embellishments.  The show’s purpose is to share and inspire our members.  
The show can be booked by contacting the Wee Care Gown Trunk Show chairman (Linda Patterson) at     
Booking times are still available in the latter part of the year.   
The cost of booking is $40 with a $30 deposit which is refundable minus return shipping costs.   

The 2015 Wee Care Gown Trunk Show will be donated following the Valley Forge Retreat in October and a new show will be assembled for 2016.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Places to Visit in Las Vegas

Is there anything to do in Las Vegas besides visit the casinos and theme hotels? Of course there is!

If you have some spare time and are going to the SAGA Retreat here are a couple of places that sound fun and interesting:

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
500 E. Washington Avenue
The first permanent non-native settlers in the valley were Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort in 1855.

OldFort Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Neon Museum and Boneyard
770 Las Vegas Blvd North
Museum features rescued architectural landmarks from some of the celebrated properties dating from the 1930’s to present day. The two acre facility includes more than 150 unrestored vintage neon signs.

Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave
This museum presents an authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history. Stories are brought to life via exhibits, theatre presentations and over 600 artifacts.
                                    Made Men Exhibit
You can learn more about Las Vegas, how to get around, places to visit, eat and shop at:

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's in the mail!

                                                  SAGANews Volume 36 Issue 1 that is.

We have gone 'green' for this issue with two great smocking designs.
It also contains details of the second SAGA Retreat of the year in Chicago.

Will you be stalking the mailman waiting for your copy to arrive?

(If you really can't wait for the hard copy to arrive, then you can view the PDF by visiting the SAGA website , but you have to be a member to see it!)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cactus Garden-A hidden gem!

Did you know that there is a wonderful cactus garden hiding behind a chocolate factory in Henderson, Nevada not far from Las Vegas and on the way to the Hoover Dam?

If you are planning on some sightseeing while in Las Vegas at the SAGA Retreat, I would add a visit to the Ethel M® Chocolate Factory to your list of places to go. Of course, who can resist the chance to see chocolate making and get to try a sample or two? But then there is also the wonderful cactus garden to walk around! The garden is the largest cactus garden in Nevada and features four acres of drought-tolerant ornamentals, cacti and succulents.  Over 300 species can be found and many of the plants are native to the American Southwest. 

The self-guided factory tour and Botanical Cactus Garden are open seven days a week.

The factory is located at:

2 Cactus Garden Dr.

Henderson, NV 89014