Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Birthdays, Beaches and a Box... Oh, My!

Hi, stitching friends!

I hope this finds all of you snuggled in and all done (or mostly done!) with your December preparations. This time of year can be hectic for any of us, but this week is a particularly busy one at our house. My niece turned 27 on Monday, one of my best friends, Amber, turned one year older than me today (haha - she's only one month older than me, really), my son, Thomas, turns 16 tomorrow, and my mom will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday. What is it with all of these December birthdays?

This is my son, Thomas, almost 16 years ago. I think he could have given the Gerber baby a run for his money with those blue eyes.

We still tire each other out, 16 years later.

Here is my mom, on the right, with her little sister, Pat. I just love her little dress and shoes and that smile. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Shawn and I spent the first week of December in Depoe Bay, Oregon. We had a wonderful time doing a whole lot of nothing together (the BEST vacation). We stayed in a lovely condo right on the water and passed the week recharging our batteries. We watched the waves in front of the fire and watched Hallmark Christmas movies. We shopped and ate at Nana's Irish Pub and a Chinese restaurant we had driven past for years. We walked beaches and explored.

Back at the condo in Depoe Bay, we saw a whale on our second day! Every day we were there, the waves crashed onto the rocks right outside our door (the spray in the photo above is about 50 feet in the air). Sometimes the waves were so violent that they would send a gust of air toward the condo that would rattle the windows. We would both *gasp* and look at each other wide-eyed.

We drove down to the docks in Newport, and Shawn pointed out this sign. It was on both bathroom doors. I love it.

Down on the docks, the sea lions gathered to rest and soak up the sun. These are just a few of them. There were around 40 to 50 altogether, and they barked non-stop! I just love their sweet faces. They look like dogs to me.

On our way back to Portland we stopped in Corvallis, where I got to spend as much time as I wanted at Starlight Stitchery. A real treat for me since Boise does not have an LNS. It's a great shop because the new owners are very sweet and they carry a lot of out-of-print patterns. It was fun to dig through and find things I had never seen online before. I could spend hours more there and still not see everything. If there's something rare you're looking for, give them a call. They just might have it. (Their name above links to their website.)

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Yesterday was a Happy Mail day. This arrived from my amazing blogging friends, RJ and Mary over at Stitching Friends Forever. (Click on the blog name and it will take you to their blog.)

Eeeeeee! (That's me barely containing my excitement.)

I won their big giveaway a little while ago, and you can imagine my delight and surprise when I got to unpack this wonderful, generous gift. Inside....

Look at this beautiful tool caddy/pincushion stitched and finished by RJ! Click on the picture to open up a full-size version. I wish I could show you this in person. The stitching is so perfect and so tiny. The finishing is absolutely beautiful, and I love it. This will be by my side from now on as I stitch. Aren't the wings on the bee amazing and lifelike? And the goodies inside... You have no idea how thrilled I am.

A gorgeous assortment of finishing fabrics....

Buttons and charms...

Three beautiful patterns (not showing the third because it would be showing the actual pattern itself).

A very cute journal and card set...

RJ and Mary, thank you again for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

I have been stitching a lot lately but I don't have any FFO projects to show you, so I'll leave you with one of my favorite Christmas finishes. It's from way back in 2011. I have the chart somewhere, but I don't recall off the top of my head what it is, so if you'd really like to know, leave it in your comment and I'll find it and tell you.

I love the warmth in Santa's eyes.

Have a lovely week, friends! See you soon!


  1. Oh Meg...I love the family pictures!! I had a blue eyed baby boy who was also born in December. And that give away from Stitching Friends. Aren't they the best?? Enjoy all your stitchy goodness.

  2. What a beautiful baby boy! They do grow up so fast. I am glad you were able to getaway and I can't even imagine going in an actual store. I am so grateful for 123 Stitch and other online stores. RJ and Mary are amazing...truly stitching friends. Enjoy your goodies and the Santa is adorable.

  3. Meg, your trip sounds delightful and very relaxing.....Glad you got to visit a brick and mortar shop...it makes so much difference to see the fabrics and fibers in person. Congrats on the win form RJ and Mary...they thought of everything!!! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow, this old Sante looks adorable. I really like these old, nostalgic motives, and next year I want to do one too.
    Have a nice time, Martina

  5. Hello Meg,
    a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos from your holiday.
    Your old Santa looks great. I like him.
    Merry Christmas, Manuela

  6. The giveaway box is incredible, such beautiful stitching and generosity. Happy Christmas. x

  7. What an incredible box you received from RJ and Mary! Happy Birthday wishes to your son, your Mom, your friend and an early one to you, Meg! I enjoyed your photos from your trip; thank you for sharing!

  8. Good for you and Shawn! Happy Birthday to Shawn! Your gifts from RJ and Mary are wonderful. And so is your Santa! Merry Christmas Meg!!

  9. Oh my! Your sweet baby boy! What beautiful eyes. Hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas. By the way, that Santa looks like a Carol Emmer design.

  10. Look at those gorgeous eyes on Thomas...what a beautiful child. People used to refer to Michael as the Gerber baby too. He also has big blue eyes.

    I love that photo of the two of you all tuckered out. It is so special.

    I'm so happy you had such an awesome trip. It is so great to get away and just relax. The cross stitch store sounded wonderful. I stopped in that town once on our way to Spokane. It was very pretty.

    Love your Santa stitch. It is wonderful and was alot of stitching. As always you did a fantastic job.

    So happy you liked your box of goodies. Mary and I enjoyed putting it together and sending it to one of our very favorite people. May you, Shawn and Thomas have a blessed and perfect Christmas. RJ

  11. Oh, my--your son was even more beautiful than the Gerber baby, Meg! I didn't have babies like that--they all inherited their dad's overly long, thin face--ha ha!! Hoping his year ahead is filled with joy!

    That is a fantastic box of goodies from sweet RJ and sweet Mary--they sure know what will make a stitcher's heart skip a beat :)

    Love your nature photos, Meg! Do you have a nice camera? I just use my phone, but it's just not taking the quality of nature photos that I would love to take.

    Beautiful Santa piece, Meg. If I don't "talk" to you before then--wishing you every blessing at Christmas time and throughout the coming year!

  12. Thomas certainly was a gorgeous baby, love those big blue eyes! Happy Birthday to him and your Mom.
    Such a sweet photo of the two of you!!
    I'm so happy for you that you got to go to a stitching shop. I don't have one by me either and it's such a thrill to visit one.

    What a marvelous vacation you had!! I just love the photos of all the seals!! How exciting to see in person!! And the sound of those waves crashing must have been so relaxing. Nothing like the sea to sooth your soul.

    You know I just love that Christmas Santa!! I love anything with bears, real or teddy!!

    I'm thrilled your so happy with your box of stitching goodies. I know personally that RJ does amazing finishing and stitching.

    I hope you and your family have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Mary

  13. I remembered Thomas's birthday and still can scarcely believe he is 16. Time is flying. But I had no idea your mom is 80. She doesn't act or look like it. What a special lady she is. Glad to great you and Shawn had such a relaxing vacation. Now about that comment of a year older...


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