Friday, 16 May 2008

Another Wonderful Gift!

Lucky me, my birthday keeps going on and on! I got home on a very dreary Thursday afternoon following a delay on the trains to discover a wonderful parcel from Leena waiting for me - I don't know what it is about you wonderful people, but you always manage to arrange for lovely packages to be waiting for me when I've had a particularly bad day!! And Leena cheered me up no end with this birthday treat. In fact, as I opened it, a big smile came to my face - you will probably remember that Leena and I stitch a little mini-SAL with each other once a month, and we stitch Christmas ornaments in the hopes that we'll have some nice things to give away at Christmas time without all the last-minute panic (and maybe even a few nice things left over for our own trees). So, of course, Leena mailed me....a Christmas ornament :) I was laughing when I read her lovely note, it's just so apt!

Now, the weather has been gorgeous and beautiful and hot and wonderful right up until Wednesday this week, and now it's grey and grim and grungy, so the photos I've been able to take this evening are...well they're not great. So hopefully in full and proper daylight tomorrow, I'll get some better ones and share them with you later this weekend.

Leena stitched the Scandinavian Stitches' contribution to the 2007 JCS issue, with mainly Atalie threads - I love how she managed to stuff it, yet keep it relatively flat - it's so gorgeous!


Leena stitched our initials on the back, and went to some trouble to get them right - I know how she feels as I was born with a straightforward surname and my initials were always SM, but then I married a Mc and now I regularly flop back and forth between SM and SMc, depending on mood, size of area to be stitched, and frankly whether I can be bothered to put the 'c' in :) In fact, shortly after getting married I did check with H about what my new intials were, and he said SMcA, but let's face it, I'm a lazy simple girl so I've never ever used that one!


So thank you once more Leena - I love my ornament :)

Now, off to kit up another ornament, because it's our ornament weekend this weekend - see, perfect timing yet again, isn't she great?!

Happy stitching!

11 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

The dude and I did have a little discussion about your initials. He said it was either SM or SMcA. I'm pretty lazy too. ;) There's nothing like have weeks of birthday celebration, is there?

karenv said...

That's a sweet ornament! Extended birthdays are fun!

xstitch.nl said...

Don't you just love those kinds of birthdays?!! Enjoy!!

Barbara said...

How wonderful that your beautiful gift arrived just in time to cheer you up. :D

Carol said...

What a lovely gift from Leena. I am so sorry I missed your birthday! I need to make note of that ;-)

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely gift from Leena. it is just beautiful

laura said...

your blog is beautiful and truly inspirational

Itching To Stitch said...

Great gift from Leena ;)

Beatrice said...

Stephanie it looks like you are enjoying your extended Birthday.

Many happy returns !!!!
The gifts are lovely.
Have a good weekend.

Marie-P said...

Happy Birthday! I love the ornament the Leena stitched for you. She is just the sweetest!
I like the idea of your ornament SAL ~ how wonderful to have items ready to go in advance of the hectic holiday season.

Cheryl said...

Great ornie from Leena! Hope you're having a good weekend, its nice and sunny up here :)