Mailbox Joy

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Monday there was no mail, due to it being a holiday. But on Tuesday, boy howdy, the mail came flooding in! When I arrived home Tuesday night, my desk was full of packages. And of course, I must show you the most important and lovely of them first!!

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My Halloween Neighborhood RR arrived home safe and sound! Annemarie finished stitching up her cute Just Nan block with an addition of the Gatekeeper (Mr. Skeleton there). I love it! Thank you so much, Annemarie!! I am so thrilled to have my piece home. Now comes the work I want to do on it. First off is to stitch my block down in the right-hand bottom corner. I’ll be stitching the cemetery from Village of Hawk Run Hollow. You can see what my block will look like here. But since that first ill-fated RR was kept and then returned, I had to start on a new piece of fabric. So, I’ll restitch my cemetery. I have also planned a road to wind through my neighborhood, so there is that to stitch as well. I’m also thinking of adding a few little extras, like a pumpkin patch maybe, or a couple more houses. Primitive Needle had a great freebie called By the Light of the Moon that I might add in, as well as a Halloween house by Maryse. Anyway, there’s work to be done still on this neighborhood! I may work on that after finishing Jane Austen. A huge round of thanks for everyone who stitched on my piece: JudithCathyKathyErinCarolAnnemarie and Katrina. Thank you all so much!!

My New Year’s Day order from Stitching Bits and Bobs arrived on Tuesday as well. I took advantage of their sale and ordered Adam & Eve by CHS as well as all the GAST threads for And They Sinned. I am hoping to make a start on both pieces this year. I’d love to have an Adam & Eve wall like Siobhan does! Look at all those gorgeous threads!!!

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And I also received an amazing RAK from Annemiek, who is a member of the Stacy Nash Groupies Yahoo group I also belong to. I mentioned recently in the group that I had ordered the Gentle Arts Simply Wool threads to stitch The Sampler Girl’s At Plimoth freebie back at HALLOWEEN. The threads STILL have not come in. I had hoped to stitch that piece up for Thanksgiving no less, and here it is January. They had one color I needed, Midnight, but the other three had to be ordered. Well, anyway, I mentioned this in the group because someone’s finish reminded me of it. Well, sweetheart that she is, Annemiek offered to send me the threads herself. I am so grateful to her for her sweet generosity. So, I’ll be stitching At Plimoth up soon, and report back on how I like the Simply Wool thread. Thanks, Annemiek!!!

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Next up, I had a box to open. In it was a new addition to my Harmony Kingdom collection. This is the 2009 Romance Annual piece, called Hearts A Flutter. It features two Lovebirds, as you can see. Inside are little carved hearts. So sweet.

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And finally, I received the latest issue of Cross-stitch & Needlework magazine. I settled in to flip through it Tuesday night and came across this beautiful piece. It’s a reproduction of an antique Valentine postcard. I thinks it’s beautiful. The designer is listed as Barbara Sestok.

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So that’s what was in my mailbox!! I do apologize for the dark photos today that all took place on the floor. At 10pm at night, it’s the best I could do.

I am grateful for ginger ale.

40 thoughts on “Mailbox Joy”

  1. You had some fantastic mail! Love your RR, it turned out really well. I’m looking forward to seeing your finishing touches to it.

  2. You had some fantastic mail! Love your RR, it turned out really well. I’m looking forward to seeing your finishing touches to it.

  3. Wow – now that was some trip to the mail box.
    I am so glad that your RR is home safe and sound. Mine arrived yesterday.
    It was a great pleasure to stitch on your RR. I loved the Halloween theme.

  4. Wow – now that was some trip to the mail box.
    I am so glad that your RR is home safe and sound. Mine arrived yesterday.
    It was a great pleasure to stitch on your RR. I loved the Halloween theme.

  5. Great your RR made it home safely. It looks wonderful. I love your Love Birds, I have 2 (real ones) and they are fun to watch.

  6. Great your RR made it home safely. It looks wonderful. I love your Love Birds, I have 2 (real ones) and they are fun to watch.

  7. Wowza!!! Love the halloween RR, it looks super awesome.
    I am glad it made it back to you safe and sound.
    You got some beautiful thread stash there.
    The Valentine deign is beautiful.

