Monday, December 31, 2012

End of 2012

 Gift from Lee
 Hi Bloggers. Well this is the last post of mine for 2012. We had a lovely Christmas. I got sick that evening and have been since. Now its the cold part that's left & I can't wait to for it to go away:)
But I want to share with you some beautiful gifts that I have been blessed with. Back in November I won a  prize from Lee's Blog. The parcel came very late, even though Lee mailed it the next day back then. The hold up was due to our postal service (came from all the way from New Zealand). But never the less it's here. Wow!!! Lee sent me a book (above photo) that to my HUGE surprise - SHES IN IT:))) Yes Lee was published in a embroidery book. I was given a precious copy and inside she included 2 of the designs that she is the original designer and her original sampler. GORGEOUS!!!  Also included in the book are more of Lee's designs as well as 4 other ladies who contributed to the book. There are 10 projects overall. Yes the book does include how to finish the projects also.

 Can you see Lee's name? 
This is a great book. It covers different forms of embroidery and some very lovely designs.

 Lee also included this fantastic Mug Rug. Like as if I would ever allow anyone to place a mug on this beautiful gift. NO WAY! The back is absolutely stitched perfectly. No knots or mistakes...I'm in AWE.  And she included  2 overdyed threads from South Africa - they are beautiful & some pretty postcards of New Zealand. Thank you so very much Lee. I love everything and will treasure them.

Angel Ornament from Bea in Canada
On Christmas Eve day I received a card & this pretty ornament from Bea. I was not expecting this. What a lovely surprise. I met Bea through EMS forum over 1 year ago.  Her beautiful ornament was place immediately on our tree. Thank you so very much Bea for your kindness and you are an Angel!!!

 Beautiful card & beaded pins from Vickie. Thank you Vickie so much.

 Gifts from Jean who is also in New Zealand.
This was another surprise. A parcel from Jean who sent me these lovely gifts. I love the National Park calendar 2013 of New Zealand(I needed one). She also enclosed photos of her beautiful farm and land that are in New Zealand. It's so amazing to get to meet people who love and have a passion for needleworks. Jean is also a member of EMS forum. And look at this........

 Crocheted bookmark from Jean. I am using it as a ornament:) TOO PRETTY.
Jean I could never do this type of work. It's truly breathtaking. Thank you so very very much.
So far Bea and Jean don't have a blog....hmmm....

 Book from library I checked out. By Trish Burr.

 I embroidered this flower as per instructed step by step from the book. This is a wonderful book as to learn coloring with threads.

 Gingerbread Street by Sue Hillis

Finished house #3. Have 1 more house to go. I didn't finish in time for Christmas but thats had it turned out. I truly didn't stress. This pattern is like stitching each house 3 times. Once for using the DMC threads, then twice for going back and stitching over with a blending filament, and the 3rd time for backstitching. But in the end it will all be worth it.

 Large zippered project pouches - made by me:)
Here are some of the Christmas gifts I stitched that I gave to family members. They all loved them. My Uncle even slipped his new tablet in to his zippered pouch - perfect.  2012 took my mom, and she will always be loved and remembered. For 2013 I wish you a very Blessed, Healthy and Safe New Year.  With Love and Appreciation - Annette      I'm off to have some much needed hot tea...


Vickie said...

Such wonderful gifts Annette. I would never use a mug on that either. ;)
A Blessed, Happy New Year to you!

Giovanna said...

Lovely stitching and great gifts - a very happy stitchy 2013 to you!

Melissa said...

Wow, you've been busy, Annette. I love that embroidered rose! Such lovely gifties to round out the year!

Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

Wow, such lovely gifts! And wonderful gifts you made as well, plus lovely stitching! Happy New Year!

Karyn said...

Awesome gifts, Annette, both given and received :)
Happy New Year, dear friend
Hugs and kisses

Linda said...

You received some beautiful gifts Annette. Love the project pouches you made. Gingerbread Street is looking good.

Happy New Year

Shirlee said...

Lovely gifts Annette ... & your pouches are beautiful! I wish you a very Happy New Year with lots & lots of stitching time : )

Chris said...

What wonderful treasures you received. The mug mat...I would never place a mug on it either.
You also have done some wonderful stitching and sewing. The shaded flower is gorgeous!
Happy New Year!

Carol said...

Such nice gifts, Annette--and I agree with you, I would never dare use that lovely piece from Lee as a mug mat!! Her work is exquisite :)

Love all those pouches and I'm happy to hear they'll all be put to such good use! Wishing you a joyous New Year... I know 2012 has been hard for you with the loss of your dear mother so I pray that 2013 will bring much happiness your way!

SoCal Debbie said...

So many wonderful gifts! Your zippered pouches are great!

Beaj said...

What wonderful goodies and the Mug Mat is exquisite.Your pouches are great and a very nicely done rose.
Wishing you a happier year ahead.
Take care...God Bless..:)

Siobhán said...

Fantastic gifts and finishes! Wishing you and yours a very happy 2013!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy New year. I'm glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas but sorry to hear you got ill.

What lovely gifts you've received and your stitching is lovely!

Brigitte said...

Your gifts are so beautiful. And so are your finishes. They look great, your zippered pouches and make wonderful gifts.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Merveilleux !
bisous from FRANCE

Karoline said...

Your gifts are lovely and your embriodered flower is gorgeous.

Happy new year