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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's ~ Friends ~ Finds

Dear friends!

     If you are in the U.S., it is Father's Day, today.  I know I've mentioned my dad on this blog a few times, he even did a guest post.  I have to tell you, he is the best guy!  I don't know that I know, or will ever know, a better man than he.  My dad did not grow up with an easy life;  his family was poor and his own dad passed away when he was young.  He was raised by his mom and she had few of the extra comforts in life, either for herself, or to give her children.  Many of the things I take for granted as necessities would have been pure luxury to her and my dad and his brothers and sister.  From this humble upbringing, without a dad of his own to model himself after, came this extraordinary man.  He is a retired officer from the U.S. Army, he is a fitness instructor, he is a gardner, an avid reader, a man of God, and a kind hearted and loving man who provided advice and guidance when needed (still does) and is still a great father to me, a father to my husband and the best grandfather, ever!  We are all so lucky to have you in our lives, Dad!  
I love you.
Happy Father's Day!!!

My dad and me at the Grand Canyon.  Believe it or not, he may be more fit now than he was back then!  I love you, Dad!

I am blessed to have many good friends in my life and one of them just sent me the most wonderful package.  Marilyn and I have corresponded quite a bit and have gotten to know each other through our mutual love of stitching.  We are stitching the Adam and Eve Reproduction Sampler from the May 2009 edition of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show you what I've gotten done as well as the treasures she sent me.

Have a look:
You can click to enlarge a little bit, if you'd like.
Yes!  Your eyes are not deceiving you!  Look at all the Sajou beauties Marilyn sent me.
Petite scissors, a barrel tape measure, beautiful pearl top pins and the most wonderful thread winders.  Not only are the products beautiful but look at the pretty boxes the scissors and tape measure came in.  I could not have been more surprised or delighted by such a generous and loving gift!  Thank you so much, Marilyn, you did too much!

As you can see, my stitching is progressing.  I am absolutely loving working on this piece.  I think the reason is two-fold.  First, I love the colors - beautiful pinks and greens just look so pretty together.  Secondly, the idea that three of us are stitching it together, is so fun!   Check out Marilyn and Faye's blogs for their updates. I am probably a weird stitcher though.  I will stitch for an evening or two and then I have to unroll the whole thing to look at it.  Do you ever do that?  I know some people that work on scroll rods may not peak until the whole thing is done.  I just can't do it ~especially when I'm so enjoying stitching something.  
I did decide to put my own initials in this piece and I dated it in the lower left corner.  What?  You can't see  the date?  

Here, look closer; it's a little hard to make out:
Stitched over one so it would blend with the border.

A few more pics of my goodies and the sampler:

Not sure if I'll finish by the next update or not.  That over one is tedious and the constant color changes are a real pain.  But, I will persevere!  If you're interested, we will post the color conversion when all done.


Not sure if I've shown you this little treasure or not and honestly, I'm too lazy to go searching thru my blog.  I'm really bad about labeling my entries so finding something from an old post is sometimes challenging.
I found this lovely little pin cushion at an estate sale.  Isn't it sweet?
Small, delicate and dainty.  The ribbon is a little worse for wear but it's a beautiful piece that I would imagine was made by hand.  Maybe the shells came from Nantucket (one of my favorite places).

That's it for today, friends.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  
I hope you've all had a good weekend and that you have a wonderful week, too!  
Happy Father's Day!

Be well,


Vickie said...

Beautiful work and such beautiful gifts. Very nice words for your father.

Anne said...

Oh Terri! Your sampler is so beautiful!! Love the colours and I like how you added your initials in the border! Such sweet presents from Marilyn! That photo of you and your father is amazing! What a fabulous find! A shell pincushion!!



Giovanna said...

Lovely progress on the A&E sampler! And what yummy gifts from Marilyn.

Siobhán said...

What a nice post for your dad. :) I hope he has a wonderful Father's Day!

Your A&E is beyond stunning. So, so pretty. Love the gifts from Marylin, too!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post about your father, such nice sentiments.
Lovely goodies from Marilyn.
Your stitching looks beautiful.
I love the shell pincushion it's very sweet.

Carolyn said...

My goodness, your Dad sounds so, so much like my Dad was. What a wonderful man! I loved your post about him. :0)

Girlfriend! You received some treasures there, for sure! Woohooo! Great gifts!

Your sampler is really coming along. I bet you're finished by the end of the week. You're on a roll. I love the colors, too!

Have a great week! :0)


JillMN said...

Your Adam and Eve sampler is beautiful! What fun goodies Marilyn sent you.

Anonymous said...

Super post, Terri! Enjoyed reading the tribute to your Dad! Fabulous progress on your A&E and lovely goodies to be given!

Robin in Virginia

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your A&E sampler looks wonderful. Marilyn sent you lovely gifts... enjoy them all. Love your antique pincushion find.

Kaisievic said...

Hi Terri, I would peek, too (I don't use a scroll). Lovely work and your Dad sounds like a wonderful man.

marly said...

What lovely treasures you received. Your A&E is beautiful and so soft and I LOVE that pincushion! You are blessed to have a wonderful father in your life.

Margaret said...

Happy father's day to your dad! And your A&E -- gorgeous! I'm looking forward to seeing your conversion. Love all the goodies Marylin sent you. Wow, lucky you!!!

