First I found out that I won the giveaway of La-D-Da's Lauren's Voice on Sherry's blog. Then I won BBD's Rite of Spring from Karen's giveaway. And last but certainly not least I won an adorable Ladybird biscornu from Lynn's blog giveaway. I rarely win anything and then to win three in a row! They say things happen in three's. So I guess I won't be winning anything else for a while.
But wait, that was my winnings. I also received a package from one of the dearest friends a girl can have. My birthday present from Deborah. I am speechless and in awe of the gift she made me. The stitching is flawless and so beautiful. The pattern she stitched brought tears to my eyes. (When I had time to really sit and look at it.) And the finishing idea is so perfect. Heck, the other goodies in the box pale in comparison too the stitched gift.
Oh you want to know what it is? Deborah stitched a memorial piece in a Quaker style to my Mother. And it is attached to the cover of a gorgeous photo album. What made this even more perfect is that after Mom passed my brothers, sisters and I went through my albums to create some photo collages for the wake. Now they are on flimsy photo boards and I stuck them in a corner after the funeral. I had noticed the photos slipping and that I really should either find some kind of frame for them or take them out. Well, now I can and I have the perfect place to put them.
Deborah, my dear, dear friend, there are no words to tell you how much your gift means. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Didn't she do an exquisite job? (For those that don't know Deborah she has come such a long way both in her stitching and in her health. When I first met her almost four years ago she was lucky if she would finish on small piece over a years time on 14 ct aida. This piece that she did for me in over one on 25 ct! And her third or fourth finish for the year! You go girlfriend!!)
Then I received another birthday gift from Heidi. Wednesday's mail brought the cutest scissor fob and a darling pair of stork scissors. The fob is so pretty. Thank you Heidi.
And the week wasn't over. I also have a finish!! Wooooo Hoooooooo. I finally finished LHN's Home of a Needleworker too. Stitched on recommended fabric using the recommended floss.
I have a mat and a frame for it and had hoped to get it done yesterday but all my supplies are downstairs and, well, I had a little mishap yesterday morning. I slipped or something and ended up falling down the stairs (only two but a stair is a stair) and I kind of messed up my knee.
It's always something.
So instead I tried to stay off my knee for most of the day yesterday and got a bit of stitching done. Poor Rory missed his long walk yesterday. But he was a good boy and didn't make me get up too many times.
Here a photo of the piece I worked on yesterday.
And a progress update of my BBD piece, Awake the Dawning Day. Now that Home of a Needleworker is done I'll concentrate on this one. Who knows maybe I'll get this finished this week. Ya think?
Don't forget my giveaway. Details and where to leave a comment are here. (Click on the word here to take you to the right posting.) A hint of one of the items. Purple. :)
Until next time.................
Love, stitches and licks,
and Rory, too