I recently received some belated birthday gifts from a dear friend in Spain. Margaret is a very thoughtful and giving person. When the package arrived I ripped into it opened it very carefully. This is what I found . A whole package of goodies. I read and reread the card. I thought that it was Christmas instead of my birthday.
First I found a project bag. It was made from the same fabric that Margaret had used to make me an over sized tote bag. You can see the tote here just scroll down.
Inside was another wrapped gift. I have been lusting for one of these for a long time.
I especially love this one as May is my birth month and I love Lilly Of The Valley. This alone would have been a wonderful gift.
This is the backside. It matches beautifully. The back is as pretty as the front.
A little zippered notion bag to hold all my notions, a pin cushion, needle book and scissor fob were also in the package. I just love everything and I love that they all match.
The needle book opened, the backside.
This is the inside.
I love the little charm on the fob. It was very hard to get a good picture of it. It says made with love.
The front side of the fob.
Here is the pin cushion. The stitchery goes all around. Margaret's work, as you can see, is beautiful. She takes such small stitches and they are so even. I think that she measures them.
I love my gifts Margaret. Thank you so much. I treasure our friendship more than you know. When Margaret sent my tote bag it took months to get here. Even after that, she put all the work into all of these pieces and mailed it off again. Thankfully, this time it took just about a week to arrive. When my friends saw the tote bag they each wanted one for Christmas this year. Now they want the accesories too. Sorry girls, not this year! If you would like to see more of Margaret' work you can check out her blog here.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Earlier this month Darlene did a post titled "A Snicker And A Giggle". She showed a picture of the inside of the waste basket in her sewing room. She said that if we took a peek in ours we might find the same. Well there hasn't been a lot of sewing going on around here but I did take a peek any way. Here is what I found. Dove milk chocolate wrappers. Love them!
That night before I turned the light off in my sewing room I looked in my basket again. I had topped it off with a wrapper of Jelly Belly Popcorn flavored jelly beans. Love them too!!
Thanks Darlene I did get a giggle.
Below is a cross stitch finish that is at the framers to be framed. The Pattern is Beneath The Sunlit Sky by BBD.
I have also been making some pumpkins. They are not quite finished yet. I will show them completed in my next post.
I had company yeaterday!
She was very loud, messy and very rude. She arrived before I was even and out of bed. Just one house down from here a very, very old tree was uprooted. My street was blocked off for most of the day
She brought all kinds of people with her.
Along with these people she brought police cars and firetrucks. A fireman was even at my front door warning me about her.
While she was here we watched a little television.
We had some wine and nachos.
Some chocolate for dessert.
We did some stitching.
At ten o'clock, after many hours of her howling I said goodnight Irene went to bed. I could still hear her well into the night.
This morning I woke up to a bright and sunny day. She had left. My helpers are here cleaning up after her.
Usually I like company BUT I hope that I never see the likes of her again. Goodbye Irene. We still are dealing with lots of flooding here. I hope that it is sunny and safe where you are.
I have told you before that Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. It's my stitching day with friends. For the past two weeks it seems that I have done more ripping out than stitching. I have put that ripping project back in the closet. I was using silk floss and as you know it doesn't rip out well. I have ordered some more silk floss and I am going to take a break from that project for now. I have started my next project from A Stitcher's Journey by BBD. I love this book and want to stitch every project in it. Please excuse the photos. We have not had a lot of sun up here in the Northern part of NYS. Below is the Tulip Pincushion that goes inside the Tulip House Stitching Companion.
This is a picture from the book. I was very fortunate to have some of the same fabric that Barb and Alma used on their project. It is my dream to someday take a cross stitch class from these ladies. I was lucky enough to take a quilting class from them. They had a beautiful trunk show with them that included some cross stitch projects as well as many beautiful quilts. They are down to earth, sweet and funny along with being very talented. If you ever get a chance to take one of their classes you will not be sorry. They are taking this year off from teaching but hopefully they will be back next year.
I also have a finish to share with you. This is also a design by BBD. It is going to be a gift for a friend for Christmas. I am so excited to have this one finished already.
Stitching day is always fun chatting about family, friends and new projects. We have tons of laughs. School has let out for the summer so I can stay longer than usual as I don't have to pick up my grandchildren from school. Speaking of grandchildren, I had a very busy week with them. First we had Fifth Grade Moving Up day. My grandson will now be going to the middle school. We also had Eight Grade Graduation. OMGoodness! My granddaughter will be going to the high school next year. How in the world did this happen?? I am so not ready!!!
Now back to my stitching day. Along with the fun and laughs we also have a great lunch. I took one bite of my zucchini crepe and had to share it with you.
OH MY, were they delish!! I licked my plate clean. It would be nice if you could join us some Tuesday.
I am off to stitch for a bit and then it is off to bed for me. Have a great week. I hope that you find time to do what ever makes you happy.
Recently I had another Birthday. The older we get the faster these Birthdays seem to come. I was feeling down and not real happy about this one! It is better than the alternative I guess! Then I received a gift from my friend Debbie. It is a Blue Vintage Rose Tea and Toast Tray. It made my day. The tea cup is now a pincushion. You may click the picture to enlarge and see the beautiful stitching and beading on the top of the cushion.
Here is a close up of the top. She added some decorative pins.
I saw this pattern several months ago in the Attic newsletter. The Attic is a shop in Mesa, Arizona. They do mail-order. They are a bit slow in getting orders out sometimes but the wait is worth it. I have never been there but it is on my bucket list. Thanks again Deb. I love it.
A close up of the handle. It is a door pull from Lowes.
I glued a piece of scrapbook paper to the back.
I liked the back so well that I wanted to show it off twice. Kidding!! Blogger is not playing nice. It will not allow me to delete the second picture.
The Sewing Tray is from the BBD book below. There are so many projects I want to stitch.
I ordered my book from Needle Delights in Florida. Kathy, the owner, had a room near the BBD girls at market. Barb and Alma signed all of Kathy's pre-ordered books. What a nice surprise to find when the book arrived.
I have the box for this project and all the supplies to make it.
This is the inside of the box.
Here is another project I want to stitch.
The inside of this one. I have all of these supplies too!
Now I have to decide which one to stitch first. Hmmmm! I hope you are having a great weekend and finding time to stitch.
I just completed stitching Heart In Bloom Stitching Tray. It is from the latest book by BBD "A Stitcher's Journey". I have loved this project since I saw it on Alma's blog last year. My friend Debbie's husband made a 6"x6" frame and had glass cut to fit it for me. Thanks again LD. I purchased my door pulls at Lowes. I used a 30 ct fabric to stitch it on. I'm not sure of the name of the fabric I used. The pattern calls for 30 ct Espresso and Crescent Colors. I used the DMC conversion colors since I didn't have one of the colors that it called for and the piece is so small. I think that I'm getting thrifty!!
My frame is painted and the handles are in place. Hopefully I will get it finished tomorrow. I hope that mine will look like the picture below.
I would finish it tonight but tonight is the final of American Idol. I am in Scotty's corner. Lauren is great too. Such talent for two seventeen year olds. They will both go far in their careers. Good luck to both of them. I will be back soon with my finish.
I am married with one husband,two children,one daughter-in-law,two grandchildren,and two granddogs. I live in a small city in upstate NY near the Adirondacks. I love my family and friends and enjoy all things done with needle and thread.