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Friday, July 1, 2016

Pretty Gifts

Hi friends! I received a pretty surprise in the mail yesterday. That is always fun, isn't it?! This package came all the way from California from our friend Jenny.
A pretty surprise
A sweet basket of PINK flowers for ME
Isn't this sweet on the backside?
Now I have to say, pink with white polka dot scissors make me smile! :) "Summer Splendor" is a pretty pattern Jenny. I will think of you as I stitch this.Thank you so much!

I finished The Snowflower Diaries July SAL yesterday. You know I love it because of all the pink right? ;) I actually think the flamingos are too pink, but I did NOT change that, because well, hey, it is pink!!!! I did make several changes. First, here it is.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct Bo Peep Pink Lugana using DMC ,VMSS and Wisper. I only used the White Wisper for the chick. Everywhere else white was stitched in the pattern, I stitched two over one, otherwise the white did not show up on this pale pink fabric. I only used  VMSS in 'The Perfect Rose' in place of DMC 3777. I used DMC 471 instead of 834. I backstitched the flamingos wings with DMC 963 instead of 3854. I stitched up the corner roses in the border as pale pink/DMC 963 instead of white. ;)
Now I need to make myself do some finishing I have set aside for toooooooo long. Then I will reward myself with another start. At least that is the plan. I need to be STRONG. Stitching is more fun than finishing, but this is for a special friend. No more excuses!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends! My American friends, I hope your weekend is filled with parades and fireworks and patriotism!! This will be my first Fourth I can recall that I have not gone to a parade or fireworks. I just cannot. Even if it is cool, the noise will make the headache soar. So I won't. The three kids will together as always. Maybe I can convince Brian to join them too. No sense in us both hanging out here at home. It is okay. We just walk several blocks to the parade route. At night for the fireworks, it is a mile walk to the park. I can see them from the backyard, kind of. ;)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




36 comments:

diamondc said...

Hi Vickie: Love the Flamingos, the color is perfect, the flamingos I have seen in Florida are the same color that you stitched on your Sampler.
We watch the fireworks from our bedroom, no icky bugs biting us, we have mosquitos and horseflies, no bites makes Catherine a happy lady.
The gift you received is lovely I love the fact that she stitched on the backside of the ornament, and the pink scisors so cute.

Blessings
Catherine

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie,

I am so glad you like your little surprise. I had so much fun stitching up the scissor fob, that little butterfly made me smile too :)

Your July finish is just lovely! Flamingos have always made me smile and I love to stand and watch them. Of course their color is also a big draw!

I hope you and your family have a good weekend. Our 4 th will probably be quiet as well :)

Hugs my friend!

Thoeria said...

Absolutely lovely gifts, Vickie :) And your snowflower SAL for July is really pretty! What a pity you'll miss the fireworks, but best not to anything to aggravate the headaches! Have a wonderful weekend

CalamityJr said...

Lovely stitching, both given and received! We haven't gone to see the local fireworks for several years, but thoroughly enjoy watching A Capital Fourth on PBS. I'm sure you'll find it a good way to get your fireworks "fix" and hear some inspiring music.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Love your stitchy finish! I love the pink on them, too.

Hope you and your family have a most joyous Fourth of July as we all celebrate this awesome country we are blessed to call home. :)

Honeybee said...

Love your flamingo finish--when I saw that release I thought of you! :O)

Robin in Virginia said...

Congratulations on your Joyful World - July finish! It is darling, Vickie. Your gift from Jenny is precious and know you will enjoy it. Have a peaceful weekend!

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
the flamingos are very cute. I like them, too.
Wonderful gift from your friend.
Enjoy the weekend.
Manuela

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

What a sweet and thoughtful gift.
The flamingoes look great. I like the way Maja is choosing some different creatures for her SAL.

faith76 said...

I love those pink flamingos and the pink is perfectly perfect for them too. Xx

Annie said...

What a fun gift with all that pink!

Love your flamingos with all your special adjustments. I'm changing a few colors too, but not too much. This is such a sweet design.

Happy 4th!

gominam said...

Love the new finish, so pretty. What a lovely gift, will surely be fun to stitch!

gracie said...

