Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mid-Winter Gifts and a Finish!

Mary Jane (CalamityJr) and I opened gifts last night! I was a bit concerned because her box should have arrived Monday or Tuesday at the latest. It arrived yesterday looking as if someone sat on it. Thankfully, everything survived in one piece. :)

I had shown a picture of her gifts to me the other day - here's the unwrapped picture. That candy is not really there. I had extra calories for the day and the chocolate caramel hit the SPOT! Mary Jane has told me to expect her stitched gift to arrive sometime later in the year. She ran out of time stitching -- her daughter is getting her PHD in a month or so -- and she needed to work on the graduation piece.

I love the book "The Shack" and had no idea they had made a daily devotional with the book. Awesome! And I can think of my friend every time I pick it up. Now, see the pattern book in the back? Beyond awesome - it is all La-D-Da patterns! I love each and every one! Thank you Mary Jane for sending me such wonderful gifts - I am thrilled to death with them. Hmm, would you like any more La-D-Da pieces??

The funny part of the pattern book? I had mentioned a month or so ago to MJ, "Wouldn't it be funny if we were stitching the same thing for each other?" She said there was no way. Well, her mid-winter gift pattern is in this book. So we were on the same wavelength!

I sent her these two stitched items and a pair of scissors for her gifts.

You Are My Sunshine
by La-D-Da
35ct Kansas City Blend
Recommended hand dyed floss

Portion of Snowflake Serenade
by CCN
40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki
DMC floss
I didn't finish the piece by CCN. I had thought it might work as a bookmark. Mary Jane thought she might frame it and place it next to her anniversary piece. So, I can't wait to see what she does with this one.

Her birthday gifts were included in the same box. Anyone who has Mary Jane's email - tell her happy birthday on Monday the 8th! This was the stitchy item ~

Zippity Do Da
by La-D-Da
28ct unknown gray linen
DMC floss
I must give a shout out to my hubby, Rob, for the frames. He did a wonderful job on them.

Yesterday also found me finishing a small Santa.

Here Comes Santa Claus!
by L*K
28ct unknown linen
DMC Floss
The pattern called for 317 for the skate blades and of course I didn't have it. Substituted 415 and I think they are too light. I may have to add a touch of darker gray to them.

Think I am going to finally start the number 1 of SamSarah's calendar. Crossing fingers that the Victorian Motto Sampler floss I ordered for them come in tomorrow. I should be able to get two tags out of each skein. What a cost savings! If the colors are as beautiful in real like as the pictures on the internet - woohoo!
Who am I kidding? If those colors are that beautiful I am ordering her 100 skein lot! He-he...more floss.

Hope your day is as bright and beautiful as you are!


Parsley said...

Great exchange with Mary Jane. Several of my stitchy sisters have a similar bday to me. So fun!

Dawn said...

Everything is beautiful, very nice exchange

gracie said...

Wonderful exchanges....

Linda said...

Another cute finish Denise. What wonderful exchanges.


Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful gifts exchanged! Your LK Santa finish is really cute! I think you might be right on the blades, just a little outline maybe might make them easier to see.

Maggee said...

What a great exchange you shared! I love that book too! I think I have two, maybe three copies --for sharing... The frames are looking good--hubby could go into business! Hugs!

CalamityJr said...

Still can't figure out how to say thank you for such lovely gifts. They're gorgeous! So, simply, thank you. Looking forward to seeing your report about your new threads; I'm sure you'll love them.

Chris said...

Lovely exchange!
I like your Santa finish too. I hope that your floss arrives!

Shirlee said...

I am overwhelmed by all the beautiful stitching & the gifts as well! Wonderful!

Teresa said...

Wonderful exhange. Can't wait to see some of those in the book stitched up in the future.
Hope you love your new threads.

Catherine said...

Wonderful goodies and a belated Happy Birthday to MJ!