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Friday, December 21, 2018

I Am Blessed

Hi friends! Let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful outpouring of love and support during our time of grief. Your caring messages regarding our Murphy have truly touched me and made me feel better. It is never an easy decision to put a pet down.

I want to share with you a sweet ornament that our friend June made just for me.
Thank you once again June! It is hanging on on our tree.💗

Our friend Stasi gave me this gorgeous ornament with the tiniest alphabet sampler stitched in it.
Thank you Stasi. I adore tiny stitching. This is hanging on our tree.💗

Our friend Martina made me the most gorgeous Christmas card I have ever received in my life. Just take a look!
Thank you Martina. Everyone in my family admires your work and I am cherishing this card forever.💗

I received this wonderful hexagon Christmas tree ornament from our friend Manuela.
Isn't this darling? Such fine work! Thank you my friend. This ornament is a treasure. It is hanging on our tree.💗

Much earlier this year you may recall I received a fantastic gift of a PINK crocheted POODLE from our friend Ele all the way in Italy! She also sent me an adorable cross stitched pink poodle card. I decided to make HER stitched poodle into a Christmas ornament. I took her stitching out of her greeting card. I cut two pink felt shapes out and sandwiched her stitched piece in between. I glued the edges. I then thought it would be neat to use DMC silver to create a silver top for the ornament. What do you think? I am not sure. I did not see anything on Pinterest, or copy anyone. This is just something I came up with. I wanted to enjoy Ele's precious poodle on our tree.

I made this polar bear ornament up for my stepfather. I added it atop his Christmas gift. It is from a paper punched kit I purchased on clearance from Hobby Lobby. I backed it with white felt. I made him the owl at the beginning of the year, and he thinks it is the greatest thing.😊 It is wonderful to have appreciative recipients.
Since Madeleine now has off of school, she has joined in baking cookies with me.😀 We tried out a new recipe for soft ginger cookies. We all approve! The recipe was given to me by Dani. You may remember her, as a once very prolific Canadian blogger. She now is on Instagram only. The recipe can be found HERE

And Christmas cookies at our house means Grandma Kehoe's sugar cookies. And Grandma Kehoe's sugar cookies always, always get made into POODLES! We used to do pink and blue, since we had a girl and boys. Now I am just doing blue. Years ago I did a Kerry Blue Terrier cookie cutter and a Llahsa shaped one for our llahsa bichon, Maggie. Yes, we love our dogs in this family. I don't know, it was just something I started when the kids were very little and it stuck. TRADITIONS!
Merry Christmas my friends! Thank you for stopping by. I am so very glad you did. I hope your Christmas is wonderful.❤️💚

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." -Psalm 27:14

Stitching and praying,


gracie said...

Lovely gifts and ornaments. Glad you have baking help!

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie,
What beautiful gifts you have received....all of the stitching is just lovely! Enjoy my friend! I love your poodle ornament as well! Another beautiful way to enjoy a stitching gift!

Your cookies look both adorable and delicious! Poodle cookies...I love them☺️❤️!

Sending hugs and love your way!

Linda said...

Love all of your ornaments Vickie. Those poodle cookies are adorable and look so yummy.


Purple Pixie Dust said...

You are blessed with good friend, pass the cookies around please. Merry Christmas to you and your family. big hugs

butterfly said...

Such a lovely post Vickie ,love the cookies and all your lovely gifts from your friends , you are so loved my friend.

Carol said...

What gorgeous gifts, Vickie--from far and wide. I love how our stitching has brought us closer with international friends, don't you? The poodle ornament is darling as is the polar bear. I love his expression :)

I make those ginger cookies, too--love them! I need to bake more tomorrow as 3 hungry young men will be arriving soon :)

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie
wonderful gifts from your blogfriends from around the world.
The polar bear is very cute.
Some days ago my daughter have baked some cookies. She has a lot of fun to make them.
Ich wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Manuela

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Awesome gifts, ornaments and cookies, too. Love what you did with the cute little poodle ornament. Wishing you a lovely day sweet friend.

Sandy said...

Stitching friends are the best. Your presents are all perfect. Those pups can just take a little piece of our hearts. It is so hard!
Merry Christmas.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I've been thinking of you all week Vickie, take care.

RJ said...

Vickie, I'm so sorry to hear about little Murphy. My mind has been elsewhere as you know.

I love all of your pretty gifts from other bloggers...they are all beautiful.

And those cookies look so cute and so good. I could go for a cookie right now. Have a blessed and happy Christmas to you, Brian and the family. RJ

Barb said...

Such pretty ornaments and gifts. I am still thinking about you!!

rosey175 said...

Why am I unsurprised to see you have a poodle cookie cutter haha!

Your received ornaments are very sweet. I like the little penguin and that neat frame for the tiny sampler! The way you've ornamentized the pink poodle is great. I like silver for the "cap"! It makes a cute, new tree decoration. The polar bear is a great find too and even better that the recipient appreciates the work!

M.Grazia said...

Tutto bellissimo complimenti per i tuoi lavori, auguri di Buon Natale M Grazia

diamondc said...

Vickie: Merry Christmas: What fun to make cookies with Madeleine, I bet it is fun doing so.
Lovely ornaments.

Merry Christmas

MartinaM said...

Very nice little presents you got, I'm happy to be a part of it.
Perfect looks the little pink poodle and is a pretty ornament on your tree, a great idea for a finish.
Even the polar bear looks cute, as if he had a big sweater on. Your cookies look delicious, mmmh.
I wish you and your family a magical Christmas
Hugs Martina

Marilyn said...

Great Christmas gifts!
You did a great job on the Poodle ornament, it's perfect.
Gotta love those Poodle cookies!

Mary said...

Vickie, your gifts are all gorgeous!!! It must have been great fun baking those cute poodle cookies with Madeline! I love your ornament you made of Murphy, he will be forever in your heart.

Margaret said...

So many beautiful gifts! And I love the little gift you made for your stepfather too. The holidays are nice for those vacation days for everyone, aren't they? Love seeing your baking! I hope you have a lovely holiday!

Robin in Virginia said...

Vickie, your poodle cookies look fabulous. You have been gifted many wonderful things from members of the stitching community. I think your pink poodle ornament from Elle's card looks great. Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

Lili said...

Lovely gifts, Vickie! Your hand made ornaments are very pretty! The polar bear is to cute! Have a wonderful Christmas, Vickie!
Hugs x

Julie said...

Some happy moments after your sadness I was sorry to read about that. I'm playing blog reading catch up tonight.
Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season xx

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

What a wonderful post full of stitched and homemade gifts! I particularly love the poodle and the polar bear.
Is the alphabet tree a JBW design? I am a fan of them too.

Astrids dragon said...

Oh Vickie, what lovely gifts you've received, all treasures.
The PP you finished is adorable, great idea for it.
How fun to have baking help, the poodles are sweet. Did you use pink icing on them?!