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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Glorious Gifts!

Hi friends! Emerson's graduation party was wonderful. We had fantastic weather. My loving husband and children helped with some scrubbing and yard work too. I am very thankful for this, as it saved me from severe pain.

I received two wonderful packages on and right after my birthday. :) Kim sent me FANTASTIC poodle fabric! I squealed! Yes I did. I do not have these and I cannot wait to use them.
See the Paris In Springtime on the left? The lady in blue has a pink poodle. =) I love chocolate brown and pink together. And the last fabric on the bottom, right has the cutest, little birdie with a beret on the poodle's nose. Thank you Kim!

Jacquie had a first blogoversary giveaway and I won second prize! She not only sent me MANY gifts, she made me a birthday present as well! Here is the birthday gift from Jacquie.
Isn't this wonderful?! Jacquie only recently discovered redwork and you wouldn't know! She made me a tote bag with Henry and Mabel. ♥ These are the many gifts she sent me for the giveaway.
Madeleine has claimed the sweet birdie paper weight you see on the upper left. I hung the cute cream dove on my display board already. I will be sharing the milk chocolate with the family. :) Such a nice selection of patterns too.
Such great garden gifts here. The bee pin pillows she made me are so sweet. There is a very nice bee pin also. Miss Madeleine has her eye on that too! Lovely yellow Anchor flosses that I cannot get locally. And wild flower seeds that I will be sowing. Thank you so very much Jacquie!

I have been stitching. Just cannot show you at this time. Very soon though. ;)

I finally decided on a Henry drawing I will be happy with for more french knots. I really, really hesitated to show you this, as I think it looks very weird, but here is the french knot Henry failure.
See? Weird! Adorable as embroidery I think. Not all filled in with knots. The ear is just plain lost. He looks like his brain is falling out! Or something. This Henry is getting set aside. I don't have the heart to toss it just yet. So very many knots went into it! I will cut myself a new piece of white linen blend fabric today and draw out a new Henry to be filled in with knots.

Rainy day here. Perfect for finishing up another stitched gift.

I hope you have a beautiful day my friends.  As always, I thank you for stopping by and your kind words.

Stitching and praying,


Mii Stitch said...

Oooh Vickie, these gifts had your name on it!!! I love the fabric that Kim sent you, so you & I'm sure you'll make some fabulous pieces with these :) Jacquie's tote bag is simply awesome!!! Your little work in progress is a bit funny but I'm looking forward to see it finish. I'm sure then, it will all come together & look great. Have a lovely day x

Giovanna said...

What wonderful gifts! Those Paris-themed fabrics are to die for. So sorry about the FK debacle - I hope the new effort will be more to your liking.

Jacquie Morris said...

Wonderful :) Loving the fabric Kim sent you... very pretty.
Oooh yes I am thrilled you like the things I sent you and I had so much fun making your tote bag :)
Your little work in progress must of taken hours and hours and a fair few french knots... dont give up on it as I am sure it will look lovely when finish. Remember it will be unique! :)
Smiles :)

Melissa said...

What lovely gifts!

I think your Henry in french knots is looking great. I just can't believe what a lot of french knots you have done so far! You get a Gold Star for each french knot!

KimM said...

Love your post - so glad the fabric made you squeal with delight :) And Jacquie's tote and gifts - marvelous!!!
Henry is looking so fabulous - can hardly wait to see the finished piece.

butterfly said...

What wonderful gifts for a wonderful friend .
Beautiful fabrics , Big hugs.

Carol said...

I'm sure you were absolutely thrilled with all those poodle themed gifts, Vickie!! What could be better?

I'm sorry your Henry didn't work out, but better to stop and start over now than before you got any more French knots in! Good luck with the new design :)

Maggee said...

What really cute poodle fabrics Jacquie found and sent to you! Too cool! Lots of beautiful items there--great gifts! I do see that the old 'Henry' project would not be so pretty or attractive... Just let it fade from sight for now... Hugs!

♥ Nia said...

Wonderful gifts!!! Enjoy all your new treats :)

Penny said...

Fabulous gifts! I love that tote bag! That's a shame about your Henry piece ~ you should be an expert on french knots, though. :)

Betsy said...

Those are such cute fabrics. The tote bag is great but I love the handmade pillows too. What a wonderful bunch of gifts. Perfect!

Annette-California said...

I am so happy for you! All the fabrics are sooo YOU:) What a beautiful tote and all your gifts are lovely. LOVE the beehive pillows over the top. So sorry to about your Henry piece too. I know your an expert at making french knots!
love Annette

Annette-California said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
cucki said...

Aww very pretty gifts...
Enjoy all your sweet new treats..
Hugs d

Margaret said...

Such wonderful gifts indeed! I love that redwork piece especially! The french knot Henry does look a bit sad. I'm looking forward to seeing the new Henry. :D Hope you and Mabel are both doing well! Congrats again to Emerson!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful gifts! How perfect for you!!!

Can French Knot Henry be salvaged in some way, perhaps with some felt for his ears? I think it's a wonderful idea to use the french knots and it would be a shame to lose all that work!

Julie said...

Such beautiful parcels arriving from your friends, gorgeous poodle fabrics, looking forward to seeing what you use those for.

Trace4J said...

Oh my girlfriend what wonderful gifts from friends.
I love the red ware Henry and Mabel tote.
What sweet love.
Woolie Hugs

Angela P said...

Lovely gifts :) Take care :)

Bev said...

what wonderful gifts you received

Michelle said...

Beautiful gifts for a lovely lady x

Michelle said...

Beautiful gifts for a lovely lady x

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

Fantastic presents, the fabric is so perfect for you!

I agree with the others about all the effort that went into the French knots, it seems a shame not to adapt the piece somehow!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, such lovely gifts from your friends. So wonderful for a poodle lover. But sorry to hear that you had to set aside your little poodle. All these French knots, what a great job you were doing there. But hopefully you will find a solution and will be able to continue stitching little Henry.

Andrea said...

Fabulous gifts, so perfect for you.

Melanie said...

Fabulous, fabulous gifts! I'm always amazed at the variety of poodle themed stuff that crosses your path. Just love it. (That pink poodle fabric might be my fav today though. *squeee*)

Martha said...

Here's an idea to salvage your Fr knot poodle. Leave a vacant area in the massed knots as a "line." Then the knots of the ear will be separated by a space from the knots of the topknot. Martha Beth (PS. If anyone would like a tutorial on French knots, please contact me at marbeth at gmail. I taught 10 years at national xst festivals, as well as wrote for Just CrossStitch and other xst magazines, and am happy to share my tips.)

Martha said...

Martha Beth again: Forgot to say I'm a poodle lady, but minis: Chocolate (age 15, brown), Kona (age 4, brown), George Washington (age 1, silver), and Elvis Presley (to be born at the end of June, black).