Birthday Treasures

Just look at all these beauties! I was definitely spoiled this birthday. It was wonderful to be in Texas among family and friends, and to come back home to all kinds of treats awaiting me in the mail.

First of all, Carol sent me the prettiest package for the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club. She stitched the Bianca Scissor Pocket by Cat's Whiskers Designs on 32 ct. White Belfast with Caron Waterlilies in Hyacinth and Moss. It is so delicate and delightful -- I love it! She also sent along some DMC scissors, a big piece of hand dyed lugana, a fat quarter, some pins and pretty purple ribbon, and a La-D-Da freebie. Thank you so much, Carol!

And what would birthdays be without a little stash? I took advantage of Mary Kathryn's sale before we left and ordered several items from Blackbird Designs ... it seems like they have a huge quantity of new items out now, doesn't it? I also ordered the pretty spring colors for "In the Garden with Jane Austen" by The Sampler Girl. I can't wait to start this one. Speaking of Jane Austen, some dear friends gifted me with the most extraordinary book, called "Life in the Country with Quotations by Jane Austen and sillhouettes by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh." It contains beautiful reproductions of Regency era sillhouettes that Jane Austen's nephew cut free-hand from black paper, accompanied by texts from her novels. The patterns are exquisitely detailed.


Also pictured above are a wonderful stitching journal from my wishlist that my sis-in-law and brother picked out, some gorgeous beads from another friend and poetry by Robert Burns from my father-in-law, and a little bird figurine and eggs painting that I picked up at a boutique in Dallas.

An abundance of blessings! Each reminding me of those I hold dear.
More stitchery picturs to come, I promise...

Updates Coming Soon ...

Oh dear stitchy friends... I have been away far too long!

Just returned from a 12 day trip home to Texas. I have several stitchy updates for you, which will have to wait until tomorrow. For now, you can see some of my trip pictures on Facebook here and here if you like. The second album contains some great pics of a fabulous tea room that all you DFW ladies need to visit, if you haven't already. It's called The Chocolate Angel and the pic above was taken there. Those ladies are my mom (middle) and mother-in-law (right) -- aren't they lovely?

I am almost done with Spring Has Come and eager to show you that progress. I also have a gorgeous birthday package from Carol to show off, some stash and other projects in the works. Just wanted to pop in and say that I've missed you and will be back soon!