Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Mother's Day, A finish and giveaways galore!

I hope that all of the mothers out there in blogland had a most enjoyable Mother's Day. Our day turned out to be absolutely glorious with sunny skies and warm temps. My youngest son, Chris, returned home unexpectedly for a job interview so he treated me to a lovely lunch on Sunday at my favourite bagel & deli haunt. Chris' girlfriend and my son Daniel also joined Bob and me. Only Jeff was unable to join us, having visited two weeks ago.

We had a great time catching up. It looks like Chris will have a job waiting for him when he returns to the area on June 1st. It may be only part time for the summer but they expect to have a full time position for him by September. Following our afternoon, Daniel accompanied us back home and spent the day on Monday helping me weed the gardens and lay mulch. Thanks so much Dan! It was a fantastic Mother's Day gift since my hip is not cooperating these days and I wasn't sure just how I was going to get things done.

The lovely weather continues and I was able to plant my containers on the patio. However, prior to my gardening, I had another stitching finish. Early this morning I put in the final stitches on Peace Inside. 

The design called for my initials but there was a gap just above the left side of the house that I filled in with the year of completion as well. This was a delight to work on and only reinforced my love of Midsummer Night Designs. This won't be my last one by any means!

Luck has been running with me in the past couple of weeks since I've been the winner of three separate giveaways! One of my winnings has arrived (BBD Friends booklet) which was a giveaway from Melissa . However I've also been fortunate enough to win two of Donna's latest chart releases. One of these is the start of a whole new series called Birds of a Funky Feather. Love them! Click on Donna's link to drop by at By The Bay Needleart and have a peek. Then this week Edgar emailed me to let me know I'd won a set of Musicals DVDs. How lucky can a girl get? Thank you so much to all my generous blogging friends for hosting these giveaways. Since I just finished celebrating my birthday last Friday, it has been almost like a continuation of the celebration! I'll post pics when all the items have arrived. 

Speaking of my birthday, my DH surprised me with a Brother sewing machine especially for novices. Let the fun begin!! I've only seen pictures because it's on order and we've asked them to hold off shipment until we return from a trip home for our high school reunion. During my absence I won't have a lot of time for blogging. As it is, I need to apologize for my lack of comments lately. Spring cleaning, family matters and getting the yards cleaned up has been taking up a good portion of my time. I've still been checking in to read blogs but I haven't had the time to leave comments. I'm hoping things will settle down mid June. I'll be celebrating 6 yrs of blogging then and I think it's time for me to have a giveaway. Six years of blogging, nearly 300 posts and almost 200 followers! Wow! Time to start planning!  


Patty C. said...

Congratulations on having so many blessings - charts, dvd's, a sewing machine .....All for such a lovely lady !!! And what a wonderful finish - beautiful colors :)

Lois said...

Sounds like a lovely Mother's Day Lynn! What a nice pic of you all. Love your latest finish. You most definitely have hit a lucky streak with all those giveaway wins - enjoy!

Tatkis said...

Wow, you had a wonderful Mother's day, and your finish is sooooo beautiful!
Congratulations with wins and great gift from your DH!
We'll see more sewed finishes soon I hope ;)


Cath said...

A beautiful finish . Looking forward to seeing what you make with your new sewing machine .XX

milly said...

Congratulations on all your presents,

Your finish is beautiful!

CATHI said...

What a wonderful finish! I love this design and will stitch it one day, too! :o)

Have a nice day!


Chris said...

It looks like you had a lovely Mother's Day Lynn!
Your finish is lovely. I love the color palette.
I think you need to buy a lottery ticket :0) Congrats on all the wins.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

well, If I'd a known it was your birthday I'd baked a cake. Many Happy Returns and what a wonderful way to spend Mothers Day. Kudos to Daniel also, you know, our kids just seem to pull it together when we need it eh? Now that your containers and gardens are growing I bet that Gazebo is looking mighty fine my friend! Time for a good old bout of OOTGS.
Be always in stitches

Vickie said...

Six years wow! So great to receive help in the garden from our children. I get help from my three also because of my hip. :( I love your current stitch, so happy.

Bekca said...

Congratulations on all of your wonderful wins! I'm glad to hear you had such an enjoyable Mother's Day. I bet your garden is looking beautiful now.
Best wishes.

Melissa said...

Glad you had a lovely Mother's Day, Lynn! You seem to be on a lucky winning streak - did you go for a lotto ticket too? ;-)

Congratulations on finishing Peace Inside. It's got such fun and liveliness to it. You've got me wanting to stitch this one too!

Catherine said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend! Your finish is so pretty!

Nancy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day, so nice of Dan to help with weeding and mulching! Love your new finish! Congrats on being so lucky winning all those giveaways!

Veronica said...

Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day.

Beautiful finish. I can see why you'll want to stitch another Midsummer Night's design. It's so pretty.

Look forward to see your new sewing machine. You're gonna have tons of fun with it :)


Dani - tkdchick said...

Lynn glad to hear your family treated you to a lovely Mother's day!

Congratulations on your new finish, its so colourful!

Elaine said...

Glad you had such an nice Mothers Day Lynn.
I just love your finish!!! Another beautiful design for my wishlist.
Congrats on all your wins and I look forward to all those lovely sewing machine finishes your going to have. Enjoy your reunion, hugs.

Daffycat said...

Yay, congratulations on the sewing machine! You will enjoy having your own machine.

Carol said...

I'm glad you had such a nice Mother's Day, Lynn. It is so hard to get all the boys at home at the same time, isn't it? I'm happy to hear that Chris has a job waiting for him--that's great news!!

Peace Inside looks gorgeous--it seems like that stitching went quite quickly. You must have really enjoyed it!

And lucky you--three giveaway wins plus a new sewing machine!! ENJOY :)

Congratulations on six years of blogging--you must have been one of the early pioneers :)

Littlebit said...

As usual, your stitching is so beautiful! What a lovely Mother's Day you had, and I cannot wait to see what you work up with your new machine! Love the pic!

Anne said...

Glad you had a lovely Mother's Day Lynn!! I love how your son helped you weed your gardens!! Beautiful finish Lynn!Such a pretty design! And wow! Congrats on the wins you lucky lady!!!

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