Making good friends, through this wonderful craft I enjoy so much, has been the icing on the stitching cake, so to speak.
With so much going on this week, my head in a thousand places, and a magazine to publish in 7 days and not a word yet written, time to quietly sit and give thanks for my friends all over the world is cherished indeed.
Let me share with you today these photos of gifts I have received this week from beautiful and appreciated hearts. Every gift sent with love, kindness, and a knowing of what tickles my fancy; every gift so beautiful, so cherished...
From Peg in a private Six Item Swap....
(visit her blog to see in close-up every special gift!)
From Linda (no idea why there is an empty Turkish Delight wrapper - it wasn't when I opened the present)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear friends!!
Yesterday Mr E took us on a ride to Ayr so I could visit with my friend, Wendy! It was a long, hot ride via Townsville, but worth every minute to see my good mate.
Last year Wendy and I both spied a table runner pattern in an issue of Country Threads magazine that we wanted to make. With no time left before Christmas last year, we made a pact to make this design for each other as gifts to swap this Christmas time!
The pattern is "Stars of Bethlehem" by Karen Gledhill, and this is the one that Wendy made for me....
This is our favourite block of all...
Wendy's stitching is beautiful, and she added little tiny beads along the ribbon trim. This will decorate our dining table on Christmas morn because I'm not taking the chance of putting it out now and dropping something on it. ;-)
I completely forgot to take a photo of the one I made Wendy, but it's obviously the same design, but I added 80 year old cream ric rac braid as my trim.
One of the gifts Peg gave me was a journal, and so special is it that I have decided to use it for the next year to record one thing to be thankful for every day for 365 days. I started on Tuesday when it arrived...
If you're still feeling stitchy this pre-Christmas week, Wendy has designed the sweetest little stitchery design that she'd like to share with you for Christmas!
Just pop along HERE to her blog to download, and remember to leave her a comment and say thank you. :-)
Do you like the pretty prim stitchery that Annie designed? She has used it to embellish a needlebook, and the pattern for it will be in Issue 7 of Elefantz HOME (which I have to write in the next few days!!! eek!!)...
I really wanted to stitch this up before the next issue so I could show you how versatile this design is. I finished mine today, all in shabby pastels -
I am using mine to make a pin cushion. It's such a cute stitchery - thanks Annie!
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I may not post again until after Christmas, so may I wish each and every one of you the most joy-filled, and treasured Christmas ever!
From our home to yours - be blessed as we have been blessed with the richest of all gifts, Jesus.