Friday, 21 October 2011

Lainey;s latest Up's & Downs!

Well here I am at long last with another post. Life is rather crazy for me just now but I will tell you more about that later let;s start with all the good stuff. My dear friends have been spoiling me with more wonderful Birthday gifts and Exchanges.

My wonderful friend Maggie who is such a dear and listens to all my moans and groans sent this lovely package all wrapped up with the fabric and ribbon. The gorgeous chart came with the threads and I loved him so much I have him all stitched up already. I would like to say how much I enjoyed the chocolates but I made the mistake off leaving them open in the kitchen where DH sits at his computer. I went to take one and yes you;ve guessed they were gone.

Michelle also spoiled me with this darling Snowman ornament and pretty card. She is such a dear always sending me little surprises and treats in the mail.

Dear sweet Nia also spoiled me silly with all these gorgeous treats. The beautiful stitched card, fabulous fabric cupcakes and wonderful buttons, trimmings and threads. What wonderful Birthday treats I have had thank-you from my heart to each and everyone.

My Chicken mad friend Cath celebrates her Birthday two days after mine. I thought this little guy would be perfect for her, she loves it!

In recent months I have made a lovely new friend Teresa. I RAK'd her with this little pink pillow, sweet treats and other bits and bobs. I;m glad to say she was delighted with everything.

I set up this private Exchange with my friend Tanya many many months ago. I;m normally very good at sending out these Exchanges but with everything thats being going on around here for months now I just fell behind. Thank you Tanya for having such patience with me. I so enjoyed stitching this little birdie pillow. It was a freebie I came across online. Tanya make so many beautiful pieces I can;t wait to see what she does with the orange bird fabric. 

This is the amazing collection off goodies Tanya sent to me. I was just gob-smacked when I opened this package. Isn;t my Halloween pillow so cute and how darling is that sheep! I just love the American theme fabric and all the other fabulous pieces.

I was so excited when I discovered I won this Halloween Book on Ma Teakettles give-away. My friend Elaine who just loves Halloween had been telling me all about it and I had seen so many people talking about in blogs. It;s not often I come across a stitching book that I want to stitch all the charts in it. Karyn not also gave me the book but some lovely threads, fabric and those cute Halloween mallows that I;ve had to hide as everyone here wants them open. Thank you so much Karyn I just love my book and if it wasn;t for such kind and generous people like yourself us stitchers outside the States would never got our hands on so many lovely stitchy things.

I;ve been spending my Birthday pennies like mad and I was so pleased to discover that Karen at Millenia Designs was having a sale in her threads. These are Olde Willow hand-dyes I;ve never used them before but I couldn't resist when they were only 0.57p each.

I also treated myself too these two charts from Paula on Etsy.

My final shopping spree that I can share today was with Thread Bear. Some fabric, trims and off course two lovely Snowmen charts. No guesses to which one my needle will get to first.
Well if your still with me I have to tell you it's been many years since my postman has been as busy as this and I have received so much stash. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my dear friends I;m truly blessed to have you in my life and I just can;t tell you how much your kindness meant to me at this difficult time myself and my family are having. Sadly since we got more and more involved in my MIL;s care many many ugly things have come to light and the week-end of my Birthday we opened "pandoras box" to find many more serious problems that are reverberating through the whole family. I;m one of those women who was born with the worry gene and all this stress is now starting to affect my own health. Though I may not have the time I would like to post on my blog , comment on others, answer my emails please don;t stop emailing me and chatting to me online. The help and support of my dear stitchy friends may sometimes bring a tear to my eye but it also brings a smile and brightens my day. Big hugs to all!


Anonymous said...

What awesome gifts for you. How great is it we have such good friends in life.

Have fun with all your goodies.

I will keep you and your family in my prayers that things settle down some or you. (((Hugs)))

Nancy said...

Such wonderful gifts both given and received! Belated Happy Birthday to you!

Annie said...

What a super collection of goodies! You'll have to rent a separate storage facility for all of that!

Sorry you are going through such a tough time. Sending good thoughts your way. Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of time to play with your new toys!

Mouse said...

ohhh wow what a lovely lot of goodies you got for your birthday and exchanges and wins etc ... and oooooo those scrummy threads toooooo ... hope you get things sorted out quick and your stress levels come down .. stitching helps :) love mouse xxxx

Tricia said...

What wonderful stitchy "gives and gets"! How fun. So sorry to hear of the family problems. They can be hard. : (

Denise said...

Goodness your mailman must be tired! Lovely packages you received and those you sent are quiet awesome too! And stash stash stash! woohoo!

Sorry to hear of more troubles uncovered. ((hugs)) to you and yours!

Beth said...

Elaine - What a traesure trove you have! Goodness you can play with your new toys for days and days! Enjoy!

Lynn said...

