Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A New Start

I had a quiet birthday today and now feel sad... because I have to go back to work tomorrow - LOL!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who sent me comments, emails and e-cards for my birthday over the last few days! And, of course, for the lovely gifts! I have more to show below - you ladies are awesome!! {{{HUGS}}} to all of you! I hate to even say my age right now, but you all made this much easier! And, Mike took me up to ABC Stitch Therapy today - not as fun as last year when Patti, Barbara and Sara were there, though! I got some stash, and will have to gather it up and take a photo soon :-)

Before I show my gifts, I heard from Jean right before I went to bed last night that she received the FGBB Needleroll Exchange that I sent to her - so nice to hear it has arrived safely in Singapore!! It took 7 days via Priority Mail, not too bad! As usual, I didn't photograph all the goodies I sent in the package. Maybe Jean will put them in her blog at some point... here is the needleroll- the verse on it reads, "The Embroiderer stitches with a golden needle":

The Embroiderer Needle Keeper

Eventide Designs

Wichelt 32 ct Water Lily Linen, DMC Floss, John James Gold Tapestry Needle for embellishment

Yesterday, I received this lovely parcel of gifts from dear Katrina :-) Gosh, I have known Katrina for so long now, and she always sends such lovely gift packagese!! She stitched the gorgeous Opalescent Heart by The Sweetheart Tree for me! Yay! I just love it! And she sent the yummiest smelling soap and such pretty writing paper too! Thank you so much Katrina!!
Then, from the most wonderful Annemarie, I received a book and a magazine I have admired for the longest time - the much coveted Red & White samplers book by Isabelle Vautier and the special edition Atelier de Brodeuse issue of De Fil en Aiguille! An sure knows my taste - I have many ideas lined up from there! And, An says there is more coming???!!!! Oh my!! Many thank yous!

I also received this sweet felt Victorian shoe from Veronica!!! Oh, this is so sweet!! As is Veronica :-) Thank you so much!! I will get a proper thank you card off to her immediately, as Veronica is not online.

And... here is my new sampler start for my birthday - this has got to be the most popular sampler chart right now - Victoria's Quaker by AMAP! I am just loving it so far! I am using Vikki Clayton's Hand-Dyed Fibers set and 36 ct Sand Dune linen (I picked this linen up quite recently at my LNS and it was only marked as 36 ct Sand Dune.. comparing it to fabrics in my stash, it looks like it is Lakeside Linens 36 ct Vintage Sand Dune...but I am not totally sure). Nonetheless, I think it works really well with the colors of the silk. I am trying to do this as a SAL with Karen on Tuesdays - I wonder how her first day went?

Oh no - vacation over for now!!

Stitched on today: Victoria's Quaker

23 comments:

Rowyn said...

Happy birthday Carol! Wow, what a lot of beautiful gifts you received. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Katrina in NZ said...

happy birthday my friend! look at all the truly wonderful gifts you have received - you so deserve them :) they are all brilliant.

lol, Victoria's Quaker is sitting in my stitching basket all ready to go - I might have to join in on your SAL sometime:)

Svenja said...

Happy birthday Carol!
You received some wonderful gifts!

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday Carol!! So many many lovely gifts you've received! The needleroll to Jean is fab!

ollie1976 said...

Great start on your sampler!
-Jen

Karoline said...

Happy birthday Carol, you've received some lovely things. Victoria's Quaker is lovely.

Jenn said...

Wow more beautiful gifts! I've loved seeing everything you got.

I hope it's not to hard for you to go back to work today.

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday Carol! I love the needle roll and your new start! Can't wait to see more! :)

Hazel said...

More lovely gifts! Wow you're doing the Amap. I am well impressed. With the VCs too. That is a very nice design and I am glad you are enjoying it. xx

Katrina said...

Love all the bits and pieces. The needleroll you made is gorgeous. Happy belated birthday!

Sherry said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday with lots of great gifts!

Your profile says you are 251 years old! LOL!

monique said...

Happy, happy birthday!!

Barbara said...

Oh, I can imagine that going back to work caused a moment's pause, but what a great birthday you've enjoyed!! :D Love your gifts, and your new start is a beauty!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see what you picked up at ABC Stitch. Love your new start - beautiful colors.

Dawn said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful birhtday:)

Great start on the sampler!

bunnyhead said...

Happy birthday!

Sally said...

The needleroll you made for Jean is gorgeous.

Love the gifts you have received for your birthday. You certainly deserve them.

Love your start on Victoria's Quaker:) Looking forward to seeing your progress on this:)

Sam said...

What a wonderful birthday - so many lovely gifts which are so deserved after all the lovely things you make for others Carol. Hope work isn't too bad!

Leena said...

What a beautiful needleroll! Your blog is such a delight :) Hopefully your day at work was not too bad!

Karen's Blog said...

Glad you had a good day Carol. Everyone sent so many beautiful things. I'm glad you had a nice shopping day. I hope you didn't buy anything I have sent:) It should be there soon. I will post a pick of our SAL tonight:)

Lauren said...

Lovely gifts! And I love the start on your new sampler!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Happy Belated Birthday Carol, you have received some wonderful gifts. Great start on AMAP.

Joanne

tkdchick said...

Happy Birthday Carol! Sorry I've been away and couldn't wish you one sooner! Great new b-day start and fantastic pressies all around!