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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Hi friends! I received the most wonderful package in the mail all the way from the Netherlands. Our friend Carolien is the sender of this package. How privileged I am indeed to have her as a friend. She is a caring friend you can count on to pray for you in time of need. Thank you Carolien.
How very curious that these two floral wrapped packages stick together by magnets?
Aha! Now we see why! Look at these most gorgeous, Italian made, finely tipped scissors. And a lovely white and pink tulip needle minder. A perfect gift from my Dutch friend, wouldn't you agree?
What do we have here? I wish that were my pink bicycle with a basket overflowing with pink flowers on that card Carolien sent me. ;) But look! Look at the special gift in front of the card.

Here is a closer look.
This precious, little pink pillow was created by Carolien just for me. She lined it with a beautiful pink fabric as well. :) You can see she used a long pink ribbon, and added pink beads. And who do we have here? Well this is Snuf! He is the little silver poodle charm from Carolien's childhood. Yes, she gave him to me! She wore him about her silver charm necklace with other silver charms. She felt he would have an excellent, happy home here. She is right! I love him. I am so touched. I asked Carolien for a little Dutch boy poodle name. Her Aunt had a black poodle when she was a girl named, Snuf. So, you guessed it, this is Snuf. Want to see where he lives now here in Wisconsin, USA?
Yep! Right up there with many of his friends. He won't lack for poodle pals here. ;) Thank you once again Carolien for your many prayers, your encouragement, your gifts and your friendship.

Speaking of small(kind of) black poodles. Guess who is laying on my lap as I type this? Yes, Murphy. He has come to believe he should be a lap dog while I am on the desktop computer. I am afraid I am to blame. See he used to lay in that nifty, cozy bed I made him. Right at my feet. Well,  this computer is in the basement. With a family of five adults, you can imagine there is a lot of laundry to do. He has become afraid of the washing machine noises. So he begs to come into my lap. I gave in once. It only took once. This guy is PERSISTENT. He will paw and claw your leg forever. So here I sit with my 14 pound awkward lap dog. :)

I am still stitching my mom's gift. Trying so hard to hurry,hurry.

Please pray for our friend Jenny. She had a mastectomy yesterday. Visit her blog at the link to learn more and to leave words of encouragement if you like. Thank you!

Thank you for stopping in. I am so glad you did. I appreciate your friendship.

Stitching and praying,


Carolien said...

Hi Vickie,

I am so happy that you like my small presents!
And wow! Snuf is in such a good home now, with all the other poodle family members, it couldn't be better :)

Have a good day & love,

P.S. Good news from Jenny, did you read her blog? HURRAY!!!

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Gorgeous gifts,Vickie,so very thoughtful:)

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
what a wonderful and lovely little gift from your friend.
Greetings, Manuela

Brigitte said...

Such a lovely and thoughtful gift package that you received from Carolien. Snuf will love living in your home, lol.

Marilyn said...

What cute treasures.
Snuf is so darn cute too.
How thoughtful of your friend to give him to you.
Enjoy your goodies!

Annie said...

What perfect gifts for you! Love that little Snuf. It's hard to give up childhood treasures so Carolien waited for just the right situation!

Margaret said...

Lovely lovely gifts. So sweet that you now have the childhood treasure of a poodle charm from Carolien's childhood!

Iwona said...

A wonderful gifts - especially small poodel!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What a wonderful surprise and such a wee cutie to add to your collection!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a delightful package you received from your friend! Snuf is a sweet addition to your curio.

Julie said...

A very special gift for your collection, what a kind lady to send such a charm to you in such a pretty parcel of goodies.

CalamityJr said...

What special gifts from and for two special ladies! By giving a gift with childhood memories Carolien really shared a part of her heart. If Snuf ever wants to wander from the shelf, it looks like his ribbon is long enough to be a bookmark, and you always have a book on the go! Plus I have a feeling you'll really enjoy those scissors when you're stitching. Enjoy it all!

KimM said...

What beautiful, lovely gifts, Vickie! You are truly blessed.
P.S. Little Emma insists on sitting on my lap whenever I'm still. She will actually sit and stare at me when I'm in my studio (where she can't sit on my lap)....until I turn the space heater on for her. Then she curls up and sleeps

gracie said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gift.

Инна said...

Dear Vicki, I congratulate you! Podarchi very beautiful!
Let God be with Jenny! My mother also suffered this operation many years ago and recovered!

Lumiruusu said...

So very pretty gifts -Enjoy !

Linda said...

Beautiful gifts Vickie.


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

What a wonderful gift from your friend. The stitching is lovely and the poodle charm is so sweet!
You'll be grateful to your lap-warmer in the winter!

Bea said...

What a lovely parcel of gifts! Special friends like that are rare.

gominam said...

That's so sweet. Snuf looks so at home:) Love the fine stitching and scissors too.

Von said...

I'm amazed how you are keeping up with your blog while experiencing such headaches! You are a tough cookie!

You got yourself some lovely gifts in the mail - so sweet!!

De borduurvrouw said...

Hi Vicky,

How sweet of Caroline to sent you such lovely gifts for your typecase. I love the poodle charm and I remember the time little girls had those bracelets.
I am glad your headaches downsized from 10 to 3, it would be better to be zero so I still hope that will happen soon. Greets and love, Nienke

Carol said...

Oh, such perfectly pink gifts for you, Vickie. The little charm from Carolien is a special treasure that speaks volumes about your friendship :)

Angela Tucker said...

What beautiful gifts! I love the stitching on the pillow, so delicate.

Angela Tucker said...

What beautiful gifts! I love the stitching on the pillow, so delicate.

Penny said...

Snuf is adorable, Vickie and a special addition to your poodle collection! It can be hard to turn away our sweet little furry family members when they want some lap time. : )

Sarah in Stitches said...

That is so sweet! Enjoy your new goodies :D

Angela said...

A lovely gift :)

Lillie said...

What a wonderful package received