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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What a Great Week!

This past week has been very busy with a limo stitching shop hop, cataract surgery and some wonderful mail! Rubie Owl is coming along nicely. I love everything about this design and have enjoyed every stitch.
I won Theresa's giveaway(giraffexing.blogspot.com) and look what I received in the mail today. A beautiful needlebook, scissors, floss, lace and some beeswax. The little scissors are beautiful and I didn't have this pair. I love to use lace in my finishing and will put it to good use.
Isn't the fabric just so happy? Behind the felt are two pockets where the scissors and floss were. It is a beautiful and generous giveaway. Thanks Theresa, I love everything.
I also won the By The Bays giveaway. Donna was very generous because I really won the Halloween stitch an inch designs but I had already bought Halloween so she sent me the fall ones and the pendent. How great is that! I love these stitch an inch designs and I believe that fall is my new fav. Thanks, Donna. I love it.
On Saturday, my Wednesday stitching group (Diane,Ellen, Nancy, Phyllis, Dottie, Liz and myself) were treated to a stitching shop hop in a limo by Diane's husband Carl! How great is this guy? We had the best time. We went to 2 shops in western MA. First up was Bush Mountain, who has moved to a new store front. The new store is much bigger and layed out very well. The picture is the charts that I purchased along with floss. We moved on to lunch. This time we didn't eat in the limo. Had lunch at a pub in Strubridge MA. It was delish. Then we moved on to Chris's Collection, who stayed open for us. Her store is small but packed full with stitchy goodness. We all fared well here. I bought fabric and the greatest little box that will fit one of the fall stitch an inch design. When we got back to Diane's home Carl had pizza and salad. The end to a perfect day. We did miss the 2 women who couldn't make the trip. Hopefully, next time we will all be together. In the last 2 weeks, I have had cataract surgery in both eyes. I am in my 50's and the cataract surgery made me feel kinda old. But wow can I see so much better. It was worth it. The surgery is so easy and except for the day it is done there is no down time. Amazing! Thanks for taking time to read my blog and for all the great comments. I appreciate them all. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah

42 comments:

Mindi said...

I'm glad your eye surgery went well and you're able to see much better. Rubie's sampler is looking adorable, and it sounds like you had a great time shopping with your friends.

Lesleyanne said...

Your sampler looks great. Glad you surgery went well. Sounds like you had a great day. Lovely new stash.

Christine said...

Beautiful stitching and great giveaway wins. Glad the eye surgery went well

Danielle said...

Great stash!!! And Rubie is looking splendid.

cucki said...

i am so glad that your eye surgery went well..
i love your sampler so much..looking so great..
lovely giveaway win and great stash too.
hugs from cucki xx

Peggy Lee said...

Very happy to hear your eye surgery went well. They've come so far with these things.
I first found Bush Mountain years ago in Montoursville, PA not to far from where I lived at the time. If I ever get to MA I will be sure to look her up again!

Siobhan said...

I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well! Great progress on Rubie! I love the goodies that you won. Theresa is so clever! Looks like some great new stash, too.

Margaret said...

Sounds like a great time doing that limo shop hop. Lucky ladies! Love your prizes and stash! Rubie is looking great too! I have baby cataracts, so I may be in for some of that cataract surgery too at some point. Ugh. Glad to hear it wasn't terrible.

Michelle said...

Glad the surgery went well. How lucky were you girls with a limo shop! How generous. Love your new stash xx

Jackie said...

A shop hop in a limo with friends sounds like a ton of fun. What a thoughtful husband!

Glad your surgery went well and that you can see much better.

Hazel said...

I love that sampler and your trip sounds fantastic. x

Carol said...

You seem so young to have had cataract surgery, Deborah! I'm so glad it was successful and how nice to be able to see charts better :)

Love your sampler progress and oh, that limo stitching hop sounds delightful. I'd say Diane's husband is a real keeper!!

Myra said...

Rubie looks great! I am happy to hear your eye surgery went well. Congratulations on your wins - the needlebook is fabulous and I just love Donna's designs. I have one of the summer stitch an inch designs and can't wait to see her Christmas ones. That shop hop sounds delightful and it sounds like you had a great time.

Teresa said...

Wonderful wins, fantastic day with friends and seeing the world thru new eyes, sounds like you have been busy.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

BrendaS said...

Rubie is looking great! Congrulations on your giveaway wins:)) lucky you!

Sounds like your day of shop hopping was wonderful:)

Glad your cataract surgery went well and that you can see better!

Cathy B said...

Love the colors in Rubie Owl. What a cool idea - a stitching shop hop in a limo! Sounds like you had a fun day!

Laurie in Iowa said...

The limo shop hop sounds like lots of fun. Love the progress you've made on Rubie... it's a great design.
Nice giveaway gift!

Beth said...

What luck! Two giveaways and a limo stash run - congratulations!!

