I finally finished a baby blanket for a very special couple expecting their first baby. It was shipped off as a surprise and it arrived - along with a musical stuffed turtle that plays "It's a Small World After All". I was so excited sending off the blanket, I forgot to snap a picture of the turtle. (rats - its was CUTE ;)
I'm also participating in an Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop. Click on the Bunny on my side bar to sign up and join the fun or on the link here - it's hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.
Just finished framing LHN's "Goodwill" proverb in a frame courtesy of DH.
If anyone would like this chart, I'd be happy to send to you. There should be enough threads to complete another one. Just place a comment to this post. I will contact the lucky person tomorrow evening and send out Wednesday.
I ran the Random Number Generator and the winner of my March Give Away is
Ariadne, please email me and let me know your address, and also the address of your friend who will be sharing in your good luck. Please indicate the thread keep you would like and which you would like me to send to your friend:
You also get to choose from these scissor fobs - one for you and one for your friend:
Today memories of my mother are flooding my mind. Our Irish heritage, her love of Irish music, the culture, its history - our visits to Ireland (just she and me) are lining up in my mind like pages on a book. I can't believe a year ago she was happily making our Irish dinner, setting her table with fine linen, silverware, good dishes and crystal. Everything sparkled like it always did for her.
She loved her kitchen. It was her domain. Everything had its place and she had her own routine, knowing exactly what needed to be done and when. I could sit and sip on coffee or tea (or something stronger, depending on the time of day - HA!) and talk to her as she scurried around with loving attention to detail. Even kitchen clean up was reserved only for her.
I know Mom is watching over me and wouldn't want me to grieve so. It's difficult not to. I believe in angels and know I have my own Irish Angel watching over me.
OK - I'm a "Downton Abbey" fan. Love it, love it. Take the quiz here and find out which Downton Abbey character you are. I never take quizzes like this, but couldn't resist. I was told I was Anna - which character are you?
My mother was very proud of her Irish heritage and passed along that pride to me. She loved St. Patrick's Day and would fix corned beef and cabbage, creme brûlée - and, of course - Irish Coffee. This will be my first St. Patrick's Day without her but, rest assured, I will be making her traditional feast in her honor.
I seem to be on an Irish kick and have been stitching a bunch of Irish-themed patterns.
OK - I sent Hubby on a mission to make some wooden thread keeps using his new scroll saw. I designed them, he cut and stained them - aren't they CUTE?!?!?!?! I have other thread holder designs ready to be cut, so watch this space ;0)
I've become fascinated by horn books. They date back as far as 1450 and were used as a primer for children. It had letters of the alphabet and was mounted on a piece of wood, bone, leather or stone.
Well, I got it in my head I just HAD to design one - Hubby made these - they measure 5.25x5.5 inches. Including the handle, the horn book is 8.5 inches from top to bottom.
Here's my first horn book design - simple, sweet and a wee bit Irish.
I haven't charted it yet, but will soon, so be on the look out for another free pattern from me. I have some ideas for more horn book designs. Next project will be a smaller one, possibly doubling as a thread holder? Hmmmmmmm - what fun!!!
Look at the amaryllis!! They were a Christmas gift in 2012 and have come back into bloom like no tomorrow. Isn't the color GORGEOUS?!?
ANNOUNCING THE MARCH GIVE AWAY
At the beginning of the year, I vowed to have a give away each month. This month I'd like to do something a little different - share and share alike, as it were. So, here we go!!
The give away for March will be your choice of:
A wooden thread keep and a beaded scissor fob - for you and a friend.
Rules are simple:
Be or become a follower of this blog - one entry
Send someone and they become a follower - an additional entry
Blog about the March give away on your blog - an additional entry
The winner's name will be drawn on St. Patrick's Day (of course). I will contact the winner and they can tell me their preference for the fob and thread keep - and what friend they would like to have me send their give away stash.
Our little Emma is healing nicely. The vet removed her hot pink bandage this past week and stitches will come out Tuesday (YEAH!). The stitches and surgery doesn't seem to bother her, she wants SO BADLY to play and run and jump and……but I'm the Evil Mother who watches over her and puts the cabash to her potential fun.
She has a "custom hair cut" which leaves no hair to keep her warm. She's always been a bit on the cool side, easily chilled, and the lack of hair isn't helping her thermometer.
She has become more of a lap puppy, snuggling in her faux mink Cuddle Cup to stay warm.
I snapped my first selfie on my iPhone and sent it to my daughter. She couldn't believe I knew what a "selfie" was. SHEESH.
OK - back to my stitching projects. Until next time, keep yourself surrounded in stitches.