Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent Calendar Blog Hop 2016

Greetings and good morning! I have the pleasure of taking part in Jo "who can't think of a clever nickname's" Advent Calendar Blog Hop - check out the entire Advent Calendar at Jo's Serendipitous Stitching to see what other stitchers have shared.

OK - Jo gave me the following question:

"Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration you must have on display every year, maybe an heirloom, one the children made or something with a special story behind it?"

I guess my answer would have to be our Christmas stockings. Christmas just isn't Christmas without "hanging the stockings on the chimney with care." 

There are a lot of memories wrapped up in each and every one of them. I used to travel - a LOT - for work. Whenever I'd travel, I'd search out needlepoint shops and purchase something unusual or that spoke to my heart. These stockings have been all over the USA.

 The ones on the left are mine and my DH.....the ones on the right are DD's and the puppies. (Can't forget those puppies)!

My stocking was purchased in a sweet little shop outside of Dallas. DH was attending a conference, so I took some vacation time and tagged along. He patiently drove me to several NPSs - it was in one of those I fell in love with the angel stocking. 

DH is an outdoorsman and he can identify just about any bird and its song. We love seeing the cardinals feeding at our bird feeders in the winter time - so when I saw the cardinal stocking (Atlanta), I knew I had to stitch it for him.

The stocking with the star was spotted in my own neighborhood. It seemed to reach out to me and was perfect for my little girl (who is now 33......this one's been around for a long time <G>).

And - of course - the puppies - we've almost always had dogs. When their time came to cross over Rainbow's Bridge, it was heartbreaking for me to put their stockings away that had their names on them. So, when I spotted this paw print canvas in Phoenix, it was the answer - one for all.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the stitchers and their posts - sharing their Christmas memories. Thank you, Jo, for hosting this wonderful Blog Hop.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More to Share

RAK Number 60 arrived at Sarah's doorstep:

Needlepoint and leather box

The needlepoint design is my logo - the Claddagh....I thought it fitting to send something depicting my logo and mantra as the magic number SIXTY. Little did I realize, I sent an extra.....#61 is yet to be delivered.....but it has a long way to go from Iowa, USA. I accidentally deleted the picture of the extra goodies I sent to Sarah, but pop over to her blog here and take a peek.

I wanted to mention - I forgot to post RAK #50. It went to Jaimie at Cricket-bug Corner:

 Porcelain Napkin Rings - Painted in European Style 


I must admit, I've been on a sabbatical of sorts from stitching. I will be finishing three Christmas ornaments for the DGS, DStepGS, and DStepGD in the next week or so. Seems my Stitching Mojo needs a break. I've still been busy creating, I'll share the results soon. Until then.....Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Regarding RAKs.....Not Only Can I Not.....

......keep proper track of my 60 RAK extravaganza, I can't count.

More RAKs have arrived.

#56 went to Maria of Dottys Daughter:

Limoges box painted by me (24 Kt gold embellishments)


#57 was delivered to Lynda-Ruth of Purple Pixie Dust:

Hand painted porcelain tea caddy in Satsuma style - 24Kt gold embellishments 


#58 was sent to Jo of ButterZ (again)......see #45.....

"Love" pillow


#59 sent and delivered to Justine of Justine's Cross Stitch:

LHN Proverbs ornament


Did I mention I can't count? There are two more RAKs yet to be delivered. SHRUG. Guess I was a bit over exuberant.....or  maybe obsessed would be a better word. 

About Jo's second must have been meant to be. Here's what I'd sent her before (yes, #45 will be forever burned into my mind).....they match! - HA! - Must have been meant to be....

RAK #45

Stay tuned for the final TWO......swirling over the oceans blue.....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Down, Five to Go!!

Happy news! RAKs #54 and #55 arrived on doorsteps!

#54 - to Kimberly at Granny Stitches

Suede Fleur de lis needlepoint box

Extra goodies for future stitching 

#55 to Angela of Hooked on Stitches

Needlepoint pillow/door hanger

The Sweetheart Tree's "The Queen's Strawberry Fob" - (notice the royalty theme?)

To take a peek at all 55, please click on the "60 RAKs" button at the top of my blog, or click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I Can't Believe I........

OK - today is a banner day. I sent off my

  60TH RAK today!!! HOLY SMOKES!


Or to quote Snoopy,

Oh me, Oh my......

53 RAKs have been officially are swirling in the mail somewhere on this planet...

I gave the post office clerks a Thank You gift for all their patience and help....

Now......let me return to my Happy Dance!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

54! Only 6 More to Go!!


A visit to the post office yesterday.....more RAKs went out......only six more to go to the magic number:

I have five more ready to pack up.....just need more boxes................stay tuned!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ninth Teacup Exchange

The lovely Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose hosted her Ninth Teacup Exchange. I missed out on the first eight <G>, but am so happy I was able to participate in this grand exchange this time.

I chose to exchange two - a teacup and a mug. Look what I received from Shirlee (Peacefully Knitting and The Easily Influenced Stitcher):

Not one, but THREE mugs, a case to carry tea bags in my purse, note cards and a beautiful book of daily devotions, "Be Still and Know".

A box of ginger lemon cremes (YUMMEE), gorgeous notepad and MY FAVORITE - Harney and Sons Earl Grey tea - THANK YOU, SHIRLEE!!

And from Deborah of The Beautiful Matters:

A stunning antique cup and saucer, vintage linens (LOVE vintage linens), Harney and Sons Earl Grey tea (did I mention they are my favorite??), a beautiful journal, notepad for my purse and milk chocolate sea salt caramel mini bites by "Sanders".

Aren't these exchange gifts marvelous??? A huge shout-out and THANK YOU to Stephanie for hosting this exchange. I'm looking forward to the next one.

SIDE NOTE: I've never, ever had chocolate sea salt and caramel before. The serving size on the bag said 8 pieces.....and there were approximately three servings in the bag. I thought, "That's not bad - 8 pieces....I'll try them." Three servings later, I was still fishing in the bag hoping there were some I'd missed. No luck.

Deborah - you've created a monster! - HA!

I neglected to take pictures of the exchange packages I sent....pop over to Anne's blog - Stuff and Nonsense to see what I sent to her.....and over to visit Linda at Lady Linda to see her gifts. This entire experience has been heartwarming - it's so nice to meet new friends through the blogsphere!