Well, I'm finally getting around to blogging about the retreat in Colorado! Each year part of the fun at retreat is an auction with a twist. Everyone participating brings a wrapped gift and then we draw numbers to see what order we go in. The first person picks the gift of their choice and unwraps it. The second person can either pick a gift and unwrap it or take the one already unwrapped from the first person. It carries on like that until everyone has something. There are limits - a gift can only be stolen three times - the third person to get their hands on it gets to keep it. There were some beautiful items in the auction this year but my favourite is this rocking chair pincushion that I lucked into, made by Jacque. Isn't it adorable? There are spaces for spools of thread and a slot in the back that holds a pair of embroidery scissors perfectly. I have been lusting after one of these pincushions for awhile now so it was just perfect!