Monday, September 16, 2013

Pick me ups

I couldn't help myself.  This week I put Dorothy aside and started a new project from Market.

A Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers
40ct in the called for linen
called for GAST and NPI

I've wanted to stitch this one since I first saw the pictures for it from the Shepherd's Bush retreat.  Paulette has been hitting it out of the ballpark with her designs recently.  As you can see, the border has been neglected for the lovely stuff on the inside.  lol!

You might have noticed the lovely Elizabeth I Needleminder sitting there in the picture.  Isn't it cute?  Paula of Kelmscott Designs sent it to me.  The scissors are very small and act as your needleminder.  They match the Elizabeth I scissors.  I love it!  Thank you, Paula!

A Yuletide Welcome and the needleminder were just two of the pick me ups that I had this week from my empty nest.  My dear friend Laurie from Corgi Cottage sent me two packages containing lots more pick me ups.  Look at all this!


And this!


Oh my gosh, it was one thing after another in this package!   I know it's hard to tell what all is there, but among other things, a lovely Emma Bridgewater mug, a pin cushion, lots of fabric, a stitching wallet made of Tula Pink fabric from Stitching 4 Joy, a Laundry Baskets Quilts calendar, -- and more!  Thank you so so much for a wonderful pick me up, Laurie!  

This past weekend, the father type and I took a little drive up to our favorite antiquing town.



We had a nice lunch there and wandered around.  And we ended up buying some things.  Mostly from Go Go Pops.  This store has a wonderful selection of home made pops, unusual sodas, and.....  chocolate!


The top two items (the Ritter Sport Hazelnut chocolate and the Prince George magnet) were from The Country Goose.  But the rest were from Go Go Pops.  Father Type and I have been sampling slowly all weekend.  lol!  The colorful seeds on the far left are chocolate covered sunflower seeds!

Mia has been very clingy and needy since the boy child went back to college.  It might take her a while to settle back into the empty nest.  

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.

Mia on the laundry

50 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a perfect weekend...chocolate and antiquing! Lovely stitching on the new sampler...great colors! What nice friends you have to send you such fun goodies!
Have a great week,
Robyn

Katrina said...

I love Yuletide Welcome!!!!!! It's one of our guild yearlong projects this year. Great package from Laurie and glad you had a nice weekend. Hope poor Mia settles in soon and Thanksgiving comes quickly ;-).

Deb said...

I don't understand the Yuletide Welcome........but I think we need it here! Gorgeous sampler as usual Margaret.

Ellen said...

Beautiful stitching, love it!

Glad you had a nice weekend with DH. The chocolates sure look yummy!

Hugs,

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

whoua !!! I love Plum Street Sampler very beautiful model .....

small kises for you my friend

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful new start--love the colors! And, such lovely gifts you received!!

Anna van Schurman said...

Love that cute elf on the sampler. Hmmm. You may convert me to this project. What a great win! I wonder if I could get the dude to go antiquing if he found out is was code for buying chocolate.

Vickie said...

What a beautiful sampler Margaret. Holy Toledo! That is quite the package. You are killing me with the chocolates. I AM able to eat chocolate again. In small amounts. ;)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the needleminder that Paula sent you! She's always coming up with creative ideas for needleminders and other stitching lovelies.
I can't wait to stitch that cute little elf on my Yuletide Welcome.
You're torturing me with those chocolate photos.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

It's always fun to receive little gifties like that. Love the Emma mug. Sounds like you had a fun day wandering around too. Have a good week!

Deb said...

There is nothing better than chocolate and antiquing!! And I love your new sampler and all the goodies you received. Definitely a great pick-me-up!

Krista said...

Your new project is looking awesome! What a cute design!

SewAmy said...

Oh the Plum Street design is so wonderful. I love seeing it up close. Love that elf/santa guy!!

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching, love it so much...
Glad you had a nice weekend with DH.
The chocolates sure look yummy.... :) and Sweet goodies you received...enjoy.
Big hugs x

Ellen said...

