Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Friday, February 14, 2014

Secret Stitching Sweetheart

Happy Valentine's Day to you my friends! Welcome to new friends! I took part in Jo's Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop once again this year. It is fun! This is the sweet Valentine picture sent by my Secret Stitcher.
Now the fun part is waiting to find out who she is! Eighteen stitchers participated in the Blog Hop this year. My Secret Stitcher just needs to visit Jo's blog, visit the stitchers on the list and once that stitcher finds their Valentine picture posted here, well they leave me a comment here letting me know who they are. ;)

I took a bit of a break last week from Theotokos.( I am back at it now.) I stitched up my Secret Stitching and did the finishing on it too. I will show you that next time. Don't want to give away who I stitched for. ;) I also stitched up a freebie. Still need to do the finishing before I show you that one quite yet.

So, I suppose I can show you this.
No, I did not make this. I saw it listed on ebay, as a handmade doll house rug. It is signed and dated on the back. It was made in 1973! It is faded. The thread on the back shows the pastel pink the poodle was.
The picture on ebay wasn't very great. It was cheap and cute. So I was rather surprised when I received it, to find out those are all french knots! Shirlee are ya with me?! Shirlee? Have you fainted?!  Cool huh? Well, I think so. =)

I received a wonderfully sweet RAK in the mail from Beth.
A monthly planner from Marjolein Bastin! Isn't it beautiful. I love and admire her work. My favorite part of this planner, besides the artwork, are the pages for prayer requests. I love that. I am always straining my brain to remember all my friends and family who I want to pray for. This will get me organized. Thank you again Beth. =)

Have you read The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder? It was the last of her nine children's books, where she is married to Almanzo and they have Rose. I really enjoyed this one too.

I finished reading Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I own this book. I have been picking it up and reading it here and there for months. I guess the best way to sum this book up, is to say that it exposes the lies that imprison so many women and sets them free. I like this book very much. I will be reading it more than once.

Thank you for stopping by today friends. I appreciate your friendship.

Stitching and praying,


moreofhim said...

What a cute little poodle with all the French knots! You find the cutest things in eBay!! I love the valentine stitching...so cute. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines day tomorrow!

Blessings - Julie

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful Valentine stitching - blog hops are great fun

I love the poodle !!

butterfly said...

Lovely Valentine stitching so pretty .
Love your gift also flowers and birds what could be better hugs.

Julie said...

Beautiful stitched valentine, I'm in the blog hop, but unfortunately that one is not from me.
Happy Valentines Day!

Michelle said...

Happy Valentines Day Vickie - sweet post xx

Mii Stitch said...

This is a great find!!1 It looks cute & I'm amazed these are all French Knots!!!

Annette-California said...

Such a fun blog hop Vickie! You are soo good at finding pink poodles. Very cute find and rare to see sooo many french knots let alone a whole project. I love Marjolein Bastin's art and yes your planner is beautiful. I have read the Little House on the Prairie series but not The First 4 yrs. Thank you I will.
Happy Valentines - love Annette

Justine said...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love the rug! I don't mind French knots but only the odd one or two.

Trace4J said...

Happy Valentines Day Sweet Friend!
SO precious.
Woolie Blessings

Carol said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Vickie! Hope your day is filled with love and laughter (and just a bit of dark chocolate, too!!)...

The little poodle rug you found is adorable--can't believe someone made ALL of those French knots. I, like Shirlee, am frustrated with making more than one or two :)

Such a pretty monthly planner from Beth--Marjolein Bastin's cards are always my favorites. Enjoy your day!

Linda said...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love the poodles.

Elfie said...

That's a lovely Valentine project.

Margaret said...

Love that doll rug -- good find! Lovely piece from your secret stitcher too!

Chris said...

Happy Valentine's Day Vickie!
I am looking forward to seeing your stitching. I think that noise I heard was Shirlee hitting the floor, lol. What a sweet ebay find.

Vicki said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Vickie! Your little rug is precious.

Joysze said...

I love your message from Numbers. :D

Beautiful Secret Valentine piece, and what a cute poodle project! As much as I love making french knots, I don't think I could ever do that.

Melissa said...

The rug is fantastic. I cannot imagine making all those french knots!

Lovely RAK from Beth. I love Marjolein's work too!

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Astrids dragon said...

Perfect Valentine stitching for today!

Happy Hearts to you all!

Shebafudge said...

French knots? I'm with Shirlee (shudder, shudder!)

Happy Valentine's Day and yet another beautiful design. Love it.

Carolyn Nye said...

What a cute Valentine's Sentiment!

Look at all those French Knots! It would have driven me up the wall. However they really did a beautiful job. What a great find.

What a sweet gift from Beth.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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

Thanks for taking part again this year. You received a lovely fun piece.

Poor Shirlee, she will be forever associated with french knots! The rug is lovely, sometimes it is worth taking a chance on Ebay.

♥ Nia said...

Hope you had a lovely day :)

Lesley said...

Happy Valentines Day Vickie.That is a lovely Valentines secret stitcher piece.
What a great find your new poodle is:-)

Gwen said...

Hi Vickie,
Glad you like the stitched piece. It is a freebie from Sandy. It was a quick, fun stitch.

Your poodle rug is cute.

LKICT said...

What a fun Valentine! Very cute

gracie said...

Gwen stitched a lovely valentine.

EvalinaMaria said...

Adorable poodle and lovely stitching. Happy Valentine's!

Chris said...

What a great find and love your Valentine hop design. what a good idea I must look out for that next year.
Chris x

Brigitte said...

Such a lovely secret Valentine that you received. I'm very curious to find out who received yours.
A great find on ebay, and it still looks very good although it's already older.
Enjoy your little ülanner from Beth. I love Marjolein Bastin's work very much, her pictures are all so serene.

Anne said...

Very sweet Valentine Vickie!! Jo always has great blog hop ideas. Great new find too!! The poodle is adorable. I remember reading all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books including the last book when I was young. Such a great series of books! Marjolein Bastin's work is so beautiful. I had her calendar last year and a few charts too. Hugs and prayers!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Hope your V-Day was filled with lots of love! :)

I am with Shirlee on the french knot thing. They should call them devil knots! But they do look really nice on the sweet little poodle.

Blessings always

Simply Victoria said...

Such a cute Valentine stitch! Hope you had a nice day.

Kaisievic said...

Cute Valentine pic and that poodle is too adorable for words.

Kaisievic said...

P.S. Shirlee must have fainted as she hasn't commented yet. Lol!

Éva said...

What a cute little poodle :)

Your Valentine embroidery is very pretty.

Maggee said...

Great post--lots of Valentine love in it!I love Marjolein Bastin also--her drawings are so lifelike and the colors are perfect! Hugs!