Friday, 18 December 2015

Ornament Exchange With Chris, My Birthday and Stitching!

I'm so sorry but this is going to be a rather picture heavy post!

Last Friday I hopped on the bus and went through to Hull to see my friend Chris. It was so lovely to get a day out to see a dear friend. We chatted and stitched, drank tea and had some lunch. I really enjoyed my day with her and it was over too soon. We do a private ornament exchange every December and here is what I stitched for Chris.

Little House Needleworks This Is My Joy

Classic Colorworks Belle Soie Fox Red

For Chris.

I am very happy to say that Chris loved it :)

This is what Chris stitched for me.It is a Lizzie Kate from a few years ago and I love it! It is so beautifully stitched and finished and I have it hanging with a few other ornaments above my fire in the dining room.

I look forward to us having another day stitching and chatting soon.

Last Saturday was my birthday and I just had a quiet day. It was grocery shopping in the morning then Abi wanted to visit a local to us garden centre and we had a look round the Christmas displays. They always do such fantastic displays and have lots of lovely Christmas decorations for sale. When we got home I got Jess' Doctor Who scarf out and finished knitting that. We did go out for a meal on Sunday evening though :). Anyway I received some gorgeous cards and gifts from both my family and my stitchy friends and I'll show the ones from my stitchy friends. Thank you all so much for making me feel so special. Love and hugs to you all. I will let the pictures do the talking but there are a few themes going here lol!  :)

From Chris

From Gill.

From Clare.

From Lisa.

From Karan.

From June.

From Christine.

From Lainey.

From Michelle.

From Lesleyanne

From Julie.

As I said in my last post I received a gift voucher for The Patchwork Rabbit from Barb and this is what I bought with it.

I went a little bit over, as I wanted to get what I didn't have to stitch the chart, so I also added this chart as well! I will get the others as and when Karla gets them back in stock!

Karla also included this beautiful needleminder with this note. Isn't that so sweet?!

I am so blessed to have such lovely friends who remember me on my birthday. I don't express my feelings very well but I appreciate your friendships so much and love everything. 

Chris and I have been stitching away on our December SAL. I had already started mine and Chris started hers when I visited her. I've stitched more on mine since then as I am really enjoying it.

I started the last CCN ornament and just stitched the red on the dress. I hope Barb has managed to start hers too.

I also got Fa La La made up.

This is how I made up my finish for the Mani Di Donna contest on Facebook. This is on the way to a friend for her Christmas tree :).

I was hoping to get the page finished on my robin but I didn't make it so we'll see what happens this weekend!

Goodness and Growing is growing slowly! I want to try and get the box done over the weekend but it depends on what else I have to do!

Oooh I better show Jess' Doctor Who scarf too! Not a great photo as I took it with my tab!

I am so behind with blog reading yet again but will try to get caught up over the weekend. I doubt I will be blogging again before Christmas so I'd like to wish you all A very Happy Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Stash and Stitch filled 2016.

With much love.

Sally xxx


cucki said...

Wow my dear everything is so lovely just like you :)
Happy birthday dear..
Sending you big hugs x

Maggie said...

What lovely birthday goodies :-)

Love that Dr Who scarf!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Happy Birthday late, Sally! Beautiful stitching and what a nice thing for Karla to do - to send a needle minder! I love your new Jardin Prive chart. So cute!! Have a wonderful Christmas!! ~ Tricia

Mii Stitch said...

This post has it all: stitching, gifts & scarf :)
Love them all!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Christine said...

Great ornaments exchanged Sally. I've not seen the LHN pattern you did before, I'll have to look out for that one.
Loads of lovely birthday presents there too, and that cahrt with all the sheepies is just perfect for you.
Can I just say that I am totally in awe of the fabulous Doctor Who scarf? Well done

Veronica Ong said...

Wow, your needle has certainly been smoking! So many gorgeous ornaments. Lovely presents you've received as well. Happy belated birthday!

Cindy's Stitching said...

happy belated birthday. such nice gifts. the stitching pieces are adorable.

Vickie said...

