Thursday, 29 April 2010

Gifts Galore


Just look at this beautiful pin cushion that was sent to me.  This is what I received from the Pin Cushion Swap Kate organised.  My surprise swap partner turned out to be Kawthar who has a delightful blog you really must visit sometime.

Look at the postage writing.  It looks Arabic or similar.  I'm pretty sure it's come all the way from Saudi Arabia.  Golly, no wonder it took so long to reach me!

The edges of the pin cushion are hand croched ricrac and the button is covered in gingham and then a crochet flower.  It's just the sweetest button in the world, I'm quite sure it is.  I was absolutely thrilled when I opened it.  Who wouldn't be?

But that wasn't all!  No, she very generously croched a gift for each of our four girls as well.  Can you imagine how long she must have spent on this little heart?  It's actually two hearts that are stitched together with an opening at the top.  Daughter No.1 is getting this lovely surprise when she arrives home from school.  She'll be over the moon.

And some very fancy stitching here.  No.4 has agreed to have the large flower stitched onto a top for the winter.  I think it will look fabulous.  The star and the beads may end up as a book mark for No.2.  She's a pink girl so will love it.  And the cutest little purse has been claimed by No.3.  Her favourite colours are pink and yellow.  Kawthar thank you very much for all the wonderful presents, we all really appreciate how many hours they must have taken you to make.

It seems it's a week for parcels in our box.  Yes I won two prizes a while ago!  This one is from Patch, a newly opened online shop.  Thank you very much Claire, I just love all the pretty ric racs, especially the soft velvet ones.  I didn't know I was going to receive quite so many bundles!  Oh the things I'll be able to decorate with them.

The second prize was for naming Clare's sewing machine!  Mabel it is.  Not sure where I pulled that one from, but I'm delighted to now have one of her wonderful patterns.  I think a sewing machine apron sounds like a very good idea.  She also very kindly sent me some big white ric rac.  There's a bit of a theme going on here isn't there?  The three parcels all have ric rac in them.  I wonder if they all know just how much I love the stuff?  Anyway thank you very much Clare, it was a very wonderful prize to receive.

Now I'll finish up with a present I've had for quite some time now.  I feel very bad for not showing you earlier but I just kept forgetting to photograph these lovely items.  Dear Lorraine gave these to  me when she was visiting from the UK several weeks ago.  She knew how much I wanted a pair of pinking shears and found some pre-loved ones at a fair.  How kind of her.  The work perfectly too.

And just look at this pretty pincushion and needle book she made for me.  The fabric is so beautiful and it's extremely well made.  What a clever and very generous lady you are Lorraine.  With everything you had to do before you left home you still managed to make gifts for me, thank you very much.  It's was so lovely to meet you and Jus as well. 

Now my darlings, I must now go out into the sunshine and pull weeds and plant new vegetables and flowers.  It's one of those absolutely beautiful Autumn days where you are drawn to the garden.  I'll be sure to take photos.  Until then, happy stitching! 

18 comments:

Christina said...

Love the pincushion! How perfect for you! I just love getting packages in the post. :)

handmadehappiness said...

mail to make you smile huh :) happy thursday!!! xx

Steph said...

What beautiful gifts! So wonderful to be a part of this gorgeous blogging community. Hope you had a lovely potter in your garden :)

Serenata said...

Ah, but wait till you see what arrives in the post in a week or so!

Maria said...

Lovely, lovely gifts, lucky you :)

Fruitful Fusion said...

Oh oh oh! I'm SO excited (and relieved) that you got it all! :D It took so long I thought the package might have gone missing! SO glad you liked it! I've been blurking on your blog to preserve the element of surprise. Now I can comment on your blog freely! xxx

Kate said...

Yay! What a gorgeous pin cushion package you received. I've had a pretty amazing mail week this week too. It makes the bills bareable when they accompanied by lovely packages of treasures.

Floss said...

And happy gardening to you, Sarah! In fact, I'm writing comprehension tasks for 12 year-olds, rather than stitching... Only one and a half to go, and I'm going slightly round the bend with them all, and have come into blogland for a break. I'll have to head back now I've seen your lovely gifts though. Thanks for sharing them.

Lululiz said...

Beautiful gifts, you lucky girl!

Catherine said...

Pop over to my blog..there's a little something waiting there for you! Cx

jus said...

So no more cabbagey smells from the garden then?? I've just planted dwarf beans and sweetpeas, I'm working on Slap to build a hen house too!! It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous weekend, have a good one x

Baa-Me Kniits said...

What a great post day you had! I love your pin cushion, isn't Fruitful Fusion's crochet the most divine! I love seeing what Kawthar is doing on her Blog :-)

running thread said...

That is a gorgeous pin cushion and a wonderful way to end the week!
Thamks agaun for organising the Apron Swap. My swap partner and I have been in touch and it's all good : )

Willeke said...

You received great pincushions and other gifts, Sarah. Lucky you!
Have fun with it.
I think the sewing machine apron is very handy. I never use an apron, but the one like this seems very useful.
Hugs, Willeke

Crafty Mermaid said...

That ric rac is gorgeous! What a fantastic postal haul.

Croap Queen said...

Ooh, you lucky girl. It must have been like Christmas all over again.
And what lovely prezzies too - talented ladies!

JJ xx

littleminx said...

what a wonderful week of gifts - you must have felt really lucky. Love the needle book and pincushion, Joanna

JuicyFig said...

The crochet gifts are so lovely! (it is my latest new hobby!)

Kath
x