Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Treasured Friendship

I have been truly blessed with some very cherished friends.  One of those friends is Carol S. who I have known, through blogging, for many years.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting Carol at Celebration of Needlework in NH where we have taken classes together and spent time chatting over lunch/dinner.  She has become one of my treasured friends.

Earlier this month I was dealing with a dreadful cold.  I had not been to the post office in days and knew that my box would be filled.  What I did not expect to see when I arrived was a large box from Carol. I could not imagine what was inside and wondered what kind of tree ornament did she stitch that required such a large box! When I arrived home I opened the box and found this…

2015 Crochet Lap Blanket from Carol S.

Here is a close up showing the many beautiful stitches and gorgeous colors…

I was completely shocked, and still am, when I pulled this handcrafted crochet lap blanket out, which she made for my upcoming birthday! Like so many crafters I know the time and effort involved in creating such a beautiful gift and am truly grateful to Carol, not only for this amazing birthday surprise but for her friendship. Thank you, my dear friend. You are a blessing in my life.

It is December Gifted Gorgeousness time so I will share with you my progress on Black Horse Inn…

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL ~ December 2105

I spent much of my free time stitching Christmas ornaments but did manage to pull this out  and put a few stitches in it.

This year I will be spending Christmas with my DH touring around California.  The last time we were in CA my DSs were in elementary school.  The oldest is now married and will be spending the holiday with his in-laws and my youngest will be spending the holiday with his GFs family in Georgia.  This will be the 1st Christmas without my sons ~ I am not liking that too much.  

Here is a picture of a gift that I sent to a friend…


2015 Christmas Gift for Leslie L.

Here is a closer look at the cross stitch…
Designer: Jeannett Douglas Designs
Design: Christmas Tree
From: 2007 JCS Ornament Issue 

These Annalee dolls are great for displaying cross stitch smalls!

I also sent my friend a stitched ornament. She is a true animal lover and is thinking of getting some sheep so when I saw this design I knew immediately who I would stitch it for…
2015 Christmas Ornament for Leslie L.
Designer: Mosey N Me
Design: Ewe-le Tide Greetings
From: 2013 JCS Ornament Issue


Wishing all of you a very happy holiday!

Until next time…

11 comments:

Carol said...

You are so welcome, it was a pleasure to crochet for you....yes, I will teach you, dear friend. Your ornament was posted on Saturday, BTW ;-)

Marilyn said...

What a pretty surprise!
Black Horse Inn is looking good.
Have fun in CA, and Merry Christmas!
Marilyn

Mini said...

Hi Marie, hopping on from Jo's GG SAL .I have visited your blog many times for this SAL but not sure I ever commented.
So kind of your friend to send you such a cosy beautiful blanket.
Lovely ornament and doll.

Jayne said...

I love the blanket it iis beautiful, I can only manage granny squares when I crochet.

Brigitte said...

What a great gift from your friend Carol. And you are so right - when your are a needle crafter yourself you appreciate this treasures even more.
Nice progress on your GG piece. And a very ornaments that you made for your friends.
Have a wonderful Christmas while travelling with your husband.

Vickie said...

Wow. THAT is a gift made with love!
I like the gifts you made.
I am sorry you will be without your sons this Christmas.

Elfie said...

I enjoyed your blog, and your creative and lovely projects. Happy Christmas!

Elisabetta Borgomainerio said...

Friendship is really a gift!!! Wonderful Sal and I love so much your sheep!!!

Maggee said...

What a beautiful blanket!! Such a blessing from a dear friend! Your GG project is coming along nicely. And your ornaments are going to be wonderfully appreciated! Have a Merry, Blessed Christmas!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this year. The Black Horse Inn is looking good and I love your Christmas stitching too.
What a kind friend you have to crochet such a gorgeous blanket too.

Vickie said...

What a beautiful blanket!!!! I love your stitching!