Happy Birthday dear Sally! So many, many gorgeous gifts!
Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

No need to apologize for lots of pictures, Sally--we LOVE photos of your pretty stitching :)

Happy Belated Birthday--it looks like it was fabulous with those oodles of presents. You have been blessed with so many caring friends! Love the ornament you made for Chris, too, and I'm so pleased to see your progress on Mr. Robin...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family, Sally--hope everyone is as pleased with their gifts as Jess is with her great Doctor Who scarf :)

CalamityJr said...

Such lovely birthday gifts; glad they made you feel loved! Your own finishes and progress are beautiful as well.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

All very very beautiful

Manuela said...

Happy Birhtday. Wonderful gift from your friends.
I wish you a Merry Chirstmas and a Happy New Year.

Linda said...

Belated Happy Birthday Sally. Congrats on all of the pretty finishes and stitching. Happy Holidays.


butterfly said...

Lovely stitching, lovely gifts for a lovely lady .
Hope you had one beautiful and happy day Sally.
Happy Christmas , and the Robin is looking beautful.

Barb said...

Sally you never disappoint with your posts, lovely pics and superb stitching.I am so pleased your birthday went well and you have had some lovely gifts. Have a super duper Christmas.

Penny said...

Happy birthday, Sally! There is no such thing as too many stitchy pictures. :) You and Chris exchanged some lovely ornaments and it sounds like you spent a wonderful day together. And you received the best kind of birthday presents! Love the Dr. Who scarf. Merry Christmas!

the Fairy Stitcher said...

Happy Birthday. Great post, with wonderful gifts and stitching ♥
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Michelle said...

Lovely photos Sally you were blessed as you deserve to be xx

Andrea said...

Lots of wonderful stitching, gifts and WIPs. Hope you had a great birthday.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas.

Brigitte said...

There can't be too many pictures in a blog post of a stitcher. And you show two lovely new ornaments that you finished so beautifully. And what wonderful exchange pieces you and Chris made. You seem to have spent a great day visiting her.

Happy belated birthday wishes to you, Sally. And enjoy all the great gifts that you received from your friends.

Mary Ann said...

No need to apologize for a picture heavy post! : )

It sounds like you have a wonderful birthday, and a fun visit with Chris--stitching with friends is the best!

All of your stitching and gifts are lovely.

I hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Emma/Itzy said...

Glad to hear you had a nice birthday with so many lovely gifts and cards. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas too :)

Rachel Tomkins said...

You received a lot of lovely birthday pressies and have been stitching well too. Merry Christmas and here's looking forward to lots more stitching in 2016! :)

Maggee said...

There are never too many photos in a blogpost! I love to see everything people are up to, so the more the merrier! You received lots of very nice Birthday presents! The scarf for your daughter is huge! That will keep out plenty of cold winter weather! I am so excited that you are almost done with the Robin! I know it may be months, but compared to what is done, that is not bad! It is really nice to have time together with a stitchy friend... Stitching with my buddy on occasional Saturdays inspires me! But sometimes that is costly! Dang Iphones! Have a very Merry, Blessed Christmas! Hugs!

Justine said...

A picture heavy post from you is always going to be good Sally!
Sorry I missed your birthday. It looks as if you have some lovely gifts.
Your stitching is beautiful as ever - I really enjoy seeing your and Barb's CCN ornaments in particular as I have quite a few of these.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Julie said...

What a post full of lovely things. Great gifts for your birthday. Jess's scarf looks cosy, you just need some winter weather now. Lots of lovely stitching going on at your home.
Blessings to you all x

Jeanne said...

What a great post Sally with so many lovely things! Love all your ornaments and you are getting close to finishing your HAED design - it's gorgeous. I always enjoy stopping by your blog and I'm glad you're keeping it updated. I hope to do better with mine next year. Hope you have a happy Christmas and wonderful 2016!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Sally, some beautiful finishes and stitching by you. What a lovely selection of birthday gifts you received.

Karoline said...

Your projects are all looking great and your exchange ornaments are lovely.

You got some lovely birthday presents. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year