Rubie is coming along very well, especially considering you hed TWO catarac surgeries. The surgeries must have gone very well - whoo hoo!

Melody said...

Glad your surgery went so well.

What a nice idea of the limo trip to stitching shops!! What a great guy, and to have pizza and salad after? How thoughtful.

Vonna said...

You've been a winner on all counts Deborah, first a magazine layout, then all these wonderfully gorgeous wins...a stunning WIP and a limo ride to shop! WOW!!!
Next time I'll send you my address and you can come pick me up ;)

Cathy Lloyd said...

Congrats on your winnings! I always enjoy reading your blog! Sounds like you had a fabulous time in your limo with friends!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Oh...and glad your cataract surgery went well! Good for you! I'll bet you can see much better now!

Penny said...

Glad your cataract surgery was a success. Congratulations on your stitching goodies! Sounds like you had a dream day with your friends on your stitching shop hop. Rubie Owl is looking really pretty. :)

Theresa said...

Wow!! Sounds like you had a very good week~~~ I'm glad you like the needle case and extras!!! I know you will put them to good use~~~

Glad that your surgery went well and now you can see better!!! Those charts you got there looks like fun~~~~ It's always nice to spend time with friends, especially when its for stash shopping~~

Sherry said...

Rubie looks great and it sounds like you had a great limo day! That sounds like such a treat.

I did cataract surgery done soon. Did you have both eyes done at once? How long did it take for them to heal? I'm glad your surgery went so well!

Cari said...

WOW...I'm so very glad your cataract surgery went so well. Our stitching eyes are very important to us!!! Your stitching is beautiful and you are QUICK !! Thanks for sharing pics of your fun wins !!! Hugs

Karen said...

what a great giveaway from Theresa... love the brightness of it. Limo shop hop??? How nice was that!!!!

happy stitching on Rubie....

Patty C. said...

Congratulations on winning such lovely things-
Your stitching progress is done in some wonderful colors - It looks great ;)

DonnaTN said...

What a great trip you had. Love the new stash and your stitching. I'm so glad you can see so much better since your surgery.

Mouse said...

oooo what a wonderful friends hubby :) glad you had a great time and that your surgery was successful too :0
nice stash haul as well :) love mouse xxxx

Heidi said...

I know having something wrong with your eyes is not fun so I am very glad your surgery went so well. And both eyes is amazing. I thought they never do both at once. Now you will really be stitching...

The shop hop sounds like such fun! Stitching in style. :-) It is wonderful to share moments with stitchy friends.

Congratulations on your giveaway wins!

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Catherine said...

Glad your surgery went well.
Beautiful stitches, great goodies, good friends and good times! Who could ask for more?

Bekca said...

Congratulations on all your giveaway wins, hope you enjoy all of your lovely new stash. A limo hop sounds like such a great idea! It looks like you had a blast. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Best wishes and happy stitching to you.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What wonderful mail surprises you have recieved!

A limo shop-hop sounds like heaven to me!!!

Lynn said...

I'm sure the cataract surgery has made all the difference in the world. Glad to hear you fared well with it.
Rubie is looking fantastic! I love this stitch. I adore all the charts you purchased on your limo hop which BTW is an awesome way to visit needlework shops.
Congrats on your wins. You received some lovely gifts!

Kathy Ellen said...

I am so happy for you that your cataract surgery went well, and that your vision is so much better now.

Love your progress on 'Ruby Owl', and congratulations on your wonderful giveaway goodies too! Your 'shop hop' sounds like a dream that every stitcher would absolutely love. How sweet and thoughtful of Diane's husband, Carl to treat all of you to a limo for the occasion. So glad that you all had so much fun!

Sally said...

Rubie looks fantastic. Sounds like you had a great time on the shop hop and picked up some very nice goodies.

Lovely giveaway wins!

Glad your surgery went well:)

Pumpkin said...

Rubie looks great Deborah! No wonder you like working on her :o)

Congrats on your winnings. Such lovely gifts!

Wow! What a day you had with the girls :o) Sounds fantastic.

I'm glad to hear that your surgeries went well. It must be so nice to see better now.

Christine said...

Hello Deborah! It is wonderful to 'meet' you in blogland - thanks so much for signing up for my giveaway!(I don't know if your follower icon is on my list and certainly don't want you to miss out if you could check please) Your sampler is absolutely fantastic- I particularly love that verse!
I look forward to visiting you often and admiring your work!
Best wishes
Christine

Julie said...

I've had a lovely catch up on here Deborah.

Good news your surgery went well, every stitchers nightmare, having trouble with their eyes.

Lots of lovely projects you have been busy with, great framing, thanks for showing the back of the October frame, a great idea.

Happy stitching!

Tracey said...

Came across your blog via Michele's blog list- it's lovely! I love this Plum Street Samplers design, I need to put it on my wish list if I haven't already! What great stash you've gotten lately!

Karoline said...

Glad your surgery went well. Rubie is looking gorgeous and you got some great stash.