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Monday, August 9, 2010

"Makes Me Happy Monday" Numbers 31 and 32.


I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was busy out in the garden on Sunday doing some more rose pruning. Down the front part of the garden this time. I will be back into it today. Now I have two things for my posting today. The first item that made me very happy is that I received my ornament in the Christmas In July Ornament Swap. Look what I found in my parcel, lovingly made by Kathy. A Christmas Bell. Kathy went to a class run by Judith Baker Montano a few years ago. The workmanship is just stunning, all those small pieces sewn together to make the bell.

I do like the gingerbread man card and the the snowflake decorative cutters that Kathy included. It seemed just like Christmas on Friday morning when I opened the parcel. Thank you Kathy.

Onto Number 32 in "Makes Me Happy Monday". I am so happy that I finally got around to making this embroidered strawberry pincushion. I was going through my Machine Embroidery magazines late on Friday night and saw I had this marked to do. It was in "Machine Embroidery" Yearbook. Volume 9. No.5. Mind you the magazine is many years old. Better late than never. It is a design by Rowena Charlton. You can download the instructions and design from her website. I even found some real strawberries getting ready to ripen in the strawberry pot so that is great.

I hope everyone has a "Happy Monday"

Bev C


Sue said...

Gorgeous Christmas ornie and WOW to that strawberry. I thought it was really growing there. Great work

Bobbie Lynn said...

What adorable strawberry, looks real. The bell crazy patch is really cute. My weekend was great and I have been pruning my roses too. The weather here has been great. Happy Monday to you Bev.

Sue said...

Gosh, I thought that strawberry was real and it looked mouthwatering!
That is so sweet :D (pun intended)

Love the goodies you received. They are so adorable!!

Maria said...

I agree with the other ladies that I thought the strawberry was real.
What a lovely Xmas orament you receiced too.
Hope you are having a Great Monday.

Pauline said...

Happy Monday to you, too, Bev. Just love that Christmas bell, very clever! How did you get that strawberry to look so real?

Michelle said...

MMMmmmm strawberries, roll on summer!

Simone de Klerk said...

Great swap ornament bell! Lucky you (o:
And, I love your strawberry. Very pretty.

Farm Girl said...

Beautiful goodies Bev, love your cute strawberry too - bring on spring and summer!!

Terriaw said...

Wonderful things to be happy about for a Monday! I love those goodies you received from your swap partner. Such detail and fine stitching. Enjoy your time in the garden!

Tiffany said...

Christmas in July ornament swap - I love it. That bell is gorgeous, all that lovely stitching! Your strawberry pincushion is so cute.

Cybele's patch said...

Wow that certainly was a happy Monday. The Christmas bell is gorgeous.
The strawberry looks almost real. I was a little mistaken there. Great work Bev!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Bev...how nice to receive those ornaments...and it makes you realize that Christmas isn't that far off!!! It seems like we just had it not long ago too!!!