Between your wonderful stitching and the terrific gifts topped off with an antiquing trip, it sounds like you had a wonderful weeks.
Hope that Mia can quickly make the adjustment of your son being gone.

My Xstitch Place said...

gorgeous sampler, great start.

Melissa said...

Oh you lucky girl! I am still waiting for my Yuletide to arrive in the mail! Yours is looking mighty lovely and I agree, Paulette has been spot on with her designs lately.

Second lucky girl - lots of wonderful gifts from Laurie! Along with the sweeties, you've been having a pick-me-up week!

Give Mia a hug for me!

Melanie said...

Mmmmmm, love Ritter Sport! I may have ordered a case (14?) of the marzipan ones from Amazon last winter and had them all gone by summer. (I learned I can not order them by the case ever again, delicious as it was. Ha.)
Love the new start! That is a great pattern. And the goodies are crazy great too. Crazy, crazy great!

Linda said...

Love your new start Margaret. Great gifts and your candy stash looks yummy. Sounds like you had a nice weekend.

Linda

Jackie said...

Nothing wrong with a weekend spent stitching and acquiring chocolate!

What a fabulous pile o'goodies from friends!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Lovin' that PSS Yuletide! It makes me smile to see that you are the recipient of such lovely, great goodies! Is Edgar rubbing off on you? All those chocolates... yummy! Hugs to you, FT, and Sweet Mia.

Beth said...

Yuletide has such pretty colors. I like the carnations & all the peacocks. What a great gift basket you received. All the lovely quilting stuff & the Emma mug. I showed by Mom and she is jealous somehow we missed getting that one. Lots of good chocolate goodies. Hugs and head-scratching to lonely Mia!

Loraine said...

Oh Margaret your new sampler is wonderful! Paulette is amazing, isn't she? I really like this one, and the scissors are adorable as well. It's nice to take a break from large projects sometimes.
I would love to be tasting all of that delicious looking chocolate with you. Yum! What is your favorite so far?
What wonderful package to receive. I'm glad you had a pick me up from a dear friend. That is so fun.
Have a great week!

Carol said...

I can see why you fell in love with Yuletide Welcome, Margaret--what a great design... And what a lovely bunch of goodies from Laurie--you must have felt like it was Christmas!!

I just finished eating and one of those chocolates sure would hit the spot right now :)

Annie said...

Love that Plum Street Sampler. Where does Paulette come up with all this originality!

And what great gifts! Plus who knew that your stash wasn't just stitchy stuff, but candy too!

Cari said...

Great pick-me-ups going on there Margaret and a lovely start on the Yuletide sampler from Paulette. Enjoy your week and warmest kitty hugs to Mia.

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- Great new start! I LOVE that design too and am itching to start it as well:) I think it was a WONDERFUL pick me up choice.

Very nice gifts from Laurie -- glad they made the week a little better:)

Annette-California said...

How exciting your stitching Yuletide Welcome - I love the design. It's looking beautiful already Margaret.
You sure did get a "pick me up" in the mail - so many wonderful gifts.
Another beautiful day out - great photos.
love Annette

Jo Ann said...
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Jo Ann said...

Margaret, I know your feeling on Yuletide Welcome.I was in love from the start too and am now waiting for it to arrive. Ready to get needle,thread, and fabric going. I want to get my Christmas gifts done first though. I'll see if I can be strong ! Great gifts too-always nice to get a pick me up ! Jo Ann

marly said...

Love the Plum Street start. My goodness! You received a fabulous bunch of goodness! "Slowly sampling" would not be the way I would proceed!

valerie said...

Great goodies from Paula and Laurie! I love your start on Yuletide Welcome! I hadn't seen it before but right now, the less I see the better cuz then I want to stitch it all and I can't. :( Looks like you had a great weekend getaway!

Teresa S. said...

It's certainly no surprise that you picked a new start that is on my "must-have" list.
You are scary, Margaret :)

Wanda said...

