So sorry to have been absent from blogland for the past few weeks. The short holiday prep season has kept us busy.
I was so touched a week or so ago to receive a surprise in the mail from Annette at California Stitcher. If you don't know Annette, she is such a sweetie and very creative.
When I opened up the package I was seriously tickled to see the tag "Joy" that she made. Last month, she posted about her and her sister making these. I fell in love with them. This one is currently residing on my tree and I'll think of Annette every time I see it.
Inside were a bunch of goodies to include a handmade card - again seriously gorgeous!
And a beautiful needlebook that I'm currently using.
I love the little special bits inside!
The patchwork back is simply darling!
Thank you Annette! I really appreciate and value our friendship!
Here is a rather washed out picture of the placemats I sent my brother. The colors are much more saturated. His home is full of earth tones so they'll work for them. I've already heard from him (I just tied a ribbon around them) and he mentioned that they must have taken a lot of thread. That tells me that he really did look at them and think about them being made for him. I quilted straight lines 1/2" apart so they would hold up well to frequent washing.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday! As 2013 closes, I want to let you all know how much your visits, your comments, your creativity and your friendship means to me. I am inspired by you daily. I never expected to form friendships when I began this little venture. It's been an unexpected and very appreciated gift. Looking forward to 2014!