Friday, February 3, 2012

A Finish (sort of) & An Exchange Gift

My camera seems to be working semi-well this morning although it wants to make the color of the linen in my first photo appear white instead of the antique copper lookalike linen (kind of tea dyed looking) it is in real life.  Sigh ... you never know how a picture is going to turn out when I get a camera in my hands   : )   Anyway, this first photo shows my finished stitching of Homespun Elegance's Santa Sampler design which I chose to do for my first Christmas All Year Round ornament.  I still need to attach a little stocking charm between Santa's hands & then make him into an ornament but that is going to have to wait a while.  We all know how I dread finishing a stitched piece   : )

And this next photo is the exchange piece I received in the Winter Seasonal Exchange!  It is from Conny in The Netherlands & I absolutely love it!  She couldn't have picked a better design to stitch for me & her stitching & finishing work is beautifully done!  I will treasure this always   : )
I am kind of laying low today as it is John's birthday ... a very special one as he turns 60 today!  He was 15 when I met him.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  It's hard to believe that so many years have passed by!  I am so thankful to have him in my life!  He just wants me to watch a couple movies with him today & make taco salad for his birthday dinner ... something I haven't made for quite some time ... so that's the plan   : )         


cucki said...

Happy birthday to Joan ..please tell him cucki is saying a very happy birthday.. From rainy Africa.
Lovely stitching ..I love Santa so much..
Lovely exchange gift,,
Keep well and have a lovely weekend xxx

marly said...

Happy birthday to your husband! Nice exchange piece and a sweet Santa stitch. Enjoy the movies and your evening!

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching on both parts. I hope John is having a nice Birthday - what a lovely way to spend it xx

TheCrankyCrow said...

Happy, happy, birthday John!!! (Hey - weren't you supposed to be in New York or something??? Wow - did that time fly by.....) Love your finish....I'm gonna rename your blog "The Stitchin' Fool" - put me to shame! Sweet exchange too - yup, I'd say she has you figured out and then some! (Save some taco salad for me.....) ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Carol said...

Your alphabet Santa finish is darling, Shirlee--I'm sure you'll do fine with the finishing!!

And I hope your husband has a delightful birthday--that is so special that you've known him all these years... And taco salad--yum! Now that is my kind of birthday dinner, too :) Have a nice celebration...

~*Shar*~ said...

Hope your sweetie has a wonderful birthday; I love "low key" evenings with the man you love...:) Congrats on the finish hun; I love him...

Hugs, Shar

Kaisievic said...

Congratulations to John - I am sure that 60 will be a great year for him.

Love your alphabet santa and your exchange gift is lovely, too.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Nicola said...

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear John
Happy Birthday to You.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with you,
And happiness too.

Myra said...

Oh that little santa is just darling! Happy belated birthday to John.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Happy Birthday to John!
Love the stitchery you finished.

Sally said...

Your Santa finish is really sweet Shirlee.

Love your ornament from Conny. It's is gorgeous.

Happy Birthday to John! Have a wonderful weekend both of you:)

Beckyjean said...

Happy Belated Birthday to John!! Hope it was a good one!!