Wow, your gifts are amazing! You have a wonderful group of friends who have gifted you with their generousity. Plus your new stash is fantastic! I love the Delivering Snow design, very cute!
I hope that your family issues can be resolved without too much more stress. Take care of yourself!

Lesleyanne said...

Sending hugs and hope your family problems settle down soon. Make sure you look after yourself too. Great new stash - wow.

cucki said...

wow..very lovely gifts for you..and lovely stash too..
i hope and pray that your family problems settle down soon..
sending you lots of love and hugs. xxx

Carol said...

I think you must be the mailman's best customer by now--what an amazing bunch of goodies have made there way to your house... Enjoy :)

I'm dealing with a Pandora's box situation of my own with family and it is just so stressful--let's hope both of our situations calms down and we can stop our worrying... Hugs to you...

butterfly said...

Lovely gifts and stash Elaine.

I have only been blogging for a few months and i find that fellow stitchers are such kind and beautiful people.

Hold on in there Elaine, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, i have had more than my share in the last 20 yrs . Now i can see the light. Just have faith .

Have a good weekend.

Lois said...

What a lot of lovely goodies have been popping through your letter box lately. Enjoy them all! Sorry to hear that things are still stressful, I know it's easier said than done, but try not let it affect your health. I will hope that things start improve soon for you all.

Edit said...

This post is full of treasures Elaine! What beautiful present you have received and sent! They are all lovely!

I hope the health issues will get solved soon and you will need to worry less.

A big hug, Edit

Catherine said...

Oh wow Lainey!!! What a great gaggle of goodies!! You are truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends!
Still sending hugs and prayers your way...

Vicky L said...

WoW! I love your new gifts. You have been spoiled, but you deserve it. You are a lovely lady. Sorry things are stressing you out about your MIL. I will send prayers to your way. Take care.

Mrs. Know Nothing said...

Happy belated birthday! You got lots of wonderful goodies for your birthday. Sorry that you are having family difficulties right now. Try not to stess about things. Everything will be as it is meant to be. Take care and try to enjoy your weekend.


staci said...

Wow Lainey, so many wonderful deserve them girlie!

Sorry about the family difficulties. We've had our share and I know how stressful it can all be. Hang in there. Sending you a big HUG!

Ali said...

What a lot of lovely goodies enjoy them all xxx (Hope things are improving at home - hmm I know what you mean about a worry gene - I think I got our familys quota ((hugs))

Annette said...

WAUW!!! I only see a lot of beautifull pictures... you got so spoiled.
You also sens out beautifull things..
Ow and what did you spoile yourself!!! beautifull... You need another lifetime to make that all..

I wish you many stength, take it easy and try to relax!!

Anne said...

Wow Lainey! What amazing gifts you received from such wonderful friends. I'm glad that it brightened your days and that the postman didn't break his arm. :D I think my favourite chart is the Delivering Snow chart!! Those snowmen in that carriage make me smile!

Sorry to hear about the opened pandora's box. That must be tough. Family problems can be so difficult and sensitive to handle. I hope that you stay strong and that things get worked out.



Pumpkin said...

Holy cow! Your postman must have been one busy person ;o) LOL! What lovely gifts you received but you sent out some as well.

I'm sorry to hear that things are difficult. Just remember to take time out to self care. You're no good to anyone if you're sick. ((((HUGS))))

Sally said...

Wow you have received some fantastic, well deserved gifts Lainey. Also you sent some lovely ones too.

I hope things get better for you all soon. It's no fun at all and difficult to keep your head above water. Just know that all your stitchy friends are thinking of you {{{{hugs}}}}

Fiona said...

Your gifts both sent and received look fantastic. The generosity of fellow stitchers always amazes me.

Siobhan said...

Wow!! What a load of fantastic packages! I'm so glad. I hope things get better for you soon. xoxoxo

♥ Nia said...

Oh I'm so late here!! Sorry sweetie, I'm behind on my blog reading and also on my emails.. trying to catch up on blogs today and reply to emails tomorrow ;) I've read your emails, I will reply soon, promise! :)

Awesome gifts!! Lucky you :D It's so good to be a birthday-girl ;) heheheh
I'm happy to know that my box of treats made you smile =) ♥

A big BOOOOOOOOOO to you!! :D Happy Halloween!!!

Brigitte said...

OH, you've received such a lovely amount of birthday goodies that you can roll in them, lol. And I think you spent your birthday money veeeeery wisely. Enjoy everything and: Happy belated birthday wishes!
I hope all your family issues will get sorted out quickly so that you can get some peace again.

Rachel S said...

Lovely birthday goodies! Enjoy them.

I am drooling over all your floss! Great buy!

Justflo said...

Wowee you really have got some good stitchy friends. Fantastic threads you bought there,

Looking forward to seeing some of them sewn up.

Happy stitching. Hugs