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Terri, what's not to love about your post. Your sampler is over-the-top beautiful!! Hugs dear friend.

Loraine said...

What a great post! I love your sampler so much, and what a special friend Marilyn is. Love all the goodies she sent you. You are so deserving!
I can't wait to see your sampler revealed. The colors are gorgeous.
Happy Father's Day to your dad too!

Hugs to you!

Jonette said...

Love, love, love this sampler! I must try to get this pattern. I started Mary Gibson this weekend and am enjoying it. Happy Stitching!

Barb said...

The colors in the sampler are so pretty!! A very nice tribute to your Dad.

Kathy said...

Love your tribute to your father! Your sampler is looking beautiful and, Yes, I would have to peek, too!

Christine said...

Your sampler is stunning, I like the way you hid your signature in the border. Great gifts from Marilyn too.
What a lovely tribute to your Dad

Diane (di) said...

I love your A&E updates Terri. So beautiful and the colors are wonderful. Wonderful tribute to your dad, too and the gifts from Marilyn... wow!

Chris said...

What a nice tribute to your Dad. You are a lucky girl.
What a wonderful gift from Marilyn. You have made wonderful progress on your sampler. The colors are very lovely. It looks like you are quickly approaching a finish!
I love that new/little pincushion find. So sweet.
Have a wonderful week.

Brigitte said...

This sampler is such a beauty and you've done quite some stitching on it since your last update. Yes, you are right, the pinks and greens go so well together.
I'm just the same with looking at what I have achieved during one stitching session. But as I don't have my piece on scroll rods I just have to put it in front of me and look at it. I always enjoy seeing the progress I made.
Enjoy your wonderful goodies from Marylin!

♥marylin♥ said...

Je suis si heureuse de vous avoir fait plaisir !!!!! Merci d'être mon amie de si loin, je vous embrasse !

Ps : Quelle avancée !!! Adam et Eve presque fini !!!! bravo ma douce amie de gros bisous

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a truly special gift from Marilyn. She really knows how to rightly spoil a girl for sure! The sampler is coming along nicely and you are so close to finished. Thank you for sharing with us today.

BrendaS said...

What a great story about your Dad!

Wonderful gifts from Marilyn and your sampler is looking stunning:)) I like to see the whole piece as I'm stitching along too!

Michelle said...

What a sweet post about your dad. Love the photo!! And your A&E is looking fantastic. What generous gifts Marilyn sent - so sweet!

Melissa said...

Oh so many things to comment on!

I love how your A+E is turning out. I am trying not to look at it too hard as my first thought was I have to stitch it too! All those pinks and greens. I'm like you I love that colour combination! I love how you snuck in your initials and date in the border - perfect!

The little pincushion find is indeed a treasure. But not as much as your dear ole' Dad! ;-)

ps Beautiful gifts from Marilyn!

Lois said...

What a lovely post Terri! Really enjoyed reading about your father and loved seeing your progress on the SAL. The colours are so pretty (I'm another lover of pink and green) and I really like how you have incorporated your initials and year. Such a nice package of goodies from Marilyn too and that pin cushion is a lovely find.

Jenny said...

Hi Terri - love your sweet little shell pin-cushion, what a cutie!

Your sampler looks absolutely wonderful! I just want to dive in and swim in all those pinks, they are soooo pretty. What a clever idea to hide your initials and date in the boder - looks great.

Thanks also for sharing a bit of your Father's story. It is always educational and a good reminder to hear that life is not always easy for everyone. I tend to forget that and have to remind myself ever so often.

Cathy B said...

Your sampler is coming along nicely and will be finished in no time! I do those color combinations too.

Hope you enjoy your week!

woolwoman said...

what a wonderful tribute to your dad on FD ! Hope you and your family had a good one. Your progress on the A&E is stunning and the gifties are great too! hope your week is a good one my friend - mel

MoonBeam said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father. Very touching.

Your A & E sampler is looking great...really nice work. I see a finish right around he corner.

Take care...


Prims By The Water said...

Loving Adam and Eve! What a nice memory of your dad. Thanks for sharing your goodes with us too. Take care, Janice

Penny said...

What a wonderful dad!! You received some lovely things from Marilyn. And you are making good progress on your sampler - so pretty! Cute pin cushion. :)

Katrina said...

Gorgeous sampler and what fun gifts!!!! Sweet tribute to your dad too :-).

Cathy Lloyd said... are always working on something fabulous! Love the initials on the fun! Your dad sounds so fabulous...and why would he NOT be fabulous? He raised you! Okay, your presents are fabulous and the shell pincushion is to die for! Happy Summer Solstice, my friend!

Deb said...

Great picture of you and your father Terri! Your sampler is really looking good and it looks like you're almost finished with it!!

The gifts from Marylyn are wonderful - such treasures, and so is the little shell pincushion. It makes you wonder how the shell could survive for so long without getting broken.

Leena said...

Oh it's such a beautiful sampler!

Catherine said...

Lovely post! Your dad sounds like an amazing man and I can tell you love him dearly.
Fabulous gifts and stitches! Your pincushion is a find!

Karoline said...

Lovely tribute to your Dad & your A&E sampler is looking gorgeous