Yessss!!! On this fantabulous Friday, I came home at lunch and there was a box from Moda....pincushions and needlecases...right on time! I ran out to the mailbox and there it was! The greatly anticipated Priority Mail envelope arrived that contained these!
Aaaah...at long last...NEEDLEWATCH 2009 is officially over! John James Petites are in the house! I see serious stitching in my weekend future! Notice the lovely background quilt? Aaaaah...tis so lovely! THAT was a gift I received a couple weeks ago from a super special lady.....a quilted tablerunner made from Blackbird Designs fabrics! So springy...I just love it! MM you're super special and thanks so much!!! You know I love it, 'cause I keep telling you so!
Now you don't think I only had an envelope with needles in it do you? No of course not......I have some new stash too!
Now let me start this story by saying it all started on Emli's website..........no...I take that back....it all started on Deb's blog a while back when she posted about her UFOs....and she showed the EXQUISITE kit from The Examplarery....Frances Burwell. Now....this is where you learn how pathetic I am! I know that Paulette will remember...that once upon a time, I owned this beautifully boxed sampler kit....tis true. And in a short spurt of insanity...I decided I had too much stash....guilt took over (does this ever happen to you?) and I decided it would be best to purge some of my sampler stash...who in their right mind NEEDED that much stash!? Surely the logical thing to do would be to pass it on to someone who may really stitch it someday. Well....funny thing...Deb is the one that purchased that kit from me!!! We figured this out later after I read that blog post. Too funny! Well...of course I couldn't get the thing out of my mind.....loved the birds...the blue house....I must find it!
How's that saying go....If you love something set it free...if it comes back to you it was meant to be (Readers Digest Condensed Version!).....does that count if you go in serious PURSUIT of said 'something'? Does it really matter...no....so off I went on to Emli's and LOOK what I found!
Not ONLY did I find the beautifully boxed Frances Burwell sampler kit from The Examplarery, but ALSO the LOVELY Abigail Brown!!! They had to be mine...they came home...for good this time!
And if you've ever spent any amount of time on Emli's site...you know this means trouble. They may not have everything in stock....but it's a fabulous catalogue of samplers past and present! WOW! Such inspiration! And I went on this Little By Little kick of somewhat odd samplers! Well.....they did have a couple....but not all of them that I HAD to have...of course....
So THAT episode led me to Stitching Bits & Bobs and LO and BEHOLD...Bobbie was having a SALE! *GASP!!!* It was meant to be! AND there on the site were the Little By Little charts that I HAD to have!!! So between the Emli's order and the SBB order, these are now in the stash....
In addition to the fun Little By Little designs....I picked up a great one from The Stitching Parlor...acorns! I LOVE acorns so this was a must....and there in the back Fraktur Angel! I can't remember whose blog I saw this on....all stitched up and just gorgeous! I had to have it!! I haven't gone on a stash enhancement spree for I would say at least a year....so it was time...and what with a sale...and the fact that I needed needles....how could I NOT!? ;o)
Also in the mail today I received a wonderful HANDWRITTEN letter...a LONG one...from a new dear friend that resides across the pond in England! Can you believe it? Handwritten letters in the mail! How much better can it get?? Julia you are a beautiful soul! So nice! You'll be hearing from me!!!
All of this....and a Friday too! I ask you...can it get any better??? :o)