Welcome Basket for Retreat

Hello There – I arrived home Saturday around noon from my Women’s Retreat!! I had a wonderful time, and as most of you know I share treats and notes with my fellow retreaters! This year I wanted to change things up a little bit and encourage note writing by everybody. More on that in a while!! But I put together a fun WELCOME basket for each lady!!

Here is my basket:


What was included in their Blue welcome basket (from Dollar Tree) was the following things:

A Mailbox to receive Love Notes in


Each person had a mailbox made from a gable box with their name on it! I cut a slit in the top part of the box with an exacto knife and a ruler! A couple of fun buttons and twine were added to jazz it up a little!!

A Love Notes Kit


More information about this Love Notes kit will be in my next post!! But this is what they looked like from the front!



The tissues were for when we had touching moments and there were lots of those!! The message on them was good for a chuckle from the ladies!!

A Scoop of Chocolate


And no activity involving women would be complete without CHOCOLATE!!! I had some plastic scoops from the Dollar Tree that I filled with Dove chocolates and Lindt truffles!

Water Bottle w/ drink mix and a straw


Attached to the water bottle was a drink mix packet (also from Dollar Tree) and a cute yellow straw from a Party Goods store! The patterned paper replaced the regular label and on it it says: H2O and juice to go, with a pretty straw to help it flow, to cure thirst, ya know!!!

We lined them up in the hall way on the main floor next to a big chest that was there! We put some of them on the chest as well!!


When I say WE I mean myself, and two close friends! We arrived first and were able to set these up before the others got there!!

On the last night we took a picture of all of us – 1 Silly and 1 Regular

Here are the wonderful ladies I spent time with:

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Can you guess which one is me?? Just look for the gal in yellow!!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –


I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!


You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 1

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

23 thoughts on “Welcome Basket for Retreat

  1. 1
    Graciellie says:

    Wow, how fun! What a blessing it must have been! The welcome basket is so creative and I love that you thought in everything, from the bottle of water to the tissues!!! I actually can guess which is you… The pretty one in yellow! :)
    You are so generous and I’m so glad that we found each other through blog land. Thanks so much for sharing with us and thanks for the awesome giveaways… Love the stamp set and oh would that gift card come in handy!
    Hugs dear friend,

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    Looks like you had such a fabulous time! Love the welcome boxes you made! Glad you shared them with us!

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    Carla Hundley says:

    Looks like you all had a great time!
    Where did you have the retreat?
    Your basket was a wonderful
    Carla from Utah

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    Kim Heggins says:

    OH my….looks like you ladies are having the time of your lives! So much fun and I can just imagine all the laughter and tears used up plenty of that tissue! I love both your photos too, so sweet and yellow looks amazing on you just in case you needed to know that! Thanks for the chance to win too! You are such a sweetie pie!

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    Pat (mspfd) says:

    Looks like a great group.

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    Nora says:

    This is so lovely!! You are totally sweet. These baskets are so nice. I love that you have all these friends to go to a retreat with. Such a sweet person!!

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    Patti J. says:

    Taunya, you are so amazing. I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing you are to others! These ladies will be talking about your retreat until they turn 100! Love, love, love your ‘snotty’ projects – you are SO talented! Bless YOU, dear friend!!! Can’t wait to read the next three posts! Hugs :)

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    Carol McGregor says:

    Looks like a lot of fun was had. Love the mail boxes. Thanks for sharing your retreat pics.

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    jerrie says:

    The retreat looks like it was a blast…wish I lived closer!! What a great giveaway. Love the banner on the box. The kleenex saying is cute!! You were thinking with that chocolate though!!

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    abusybee says:

    These are super fun baskets! I am loving those scoops! I will be keeping my eye open for those cuties!

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    Mendi Yoshikawa says:

    These turned out so fun! I bet everyone loved them and felt so loved. Looks like you had a really great time–Nothing better than getting together with great women to lift your spirits extra high. :)

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    Virginia L. says:

    I am so happy that you went on to this retreat with WONDERFUL crafting friends! Aren’t they the BEST? Thanks for sharing the excitement, Taunya! I feel very blessed to be part of the paper-crafting online community. It’s been a joy to know more about you! HUGS!

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    LC says:

    How special your friends must have felt to have been welcomed by your awesome baskets! Anyone can see the time and care you put into each one from the cute and clever notes to the fun and useful items, right down to the personalization of the mailboxes and love notes kits. I can’t wait to see what else you have to share from your retreat! Hope that you all had an amazing time.

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    Cheryl W says:

    It looks like you had so much fun, Taunya. Love the photos of all the goodies. You certainly worked hard to make a fun assortment of goodies for everyone!

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    Sue Kracker says:

    Everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time. The welcome boxes are wonderful and I love the sentiment on the Kleenex packages. Darling stamp set you are giving away, thank you for giving us the chance to win it.


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    Angela says:

    What a wonderful idea, the boxes I mean. I have never been on a retreat, would love to hear more about it.

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    Mynn xx says:

    These are all so fun and fabulous, Taunya! So glad you got to spend time with friends! I’m sure they all felt blessed by your amazing gifts, too! Hugs, friend! :) Mynn xx

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    Wow! Looks like you all had so much fun! Great prizes and gift boxes too! Isn’t it terrific when crafty people get together?

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    Cat Craig says:

    It looks like a worthwhile time, and you are so creative with the treat basket. The fabulous rhymes alone would bring many smiles. I am sure you all had a blast.

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    Miriam Prantner says:

    Wonderful! So sweet of you to spoil all these ladies!

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    KT Fit Kitty says:

    Hello, Taunya! I’m still on my blog break but I wanted to pop in to see your Women’s Retreat posts. Thank you for letting me know about them! What fun you must have had on this retreat! What a lovely group of ladies – you look so pretty in yellow! I have never attended anything like this so I am very curious! I love the welcome package you made for everyone – you included all the necessities and what a sweet idea! I like the little notes you added to each item – you thought of everything! Off to see your next post!

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    Lisa Swift says:

    Looks like you’ve gathered a super fun group of crafty friends! I wish we lived closer. I’d love to come and craft with you. I’d love a coloring lesson. :)

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    Lici Lee says:

    Being around those who you love and inspire you is always a wonderful feeling. This was truly lovely and sincere. Great Job and much congrats on your gifts/inspiring treats!

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