Thursday, August 18, 2016

37, 38, 39 and Nanny Daycare

Wow, Ladies - I don't know where the time is going. I have been delinquent keeping up with everyone's blog....and delinquent in posting the new arrivals. Just a warning - it's only going to get worse because I get to be Nanny Daycare for my little 22 month old grandson next week! YIPPEE!!

More RAKs have been delivered:

Here's #37 given to Carol of Stitching Dreams

24 Kt gold Limoges box with semi-precious cabochons

Inside of box

A few extras...

RAK #38 went to Pretti of Creat - E - witty Unleashed

Porcelain trinket box painted in 18th Century style

Embellished with 24 Kt gold

Inside of box

Extra goodies for stash.....

RAK #39 was delivered to Frances from A Symphony of Stitches:

"Treble Cat" by - a freebie.....I just looked for the link and it appears to have disappeared...

Extras for Frances' stash

Now - off to get ready for my trip!!!! Captain Adorable - HERE I COME!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

And Here I Thought I Was SOOOOOOO Organized....

OK - all these RAKs have proven to be challenging on many different levels. Don't get me wrong - I'm absolutely loving doing this and sharing with all my friends all over the world. Trying to keep everything organized - well - I < THOUGHT > I was so very organized:

I have one WORD document containing all the addresses of friends I'll be sending to. I have a second WORD document that has, in numerical order, the addresses of who I sent things to and what I sent to them. As I send things, I erase their names off the first document and place them on the second. Easy peasy, right? Not so much, as I found yesterday....

I received the nicest note from our sweet Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. She was over the moon because she received a surprise package from me.

Pencil tray in 24Kt gold, 18th Century European Design

Some extra goodies.....

Turns out, I had sent Jo an RAK already - #18, to be exact. Well, guess the SURPRISE was on me. HA! Since it's my party, I'm making the rules.....I'm still counting Jo's (second) RAK as one of the #36 goes to.....Jo - ENJOY!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gifts Received, 34, 35

Happy Monday! I really loved our mailman last week, as I received some surprise packages in the mail.

First, from my sweet friend, Montse (no blog).....all the way from Spain:

A beautiful fan from her mother's collection - isn't it stunning? - a tiny bottle with sand from Barceloneta Beach, a Santa clip and a lovely wooden heart button. THANK YOU, MONTSE! I love it all.

An envelope came from Canada - Mary Anne has been making these crazy quilt post cards and posting on her blog these past weeks. I've been drooling over each and every one. Look what she sent to me:

Isn't it gorgeous?? THANK YOU, MARY ANNE! I will treasure it always.

......and then a package from Singapore. Angela, my talented, gracious friend I was lucky enough to meet in person when visiting Singapore earlier this year, sent me these:

As you may or may not know, Angela owns a stitching shop in Singapore (click here to pop over and visit). She had the opportunity to visit the DMC offices in Japan. Knowing how much I love biscornus, she picked up this biscornu pattern and also sent a commemorative DMC brooch.

Angela thoughtfully gifted me this Lizzie Kate chart, which I've loved and wanted to stitch. THANK YOU, ANGELA! You are so thoughtful and kind. I'm lucky to call you my friend.

Oh dear - I guess this has turned into a long post.....

RAK #34 was received by Tiffany.

Mallard Limoges box (our farm is on the migration route of ducks and geese. This little box reminds me of when I hear them quack and honk as they fly overhead).

A few extras...

"True Friends" pattern from Waxing Moon Designs

RAK #35 was received by Heather:

Frog French Limoges box - 24Kt gold and semi-precious cabochons 

Inside of box - Lilly Pad

A few extras.....

One more RAK has been delivered....but not yet opened.....hopefully I can share tomorrow. Have a great Monday!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Surprise, Six, and Another.....Doll

Imagine my surprise to receive a package all the way from SPAIN! My friend, Pilar, sent me a birthday package.

Isn't this AWESOME?? A beautiful Spanish fan with a leather case, some lip gloss and some lovely RED roses potpourri. (Pilar - how did you know red roses are my favorite??)

I'm intrigued by the painting on the fan - isn't it beautiful? - THANK YOU so very much, Pilar! I appreciate your kindness more than you know.

Here's a "Whoot-Whoot"!! Six more RAKs are finding their way to the post office this morning...bringing the grand total to 39! peeking your mailboxes..... <G>

Last, but not least - meet Fazei - she's one of Dana Burton's "Romantic Royals". I absolutely LOVE her!!

Fazei -  Six inches tall from feet to tip of her crown

OK - off to the post office!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 Xmas in July Link Party

For those elves who have blogs and wish to share the gifts they received from their Swap Elf, pop on over here and add your link to the party so everyone can see what you received.

Here is what I sent to Montse (no blog):

And to Judith (no blog):

Looking forward to seeing what the other elves have in store!

Birthday Wishes from a Friend Far Away

I would be remiss if I didn't post about a surprise I received in the mail from my dear friend June.

Lovely wrapped gifts

Beautiful card

Notepad and matching pen

Sweet tin.....

 ....full of treats

A Tudor thimble - Jane Seymour

"Tudor Lady" cross stitch pattern by Sue Page

Another lovely pattern

A wee-small basket full of material

June - thank you from the bottom of my heart. You know me well - all things I love. You are a special friend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Xmas in July Swap, Birthday Bash

Oh my, oh my - where does the time GO?? I'm so far behind reading my friends' blogs....I feel like I've been shoved into a time warp....

First things first - the OPENING DAY for the Christmas in July Swap. I've already heard from two elves who opened their packages....more to come, I'm sure. I'll set up a link party in the next few days so everyone can see the parcels sent.

Now - to my birthday day.

Me at about 2 years old

In one word it was...............................

When I walked into the kitchen that morning to make my coffee, there was a package from DH - with a beautiful necklace inside. My BFF came to the house to pick me up for our outing and gave me a gorgeous crystal vase. Then....well, the child in me was lurking.

My BFF had asked what I wanted to do on my special day. I told her I wanted to see "The Secret Life of Pets". Yep - a kids' movie. Am I on the wayward road to wishing I was young again? NOPE. Love right where I'm at, right at this minute. The movie, I must say, was amazingly hysterical! And highly recommended if you want some levity in your life.

When we got to the theater, we were surrounded by children - I mean.....over a hundred little kids from ages 2 to 7 or 8. I looked at BFF and said, "Maybe this was't such a good idea." Well, the children were SO well behaved - no discipline problems AT ALL. Towards the end of the movie one of the characters (who was a real human-hater throughout the film) was snapped up by a little girl and smothered in hugs.....she promised to love him "FOREVER". A little voice from the other side of the theater proclaimed - quite loudly - "That's a good idea!" And after the movie was over, another little voice - this time from the back of the theater said, "That was AWESOME!" And I'd have to agree.

Then, I was treated to lunch....and chauffeured home.

My uncle, who I haven't seen in probably 50 years, his wife (from Florida) and my cousin and his wife (from Arizona) were in the area for their 60th and 35th high school reunions. They came to the house for a visit.

Cousin J, Me, Uncle N

My dear uncle brought me a birthday cake.

I can't remember the last time I had a birthday cake! After their visit, DH and I shared a pizza and some champagne. It was a GREAT day!!! I couldn't have asked for any better.

OK - now - to my studio -