  8. Wowza!!! Love the halloween RR, it looks super awesome.
    I am glad it made it back to you safe and sound.
    You got some beautiful thread stash there.
    The Valentine deign is beautiful.

  9. You must be very fond of your mailman by now :o)
    I’m glad you like your NRR, Michelle, and that it arrived safely!!!
    I LOVE Simply Wool. I’m stitching a sampler for my son using a Simply Woolly colour called Dungarees. Couldn’t resist. I’m sure you’ll love working with these threads. How kind of Annemiek to send them to you!

  10. You must be very fond of your mailman by now :o)
    I’m glad you like your NRR, Michelle, and that it arrived safely!!!
    I LOVE Simply Wool. I’m stitching a sampler for my son using a Simply Woolly colour called Dungarees. Couldn’t resist. I’m sure you’ll love working with these threads. How kind of Annemiek to send them to you!

  11. Hmmm. Is there a particular reason you’re thankful for ginger ale?

    What a gorgeous RR! Great theme, lovely linen, and so clever to have the blocks not set in blocks!

    The lovebirds are sweet, and the valentine in C&N magazine is stunning, and looks as if it would take a looooong time.

  12. Hmmm. Is there a particular reason you’re thankful for ginger ale?

    What a gorgeous RR! Great theme, lovely linen, and so clever to have the blocks not set in blocks!

    The lovebirds are sweet, and the valentine in C&N magazine is stunning, and looks as if it would take a looooong time.

  13. Talk abut a great mail day!! Woo! You had a great haul. Your Halloween RR is so pretty, and the additions that you plan to do sound like they will be perfect for it. The threads for ATS–don’t they make your heart sing?? I love the CHS A&E, too; I hope to stitch it this year. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of the GAST wool threads.

  14. Talk abut a great mail day!! Woo! You had a great haul. Your Halloween RR is so pretty, and the additions that you plan to do sound like they will be perfect for it. The threads for ATS–don’t they make your heart sing?? I love the CHS A&E, too; I hope to stitch it this year. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of the GAST wool threads.

  15. Your Round Robin turned out beautifully. Everything is in harmony and now you can add the cherry on the cake. Real happy that you stitched with sincere ladies and got your RR back.It makes it all worth it.
    Alice

  16. Your Round Robin turned out beautifully. Everything is in harmony and now you can add the cherry on the cake. Real happy that you stitched with sincere ladies and got your RR back.It makes it all worth it.
    Alice

  17. Now this is what I call a good mail day, too. Your RR looks terrific, what a wonderful piece. All the stitched pieces match perfectly and I’m sure it will be a lot of fun to finish it.

  18. Now this is what I call a good mail day, too. Your RR looks terrific, what a wonderful piece. All the stitched pieces match perfectly and I’m sure it will be a lot of fun to finish it.

  19. Your Halloween RR is wonderful! You must be thrilled that it’s back home!

    I think that Valentine is gorgeous too. I’m seriously thinking about stitching it~~even though it’s not what I typically pick!

  20. Your Halloween RR is wonderful! You must be thrilled that it’s back home!

    I think that Valentine is gorgeous too. I’m seriously thinking about stitching it~~even though it’s not what I typically pick!

  21. First, let me say that I just love your Halloween RR. (It still makes me sick to remember the last one.)
    I don’t know what it is about Adam & Eve lately. I have kitted up at least for A&E charts, including ATS. I’ll have to check out Siobhan’s wall. Take care, Michelle! I always enjoy your blog, even when I don’t post a comment.

  22. First, let me say that I just love your Halloween RR. (It still makes me sick to remember the last one.)
    I don’t know what it is about Adam & Eve lately. I have kitted up at least for A&E charts, including ATS. I’ll have to check out Siobhan’s wall. Take care, Michelle! I always enjoy your blog, even when I don’t post a comment.

  23. Hi Michelle —

    Could you please email me? I found something that you are looking for but I have misplaced your address. Thanks!

    Cathy B
    (tadten @ msn . com) – remove spaces

  24. Hi Michelle —

    Could you please email me? I found something that you are looking for but I have misplaced your address. Thanks!

    Cathy B
    (tadten @ msn . com) – remove spaces

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