Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I was going to post these last week, but with one thing and another I never got there. These are a few of the lovely things that my Sister bought back from her trip OS. From Paris she bought me a beautiful pair of earrings. From Venice she bought me a gondola charm (which I just noticed you can't see) for one of my Pandora bracelets. While in London she went to the Cath Kidston shop and bought me one of her book bags in a beautiful blue print.

This is the gondola charm amongst my collection of charms. I really love my Pandora bracelets. The only trouble is when I wear them on the same wrist, after awhile my wrist starts to ache. I know, I know what you are thinking "Why wear them both on the same wrist?" It's just sometimes I like to wear them together. Not all the time though. LOL.

Aren't these earrings pretty? They have little blue flowers up the top that look like Forget-me-Nots and also each earring has a small blue stone on the top. They are silver with a enamel wash over the silver. Very pretty.

As I have previously told you she went to an exhibition in Paris on Marie-Antoinette. She bought me the above Pill Box and Ruler. She thought that I may be able to put them into my sewing box. She has also bought me a few other things which I will receive for my for the rest of the family.

Last Friday was my Mum's 78th birthday. My Dad, Sister and I decided that because Mum doesn't have a grave at the present time and we can't go and visit her there on her birthday, that we would each buy a bunch of beautiful flowers each and place them in our homes, as we feel that she is around us all. My Mum truly loved flowers and had the most beautiful (still does) gardens.

When I saw the above sampler called Lois Minshall 1832 from Threads of Gold I mentioned to my friend Joanie from Joanie's World that I had seen this beautiful sampler and that I would love to do with my Mum's name on it. It turned out that Joanie had the graph and kindly sent it to me. Thank you I really love this sampler. I have kitted it up and I am planning to start working her probably after I finish Kitty Biggs.

Talking of Kitty Biggs this is my progress. I really haven't done that much since my last post. I haven't been feeling too well over the last week with some sort of virus . Also with the very cold weather we have been having I have discovered that I have been having trouble holding the needle with one of my fingers. It has the dreaded Arthritis in it. It's something that I am unfortunately full of. I think I'm starting to take over from my Mum as she used to have a lot of problems with it. I think I need to move to a warmer climate. Don't tell my DH. He would have the For Sale sign out the front quicker than you could say "Goodness, it's cold!". LOL.


Joanie said...

Oh what wonderful gifts your sister brought to you from her travels. I LOVE everything!

I was very happy to send you Lois. It's a beautiful sampler and I know your Mum would love it.

I owe you a long email...I promise to get one to you soon!

Love hearing from you!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Sandra,

Wow, you got some great loot...er
...your sister brought you some
lovely gifts back from her trip.

I love the earrings the most,
which is funny because I myself
have never worn earrings. But
these are so pretty, and I love
both the enameling and the little
blue flower at the top.

The book bag is very pretty too,
with the delicate floral pattern.
And book bags are so useful. Heh!
Specially around here.

I would really love to see that
exhibition on Marie Antoinette.
It would be fascinating to see
all the artifacts. Wonder if
they plan to take it on tour

The Lois Minshall sampler is so
pretty, and I love the colours
in it, as well as the flowers.
It'll be a lovely remembrance
of your Mother.

I'm sorry to hear that you've
not been feeling too good
lately. Hope the virus doesn't
hang around for too much longer
and you feel better soon.

Arthritis is a nasty affliction.
My Mom has it throughout her
back, but that's mainly because
of her injuring it when she was
young and having had two
surgeries on it in her middle
years. It's inevitable that
arthritis would set in. Hope
your hands and fingers aren't
giving you too much trouble.

Thanks for showing the lovely
pictures of your gifts and
your stitching.


Suzanne said...

What wonderful gifts you received from your sister. Those earrings are gorgeous.

I love the sampler that you plan to do in memory of your Mother. I am sure that she would have loved it.

Joan said...

Hi Sandra

Hey! lucky you what 'beaut' gifts.
Joe(husband) and I went to Europe in April...we had 2 whole days in Paris is was wonderful...what memories.

Cheers Joan of the 'little place'

Wendy said...

That's quite a treasure trove of goodies from your sister! I'm envious of the Marie Antoinette exhibit - that must have been amazing.

Hope you are feeling better soon! And I love how you are honouring your Mum's birthday - beautiful flowers in your home is a lovely tribute to her.

Joanie said...

You've received another Kreative Blog award, dear! Pop over and claim your award from my blog.

BTW... I am SO jealous of your Pandora bracelet. I am in lust..LOL!!!

Michele said...

Wow! Who knew a ruler could be so beautiful!


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tkdchick said...

What a beautiful sampler! And what great gifts from your sister!

Lapplisor said...

Dear Sandra
I am pleased that your sister bring along so wonderful things from Europe for you.
It is beautiful to possess such memories.

Also my mother would have become 78 years old in July, as beautiful that it her mother in your center had.
Your embroidery becomes wonderful, and your new sample cloth grows also slowly.
I hope much that you are now recovered!
Cordial greetings from the north of Europe
♥☼♥ Barbara ♥☼♥