Friday, February 24, 2012

Overwhelmed..



I have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of bloggers this past week. Not only did I get a cosy cowl from Heidi and a beautiful red exchange from Cathy but this week, Louise sent me one of her walnut shell stuffed hearts and some chocolate!!! Isn't it beautiful??? The chocs have long gone I am afraid! 



Also this week, Lynda returned the "Dandy Dreams" chart I loaned her and added a couple of charts for me from my wishlist!! Now, the thing is, this was just a loan as I have other people that wish to borrow the chart from me and in no way did I expect anything in return but Lynda had already given me two LHN ornament charts so these two beauties were a real surprise! Thank you so much Lynda. I am quite overwhelmed at your generosity! 



Melissa also emailed me to let me know she had received my redwork exchange. I showed you a little snippet of it a couple of posts down. Pleased to say that she liked what I made her. Phew! It is always a relief when an exchange arrives safely at its destination. Here is what I made her. 






AMAP alphabet
28 count over 1
Threadworx Wine Castle thread. 

I have been trying to cheer myself up a wee bit with some colourful blooms as hubby has left for a long work trip. Just as we are starting to get back to normal, he has to go back to work which means going away again. So I bought the lovely tulips at the top of this post and also these two tubs of hyacinths. I love hyacinths and adore their smell once they start to bloom. Looking forward to these bursting forth!



Thanks for coming to visit me. The Dandy Dreams chart (click on link to see my finish) will be being posted off to Tina (no blog) but if you would like to stitch it after her then let me know and I will start up a sisterhood or something. 

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35 comments:

Jackie said...

I love the tulips at the top of your post. I think they're probably my favorite flower. I really love your redwork project. Just gorgeous!

Vickie said...

Aren't you having the blessed week?! Beautiful redwork. :)

JillMN said...

Your red exchange piece is beautiful! Glad things are going good for you again. I would be interested in stitching Dandy Dreams someday. Have a great day!

♥ Nia said...

Beautiful tulips and such a lovely heart =) Oh! stitchers are the best!! :D
Such a pretty pillow!! Beautiful work :)

We both have hyacinthus :D heheheh
IT's true, their smell is wonderful :) and the flower is so pretty =)
Thanks for the tip about the string ;) I had no idea, next time I will know better! Thanky you :)
Now I have daffodils starting to blossom :D

Have a great weekend sweetie!
Hugs&smiles

Shirlee said...

What beautiful gifts & what a beautiful redwork project! I also like seeing the tulips although I'd much rather see snow : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Chris said...

What wonderful mail surprises Hazel!
I love the redwork piece that you stitched for the exchange.
Lovely flowers.

Giovanna said...

What a lovely monogram, it's one of my favourite alphabets. Love the tulips!

Alix said...

Your redwork cushion is beautiful - just lovely! I've always loved cross-stitch, but after many years of doing very little, I have been well and truly bitten by the bug again. I'm on my third project in as many weeks!
x

Margaret said...

Wow, the redwork pillow you sent off is gorgeous! So elegant and detailed! So nice with the gifts too! Lovely tulips. Sorry about your DH having to go off for work again. Enjoy those flowers!

Becky K in OK said...

Your redwork stitch for Melissa is gorgeous. I love fresh flowers, but alas, I don't really have the knack for growing anything...except dust! Take care of yourself.

Sally said...

Your received some beautiful gifts Hazel. Love your tulips. They are so pretty.

my4lilgirls said...

You sooooooo deserve to be pampered dear Hazel, love your beautiful tulips & do enjoy those delicious hyacinths, the best smell ever :D
Have a sweet weekend
Lots of love Karen x

Loraine said...

Your exchange piece is beautiful! Looks like some wonderful things were in your mailbox too!
Have a great weekend.

Melissa said...

Hazel, thank you again for your beautiful red exchange piece, very exquisite with the over one. I love "initials" pieces!

Glad you received lovely goodies too this week!

Rachael G said...

I do love the Red exchange piece!
Lovely gifts!!

Christine said...

Another great post week! I love the redwork exchange piece you made

valerie said...

Those are lovely tulips! I love the orangey color. Wonderful gifts from friends. I am in love with your redwork initial! Was that from a chart? I've never seen it before. Happy weekend and hang in there while your DH is away. *hugs*

cucki said...

wow your red exchange piece is very beautiful,,i love it so much..very lovely gifts too..
tulips are my fav flowers too..
sending you big hugs deary xx

Sue said...

Tulips are fab, there's definitely a red theme in your day....

Lesleyanne said...

You have received some beautiful gifts. Love your tulips.

Always smiling said...

Hi Hazel,

How lovely that friends are so good, love the heart pillow what a super gift.
Beautiful red work for your exchange, it looks like you're back to stitching in a big way.
Hope that with DH away you can keep in close touch and also recharge your batteries.
Hyacinths have the most beautiful scent and love those tulips too.
Flowers can give a lift like no other things, well perhaps chocolates are good too!
Every Blessing
Chris xx
If you do decide to start a Stitching Sisterhood for the Dandy Dreams, could you add my name to the list please?

Catherine said...

Beautiful tulips! Great goodies and wow, the piece you sent off is stunning!

Shari said...

gorgeous flowers...please show us the hyacinths when they bloom......LOVE them!!!
so sorry your hubby has had to go away for work again...

Louise said...

Hazel...the tulips are beautiful at the top of your post! I also love the smell of hyacinths..one of my favorites, next to lilacs that is! I am so glad you are being showered with goodies in the mail from others. You deserve many smiles. :)
I wish you a blessed weekend my sweet friend!
Louise xx

ps..I too liked that Dandelion chart so much I had to purchase it! But..I know I might not have time to stitch it till our big move..and when we get settled in our new home.

Heidi said...

It is nice to feel spoiled sometimes. I love all the Dutch bulb flowers and they are starting to pop up here now. Our roundabout is full of yellow crocus and soon the daffodils will start coming up too. It is a wonderful time of year to be in Holland. The hyacinths will have you thinking spring in no time.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Julie said...

The redwork is fabulous, such a beautiful finish.
It's always nice to have something lovely in the post instead of the brown envelopes!
Have a lovely weekend xxx

Kate said...

Gorgeous rework piece. The generosity is a welcome change from some of the awful things that go on on this world.

Carol said...

You certainly received some special gifts--stitchers are such lovely people, aren't they?

Veronica said...

Gorgeous tulips! They're my favourite flowers after roses. Your redwork project is amazing! Dandy Dreams have been on my wishlist for some time now, ever since I first saw it so I'd love to be able to loan the chart from you someday.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Andrea said...

A wonderful redwork exchange piece. Just beautiful.

Carol said...

Lovely tulips, my two bunches from the market have finished but I think £2 for 11 days of beauty was money well spent! I have some blue hyacinths in flower at the moment, delicious smell.
Beautiful gifts and I love the redwork project.
THANK YOU for looking for the error on my work, no, it wasn't the beak I was referring to but I had missed it and not realised! I've now put it right.
Carol xx

Maggie O said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely tulips...can't wait for spring and new beginnings. Freezing rain today and power outages....classes cancelled, yipee. Nice to see your lovely gifts so well deserved (you work so hard). Take charge of that remote now that hubby is away...and enjoy. Best of wishes and vibes coming your way.

Shelleen said...

Beautiful tulips. Love the redwork.

Siobhán said...

Beautiful stitching and gifts! I love the exchange piece. Beautiful flowers--I love hyacinths, too.

milly said...

Hello

Your tulips are beautiful.

Love your redwork!