Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oh Happy Day!!!

And that it was…Yesterday I opened my mailbox and found two packages tucked inside. The first is a beautiful gift from my very dear friend Vonna. Before I share a picture there is a bit of a story behind this:

While trying, like so many others, to sell our home during such a depressed housing market I had mentioned to Vonna our difficult struggle. She shared with me information on St. Joseph, the patron saint of home and family, and told me that some people who are in need of a faithful helper purchase St. Joseph statues. I was surprised at what I read online and it convinced me to purchase a small statue, not long after this we sold our house. Since he is a patron saint of homes and family, it was nice to have the St. Joseph statue in my house but recently I handed him over to an individual that I knew could truly use him. I shared this with Vonna but was quick to tell her that I would most certainly be purchasing a new one. To my surprise, Vonna sent me this beautiful St. Joseph statue along with a prayer card:

St. Joseph
Patron Saint of Home and Family

I am so happy to have this in my new home, even happier that it was given to me by such a wonderful friend! I shall treasure it for so many reasons, thank you dear Vonna!

My first exchange while in my new house came from Gabi, and what an amazing exchange piece it is. I participated in a Winter Quaker Exchange with the HOE group and this is what I received, feast your eyes on this gorgeous scissor pocket:

HOE: Winter Quaker
Scissor Pocket
Beautifully stitched by: Gabi

Fabric: Belfast Linen ~ Country Cream
Threads: Threadwork ~ Blue Navy

Are you drooling? :D I am speechless; this is beautifully stitched and finished! It just astounds me and I am so very grateful to Gabi for all the time she spent creating this. The pattern is by Barbara Bernard who designed it to honor the 10th anniversary of the Loudoun Sampler Guild; Gabi did however make a few minor changes. She also treated me to some very nice extras: A wonderful pair of stork scissor, a bag of decorative buttons, and some great braided trim. Thank you again Gabi for such a wonderful exchange!

HOE: Winter Quaker
Received from Gabi

Yes, I am still unpacking boxes. Some days I spend hours unpacking and arranging and then the next few days I will not even look at a box. Thankfully, all unpacked boxes are now upstairs so it is easy to avoid them. I will leave you with an updated picture of my sewing room. I wish that I could say that it was all done, but it is not. I decided that I must concentrate on putting away everything that was in there before I would haul in another box…yes, there are more boxes!

Thank you for all of your well wishes and for taking the time to stop by ~ Come back again soon!

Until next time...


Jill said...

That scissor pocket is gorgeous! Great exchange.

Daffycat said...

OMG Marie, your new sewing room looks incredible! Won't you enjoy that! When all those pesky boxes are unpacked, that is.

Love the scissor pocket, you lucky girl!

bethellen said...

MArie-so glad to see you are moved. I noticed your stitching bags from bridgitte and the feeding the birds design is one of mine (Fanci That) from about 6 years ago. How funky that my first fair and square partner ends up receivng a design of Fanci That I hadn't thought about for quite awhile...
I LOVE Texas.
Beth H.

lena-lou said...

I never knew the St Joseph story , or if I did I had forgotten ! Your little statue from Vonna is adorable, I hope he brings you all the best to your home and family :)
Love the exchange
Have a nice rest of the week doing your unpacking :)

Paula C. said...

Love the exchange piece! Gabi does such beautiful work, doesn't she!

Gabi said...

I'm so glad you like the little scissor pocket. It was my first Quaker and I enjoyed every second stitching it for you. Ohh, and I love that sewing room of yours. That's what I call a craft room. Good luck with all these boxes.

Jen said...

The scissor pocket is very pretty. I love the floss Gabi used. Your room looks very nice and sunny.

Julianne said...

Hi Marie,

The scissor pocket that Gabi made for you is a true treasure. I hope that you enjoy using it.

Becky K in OK said...

Oh, yes. That is one gorgeous scissor pocket. I am just a teeny bit envious. Enjoy it.

Cathy B said...


So glad to see you are starting to get settled in your new home. The boxes will one day be all unpacked!

Beautiful exchange from Gabi! Wow! She is quite a talented stitcher and finisher!

How thoughtful of Vonna to send this St. Joseph statue to you.

Kathy said...

The scissor case is stunning. Gabi does some amazingly beautiful work. I love your sewing/craft room.

Michele said...

omgosh I'm drooling over your exchange .. that is one lovely scissor keeper!

what a sweet gift from Vonna :)

and wow, that is a huge sewing room!

Brigitte said...

Wow, this scissor pocket looks great. What a wonderful exchnage.
I love the look of your sewing room.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I knew someone who buried St. Joseph in her yard to sell her house! Go figure!

Your sewing room is gorgeous!

What a stunnign excahnge to receive.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, dear Marie. It's so good to see you nearly settled and finding some wonderful things in your mailbox. I, too, love your beautifully lighted and organized sewing room! It's awesome. And, that gift of the little scissors keeper is so beautiful!! It's just unbelievable... Wasn't Vonna great to share the story and an actual St. Joseph with you? I have asked for his help and used him on at least 3 houses of my own. I always feel he cares and comes through for us.
We'll talk soon...Love, Deb