Friday, January 11, 2008

More lovely gifts



More lovely gifts have arrived in the mail from very dear friends. All these gifts have been wonderful pick-me-ups for me. My hubby is still having some problems with infection and its been very stressful here.
The top photo is a beautiful Christmas card from Francoise, who lives in France. She included in the card beautiful threads, 1 from Vicki Clayton hand-dyed fibers in a color called Reseda. I love the silks from Vicki, they are so easy to stitch with. The other two threads are blues, #932 and #3325, they are DMC pearle cotton threads, beautiful colors and I really like blue. Thank you so very much Francoise. Francoise is also a cross stitcher and does beautiful work. She also loves the color pink. Some day I would like to meet this very lovely lady.
The other photo is from my email stitching friend, Jane. She lives in California, Missouri. She and I met on a stitching group many years ago, the group has since dissolved, but she and I have stayed in touch through email. This was not a Christmas gift, just a thoughtful gift since DH and I are under so much stress. Jane is a beautiful Christian lady and she and I are prayer partners. We email each day and talk on the phone at least once a week. The angel was just her way of saying their are angels watching over us. Thank you Jane, you are very special to me.
The stitching group I belong to is doing a Valentine exchange and I got Nancy V's name. Nancy lives in Ohio and is a very lovely, caring lady. She is Heidi's mom, and Heidi is our group list mom. I already have a couple of items ready to send to Nancy. After my second eye surgery this Monday, I hope to be able to get my project for her stitched up. Nancy also collects "snow people". Now Nancy does not cross stitch, but she is a knitter and knits beautiful items, maybe she'll take the hint and knit me something!
Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong, beautiful lady, whom I have admired for many years. I love this statement she once made,
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

7 comments:

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughtful gifts Barbara. I'm sure they made you feel so special being from such caring friends.

Thanks for sharing the quote too. Yes, it is a good one!

Nancy said...

What beautiful gifts you received. I am also busy getting your gift together for our exchange. This is my first exchange like this, so I am taking advice from Heidi, the expert.

Heidi said...

HA! I am no expert so you might be in trouble now Barbara! :) I got some thread from Francoise too. Gifts from our friends are fun.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Christine said...

Lovely gifts.

Your words are so eloquent Barbara. Such wonderful discriptions of your friends as well as Eleanor Roosevelt. Love the quote. Stong and inspirational women is a subject near and dear to my heaart.

f said...

Hello my dear friend
thanks for your words
I am very happy to known you
You are a super ladie!!!
hugs
fran├žoise

Regina said...

Wonderful gift you've of your friends
receive.This snowmen out on the last post,looks very nice.I like snowmen.
Have a nice day Regina

Solstitches said...

Beautiful gifts Barbara.
I'm so glad your friends are lifting you up at a time when you need them the most.
Thinking of you
Hugs,
Margaret