Sunday, 19 December 2010

Is there enough room?

Here I am flitting from room to room!!! Packing my suitcases! We are headed home to Canada very early Tuesday morning to spend Christmas with our children and grandchildren. Excited!!!! You bet. But before I go, I should update my blog.

I have a few things to share in this post.

First,  Jill and I agreed on a personal exchange. I posted my gift to her in my last entry and here is the wonderful package that arrived in my mailbox this past week.

Obviously, this girl knows I like nutcrackers.

 Look at the wonderful nutcracker scissor holder with scissors she stitched for me. Isn't he a handsome fella!
Included was some lovely dark green linen, a little gift bag, some wonderful DMC variagated threads, a cut of Christmas fabric and a very cool thread counter with a delightful nutcracker hanging from it. And to top it all off, there is a new nutcracker to add to my collection. Thank you so much Jill for a wonderful exchange.

A little envelope arrived in my mail earlier in the week. I was a bit down and just didn't have much Christmas spirit at that time. In the card was a wonderful note and this little handmade ornament from Harmien. See our initials on the back. It made me smile and helped me pick my spirits up. Thanks Harmien.

 This little surprise package arrived in my mailbox from Michele. She was wandering her LNS and saw this pattern and thought of me. My other passion - lighthouses. Look at all the wonderful lighthouses in this booklet. And, she included a handmade scissor fob with a lighthouse hanging on the end. Thank you Michele for a wonderful surprise!

And this - remember the Friendship Sampler RR I participated in. Well, poor Lisa's first RR was stolen. She sent out a second one and it was delayed starting. Then, it got held up somewhere for months. The rest of us had all received ours back and many of us had finished them and Lisa's was still out there somewhere. Early in November her RR finally returned home but I had not stitched on it. So, Lisa and I braved USPS and she mailed her RR to me. I stitched it and it is on it's way home to stay. Finally, this RR is a successful wrap!

The surprise gift that I have been stitching on, and stitching on and stitching on is finally finished and is also in the hands of USPS. You will have to wait till late December for the seeing though.

Now, that all my other stitching is complete, I was able to pick up my own work and get back at it. Here is my nephew Ryan's Christmas stocking - maybe next Christmas?  Those big stars were all Kreinik thread and we all know how we love those threads. The brown blob is part of the hockey net!

And you know, I just couldn't stand not having some outside stitching to do and so I signed up for the Winter Round over at the Seasonal Exchange blog.

And, I've signed for another Mirabilia RR on the WWRBB.

Am I crazy?  Sometimes. So much for stitching just from my own stash this year.
My BFF is sure going to hassle me over this but hey, I love to stitch for others and it gives me the chance to stitch things I wouldn't normally stitch.

Okay, I'm off to finish packing those suitcases. I sure hope I can get it all in.

Oh, by the way, I have a 4 hour layover in Los Angeles and a 5 hour layover in Chicago. Any stitchers out there want to come of the airport and stitch with me LOL.

Until next time, I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years. I hope Santa leaves you all some wonderful stitchy treats under the tree!!!!


staci said...

Such lovely gifts and exchanges...I can't think of a nicer giftee! Have a wonderful Christmas with your travels!

Jill said...

OOPS! Is my face red! I forgot to pull off the little piece of thread holding the tassel threads together (at the bottom). Actually I think I was going to tell you in my note and I think I forgot that too. I wanted to hold them together as long as I could.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Bonnie Brown said...

Hope you have a safe trip and an excellent time with your family!

Linen Stitcher said...

Enjoyed your picture-filled post.

If you route through Indy instead, I'll come and join you. Otherwise, safe travels, my friend, and a merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy being with your family and have a very merry Christmas!!

Christina said...

What beautiful gifts you've received Kathy. I especially like the nutcracker. It sounds like a very long journey back to Canada, but I'm sure it will be worth it when you get there. Have a fantastic Christmas!

Cheryl said...

A very Happy Christmas Kathy to you and your family x

Hazel said...

Beautiufl gifts and exchanges. They are all really thoughtful ones too. Hope you have a wonderful getaway and a lovely Christmas. Wow - a Mira RR!! Yes I think you are slightly crazy lol. Have fun. x

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Beautiful things have arrived in the mail! I hope you have a safe journey home and enjoy the holidays with your family...Lots of love to you this Christmas Season...

Dani - tkdchick said...

CAN'T wait to see you! What fabulous gifts you've recieved! I hope you're in the sprit when you get here!

Carol said...

Have a safe trip, Kathy! Sorry your layovers are so long, but knowing who you'll have waiting for you at the end of your journey will certainly make it all worthwhile. I'm sure your kids and grandkids are anxious to spend Christmas with you.

Love all of your gifts--especially that nutcracker :)

Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!

Beatrice said...

Hey there...I hope you have a terrific trip me if you can..I haven't talked to you much lately.
I sure hope you took Long Dog Bagetelle with you to start on New Year's day!
Have a safe trip.
No I Don't think you are crazy I know you love to stitch all those wonderful things and look at all the wonderful things you have received in return. Beautiful!!!
Enjoy your time with the family. I wish I could see you too but I know you aren't going to Trenton!
Hugs and Lots of Love !!!!!

Lynn said...

Wow, you've been spoiled with that lovely nutcracker ornament and a lighthouse chart to boot! They're lovely gifts and I can't think of a more deserving person.
Have a safe trip home and enjoy your time with your family.
Merry Christmas!!

Siobhan said...

What fantastic gifts and exchanges! I particularly love the Friendship Hearts RR--I'm so glad that it finally made it home!

Wishing you safe travels and a very happy Christmas & 2011.

Le blog de marylin said...

*Merry Christmas to you*

Marylin France

Pointed Stitcher said...

Such beautiful gifts you received!! Enjoy your time with your kids/grandkids. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting, I appreciate it. Merry Christmas.

Suzanne said...

Such wonderful gifts!

Sorry this is late, but I would like to thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog.

I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

Valentina said...

Merry Christmas!

sandra said...

Merry Christmas!

Missy Ann said...

Oh my goodness - that nutcracker scissor holder is brilliant!