My other two pay-it-forward gifts have been received so I thought I would share those pictures.

Ginger requested a sheep or a Bible verse, so I combined those in a tiny Prairie Schooler-inspired pinkeep.

Jane is always posting pictures of her beautiful granddaughter, so I thought a little pillow celebrating her might be well-received. The design is a freebie from The Workbasket.

I have to make this a quick post as we are headed out the door to help some friends move today. Have a great weekend everyone!

At the movies and other miscellanies

Tuesday night, DH and I had the privilege (by virtue of our WHYY membership) of attending a preview screening of the lush new Brideshead Revisited , based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, which features Emma Thompson as Lady Marchmain. This is a re-make of the wonderful, 11-hr. BBC mini-series from 1982 which starred a young Jeremy Irons. Although much shorter than the original, it is still basically true to the story. The story is set in Oxford and Venice in the 1920's -1940's and is about an atheistic artist who gets entangled in an aristocratic Catholic family and caught between two forbidden loves. If you are familiar with the story, you know that there is adultery and homosexuality ...let me encourage Christians not to be put off by these themes: the message is ultimately one of faith. It is beautiful - go see it if you can, it opens tonight.

In other news...

I received the fun Kreativ Blogger award that has been going around blogland. It is always nice to know that someone else out there is reading and thinking of you, so thank you to my sweet pal Michele B. and new-to-me blogger Cherry! One thing that has been fun about these awards is meeting a few new bloggers and getting to know their wonderful work; I have added some great new blogs to my blogroll by following links.

Now it's my turn to pass the award on to others. Here are the rules:

1 The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2 Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3 Nominate 5 blogs.
4 Put links to the blogs.5 Leave a message for your nominees.

So many talented and delightful stitchers have already received this award, and yet there are so many more talented and delightful stitchers to go around! Here are 5 of many who could be named.

Andrea (Deep Fried Cupcake)
Monique (Inside Number Twenty)
Annemarie (Orts and Ends)
Deborah (Midsummer Night Musings)
Michelle (Cozy Egg)

I will leave you with pictures of Philo in his favorite basket. It is far too small for him, but he loves to squeeze in anyway - simple pleasures. :)

Making progress

I've been stitching away on Where My Heart Blooms, and thanks to Mary Kathryn have some WDW Charcoal again since I most inconveniently ran out, due to the frogging problem with the border. (Thanks again, MK!) Anyway, I think this is such a pretty chart and I have enjoyed stitching on the Jobelan. Any other Jobelan fans out there? I'm finding that I really prefer linen blends for softer, more cloth like feel. I love the way the 1/1 stitching turned out.

Look at this beautiful book! It is by Rouge du Rhin and I ordered it from The French Needle and received excellent, fast service. I am planning a very special project for a dear friend's wedding in August ... stay tuned for details.


"Chirp and Twitter, 'Tis time for Tea"
I just love that verse, don't you? Mary Kathryn surprised me this week- she sent this adorable pillow along with some tea-themed goodies for a sweet birthday/friendship gift. As an ardent tea-lover and huge fan of Tanya's designs, I know that Mary Kathryn knew I would love this package, and she was right. :) She also sent some yummy looking Celestial Seasonings tea bags, adorable Susan Branch fabric swatches, and a fun tea shop mystery, Death by Darjeeling by Linda Childs. Thank you so much, Mary Kathryn, you continue to bless me with your kind friendship.

Next up is the first of 3 Pif's which will be winging their way through the postal service in the next few days. This pinkeep and matching scissor fob is for the always elegant supermum, Hazel of Quietly Stitching. I loved making this for you, Hazel, and hope you enjoy it! I couldn't wait to surprise you so I hope you don't mind seeing a picture first!
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. As for me, I'll be sipping on some tea, in between stitches ...

"A Little Sea-Bathing"

Hullo all, I am just now having a chance to blog about our nice vacation last week. Mike's sister and her husband were in town for a few days, and we had a lovely time showing them around the Philadelphia area. We took them to the Jersey shore one day for some heavenly relaxation on the beach. I happened to have also finished off Tanya's delightful Jane Austen freebie which reads: "A little sea-bathing would set me up forever." I heartily agree with Mrs. Bennett! This design told me it wanted to be a pillow with some nautical striped fabric and a hanger made of twine. I hung it on our wreath on the front door with a bit of extra twine, fabric, and flowers.

We also visited the historic district, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross house, where the first American flag was made at George Washington's request, by a humble seamstress. There were many antique flags on display which was neat to see.