Dec 19, 2012

A gift for you and for me

Greetings to everyone.  I wanted to show you two very special and unexpected gifts that I recently received from blogger buds.  First up is this wonderful ornament with fabulous linen and backing fabric from the generous Shirlee, aka The Easily Influenced Stitcher.  This is my second ornament from her big heart! 
Thank you so much my friend, he is perched on my kitchen wreath where I see him throughout the day. 

Second is this beautifully made mug from Chris of Tot Hill Farm Stitches.  It's from New Salem Pottery and has such beautiful colors.  Thank you so much Chris!  How blessed I am to be the recipient of other stitchers' thoughtfulness. 

And now for your gift - Nicole May was the winner of the gift certificate.  A few emails were duplicates which is why the total entries were 158.  WOW!  Thanks to everyone who entered.  I started putting names into the scrambler earlier today and added any others that came in, so they were ready to be randomized at 8.

I will email you Nicole for your preference of shop.  Hope you find some goodies for yourself!

  To answer a few emails about mylar...  it should be easily found in the craft stores or fabric stores where they hang the wall stencils.  It's inexpensive and comes in several sizes.  I also found it packaged from many online shops, one is   It's also called acetate sheets, stencil blanks, or vinyl sheets. The flexible cutting mats that aren't too thick can be used too.  I've seen them at Wal-Mart and most stores that carry kitchen gadgets. 
And the fringe.  Yep.  Susan was right!  I watched a video on Turkey work and it sure appears to be the ticket.  My pillow is done on both front and back so I don't know how that would work out but I will give it a try.  Since I've been playing with it, I love the look.  If you'd like to see it done, here is the link to the video, just scroll down and click to start. 
I've been going through a hoard of samplers to choose a new start and as usual, can't make a decision.  A ratty looking primitive is my choice while I decide and I will show it next time, along with an old gadget that I rediscovered (well....found after several years) that is invaluable for finishing.
That's all I have!
Hope everyone is well.  Be back in a few days.  Or sooner.  Depends.  Moods 'ya know.
Stay safe!


Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
Congrats to the winner! Lucky gal.
Love your gifts, especially the little ornie. What a sweet chart!
Hugs, dear friend,

Margaret said...

Lovely gifts! Congrats to the winner too!

Judy said...

Congrats to your winner. Your gifts are sweet. What a special, touching chart you made for such a tragedy! Thanks for sharing the link for the Turkey work..will look forward to your finish using it.

Judy heartland stitcher

TheCrankyCrow said...

What sweet and lovely gifts the both!! But, oh...that Shirlee....she holds out on us....telling us her finishes are Frankensteinish - and then comes up with the likes of this. Congrats to Nicole!!! Know she will enjoy.... You've got me puzzling over that gadget....please tell me it's one that just presto, magic, finishes things for you. Will be waiting with bated breath.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Laurie in Iowa said...

Lovely gifts and congrats to the winner.

Nicole May said...

Thank you so much Marly! I did not expect this at all so still a bit in shock I guess lol. This means alot to me since this year has been a tough one. I wish you and your family a very wonderful and Merry Christmas :) ~ Nicole

Mouse said...

congratulations to Nicole :) and gorgeous wee gifts you got too ... hope you have a wonderful christmas and a happy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

cucki said...

Congrats to the winner
Very pretty gifts x

Chris said...

What a lovely ornament from Shirlee! I am so glad that you like the mug.
Congratulations to Nicole!

Carol said...

Sweet Shirlee sent me an ornament, too, Marly--she must have been up all night stitching away. Her gift to you is so pretty and what a nice mug from Chris!

Congratulations to Nicole--I'm sure she is thrilled with your generous gift :)

Karen said...

What an adorable stitchery from Shirlee...she does wonderful work and has a big heart.
Congratulation are a lucky winner.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, what a wonderful stitchery from Shirlee, so sweet.....Congrats to the winner, Merry Christmas, Francine.

Vickie said...

Those are great gifts. I have done turkey work, it is fun.

Jenny said...

Congratulations to Nicole...great gifts for you Marly...I especially love the Santa ornament from Shirlee...too cute.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Looks like Christmas has come early for you Marly ... How sweet is that with all your lovely thoughtful friends thinking of you ... You are "Special".
Lucky Nicole .. Congratulations to you.

Just want to wish ALL a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year with Peace & Love,

Myra said...

I knew you would figure it out Marly. Now we just have to give it a try. :o) It does make for a lovely trim.

Looks like you got some wonderful gifts. Merry Christmas!

Catherine said...

Beautiful gifts! Congrats to your winner.

faysal ahmed said...

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Patty C. said...

Wonderful Gifts
Merry Christmas !!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

fabulous gifts! Congrats to winner. I think I fixed my problem with being a no comment.... we shall see!

Evelyne said...

Lovely gifts! Congrats to the winner too!
Merry Christmas for you, Evelyne

Siobhán said...

What fantastic gifts! Congratulations to the winner.

Suzanne said...

Lovely gifts you received. Shirlee did a great job of the primitive style ornament.

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