Thursday, 27 December 2007

Christmas gifts

I had a lovely Christmas and i hope you all did too. It's been fun reading about how you all celebrated the holiday. It was especially exciting reading Barbara's news! Congratulations again Barbara!

We went to a hotel for our Christmas lunch and it was soooooo nice. To start i had Duck Parfait, then i had soup, then a rack of lamb (with all the trimmings), lots of different puddings and then cheese and biscuits (which i was too full for). I decided not to have the traditional Turkey this year and im glad, the lamb was just amazing!

I got so many great presents this year too. DH did good, he bought me an MP3 player, Felicity season 2 boxset and some CDs. My sister and her DH bought me some perfume that i love and have wanted for ages; Stella McCartney Peony and they gave me a gorgeous hand-made necklace. My mum and dad got me loads of great things, in particular lots of quilting stash - a big cutting board, a new rotary cutter, these books...... and that was just some of their gifts!
My in-laws in Canada had asked me what i wanted and i had given them a big list of floss i don't have. I didn't expect them to get me so many!! It's great because floss is so much cheaper over the Atlantic. I can pay 70p if i was to buy it at a local shop. Online i can get it for about 45p but in Canada it's about 50cents i think, so a much better deal!On to stitchy gifts.....on Christmas eve i was so excited to receive my first exchange gift from the SBEBB. This was for the Specific Designer Exchange. Myrna stitched me this beautiful pinkeepand included so many lovely gifts too. LHN's Necessities Sampler which was on my wishlist, some silkweaver fabric, scissors and lovely fabric. I was spoilt! I can't wait to start the Necessities Sampler :) Myrna, thank-you so much for all these lovely gifts! I was thrilled and it was a great package to receive and open on Christmas eve!I also received this lovely package from my friend Lesley just before Christmas. Lesley stitched me this quaker strawberry from the JCS 2006 ornament issue. So pretty and such lovely finishing!
Lesley was also so kind as to include these charts as well, which i love! Thank-you so much Lesley. I really appreciate you sending me all this. That was lovely of you. Can you tell i love LHN?! I have so many charts in my collection now!Im hoping to get in lots of stitching this holiday! Ive finished the stitching on the piece for the Birthday exchange and also for the SBEBB Winter House exchange. Next, i need to work on the SBEBB Winter quaker and then Lizzy's RR. Then im going to limit myself regarding exchanges so that i can work on some wips/ufos. Im also thinking about a big new start for January.....like Vonna, i have also been inspired by Lizzy's RR that i am currently working on (see here) and im thinking of stitching all of LHN's Dear Diary series onto one big piece of linen. Lizzy's RR looks great already and there's only 2 on at the moment. More on that next time.....

41 comments:

lena-lou said...

Wonderful gifts Cheryl and sounds like you had a great day :-)

Enjoy the rest of the holidays and Merry Christmas to you xx

Bliss said...

Oh Cheryl! I got all excited for a moment then & thot that your husband had bought me a ticket to Scotland as your Christmas gift. LOL. Did I mention that I am also blonde?

Season's Greetings to you and yours. The countdown to New Year has started.

Love to you both that 2008 is filled with lots of love, happiness & laughter.

Felicity (aka Bliss) in Australia

DaisyGirl said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day to you! Looks like you made out like a bandit! Enjoy all your prezzies!
Donna

Karen said...

lots of lovely floss, I love the pinkeep and the strawberry,
Sounds like you had a lovely lunch

Anita said...

Wow, lots of wonderful gifts. I know you can put them in good use in 2008. Your christmas meal sounded wonderful. I always love lamb. Happy new year.

Karoline said...

Lovely gifts Cheryl, enjoy the rest of the holidays

Cindy said...

Very nice gifts! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas :)

Here's to a happy & very stitchy 2008!

Teejay said...

It looks like you got a lot of lovely gifts, what a blessing! Happy Holidays!

Karin said...

Wow - so many wonderful Christmas gifts - and your collection of floss is impressive.

Meari said...

Wow. You got a lot of nice gifties! :) I have the Quilters Sourcebook in hardcover... Have had it for ages. It's a good one!

Ranae said...

oh! lots of nice gifts. I love the pinkeep and the quaker strawberry is adorable.
Have a great New Year!

The Silver Thistle said...

