Sunday, October 21, 2012

Birthday Blessings and another crazy finish

Hi there!

What a busy week I've had!!  It was my birthday this past week and I had the time of my life!!  My guys continue to spoil me as well as my family and friends, and I am so grateful to all of them for making my day so special.

First, though...a finish!!  This is another one of my crazies, "Find the Cure" from The Sweetheart Tree.  It is stitched on 32 count linen over two using the recommended thread and pearle cotton they suggested.  The pailettes and ribbon charm came inside the pattern, but I think you can purchase the embellishment kit from The Sweetheart tree separately.  The beads were from Mill Hill.  My hardanger portion of the piece isn't too well done, but from a galloping horse at 100 yards, I don't think anyone will notice.  I'm anxious to get this one framed.  I also have to say here, that it is still Breast Cancer Awareness month, so please do whatever it is you do to get checked for cancer.  There were young ladies in my support group, one in her 20's, a couple in their 30's.  If it is too soon for a mammogram, please do your monthly exams.  If not for yourself, think of those who love you and please be mindful that breast cancer has no age limits!!  At 49 I was considered too young to have breast cancer, but an annual mammogram saved my life.  Ok, off the soap box for now...LOL.

My birthday was made special in so many ways, but Astrid met up with me that morning and took me to lunch where she surprised me with a few gifts.  A necklace, a bracelet that she had made, and a little angel ornament all inside this lovely little bag.  The we hit Michaels looking for some sales or goodies we just HAD to have.  It was so much fun!

Then I ran home, changed  my clothes and my guys took me to dinner at Sotto Sopra, a very nice restaurant in Baltimore.  The service was excellent and the meal superb!  Next stop was the Hippodrome Theater where we saw an off-Broadway production of Wicked!  I LOVED it!!  I had heard so much about this play that I bought the book, but had a difficult time getting started (I was having chemo at the time and my brain wouldn't focus) but now I will have to go back and sink my teeth into it.  In case you aren't familiar with the story, it is the story about the witches BEFORE the Wizard of Oz story takes place...and certainly has an interesting twist.  They also had a few gifts for me shown here, and some gift certificates from my LNS.

My sister also sent me a few things.  While visiting her this summer I watched her chop some items with this Baker's blade.  She made what she was doing look so easy I commented that that would be a handy dandy item for my kitchen.  How thoughtful was that?  She also sent along some earrings and a necklace.  These are my birthstones.  Pretty huh?

Now, if you've made it this far...let's see if you have been paying attention.  I was putting some charts I had recently bought away when I discovered I had a duplicate. anyone interested in trying their hand at a Drawn Thread design called Box of Stitches?  If so...please make a note in the comments that you would like this chart, and I will have the drawing on Oct. 31st along with the other two little charts mentioned in the last post.  If you don't leave your e-mail address I may not be able to reach you, so make sure it's either in your comment here, or on your blog where I can find it.  I'll see you back on the 31st!  Good luck!


Nicola said...

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear DJ
Happy Birthday to You.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Your sweetheart tree looks very pretty - ive also always wanted to try my hand at hardanger - this is probably the prettiest hardanger kit ive seen - the box of stitches looks interesting - please pop my name in the hat for this one also - Amanda

Terri said...

I WANT IT! LOL! I would LOVE to be entered to win this chart! It's gorgeous!

Oh, and Happy Birthday! :-)

Shaunterria Owens said...

Find the Cure looks great! I think you did an admirable job on it, and it will look beautiful framed.

I would like to put my name in for the charts :) They will find a good home here, to be sure. Happy belated birthday, and congrats on all the wonderful stash!


Mouse said...

lovely hardanger finish :) soooo jealous you got to see Wicked
and glad you had a fab time :)
gorgeous wee gifties you got as well and hope mine turns up toot suite :)
love the chart as well don't think I have got it heheheh
love mouse xxxx

Astrid's dragon said...

So glad you had a great birthday and I'm very happy that I got so spend some of it with you!

Until next time... hugs!

Gillie said...

Happy Bithday, dear!

Would love to be in the chart drawing!

Denise SA said...

Happy birthday welcome back .
I am very envious of you retreats they sound wonderful.
I would love the chart so please enter me in your draw.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, dear one! You have been a lucky girl! What fun you have had, and look at all that stash!

Would love to be in on the drawing for that chart! I have been looking at some Drawn Thread charts.

Good to see you back again. :)

Melissa J.

socialsue said...

Welcome back, DJ. I would love to give drawn thread another try. Please enter my name in the drawing. I am still learning about Hardanger. I hope your arm gets better soon! I love reading your blog and seeing all of the stitching projects you have been doing. socialsue

Beauty Bonnet said...

happy birthday! i think this is the first time i've commented and as usual i'm doing it in reverse order.. my first comment (on your latest post) is to say, thank goodness you all made it safely through!
and yes, i would like to try for your giveaway!