Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Mail . . . a surprise from STEFFINI!

This absolutely amazing hankie was handmade by SteffiniD and sent to me for my recent birthday. It is embroidered with a cake, candles [the 'flames' are bullion knots!], and balloons -- this little gal loves balloons! lol. A birthday wish is stitched in the corner, along with the date. Note the tatted edging! WOWZER, I never saw anything like this before... it's perfect! The back of the hankie looks almost identical to the front--Steffini's work is that precise! Thank you, Steffini!

Steffini also sent this lovely how-to book about needle-tatting, a few tatting needles, and some thread! I've been playing with this book... it's great! I've completed a couple of tiny practice items, and will post pics soon. This is gonna take a lot of practice... I can tell! lol

In addition to all her other talents, Steffini can also cook, bake, can, etc..... So, she whipped up a big batch of Cran-Apple Butter and sent me some! YUMMO!!! Amazingly enough, I had just baked a loaf of sourdough bread early Friday morning and had creme cheese on hand, too... guess what this lucky little gal had for her breakfast??? Wow, jar is pretty too!
Steffini's gifts [except the apple butter!] were all tucked inside pockets sewn on a lovely wall hanging she made. Now that's what I call a clever presentation! Picture to follow...I want it hanging on the wall before I take the picture. It's gorgeous!

Thank you for everything, Steffini. I am blown away by your generosity and will always treasure your gifts, but most of all, I treasure your loving friendship!
Today -- Sunday -- was a lovely day here in my little corner of the world. The sun was shinning, it was neither too hot nor to cool, a faint breeze was blowing off the ocean, the birds were singing. It was lovely indeed. Days like these are special. I truly hope your day was as wonderful!

More soon,




John'aLee said...

What a great friend you have. The embroidery piece is stunning.
I took a class on tatting and they used that same book. I'm so glad I took the class...I would have been lost. And you are is time consuming but oh so beautiful when you get it done.
Great blog.

Elly D said...

OH WOW!!! Steffini does BEAUTIFUL work! Her embroidery and the tatting is amazing!! You lucky ducky Cyn ;)) Hugs Ellyx