Margaret, I can totally understand why you would want to start Yuletide Welcome! It's gorgeous! Beautiful gifts and a fabulous weekend - the scissors are too cute. I hope Mia settles soon. Have a great week.

Dawn said...

Your new start is pretty fabulous. Love the needle minder, wonder if I can remember to tell Santa about that...
Good you enjoyed a little road trip, and those packages -- wow! Sweet you have friends like that.
Thanks for sharing.

Penny said...

Your post was my Monday pick me up. :) Love your new start! And fabulous goodies from Laurie! I could almost taste that yummy chocolate through the screen! There is just something about laundry that invites a cat to lay on it. :) Hope Mia adapts quickly to the empty nest again - give her a little scratch on the head for me.

Chris said...

Gorgeous new project! Such pretty colors.
What wonderful things from Laurie.
MMMM chocolate :)
Hugs to you and Mia!

Lanie said...

Love your Yuletide Welcome ... beautiful stitching as always :)
Glad you and your husband had a wonderful weekend together ... helps to ease the empty nest just a little. We will be going to visit our girls for parents weekend at the end if the month. Counting down the days! Hoping your son is off to a good start this year.

Sherry said...

sounds wonderful! love all the goodies Laurie sent you. I have so many new charts, including A Yuletide Welcome, I just don't know what to start on first!

Melody said...

Oh, Margaret, I love that you started Yuletide Welcome! I was just admiring this one at country sampler on Monday. I had it in my hands but put it back thinking I have sooo much at home waiting to be stitched, did I need another chart to add to my pile??!! ha. I am glad you are doing it tho, I think it's beautiful.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh golly... I wanna start that one too. I agree about Paulette and hitting it out of the park on her designs. You've already stitched a lot on Yuletide! Lots of gorgeous gifts and wins too :)

Ranae said...

Oh my gosh...
Terrific things here always
I love the new start, the inside is always more interesting, lol
The colors are fantastic
I know what I'm looking for at Celebrations, one more chart can't hurt, right??!!

Evelyne said...

I love the new sampler of Plum Street. What a great gift from Laurie, you are very lucky!

Have a nice week, Evelyne

Brigitte said...

Ahhhh, I can so understand the urge to start this new design, it's so attractive. I think I couldn't resist either, lol.
And ohhh, look at all the treasures Laurie sent you. Fantastic! I bet you could roll in them, lol.

Karoline said...

Great new start, it's looking gorgeous

woolwoman said...

Our tastes are so similar Margaret - Yuletide was the only piece I bought from the market fray. I haven't started it yet - I am thinking of converting the NPI to BS and frankly I can't put the knitting needles down long enough to focus on stitching. Great gifts from Laurie - she must want you to keep quilting with all that temptation. Hope you will keep knitting - fall is the best for knitting cozy woolies. Take care and enjoy your weekend - Mel

Anne said...

Oooh! I'm so glad you are working on one of my favourite PSS releases from the St. charles market. Such a pretty design. Lovely little needleminder too. Sweet pick me up gifts from Laurie for you. When I first read "Prince George magnet" I thought "How the heck did a PG magnet get over to the east coast?!" That's my city in BC!! Then I looked closely and saw it was the ROYAL Prince George! haha!!Of course that made better sense than my first thought! Give mia a little snuggle for me!

Hugs!

Kathy Ellen said...

Lovely new start on PS 'A Yuletide Welcome'. I just saw that design too in my LNS and was thinking that I might need to add it to my stash:) Love that beautiful little Elizabeth I needleminder too, and just bought one.

What wonderful goodies you received from Laurie. What a perfect weekend you had with your hubby....antiquing and adding to your chocolate stash, the perfect ending for every woman's day!

Hugs & Blessings!

Sherry :o) said...

I love that little Santa...hope you all adjust quickly to the empty nest once again. Although mine is still home, he is never here...different, I know but still an adjustment to "one more step closer to the door". Chocolate is always good...and you pick-me up, cool!

Catherine said...

Fabulous stitches and goodies!! Hhhmmmm...hmmmmm....chocolate!!!