Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bloggy Bling

Hello everyone! I want to thank you all again for your wonderful words of support, advise, and comfort. Without them I would have felt very alone. I was able to ask for help from my church, and they responded swiftly and with great love to get me the two most important meds. The others will last until Saturday when Doug and I will now be able to get those. I am always amazed at how people really are willing to help when your in need.

I am back to my normal self now, and want to share some pictures. I may do this in two posts, we will see. First, I want to show you all the blog love I have received recently.

I won the May giveaway at The Blind Pig and the Acorn. I was really excited about this because not only do I love reading Tippers thought provoking posts, but I love her Appalachian folk paintings. Typically when we think of how angels are portrayed in art, we think of young beautiful almost fairy like creatures, or glowing cherubim. Tippers angels are older women, standing watch over us. Much like all the women in my life. The portrayal feels more realistic to me. Comforting.

The painting came framed with a few wonderful homemade cards. I keep her right next to me at my computer! She sells them in her Etsy shop, you should take a look. When I make my fortune I am going to get a collection!

The same day (all the giveaways I have won have come in twos!), I won Upstate Lisa's bloggiversary quilt!
What a win! She has been exploring her wonky side lately and made this great wall quilt of wonky houses. When I get a rod, it is going on my office door. That spot has needed something for a long time. When I showed Doug a picture of the quilt, he was not totaly taken in, but when he saw it, he LOVED it.

He shows all his friends when they come over! I love it too, I can't thank you enough Lisa for the beauty you have brought into our house (I also won her last one around Easter where we got these, which Doug whisked off to the perfect spot almost before I could photo them!). You have a fan in Doug, Lisa.

She even quilted little houses into the border. I don't know if you can see them but they are darling!

Those of you that have been reading lately know I was involved in the Flirty Apron Swap, Celebrating Independence. I was making for Sue Ann and was a bit nervous because she is so talented, plus she has a lot of aprons so I wanted this one to be unique. I posted more about it here. I used the pinup girl fabric lined with a very vintage blue gingham and with red and white polkadot prairie points on the bottom.
I am really pleased with how it turned out, especially since it is my first ever apron. Sue Ann received it monday, and I think she loves it. I tried to eminate the style she likes. The secret swaps are so fun. When you are researching the person, you almost feel like a secret spy lol.

I knew my apron would be here soon, and sure enough, when I got home from the dreaded appointment Friday there was a patriotic gift box with my name on it, all the way from GA.

Laura from Beelicious made me a gorgeous apron and included several goodies including glitter and address labels! I adore the apron, I almost don't want to take it off or use it, ha ha. It will get plenty of use!

Thanks so much Laura. I know there is another Flirty swap coming soon so stay tuned for that.

Finally, my partner in the Mini Quilt Swap is a lot more on the ball than me, the perpetual procrastinator! My mini quilt also arrived Friday, all the way from Jen "Hedgehog" in Finland.

According to the postage stamp, it only took THREE day! Amazing. The quilt is darling! It has an appliqued tree with button and quilted berries. You know I love trees. It also has a tiny hedgehog button at the bottom and this adorable label. I don't have a photo, but you should see it next to the angel painting. Perfect!

With all I was dealing with this past week, I didn't get as much done as I wanted but should have mine ready to send off this weekend, when I can at least post teasers. July's mini quilt theme is "triangles" so it looks like I am going to try my hand at some mini piecing. It is so nice to be feeling better and have more control over things for the moment. I have some great photo's of Symphony Hall and the Boston Pops show we went to last week, so they will be surfacing soon! I took this last photo yesterday while I was waiting for the sun to shine, in our back courtyard. George has done miracles back there. I know the name of these flowers but cant think of it at the moment. I always loved them though. They are full of flower personality. Have a great day everyone! Love Stacy


Tipper said...

Stacy you are so nice! Thank you for bragging about my Angels-I love how you described them. And I'm so glad you liked her and the cards. I so needed a pick me up-and you just give me one!

Glay your feeling better too!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What cute things. I love that upstate Lisa thing so if I didn't win it I'm glad you did!

Its all about asking in faith and then waiting. Sometimes truth and blessings are not manifested the way we think they might be but help does come in some form or another.

upstateLisa said...

Hey Stacy, maybe next time, Doug should enter my giveaway :-). Glad you all like it. I love the mini tree quilt!!! How cute! Glad things are looking up for you!! Take care. George did well, huh? Beautiful flower... maybe a lily?? Not good with flora myself.

Amy said...

I'm glad that things have worked out--I've been thinking about you!

I love lilies, too! :)

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Stacy, here's hoping that all that giveaway and swap luck is a sign of more good things coming your way. Have a great weekend!

Jacquie said...

So glad you are on the upswing! What wonderful goodies you received. Life is good!

Maureen said...

Stacy, glad you are on a more even keel. I'll be glad to get better net connection and come back and take a serious read/look at those lovely swaps.

Collectincat said...

I hadn't been by to visit and am sorry to hear you were down, but I see all things worked out well. So glad to hear it.
That is a 'day lily' and we have zillions of those classic orange ones in our yard that were here when we bought it 37 yearas ago. They are edible when they are almost open and look like a pod shape. Some people deep fry; them. Never tried it myself, but is one of those neat facts I like to know!
It's great that you won all those cool goodies, as you needed the 'happy mail day'.
Isn't it exciting when you can look forward to the mailbox walk, and there may be something that awesome in it?

BigCat said...

So much crafty goodness. It's wonderful to see it happening just when you need it. Glad things seem to be on the improve.

Vickie said...

I am so glad everything is better for you! All your swaps and giveaway prizes are wonderful! We love lilies of course! Lillie's favorite color is orange!
Love, Vickie

Sweet P said...

What a wonderful collection of goodies! Aren't swaps so much fun?

I'm sorry to hear about the mishap with insurance and medicine. But I'm glad you're doing better now.

Chocolate Cat said...

Have been thinking of you and hoping things had sorted themselves out a little. How wonderful to get special mail in a week when it would mean so much.