Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winding down

I hope everyone has enjoyed this holiday.... for me, I am looking forward to the new year. I will be making my list and checking it twice....oh no, that's Santa's line! But I will start my list for the projects I hope to do and I think I will organized a basket of patterns (of sorts) to work on. I must share some of my Christmas gifts....
now tell me, who does not love a gift certificate from a craft/needlework supply place? This was from my sis Lynowl...Linda really, but that is my name for her. I will definitely have to look over my wish list there to see what to get.
Then The Debra gave this to me...
a silver tatting charm...isn't it lovely.... I thin it would make a pretty scissor fob for my tatting .... Debra is the wonderful friend who taught me to tat last year. She always encourages me to try new patterns and is there to help when I knot things up! Hard to believe we just met last year.
Oh and my next one....
a wonderful Santa from my dear friends Lu and Stan back in Rhode Island....I love him! He will always be a special piece of my Christmases. He will remind me of my friends in the cold climates...I am still in short sleeve shirts and pants! although this week will be a cooler temperature....
Then there is my SSCS package that was not to be opened until Christmas day...
 It arrived all the way from Queensland Australia from Wendy who has a lovely blog. She designed the stitchery just for me and framed it also. Included were candy bars, red stars a cute red felt bag and ....
a thimble to add to my collection. I love thimbles.... and this is has a delicate painted design on it. All in all, I think I received some very nice gifts this year. I have enjoyed sending out ornaments and other gifts and was happy that they all arrived where they were going. My SSCS package arrived to Fiona
in Australia.... fabric, bag pattern and microwave bowls along with some Southwest hot sauce and Cactus jelly and a snowman's ornament hat. Thank you Chooky for organizing this annual event.
Well, I hope you did not get bored with the many pictures, but I just wanted to share. I am off work until Tuesday..thank goodness. This Christmastime shopping brought out some impatient unhappy rude people. Oh I know some say it is part of the retail world, but I don't think so. My motto...if you are having a bad day, stay home. It did more than not bring some wonderful happy and kind souls to shop. Like the young girl who was in yesterday with her mom. She told me she was going to Illinois to visit family. I asked if they were driving or flying..... "oh I am flying in a plane"...how can you not love the answer. Her mom had the look of how else would you fly, but I found myself loving her answer. I know it is a busy time and for some not so grand a time, but I do hope that you look forward as I am to the  what is ahead ...... glad to spend time with you my friends and hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kindness

Can you believe it is almost Christmas!? Living here in sunny warm Arizona, Mr H and I tend to lose track of time and days and holidays too. Don't misunderstand... we know what is going on, but it is different when there is no real change of seasons. It is December but I am still barefoot in the house, wearing shorts/capri pants  and short sleeve shirts. I wonder what Mr H will be cooking for Christmas dinner? The Christmas cards have been arriving and this one really made me smile...
It is from Annette. When I first starting blogging, the telephone rang one day and the voice introduced herself as Annette from California. This dear blogger took the time to look up my number to call me. Annette sent me a ball of tatting thread and the cutest needle book. One day it would be lovely to meet and chat and stitch. California is not very far from Arizona. I will find something to tat with this lovely shade of pink. I just asked Mr H about Christmas dinner.... "I don't know"... I am suggesting a Roasted Chicken and fixin's dinner.
I just started a tatted Star pattern and feel quite proud of myself as it is not a written (words) pattern only a diagram. It should be completed today. Mr H is going out shopping by himself so I will have a quiet time to figure the rest of the pattern. I can do it....
The sun is shining bright on this Winter Solstice day. Hope it is lovely wherever you are....glad you visited today....have a wonderful day.