There is a popular meme going around that says something to effect of “Good friends are those you may not talk to all the time, but when you do it’s like you spoke yesterday” or you know, something of that nature.
Debbie Lord is one of those friends. We don’t chat often, but when we do the phone calls last for hours 🙂 Many many thanks for my birthday presents Debbie! Cross stitch charts of course 🙂 🙂 🙂
Ciro Marchetti – Heaven and Earth Designs
Armada – Ciro Marchetti
Bubble Telescope – Ciro Marchetti
Randal Spangler – Heaven and Earth Designs
Computer Catastrophes – Randal Spangler
While I’ve been gleefully plotting and planning Kay’s birthday surprise with a few of her friends for the last month, some people have done some plotting and planning of their own!
From Sisu I received some of my very favourite American chocolates ever! Yes you see empty packets in this photo!! A pair of socks to remind me what my very favourite American chocolates are – Sisu is very thoughtful as she knows how shockingly poor my memory can get 🙂 Finally there is the most gorgeous bookmark chart and floss for me to make up as a memory to Trubs. You picked well Sisu – the cat in the model even has one ginger hind leg like Trubs did …
Thank you so much Sisu – it is a wonderful parcel full of thoughtful perfect gifts!
From Rosanne I received her copy of Mike Vickery’s Celtic Cross Stitch book. I discussed stitching some of my secret Christmas stitching projects from this book and Rosanne offered to send me her copy. Not only did she ignore all offers of payment, she also sent me the cutest little scissor fob – a beaded one that Abby hopefully wont focus attention on. And if that wasn’t enough she also included four skeins of Carries silks, for the Ink Circles chart, Red Square.
Thank you so much, the inclusions were a real surprise, and your letters brought tears to my eyes. You wouldn’t accept payment for the book, but I’ll figure out something!
Debbie sent me the kit (minus fabric) for Chatelaine Midi Mystery IV! Such a generous surprise! I’ve barely finished Midi Mystery I, but as Debbie says I now have no excuses not to finish the set!
Thank you Debbie, your kindness is as usual, overwhelming! And thank you for the mystery! Over a week of wondering who this as from! This is karma for the fun I was plotting for Kay – wasn’t it ….
Thank you so much my friends – you never cease to amaze me!
Closeup of Stitching
Thank you to:
These 14 friends got together some ago, instigated by Tina, plotted and planned, and then all stitched upon this gift for me. All of their needles have been though this fabric. All of their hands have touched it. If the frogs have visited then all of their voices would have cursed over it 😀
The last name on the list Debbie, lives in Australia, and she had the piece framed and sent to me. She was originally going to visit and deliver in person, but my migraines precluded that 🙁
I was originally going to put here a humorous anecdote about Debbie being mysterious about a parcel she was sending and the postal worker warning me the monitor box was too light and I should open it in the post office instead of taking it home in case parts are missing, but instead I will just copy a portion of the email I send to the above friends earlier this morning:
I really can’t believe all that time effort that you guys put into this for me. It’s beautiful and I love it. From the fabric and floss choices which appear to be Silkweavers Wandering Ivy (a favourite) and Vikki Clayton’s Dragon Hoard (did Karen pick that out?) the colours are so vibrant and so gorgeous!
It makes me smile every time I see it. I know I have lost touch with some of you and I would like to rectify that 🙂 and for those I still keep in regular contact with – thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you especially to Tina who I believe is the instigator of this caper? You minx you! And all of you for holding out on me – not one word out-of-place from anyone! I didn’t have a single inkling ….
We have hung it pride of place in the lounge room in line of sight from my usual spot so I can see it whatever I am doing. Thank you, you have brought portable sunshine into my home 🙂
Again I say thank you. I keep typing words down but they cannot express the “oh wow” I feel every time I see it or the warmth I feel for every one of you wonderful women. You have placed a permanent part of yourselves in my home and in my heart.
Bad Photo but it does show the true colours of the piece