God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I'm A Winner!!!

I just found out that I am the second place winner in a contest sponsored by Grit on her blog, Grit's Life!!!  Grit is one of those blessed individuals who I think can do any craft & do it beautifully.  She also does everything very quickly!  Could she be keeping those little elves & fairies that I always hope will visit me too busy to make the trip?  Maybe   : )  Anyway, she had a contest on her blog to win some of her bobbin lace hearts.  The first place winner would receive 3, second place 2, & third place 1.  As I said, I was second place & here are the 2 hearts I won!

The contest required entrants to guess the number of pins it took to make that heart on the left.  Since I have made bobbin lace before I had a bit of an advantage & guessed 300 pins.  I wasn't far off ... it actually took 291 pins   : )   

If you want to drool over beautiful things ... & lots of them ... you may want to pay a visit to Grit's blog.  She does beautiful quilting & cross stitch.  Absolutely gorgeous!  For all you dog lovers, Grit has 2 of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen.  They are White Swiss Shepherds.  

As I mentioned above, bobbin lace is something I used to do.  You can see some of my work (click here) ... & 2 photos of me in action, a rarity as you all know (click here). I did all this bobbin lace work when we lived in North Dakota.  True to form, I sold everything a few years later during one of my "I can't do everything" phases & then a couple years after that scampered like crazy to replenish it all.  Some things were OOAK & therefore lost to me forever but I was able to still purchase from suppliers maybe 90% of what I had sold.  I haven't done bobbin lace for many years now & sometimes I think I should sell everything again.  However, I can't bring myself to do it. It's a truly wonderful craft with a very interesting history which feeds my history buff soul   : )   I've been selling a book on Amazon every now & then as I've decided that there is only a certain type of lace I really want to do.  Yes, there are many different types of lace associated with various countries.  I admire them all but English & Russian tape laces have always been my favorites   : )

Today is starting out great for me with a win!  I hope this day will be a winner for all of you   : )  


Danice said...

Very nice gifts! Congrats to you, Shirlee :)

Nicola said...

Oh Shirlee I have always wanted to learn how to do bobbin lace.

I have bought several books but av yet to get some bobbins.

Xeihua (Sara) said...

They are gorgeous :D Congratulations on your win :D

Chris said...

Congratulations on the win! They are beautiful.

Vickie said...

Beautiful! Love your photos. And your work.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Woo hoo!! Congrats! Lucky you....

And, really - that is you with the long hair??? And that angelic smile?? What a sweet, pretty, thing you are! Holy cats....I actually saw a picture of Shirlee!!! ;o)

Truly a day to remember! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

The Merry Stitcher said...

Congratulations Shirlee! What pretty hearts. :)

♥ Nia said...

congrats on your win! :D

cucki said...

very nice gift..congratulations dear xxx

Joysze said...

Congrats on your win. They're beautiful!!

I'm so sorry to read about your dental and health problems. I hope that you'll get some answers and some good physicians.