Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy October!

Hello lovely friends! Wow mid-October already. Not long till Halloween. We been having heat again. Hope it will cool off this week. So ready for cool Fall weather! Speaking of October last weekend was my birthday. Friday night I attended Ladies Night at our church. That's when we gather and work on craft stuff. I took my Sojourner to stitch. And lots of food, goodies and visiting - LOL! We had a great time!
Saturday morning I went to a baby shower came home & found a surprise awaiting for me!

 My friend Jill from Washington surprised me. Festive Birthday flowers with blow horns, and streamers greeted & surprised  me. The vase even had painted birthday candles. So pretty, Thank you Jill!

Then the morning of my birthday I waited to open my gift from Lee. Lee made me a gorgeous hand beaded mauve/pink silk dupoini covered box. Oh its so beautiful in person. I tried to get a good photo. The inside is lined with a pretty navy tiny floral print fabric. Love it so much - Thank you Lee!

 I love looking at all the different beads, metal flowers, hand stitched bullion roses, heart buttons, silk ribbon roses topped with tiny beads, cloisonne flower, beaded crystal balls, leaves, tiny sequins stitched on top of metal flowers, and a beautiful bee charm. I can't imagine how long it took Lee to stitch all the embellishments on the box. A work of love for sure! This is spectacular and I cherish it!
Thank you Thank you Thank you - Lee!

 I had a beautiful birthday. Was spoiled through out the whole day. No cooking for me:))) 

With my birthday money I ordered a new chart. I know it was early but Haven and Earth Designs had a sale on their website. I got "Gingerbread House" by Aimee Stewart. I ordered the large print, hard copy, 89 colors (not the one with 236 colors) chart. Now this is my very first HAED. 
I have gathered all the threads for page 1 of 120.......YEP! Crazy me!!!! 

Here's a close up! HAED "Gingerbread House" by Amiee Stewart
I cannot tell you how much I love this! I have a thing for Gingerbread!

Progress as of Sept 28th

Current progress
Been stitching on the left floral border side working my way down.

Pumpkin display!

Hope you are enjoying October and are stitching lots of pretties! I stitched & mailed off a package to Mouse! It's a square for her 50th memory quilt project. And I did remember to take photos before I wrapped it - LOL! With my love and appreciation - Annette


Lumiruusu said...

Hello Annette!

Oh-la-la -what a box covered with pink silk and georgeous seedbead and emroidery work.I have ever seen it done that way...and I if you know how much i love everything romantic and pink you now that I would be over the moon with the gift like your box
Giggerbread chart is impressive -now wonder you picked that design.

Justine said...

Happy birthday! Your gifts are lovely. The vase is so quirky, I've never seen anything like it before. Lee's embroidery is so fine and detailed. So pretty!
Your HAED is so bright and colourful, here's hoping you have MANY happy hours of stitching on it!
Love your sampler and your Pumpkin display. Perfect!

Marilyn said...

Happy belated B-Day!!!
It sounds like you had a great day.
Sojourner is coming along nicely, almost done?
The box from Lee is surely a work of love.
It's gorgeous!!
That's one cute Gingerbread house.
Can't wait to see your progress.
Happy Fall!

Annie said...

Happy Birthday! Your sampler is looking wonderful!

And what a gorgeous gift from Lee. You two each have such a marvelous collection of each other's work by this time.

Aren't you the ambitious one to tackle an HAED. More power to you!

Vickie said...

Happy Belated Birthday dear Annette!♥
What thoughtful friends! Lee's work is just breathtaking!!!
Whoa! Annette!!!1 That Gingerbread House! Yikes, that is gonna take a while. Have fun!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Happy Birthday dear
You received beautiful gifts

Margaret said...

Happy belated birthday! I love that beautiful box from Lee -- wow! Love your stitching progress, and that HAED -- that is some piece! Looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

Linda said...

Happy belated Birthday Annette. Beautiful gifts and flowers. I love your HAED chart. I'm not brave enough to start one yet.


Von said...

What a very happy birthday you had, Annette!! Lee's gift is really a stunner! And your Gingerbread House project is amazing, when do you think you'll begin it? I'm not sure I have the guts to even start a project that big and intricate. :D

Carol said...

So glad your birthday was such a special one, Annette! I'm in awe over Lee's creation--just stunning!

Enjoy your new birthday stash--looks like a fun one!

Frances said...

What beautiful flowers! And that box is stunning with all of that gorgeous and tiny work on it!! Wow!
I hope you had a nice birthday! I'm behind in blog-world, so I didn't even know you were going to be a year older! haha It looks like you had a lovely day!
That gingerbread house looks intimidating! However, it will be wonderful when you finish it. You will get it done in no time!!!

Beth said...

Happy birthday Annette! It is tough to top the amazing silk dupoini covered box Lee created. She is such an artist! Your HAE design is going to be a colorful challenge!

Brigitte said...

Happy belated birthday wishes winging your way, Annette. And wow, such wonerful birthday gifts that you received. That little box from Lee is a real dream and a treasure. And what you bought from your birthday money is so cute. I still have to start my first HAED, everything is kitted up but I'm not so sure about which fabric to take. I still have to ponder about this issue. Just let us know what fabric you use.

Ellen said...

Belated birthday greetings, Annette. Sounds like you had a great day and were treated royally by family and friends.

I really like your pumpkin display.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Happy belated birthday, friend! I hope your day was as special as you are. {{Hugs}}

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous birthday gifts, Annette, and so well deserved. What date is your birthday? Mine is the 11th. Good luck with your new HAED.

Ali said...

A very belated happy birthday Annette you recieved some lovely gifts the box from your friend is beautiful. Great stitching progress it's looking fab. Ali

Ali said...

A very belated happy birthday Annette you recieved some lovely gifts the box from your friend is beautiful. Great stitching progress it's looking fab. Ali

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Happy Belated Birthday

That is great that the Women of your church and you spend a night working on your projects. That is so neat and a great idea.

All of your Birthday Goodies are just

I love your stitching - it is so beautiful

Happy Stitching
Linda K, Railroad

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Annette! I love your birthday treats and what a beautiful gift from Lee.

Can't wait to see your progress on your first HAED.

Mouse said...

good grief .... how did I miss not following your blog ??? ... many happy bleated birthday wishes ... you certainly got spoilt ... and wow that is one HAED chart ... good luck :)
thank you once again for my wonderful square :) love mouse xxxxxx

Chris said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! The box from Lee is so lovely. What a treasure!
Great sampler progress! She sure is pretty :)
The Gingerbread project looks amazing. What an addition it will be to your gingerbread wall.
Happy November!

Weronika said...

Wonderful gifts you received. I know it's late but: Happy Birthday! :) You've made great progress on your work. And good luck with your HAED project! I like to do HAED as well but I still haven't got the courage to start one :)