I have not started July yet and by the looks of it, I may get behind with this SAL. Love the gift...very you those scissors are! I too have many projects that need the finishing touch...they are sitting just waiting for us...

Carol said...

Such perfectly pink gifts from sweet Jenny, Vickie! I stitched that Summer Splendor chart a few years back and just love it--I know you'll have fun stitching it, too.

And your latest SAL piece is so tiny and sweet--love the fluffy chick.

I'm not a fireworks fan--prefer to just stay at home and watch "A Capitol Fourth!" Hope your weekend is relaxing...

Linda said...

Cute finish Vickie.

Linda

Bea said...

July is another pretty one. Surprise parcels are the best and what lovely treats you got. I'm sorry you will miss out on the parade and fireworks, but better be smart than in pain. Our July 1st has been rainy, but it has stopped at the moment and I hope it will hold off so we can have our fireworks.

Barb said...

What a thoughtful friend! A very Happy 4th to you. I hope you will be headache free!

butterfly said...


What a pretty gift from Jenny .
Love your stitching , so sweet .
Wishing you a lovely weekend .

Ele said...

sweet gifts, really cute!

Rachel said...

All the pink colors are so lovely--perfect for summer!

Margaret said...

Such a lovely gift, and I love your July flamingos! Sorry you will have to miss the fireworks. :( Not fun. Prayers continue for you.

Julie said...

Your July pinky finish is so cute, I am way behind and only kitted mine up this morning.
Lovely gift that was sent to you.

Lesley said...

What a lovely gift,Summer Splendour is fun to stitch and I love your pink polka dot scissors.
Love your Snowflake Flamingo finish:)
Happy 4th July for tomorrow ,Vickie.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finish! The flamingos are so cute. Lovely gifts too! :D

Carolien said...

Hi Vickie,

O dear, I am late! Busy with my two last days at work and now de-stressing, it takes awhile LOL
Jenny sent you a lovely gift! I can tell you she always makes the loveliest of things, amazing ... Your fob is so sweet!!! Jenny made me two fobs, both with our beloved Amish friends. I 'live' with them, we chat and do things together, Sem is my little helper .... okay, I stop now ... you know I'm a strange creature on this planet. I wish I could say I use them everyday, but I see and chat with them daily, that's for sure :)

Enjoy, dear friend. Have a happy 4th of July tomorrow & hugs,
Carolien

P.S. Your flamingo's are cute, a great finish!

moreofhim said...

What a beautiful gift! I love the scissors, too. How can you go wrong with pink?! :)

I love how you stitched up the July piece. I love it! I like the changes you made, too. Really makes it pop.

I'm sorry you won't be able to go to the parade and fireworks. That's so hard when your traditions change. Thankfully, we can see the fireworks from our deck so we will be staying home, as always. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Blessings - Julie

Lillie said...

Such sweet gifts and both are simple perfect for you. Enjoy!

Carolien said...

Hi again,

I forgot to say that the scissors and the pattern are so cute too!!! :) Enjoy!
Dutch waves across the ocean,

Carolien

Анна Гончарова said...

Все очень красиво! И очень нравится!

Hilda said...

Such a sweet gift for you, my dear friend!
And the finish of the July-design looks great - Flamingos are so trendy this year!
I hope you enjoy a wonderful 4th of July today, although you cannot visit a fireworks.
Happy Fourth July to you!

Hus
Hilda

Irmeli said...

You received wonderful gift from friend, so pretty and pink.
And you finished your SAL stitching neatly.

Penny said...

What perfect and lovely gifts for you! And a very pretty July SAL piece!

Beth said...

Pink flowers, pink scissors, and pink birds - how wonderful!

Brigitte said...

What a wonderful little surprise from Jenny you received. Such a lot of pink :) And also pink in your July finish. I love these flamingos, I think there can't be too much pink in them.
So sorry that you couldn't see the 4th of July parade this year but better not risk the headache soar. But I hope that you had a nice holiday with your family.

Lili said...

Beautiful gifts!! How cute scissors!! :)
Your stitching is lovely!!

Mii Stitch said...

Sweet flamingos stitching and lovely gifts from your friend.