Greetings dear friends! I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas. Time has gone by so quickly for us here. We have been on the road since August and before I knew it, Christmas was here! I didn't even send one Christmas card out and I feel bad about that. I received a beautiful card and sweet holiday wishes from Sweet Sue. I am so thankful for the friends I have met through blogging. I also received a couple gifts that I want to share with you now.
Shirlee from Easily Influenced Stitcher sent me this pinkeep that she made so beautifully.
I love the primitive look of this. Shirlee added a rusted pin and jingle bell to it to finish the look. I have to say here after reading a few posts on Shirlee's blog about how she has had so much trouble finishing her pieces I now know she finishes her things very beautifully and professionally. I could take a lesson from her! Thank you so much Shirlee for thinking of me. I will treasure this always.
I received this next gift from Cath of The Stitchin' Chicken. She must know that I like the colors blue and white together because she made me this beautiful little pin pillow in sampler fashion.
I am always drawn to pieces with letters and numbers so this will fit right in. I just love it Cath! I thank you so much. Your timing was perfect because I received it in the mail on Christmas Eve.
While visiting family in PA my mother gave me a few dolls that belonged to my grandmother. I will put a few other pictures on a future post of the other beautiful dolls but for now I want to show you just one.
When I first pulled him out of the box I said "no thanks" but he grew on me. We picked up an outfit from the infant section at Walmart and it was a tight squeeze. He's a bit too chunky for the newborn size!
On our travels this Fall we picked up a few things from antique/thrift stores. Of course you know we were suffering from a shortage of Ball jars (NOT) so we picked up a few more.
They are waiting for Masterchief to find a proper display case to put them in.
I found a few things for me too.....
....a couple more old sewing baskets that I like to collect, some old lace and some wooden thread spools all with black thread on them.
I am slowly finding my stitching mojo. I picked up the Saxon Sampler and have put a few stitches in it.
I was very relieved when the thin line that is part of the border actually met the other end perfectly. I'm sure some of you know that sinking feeling when it DOES NOT!
Back in November, Lisa from The Inspired Stitcher did a post that mentioned this book about samplers. She would make a good sales lady because after reading about it I knew I had to have it. Masterchief found a good deal online and I was thrilled when it arrived in the mail.
I have read the entire book from cover to cover already. It is so interesting to look in to the lives of those young girls (and two boys) and to get to know them a little bit through their needlework. I learned a lot with this book and would recommend it to anyone!
I'll leave you with one last picture. I can't help it!
I had to get all my lovin' time in before it was time to come back home. She so precious!
Well that's about it for this post my friends. Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a very blessed beginning to your New Year. Where did the time go anyway? It seems the older I get the faster time flies.
Till next time....