Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:12

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gifts From Shirlee

Good morning friends! Welcome new friends!

Such tragedy. Such severe sadness. Pray. Pray not only for those families in Newtown, but the many, many lives affected by this. We also need to pray for our nation. Our nation is so very violent. We need to make changes. And those changes need to be in the homes of America. It needs to start with the family.

I would like to show you what I received in the mail yesterday from dear Shirlee. I was a winner of her recent giveaway. It is a wonderful LizzieKate chart called When We Do. It reads: When we do what we can God will do what we cannot. I love it! She also made me this wonderful tuck pillow. I have never made or owned a tuck pillow. Hooray for me!
Guess what friends?! Baby Jesus has two french knots for eyes! I noticed that right away, and I felt special. To know Shirlee put herself through that for me, well I feel honored. Thank you Shirlee.♥

I told Trace last week I would post a picture of our nativity. This is the nativity we purchased for ourselves the December we moved into our first home back in 1993.
 My family gave me additional pieces each year for my Christmas gifts, until I told them, "That's enough now, thank you!" I just didn't want the entire town of Bethlehem there! I already wonder about the bagpiper you see on the left?!?
I am waiting for some snow. We are having such extremely mild weather here. It is in the forties! I love it. But if we had some snow, I would take a picture of our outdoor nativity. I would prefer to show it to you that way. It looks so nice that way. I will just wait a bit longer.

I got the gingerbread cookies baked and will work on a batch of another kind this weekend. I am still being naughty! I have not even touched my Christmas cards. This is extremely unusual for me. I am actually stitching another poodle bottlecap magnet! ;) Brian approached me while I was stitching it last night. He wondered if we really needed another one. HA!! My response was just a smile. =)

Annie recently asked me a few questions about those bottlecap magnets. I realized that I never fully explained to you all. They are called Giant Bottle Cap- Chrome from  Darice. I buy them at the larger JoAnn stores. They come in a six pack.

You have probably noticed I include a poodle with each post? ;) Well there is one here this time too. It is just not that obvious. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend my friends. Thank you for visiting and commenting. You make me glad.♥

Stitching and baking and reading,
Vickie

22 comments:

Margaret said...

Wonderful gifts from Shirlee! I love your nativity set. It's so beautiful!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful nativity and such lovely goodies you received!
The events of yesterday touched me deeply. Couldn't wait to hug my boys extra tight last night...my prayers go out to all of those affected.

cucki said...

I love your nativity set. It's so beautiful...lovely gift from shirlee xxx

CalamityJr said...

What a lovely gift. I know you'll cherish both the stitched piece and the pattern. Your nativity is beautiful; perhaps the bagpiper signifies rejoicing across the world!

butterfly said...

Shirlee is such a sweet heart, love the gifts she has sent To another very sweet lady.
Your nativity sets are so beautiful. Hugs.

Carolyn said...

Vickie,
Shirlee did a wonderful stitching job on the pillow and the pattern. I love the fabric it goes well with the pattern. Congratulations on your winning.

Thank you for sharing your Nativity seen with us. We have been very mild with our Weather and just yesterday it finally felt cold here in the desert of California. We had a fire going in our wood stove most of the day. This is how we keep our home warm each year.

The cookies sound delicious. Have fun with your magnets!

Hugs!



EvalinaMaria said...

Love your Nativity set! Congratulations on the winning of beautiful giveaway. And it is OK to take picture of your outdoor Nativity without snow. I know it looks pretty with it but I do not think there was a snow in Bethlehem...

Solstitches said...

You nativity is beautiful and the gift from Shirlee is lovely.
She chose the perfect design for you.
Margaret

Linda said...

Beautiful gifts and a lovely LK verse. Love your nativity and your cute poodle taking a look at baby Jesus.

Thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones in such tragic circumstances x

gracie said...

A special gift! Wonderful for you.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh very beautiful pictures, I love your blog

bisous from FRANCE

Mouse said...

ohhh lovely gift off shirlee and more so with the French knots too :)

found the wee poodle ;) your nativitiy is lovely too ...
love mouse xxxxx

Anne said...

I spy with my little eye a poodle looking at the Baby Jesus! Lovely Nativity scene you have Vickie! Mmm gingerbread cookies! Gorgeous little pillow from Shirlee! So sweet of her!!

My heart hurts for all those families who lost their babies. I know God has taken them into Heaven. I am praying for the families and the community during this time of grief.

Hugs

Anne

Nicola said...

Your nativity set is so beautiful, I have been looking for the right set for sometime.

A lovely gift from Shirlee

Nicky said...

Your nativity set is beautiful, esp that little poodle, looks like it belongs perfectly :-)

So sad for the loss of lives.... such a tragedy...

Myra said...

Those are wonderful gifts from Shirlee. Isn't she a sweetheart? I love your nativity and the little poodle looks like it belongs there.

Giovanna said...

Great gift from Shirlee - and so appropriate, we really need Peace...

Maggee said...

Nice nativity set, with the little poodle at Jesus' side! cute! The chart from Shirlee is a good one! Have fun with the bottle caps! Hugs!

Siobhán said...

What a lovely gift from Shirlee! I love your nativity set. I have the set that belonged to my beloved late grandfather. It had one of those big huge light bulbs on it which blew back in the 70s when I was a kid--like, the fuse went--but I still love it. I'm missing a few pieces to it but I treasure what's left.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I got my Nativity set out this weekend. It doesn't have a little poodle looking at the crib though!

You must be a really special person for Shirlee to stitch Two French Knots for you. Unless she got a stunt-stitcher in LOL.

Meari said...

Congrats on your giveaway win. It looks great.

Melanie said...


Wonderful, wonderful gifties! :)
Love the nativity set as well. I just got one in this week but it's decidedly more whimsical (Williraye) - there is a wee kitty hanging out with one of the sheep. Perfect for me! Hehe.