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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Gift From A Friend

Hi friends! We have been having lovely spring weather here. I have bee working in the garden every day. I am able to work for 20 minutes at  time, usually once a day. If I were to exceed this, I would pay for it in increased pain levels, so I am good. ;)

We bought pink pansies a few days ago. :) My favorite.
I received a total surprise package in the mail. Our friend Trace sent me fantastic vintage and new crafty buttons. She had posted several times about her button finds. I had told her I have a small collection from my Great Aunt Ethel.
Thank you again Trace.

Is anyone else excited about Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens coming out at the end of this year?!? Sorry, I am!! I still remember seeing Star Wars for the first time at the Southtown Cinema in West Allis. I was 8 years old, and I was in l♥ve. Yep! Twitterpated with Han Solo. Yowza! ;)

Yikes! I got a bit distracted there girls. Moving on! Here is a picture of an African violet I have had for at least 10 years. I got it to match this handsome rooster planter. The planter was my maternal grandma's.
I completed another gift for another stitching friend this week. It should arrive any day now. I will share a picture with you once our friend receives it. :)

I will be back next time with my completed Pascha/Easter stitch. Stitching it completely over one on 32 count linen is slowing me down. Well, and Spring is a busy time in the garden.

May the Lord richly bless every minute of your every days.

Stitching and praying,


The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

I am looking forward to the new StarvWars film too Vickie.I was at College in 1977 when I saw A New Hope..never seen a film like it before:-)
Your pink pansies are very pretty and those buttons are lovely.
Have a good weekend.

gominam said...

Beautiful flowers. So lucky you got nice button gifts and having that pretty planter from your grandma!

~Narita said...

Oh Vicki, Happy Spring!
I so love pansies. One of these days I think I will stitch one of the chart from Silver Lining (so many things in my mind to stitch! lol)
I love African Violets, too. I have several on my kitchen sink window sill. I love that you put her in the rooster that was your grandmas.

Have a lovely day

Shirley said...

Good Morning Vickie, I am trying to catch up with friends this stormy rainy day. It is suppose to be that way all day. I love your flowers. I am trying to decide if I want to try to have some flowers this year or not with everything that I am involved in at the moment.
The hands have been busy stitching, Take care and I love the art work. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley@shirleystitches.

moreofhim said...

I love your pansies! We bought some for our planters on our porch and I just adore them. They are so cheerful and hardy, too. Your African Violet is gorgeous. I have two in my kitchen and they do so well. Great bunch of buttons! So cute! Praying for you, as always!

Blessings - Julie

Barbara said...

I love pansies but with my brown thumb they don't last very long at my house. That's remarkable that you've had that african violet that long. I heard they were very difficult to raise. Hat's off to you Vickie!

Christina said...

Your pansy is so pretty, they are such a lovely flower. What a fun assortment of buttons. I remember standing in line forever to see Star Wars. I enjoyed then, now not my thing.

Margaret said...

YES!!!! Star Wars, honey! All the way! lolol! I swear, there was one summer that my cousins and I saw Empire a bazillion times. Stood in line every time -- so worth it. lol! I can't wait for the new one. Did you cry when you saw Han and Chewie? I did. :D

Meari said...

What a neat gift. I have a button collection as well. Beautiful flowers.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Great gift of buttons :-) a few mi utes at a time! Is perfect gardening, a little pottered by a sit down and enjoy :-)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely pansy and what a great selection of buttons to receive Vickie.
I haven't seen the clip but I did get a blow by blow account from my son who is a huge fan (think Big Bang Theory characters:-)
As a result I've watched the previous films over and over again.
Well done you for keeping the African Violet all these years. Enjoy your Sunday.

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

Wow, what a great selection of buttons! A button collection is nice to have, even if you never use them, it's fun just to play with them.

20 minutes gardening is enough for me anyway!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Vickie I love violets - I have two in my kitchen window that bloom almost all the time. One is a deep purple and the other a light violet. I did get to see your sweet gift this week. I forgot all my mail on my flying trip home for the funeral but my daughter sent me a picture of this adorable bookmark. I love red and black and this is simply perfect for me - thank you so much! blessings, marlene

Angela said...

The original SW films are at the top of my all time fav's list so yep....I'm really excited too! I'll admit after watching this trailer (at least a dozen times now) I got goosebumps, squealed like a little girl and the best part is more John Williams music! Safe to say I'll be there on opening day ;)

Lovely gift too.

Anonymous said...


That violet is beautiful. The buttons from Trace are great too.
We are looking forward to the new SW film too.
Happy Monday Vickie x

Mii Stitch said...

Great addition to your buttons collection :)
I'm looking forward to the New Star Wars but hope it will be better than the episodes 1, 2 & 3. They were not a match on the originals 4, 5 & 6!

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Vickey! The buttons you recieved are all very pretty-who would love allthoe colours and funny shapes !! :) Te Pansy-flowr is pretty and I love your chicken planter too. I saw my first Star War Episode in age of ten and it really liked Luke Skyewalker!!

Hilda said...

Hi Vicky,
I am happy to hear, that you can do some garden at least foor 20 minutes a day - although it is less, it can be 20 minutes of happiness every single day.

I am curious for the new Star Wars Episode too - we love watching all Episodes in one weekend every two or three years ...

Have a wonderful new week!


Brigitte said...

So good to read that spring has finally sprung for you and that you are able to work in the garden for a little while every day. It's a very satisfying work to prepare the garden for a new season, don't you think?
Great flowers here, I love pansies in each and every colour, but I what I like best are the wild pansies in our garden. They are somewhat small and are white, yellow and blue, each of them.

Julie said...

A great planter for your African violet, what a magnificent colour the flowers are.