Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Birthday Gift Arrived!

Wow...two posts right after one another. The Postal Service is working overtime getting my packages out in a timely manner!

First of all, my sister says thank you to all my blogging friends for wishing her a happy birthday! She was quite pleased! Thanks for taking the time to do that. I never realized how much she reads my blog now. Apparently, I am supposed to be posting more. I'm working on it Karen! =)

Second, my sister received her gift today. She dropped major hints a few months ago that I was way overdue in stitching her something. You have to remember that she was taught the same way I was (by mom) but with a full-time job, 2 kids and activities with kids' sports and church involvement, she's more content reading or napping when she has free time than trying to make heads or tails of a pattern. That's my job! She told me she wanted something red and cream and I immediately had something in mind. And with her 50th birthday quickly approaching, I had big reasons to stitch her something nice! A while back, I had seen a kit in The Stitchery called Bless This House by Kooler Design/Janlynn. I chucked the fabric (aida...ick!) and the thread and replaced it with Lambswool and Gloriana Cranberry. Deb finished it for me into a bellpull and she did a wonderful job considering the tight time constraints. Thanks Deb! Here's Deb's photo to me. It always seems like folks take much better pictures than me!

Remember all those red/cream sneakpeeks? This is what it turned out to be...

Here's my attempt:

I think I need photography lessons...

Karen called me today and was very happy with her present and even told me she already hung it on her wall. Yay! Hearing that made me very happy. I'm so glad it was a hit!

Ok, off to stitch on Boo Club a little more. I do more computer surfing (and cart clicking!) more than stitching nowadays. I already have enough stash to last me my lifetime...like I need more! I'm working on the Eek block and it's pretty simple. I'll probably finish tomorrow and get back to my gift programming.

Until next time...

27 comments:

Theresa said...

Beautiful work!!!! I think it is a perfect gift for your sister~~~~

KarenV said...

It's gorgeous Valerie! Beautifully stitched and finished by you and Deb :)

VALIE said...

What a great present to give and receive. Your sister must have been really moved that you made this for her. Waooh. I hate stitching "on order", ie with a deadline... You performed impressively on this one. Congratulations (and to the birthday child too, even if belatedly !)

Elaine said...

What a beautiful present for your sister, congrats!

Jackie said...

I like your picture!

What a perfect gift for your sister! I'm sure it's a very special piece to her. It's always satisfying to know the person you're giving something handmade appreciates it.

Margaret said...

Wow! That is some stitchery! No wonder there was so much red! lol! It's just beautiful! I bet your sister loves it!

Julie said...

Stunning gift for your sister, nicely stitched and finished

Carol R said...

Such a special gift for Karen! It's absolutely gorgeous - well done you!

Vonna said...

What a wonderful, fabulous gift! Perfectly stitched and beautifully finished :)

Ranae said...

A beautiful finish for your sister.
It seems on certain days there's more surfing then stitching, Shame on us!!!!
lol

Meari said...

That's a wonderful piece you did for your sister. Congrats on your finish, and Happy Belated Birthday to Karen!

Branlaadee said...

It's beautiful! No wonder your sister loves it and hung it up right away!

Catherine said...

Looks lovely!

Irene said...

It's gorgeous ! Happy belated Birthday to your sister.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful bellpull! The stitching is beautiful and I am sure that your sister will enjoy it for years to come. Nothing is more special than something handmade!
Take care!

Daffycat said...

Gorgeous bellpull! Happy birthday to your sister!

Mylene said...

What a gorgeous present for your sister.

Patti said...

What a wonderful present for your sister. Just stunning.
Love
Patti xxx

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness!! What an amazing gift for your sister. I love what you did for Natasha, too.

Have a great weekend!

Andrea said...

A fabulous gift for your sister.

Angela said...

What a beautiful gift for your Sister, I think it's perfect :)

Shelleen said...

You did a beautiful job on your sister's gift

Sally said...

A beautiful gift for your sister!

Katrina said...

I love the gift you made for your sister, it's so pretty.

Pumpkin said...

That's just beautiful and what a nice piece to stitch for your sister :o)

Missy Ann said...

Holy cats!!!!!!! That is stunning.

ivoryspring said...

Valerie,

This is absolutely beautiful!!! What a gift of love that is.

Thank you for your comment on my Mary Wigham.... I am still chugging along, albeit ever so slowly. :)