You got so many lovely gifts! Lucky girl :D

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas. The lamb sounds yummy. I'm a sucker for traditional turkey at Christmas but lamb is my favourite meat....mmmmm!

tintocktap said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and some gorgeous gifts! Glad you like the strawberry - it was fun to stitch, but a pain to finish! LOL

Have a good Hogmanay when the time comes and all the best for 2008!

Kathy A. said...

My goodness girl = that must have been one heavy sack that Santa was carrying. Well, you know, good things happen to good people. Enjoy your new stash and keep on stitching.

Barbara said...

Oh, those are some great gifts! I can appreciate your delight with the floss from North America, too! ;)

Your meal sounds delicious. Lamb is one of the very few red meats that I actually enjoy - if we go out for my birthday, I often choose that as a special treat.

Tanya said...

Hi Cheryl,
Sounds like you had a delightful, present-filled Christmas! Your gifts sound wonderful and that floss, aweomse :) Enjoy the break and hope you get lots of stitching time in it.

Happy New Year!
Tanya

Carol said...

Congratulations Cheryl - nice exchange from Myrna! That just leaves me waiting in this exchange now :-( Anyhow, happy holidays!!!

Chiasmata said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great christmas. What else could a stitcher want than a stash haul of DMC? :P

You received some beautiful exchanges too. When I first saw Lesley's strawberry I thought it was a mouse!

cathymk said...

Such lovely stitched gifts!! And what a fabulous pile of DMC from the rellies!! Sounds like you have had a wonderful time. Merry Christmas!

Suzanne said...

Wow, what beautiful gifts you have received and all of those DMC threads, what better gift for a stitcher.

I am glad that you had a great Christmas and I hope you have a good new year too.

Jaimie said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! Lovely gifts! Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

Vonna said...

Sounds and looks like the Big man was generous to you :)

Hey e-mail me...if you want to start the DD series as a big sampler...let's SAL!

Teresa said...

Your gifts are lovely. What a beautiful pinkeep! I really love all the additions to your stash. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

staci said...

Fantastic goodies!!! Sounds like you've had a great Christmas!!!

tkdchick said...

Cheryl looks like you did good this year! Glad you got your b-day exchange piece stitched up! I'll be finishing the stitching on mine today and I hope to start the finishing as well.

Its a challenge when your recepient's b-day is in January isn't it?

Lynn said...

Lucky you, what wonderful gifts!
I especially like the strawberry. It's so unique.
Your holiday meal sounds scrumptious. My DH is a big fan of lamb too.
Great new stash too!
Enjoy the rest of your time off.

stitcherw said...

Wow, you did get wonderful goodies. Beautiful finishes to look at and lovely new patterns and supplies for projects. Santa was very good to you this year. :)
Sue

Nelapx said...

Felicidades es muy hermoso...

nutmeg5 said...

What a lovely Christmas! And the pinkeep and strawberry are precious. Your photo of Lizzy's RR has me also thinking of stitching the Dear Diary Series on one big piece of fabric. I have four of the charts already. Hmmmmmm.

Sharon said...

Fabulous gifts Cheryl! The stitchy gifts are just gorgeous. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Susimac said...

Lovely gifts Cheryl and you sound like you have had a wonderful time.

Hazel said...

Great gifts Cheryl. The dinner sounds lovely. xx

nutmeg5 said...

Cheryl, thanks for your message about the LHN Dear Diary SAL. Please count me in.

Paula said...

WOW Cheryl what fabulous gifts you received.....aren't you lucky lol
It sounds like you had a great Christmas.
Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Peaceful Healthy Stitch filled 2008.
(((((hugs))))

Jessie said...

Wonderful lovely gifts Cheryl received for your Christmas!

i wish you a Happy New Year and a great year ahead! Enjoy!

Barbara said...

Lovely gifts! I am a little into quilting myself lately :)

Take care Cheryl and a Happy New Year to you!!

Rick said...

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mymarkdesigns said...

Wow Cheryl, what wonderful gifts!! Sounds as though you'll be very creative in 2008!

Happy New Year!!

Annemarie said...

Wow, Cheryl! Those gifts are amazing! I especially love the Strawberry, how clever is that?

Happy New Year to you and yours!

quiltorstitch said...

How wonderful! I love your post here. You got some great gifties, and you deserve them. I love stash photos LOL! It's so fun getting stash :D

quiltorstitch said...

How wonderful! I love your post here. You got some great gifties, and you deserve them. I love stash photos LOL! It's so fun getting stash :D