Monday, 4 August 2008

Hazel Has Spoiled Me!

Oh my word! Saturday was spent at the spa at Hanbury Manor (*more on that below) and finally I arrived home, tired, pampered and hungry with the prospect of opening the wonderfully large box which Hazel had sent containing the PIF gift she stitched for me. I am truly amazed and delighted and really touched at the effort Hazel went to – not only did she send me an enormous and totally over the top package full of lots and lots of goodies, just look what she stitched for me!!

It’s a lavender-filled heart-shaped beauty, a Tournicoton design called ‘Le Temps d’un Thé’, and it is just fabulous – Hazel has stitched it so beautifully, and the finishing, well, you can see for yourself what an amazing job she did. I feel so very honoured to have some of Hazel’s stitching to hang up! I haven’t yet decided where I’m going to hang it – somewhere it can be admired (both to look at and to smell), but not somewhere in a high traffic zone where it will get knocked or bumped…thinking cap on! The reverse is, by the way, an excerpt from a poem by Théodore de Banville (isn’t Google amazing…).

Here is a very busy photo of all the wonderful extras that Hazel included - thank you so much Hazel, your generosity is so much appreciated!!

It was the lovely Carol’s birthday last week, and she sent me a very kind email to let me know that she likes birthday gift I sent to her ages ago (I didn’t think it was going to arrive that quickly – but how did she let it sit there wrapped up for so long?!? I wouldn’t have been able to!). I know that Carol has been on a Brightneedle kick recently, so I elected to stitch her a sort of hanging pinkeep sort of, um, thing. Anyway! She tells me she likes it so that is the important thing :)

Marne has kindly nominated me the Kreativ Blogger Award – I’m a terrible one for sticking to rules, but I feel Jen would be disappointed if I didn’t include some links to blogs I read, so, in no particular order, have a look at these wonderful blogs if you don’t read them already:


*For those of you interested in the spa weekend update, 5 of us went to Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire – it’s a beautiful manor house with lovely grounds and set in the middle of a golf course. Very picturesque! We each booked ourselves in for treatments – I had a super deluxe amazing wonderful manicure, and a pedicure. I’m just hoping my nails don’t chip before the wedding on Thursday. Hmmm, it looks like that means no washing dishes for this beauty queen (imagine me sobbing in disappointment – oh, no, wait that’s H sobbing because he has to do them instead). We then had a fairly pleasant dinner which was so late in arriving that we didn’t pay for it (actually, that might have been the best part about it, but the hotel was in the middle of catering for 2 separate weddings so I think they were fairly flat out). We were out on the terrace enjoying the beautiful views over the lake and one of the golf holes, so we didn’t really mind about the delay. A few drinks were had, a few stories were told, and all in all we had a great weekend catching up. A nice break before the rest of my busy August!

The girls! L-R in back: Louise, Emer, Helen, front: Desiree and me
The main hotel building
The view from the terrace

Happy stitching!


Melissa said...

Stephanie, your little package is wonderful. I love all of the goodies you received. I know Carol will love the BrightNeedle piece that you sent her. Your spa weekend looked wonderful. The estate is great.

Hazel said...

So glad you liked everything! Love your gift for Carol. Looks like you had a wonderful time. It is so nice seeing what you look like - not how I imagined - much younger and prettier lol. xx

Carol said...

Gorgeous PIF!! And thank you again so very much for the stunning bday gift. I just adore it!

Cheryl said...

That is such a great package you received from Hazel! Wow!
I also love the gift you made Carol!
Your pictures are fab, sounds like a fun weekend :)

Sharon said...

Gorgeous PIF! Love the birthday gift too for Carol. Lovely!

Lennu said...

Wow, you've received a wonderful PIF from Hazel! Enjoy dear Stephanie :) The gift for Carol is so pretty, I love the design (especially the cat... :) ) and your finishing idea is great. I'm happy to hear you had a lovely weekend! It seems to be a wonderful place. Here things will eventually calm down after the hectic summer, kids will go back to school on Monday and daily routines will be back :) I hope your busy August will go smoothly!

Sally said...

Wow what a wonderful PIF from Hazel! The stitched piece is absolutely gorgeous.

Love the birthday gift you stitched for Carol. Which Brightneedle design is it?

staci said...

Congrats on the fabulous package from Hazel...that heart is fabulous!

And a lovely gift you've stitched up for Carol too, I love BN designs~~so cute!

Erica said...

Hi Stephanie.I nominated you for the Brillante Weblog award! I really enjoy reading your blog!

Annemarie said...

Yowzer, that sounds like the perfect getaway, Stephanie!
I adore the package Hazel sent you. That lady can stitch (and finish!)
Oh, and I love your gift for Carol. How sweet!

tkdchick said...

From the sounds of it you had a great spa weekend!

What lovely gifts you have sent and received!

Janaina said...

Oh my Godness! What a pretty girl you are, Stephanie! Very nice to meet you!
And what a gorgeous PIF surprise! You have all reasons to feel amazed! It's really stunning!
Waving from sunny Brasil!