Monday, November 28, 2016

Regarding RAKs.....Not Only Can I Not.....

......keep proper track of my 60 RAK extravaganza, I can't count.

More RAKs have arrived.

#56 went to Maria of Dottys Daughter:


Limoges box painted by me (24 Kt gold embellishments)


Extras

#57 was delivered to Lynda-Ruth of Purple Pixie Dust:


Hand painted porcelain tea caddy in Satsuma style - 24Kt gold embellishments 


Extras

#58 was sent to Jo of ButterZ (again)......see #45.....


"Love" pillow


Extras

#59 sent and delivered to Justine of Justine's Cross Stitch:


LHN Proverbs ornament


Extras

Did I mention I can't count? There are two more RAKs yet to be delivered. SHRUG. Guess I was a bit over exuberant.....or  maybe obsessed would be a better word. 

About Jo's second RAK.....it must have been meant to be. Here's what I'd sent her before (yes, #45 will be forever burned into my mind).....they match! - HA! - Must have been meant to be....


RAK #45

Stay tuned for the final TWO......swirling over the oceans blue.....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Down, Five to Go!!

Happy news! RAKs #54 and #55 arrived on doorsteps!

#54 - to Kimberly at Granny Stitches


Suede Fleur de lis needlepoint box


Extra goodies for future stitching 

#55 to Angela of Hooked on Stitches


Needlepoint pillow/door hanger


The Sweetheart Tree's "The Queen's Strawberry Fob" - (notice the royalty theme?)

To take a peek at all 55, please click on the "60 RAKs" button at the top of my blog, or click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I Can't Believe I........



OK - today is a banner day. I sent off my

  60TH RAK today!!! HOLY SMOKES!

HOLY COW!

Or to quote Snoopy,


Oh me, Oh my......

53 RAKs have been officially delivered.....seven are swirling in the mail somewhere on this planet...

I gave the post office clerks a Thank You gift for all their patience and help....



Now......let me return to my Happy Dance!!




Saturday, November 5, 2016

54! Only 6 More to Go!!

YIPPE!!!!! SKIPPEE!!!!




A visit to the post office yesterday.....more RAKs went out......only six more to go to the magic number:


I have five more ready to pack up.....just need more boxes................stay tuned!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ninth Teacup Exchange

The lovely Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose hosted her Ninth Teacup Exchange. I missed out on the first eight <G>, but am so happy I was able to participate in this grand exchange this time.

I chose to exchange two - a teacup and a mug. Look what I received from Shirlee (Peacefully Knitting and The Easily Influenced Stitcher):


Not one, but THREE mugs, a case to carry tea bags in my purse, note cards and a beautiful book of daily devotions, "Be Still and Know".


A box of ginger lemon cremes (YUMMEE), gorgeous notepad and MY FAVORITE - Harney and Sons Earl Grey tea - THANK YOU, SHIRLEE!!

And from Deborah of The Beautiful Matters:


A stunning antique cup and saucer, vintage linens (LOVE vintage linens), Harney and Sons Earl Grey tea (did I mention they are my favorite??), a beautiful journal, notepad for my purse and milk chocolate sea salt caramel mini bites by "Sanders".
THANK YOU, DEBORAH!!

Aren't these exchange gifts marvelous??? A huge shout-out and THANK YOU to Stephanie for hosting this exchange. I'm looking forward to the next one.

SIDE NOTE: I've never, ever had chocolate sea salt and caramel before. The serving size on the bag said 8 pieces.....and there were approximately three servings in the bag. I thought, "That's not bad - 8 pieces....I'll try them." Three servings later, I was still fishing in the bag hoping there were some I'd missed. No luck.

Deborah - you've created a monster! - HA!

I neglected to take pictures of the exchange packages I sent....pop over to Anne's blog - Stuff and Nonsense to see what I sent to her.....and over to visit Linda at Lady Linda to see her gifts. This entire experience has been heartwarming - it's so nice to meet new friends through the blogsphere!











Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Two Surprises, Link Party

Well, made it back home from visiting my DD and DGS. It was SOOOOO fun to spend time with them both. Man oh man......I'd forgotten how ACTIVE a two-year-old can be. It's good to be back....but it was so hard to leave.

Look what was waiting for me when I walked in the door:


Minestrone soup was in the crock pot.....and DH handed me a glass of wine. Perfect.

Going through the mail upon my return, I found two surprises - here are birthday gifts from sweet Lilllie of Little Needlecrafter:


A gorgeous scarf I can use as a scarf or wrap and a lovely stitched piece, "Belle", in my favorite color! THANK YOU, LILLIE!

And my dear friend, Renee of Living My Dream sent me two hand stitched gifts....but I can only share one right now, as another will be featured on a magazine early next year, so I"m sworn to secrecy....


This little zippered bag matches a coin purse Renee sent me a year ago or so. I LOVE the material - and the inside has cat eyes that glow - AWESOME! Thank you so much, Renee.

Today is the big reveal day for Stephanie's Teacup Exchange. I've employed DH to take some pictures for me (it's a bit overcast here, so I can't get good pictures). I'll share my delightful gifts and link up with Stephanie and all later today.

Take care!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Surprise, RAK #47, More of Eve, On the Road Again

I received the loveliest surprised the mail from Rosey of Ishkabibble blog. A sweet crocheted bookmark in my very favorite color - BLUE! Thank you so very much, Rosey. What a nice surprise to receive in the mail!!



RAK #47 was given to a dear friend, Evelyn. She and her husband were such good friends of my mother and step-father.....and were there for me through all the struggles with their illnesses. They have remained close friends.  Evelyn has admired my little ladies - so gave Consuelo to her yesterday - her very favorite.



In my last post, I shared my sculpting adventure in Utah with Jack Johnston and Apryl Jensen. Last post I showed you the steps to sculpt the head for it's first baking. Since then, I named the lady "Eve" since she's my first sculpted doll and Eve was the first woman. I thought it appropriate and fitting.


Eve after baking - head measures approximately 3 inches


Sculpting the ears - Side view


Front view after sculpting the ears


Sculpted Shoes with buckles and bows (They will be painted after I decide on her costume)


Little ribbons added to the bows


Sculpting the hands


Top view of sculpted hands

I still have to decide on Eve's dress/costume and hair style. I'll post as soon as she's complete, though it will be a few weeks because....

I'm "On the Road Again"..... driving to Pennsylvania to help DD with DGS while SIL is traveling. YIPPEE! More hugs and squeals from DGS. He's such a cutie!! DH will stay home and do what needs to be done to prepare the farm for winter weather.

Until I return, have a wonderful week full of love, laughter and lots of stitching.