Friday, December 25, 2009

A Big Thank You for a Secret Santa

A Fine Collection by Blackbird Design

In the email late last night, I got a surprise Secret Santa certificate for a website I've never seen before! I was soooooo thankful and so intrigued by who in the world did this. A 25$ gift certificate to use here:

Mary Kathryn Handcrafts Online

Check it out. I spent 2 hours browsing through this wonderful site and dreaming of how I could use this Secret Santa certificate.

I decided to use it to buy a Blackbird Design book that I have been admiring a long time! The book is called A Fine Collection and has 13 designs in it.

A BIG Thank You for who sent this to me! This was so thoughtful and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this site and now, I will be able to get this BBD book I've been looking at all year!!!!!! You know it's driving me crazy the mystery of this kind soul but I do thank you, thank you, and more thank yous! ;)

This afternoon was quiet and peaceful. We didn't cook.......again. Found a local restaurant open about 3pm and ate lunch/supper. Then we came home, ate Chex mix by the fireplace.

I played with my new camera.

I also decided to start into this piece. Northanger Abbey by The Sampler Girl. Remember when I posted about this one a few weeks back? I also have the fabric as pictured here to back a pillow when finishing.

I used some fabric I had in my stash. 28 ct cream Irish linen. I basted it to my scroll frame and started the border.

I counted 87 stitches in 2 rows and counted another time. And another time ..........until I was sure.

I have most of the DMC colors called for but there are several specialty threads that I do not have yet. We will be going to Pigeon Forge a couple of days this coming up week, so we will definitely stop by Dixie Darlin' Cross stitch store for those threads.

We turned off the TV several hours ago and with the fire place and no TV, I'm getting very, very sleepy.
Yes, time for bed indeed.


  1. You see?, Santa really exists, lol!, congrats for you!, you deserve it, now enjoy it!, it's really cool to get unexpected surprises once in a while :), Merry Christmas!

  2. I am always amazed by the generosity of stitchers. This is such a great community. Sounds like you had a relaxing day. Love that new start and those scissors. x

  3. I am so thrilled to say that it sounds like you have had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas holiday! You deserve it! I am still jealous though of your upcoming trip! Please take plenty of pictures!

  4. What a wonderful surprise!! I hope you have a safe and fun trip to Pigeon Forge. Mel's Diner is a fun place to get good burgers and shakes!

  5. I love Mary Katherine's shop! Did ya know she is on twitter as well? A very sweeet lady, maybe she sent the certficiate? I could see her doing such an awesome thing ;)

    What a wonderful Christmas you had, dear friend. I love Abbie's pic and her pretty pink scarf, what a sweet baby.

    I am so excited to watch your progress, what a beautiful WIP, and your scissors, I love them, and often drool when I see the collection :)

    Have a relaxing and wonderful day....and I am thrilled to hear that you have graduated to chex mix :)I know from my Sean how exciting it is to be able to add items after a flare up, we actually cheer!

    Hugs peaches

  6. Aren't surprises fun??!! Have fun spending your GC :^) Reading your posts again makes my heart happy... so glad to have you back! It sounds like you had a Merry Christmas (can't wait to see more pics with your new camera). All the best to you and your family in 2010!

  7. What a lovely thing to happen to you. I am so glad you had such a lovely Christmas.
    Patti xxx


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