Today is my birthday and I have had a simply wonderful day with my lovely DH and 2 gorgeous daughters. Jess arrived home yesterday so she could be here for my birthday so I was surrounded by my lovely family :) I have been spoilt rotten by them and my lovely friends with gorgeous cards and gifts. I got DH to take some photos for me earlier so here are some piccies of some of the lovely cards and gifts I received.
First up from my surrogate sis Lisa and from my dear friend Lesleyanne. Lisa stitched this gorgeous design from the JCS ornament mag. I had been eying up this design and, of course, Lisa knows I LOVE angels and I absolutely love the saying on this. It is so beautifully stitched and finished.Thank you so much Lisa xxx I will treasure this. Lesleyanne sent me the Little House Needleworks Joy to the World ornament chart along with the star button for it. I can't wait to stitch this up and hang it on my tree. Thank you so much Lesleynne xxx
In the next piccie is a gift from my dear friend Elisa. As you can see it has sheep on it and I LOVE sheep!!!! I love this so much and Elisa's stitching and finishing is just gorgeous. Thank you so much Elisa xxxx I will treasure your gift.
Next up is cards and gifts from my dear friends Michelle and Julie. From Michelle I received two gorgeous Polstitches Designs hand dyed threads. They are so pretty and I can't wait to stitch something up with them. Thank you so much Michelle xxx I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened up my present from Julie as inside was a black velvet pouch and inside that was the beautiful covered tape measure you see in the photo. Thank you so much Julie; I absolutely love it xxx
Last but by no means least is a card and gift from another dear friend Karan. Karan gifted me with ( wait for it) Little House Needleworks Joy to the World ornament chart :) Karan knows I love angels and this was on my wish list :) Thank you so much Karan xxxx
More about my birthday and what I have been doing later! First of all I want to show you a couple of finishes. The last photo I showed you of The Sampler Girl Jane Austen Sampler Stocking wasn't quite a finish but now it is! Not finished as in made up to hang but finished stitching! I have absolutely loved stitching this gorgeous design. Thank you Barb for our wonderful Jane days and I look forward to joining you for our SB days and maybe later on more Jane days :)
No piccie of Shores yet as I didn't stitch on it last night so going to stitch on it tonight instead. I have done a little more on my December SAL piece, Little House Needleworks Poinsettia House, so here's a piccie of that. Loving this piece!
Final stitchy pic is of the ornament I stitched for Chris. For the past few years we've done a private ornament exchange which I , for one, look forward to each year. I always seems to take ages to decide what to stitch and this year was no exception as I changed my mind several times. I finally decided on this one and Chris loves it.
The Victoria Sampler- Designs by Cathy Jean
28 count bay leaf evenweave
GAST and DMC
This afternoon we went to the Victorian Christmas market in Beverley. We go every year as it's such a good event but you can't get near the stalls as it's so packed so we didn't buy anything lol! We did watch the battle re-enactment of civil war which is so much fun to watch! We then noticed that there was some birds of prey so off we went to have a look. I asked if I could stroke a barn owl so DH asked if I could hold it so here I am holding this beautiful barn owl. This was truly and honour to be holding such a beautiful bird.
Finally ( I bet you;'re breathing a sigh of relief!) here's my birthday cake which Abi made for me; as you can see it's an owl!
Poor Abi didn't manage to get on her trip to London so she was really upset, bless her. She was just too ill to go though but, thankfully, she's getting better now:)
That's all from me. I'm going to get some stitching done then I'll be back to get caught up on reading blogs tomorrow. It's been a busy weekend!!!
Take care everyone!