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Monday, June 11, 2018


Hi friends! I went to my Mom's for my birthday celebration yesterday. Always a good time with family and chocolate cake!🎂

I never did show you what Brian gave me. He asked what I wanted. I told him. I mean, hey, I have always wanted silver poodle earrings and I saw these and 😍!

Now the crazy poodle lady is complete, right? If you too should want silver poodle earrings or maybe silver collie earrings, or dachshund earrings or cat, or duck, or goat, or, or... GO HERE  The silver jewelry is made by Stick Man Jewelry, an Esty shop, in Montreal, Canada.

Our friend Vicki stitched up the June poodle. Here she is.

And here is her whole poodle gang thus far.

Image result for the summer before the war

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson was recommended to me by our friend Beth and I am so glad. What a good story. I just really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend reading it.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.”—The Washington Post

The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.


East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.
I am still stitching up my July wreath for the cubby shelf.

I spent a whole $3.57 of my birthday money (TEE HEE) at Hobby Lobby and got this bit of stash that was all on clearance.
I have a pattern to give away. My long time followers will recall me stitching this for Brian several years ago. I have inserted a new piece of silk gauze within this pattern for you. This pattern WAS used by me.
If you would like this pattern you must be a follower of mine. You must leave a comment on this post telling me that you would like this pattern. I will draw a name for the winner on Monday, June 18th.  This drawing is open worldwide to all of my followers.

Would you please pray for all to go smoothly and excellent healing for Brian? He is having a double hernia repair surgery this afternoon. It is a day surgery. I will be taking my cross stitch and an audio book with me while I sit in the waiting room. He must take four weeks off of his work in the bakery. He lifts hundreds of pounds of dough every night. He will continue his financial trading work here from home without a problem. Thank you for your prayers!

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:17-19

Stitching and praying,
This birthday card was drawn by Madeleine :)


Brigitte said...

Happy birthday to you, my friend. And the gift from Brian is so perfect for you that I'm sure it makes you very happy. Plus the stash you found at Hobby lobby just for a couple of dollars. Lucky you.
All the best for Brian's surgery and I hope he will soon be on the mend.

butterfly said...

Love your earing's how cute are they.
Sounds like your birthday was wonderful with your family.
My prayers will before your husband all week, hugs to you all.

Manuela said...

Very cute your new earrings.
Beautiful new stashs
All the best for your husband.
Hugs, Manuela

Stasi said...

Your poodle earrings are adorable
Hope all goes well with Brian and his healing process.

gracie said...

Sorry I have been absent form commenting.... First Happy Belated Birthday. Secondly, mu thought for Brian and you....

Robin in Virginia said...

Your poodle earrings made me smile. Thank you for sharing the link! Lifting Brian up in thoughts and prayers -- praying for a smooth surgery and total healing. Thinking of you!

Jenny said...

I am so glad you had a very happy birthday! Chocolate cake is ALWAYS my cake of choice on my birthday as well! Yum❤️

I will be keeping Brian in my prayers. Isn’t needlework a wonderful blessing in times of waiting? I hope he will have a quick recovery.

Thank you for sharing all about the books you read. You have given me such wonderful ideas for reading material. Right now I am enjoying Lucy Maud Montgomery. Her books are so relaxing and enjoyable and I haven’t read The Story Girl before. I so loved Anne of Green Gables.

Sending lots of hugs and love and prayers to you my friend❤️

Honeybee said...

Happy belated Birthday! And thanks for the Etsy shop link... there's a fox necklace! :O)

Vicki said...

Awesome Bible verse!
I am praying for Brian... swift and complete recovery.
Wow, you really made out at Hobby Lobby. I try to check the clearance stuff every time I go in. It's kind of hit and miss if I find something I want.
Take care, friend!

Carol said...

What a perfect gift for you, Vickie! Sounds like a wonderful celebration with chocolate cake and that cute drawing from your daughter :) Your poodle gang is so fun and cheery--well done on your designs!

I read that book, but was not that happy with it. I loved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, but just couldn't get into this one at all.

Enjoy that new stash--wow, what great deals!!

Linda said...

Sending hugs and happy thoughts to you and Brian Vickie. Beautiful poodle earrings. Love your new stash.


The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

I hope everything has gone well for your husband,Vickie.
I love your earrings.The collie ones would have been just the ticket when our lovely border collie was with us:)

Purple Pixie Dust said...

Happy happy birthday to you and many more. hope Brian's surgery goes great and he recovers with no problem. I would love the cat earrings.Love the poodles.

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

Wonderful poodle earrings! They really are fun.

Good luck to Brian for his op and recuperation.

Lovely card from Madeleine too, she is such a good artist.

Barb said...

I will keep your DH in my prayers!! He certainly gave you very cute earrings!! another book I will have to add to my list! Thank you!

diamondc said...

Vickie: Good luck and prayers to Brian, please keep us posted on his recovery.
I am totally in love with your earrings, they are lovely.
Great stash you have, I love clearance items.
Great review on the book.
Madeline did a beautiful job on the card.


Penny said...

Hoping things went well with Brian's surgery and prayers for a quick recovery. Love your earrings! I have a little French Bulldog necklace from Stick Man. : ) Love your goodies from Hobby Lobby!

Stitching Noni said...

I love those poodle earrings! Happy Belated Birthday :o)
All the best to Brian for his surgery and speedy recovery - will send you both lots of positive thoughts and prayers
Hugs x

MartinaM said...

Hi Vickie,
Wow, how beautiful the earrings look, really great class. A nice present.
Sweet the little poodles look so together.
I like to include Brian in my prayer. Great card from Madeleine, she really has talent.
Hugs Martina

Julie said...

Belated birthday wishes to you Vickie.
I hope the surgery went well and Brian is home recovering well.
much love x

Margaret said...

Oh I loved that book! Read it a few years ago. Love Vicki's poodle piece -- your poodles look great all together like that! Love your poodle earrings -- so cute! Prayers that Brian is making a quick recovery from his surgery.

Justine said...

Happy belated birthday Vickie! Those earrings are perfect for you - clever Brian ;-)
Hope all has gone well with his surgery, I will keep you both in my prayers.
Your Madeleine is such a talented artist, such a delicate drawing with so much character!

woolwoman said...

Love LOVE the poodle earrings - hope DH is doing well after his surgery

take care Mel

Mary's Thread said...

What cute earrings! I hope the surgery went well and the recovery is off to a good start. May God grant Brian complete healing!

That is a cute chart and I would enjoy it! :)

Lili said...

Love your new earrings, how lovely gift!
How pretty progress on the poodle gang, Vicki is doing a great job!

Sorry to hear about Brian surgery, I hope your husband have a speedy recovery.

Your giveaway is lovely (but please don't include me...) I want to know if you enjoyed stitching on the silk gauze? I also need to find that old post ;)

Hugs x

Beth said...

Am glad you enjoyed the book- it always makes me feel good when I am able to match up someone with a book they love!

Kaisievic said...

Such cute earrings, Vickie. As I am reading your posts backwards I already know that Brian is doing okay after his op - thank goodness! Thanks for the book review - I have just downloaded it from Audible after reading your review. I did so love Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Great new stash and lastly, could you please include me in your giveaway, such a lovely design. hugs, Kaye

Astrids dragon said...

What a sweet pair of earrings, nice choice!
Awe, Vicki's gang look great, especially June. And Madeleine's card is precious.
Fun haul at HL, the last time I went I didn't see any more on clearance.
Hopefully Brian is feeling better and continuing his rest.