Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Birthday Surprise

I came home today and went to get the mail figuring that it would be the usual mix, junk mail and bills. However, when I reached in and pulled it out there was a wonderful surprise inside. I can't believe that I'm the lucky recipient of one of Carol's beautiful fobs.

I'm constantly amazed at all the wonderful fobs and such that Carol makes. I don't think she ever sleeps given all the beautiful stitching she gets done, for so many others as well as herself. I never imagined I'd be one of the people that would be treated to her lovely work as a birthday present. I've been blogging about a year now, and have known Carol for about six months of that. So although that is a bit of time, it really isn't that long for her to make such a gorgeous treat like this for me. Isn't it beautiful? It has such tiny little stitches and it's finished beautifully. Carol did the S from Nature's Alphabet by Elizabeth's Designs. This is so perfect, I love the cheerful looking sunflowers, and it has a sweet little charm on the corner that says "made for you" On the back she has the little tree with both of our initials. I still can't believe that she's taken the time to make something this lovely for someone she's only known through blogging such a short time. Thank you so much Carol for your generous and beautiful birthday present, I'll love using this.

The timing was perfect too, as I was feeling a bit down. My DD left Tues. for her new job, she's ran off to join the circus. Yup, you read that right, the circus. I remember when I was younger threatening to do that, but she actually has. She accepted a position with Ringling Brothers and so she flew off to Texas to join up with them. Her contract is for six months, which gives them time to see if they like her, as well as if she likes working for them (and the nomadic lifestyle). If at the end of six months both sides are happy she'll stay on, otherwise it will be on to something different. It will be a huge change from the normal settled lifestyle one normally has with all the traveling around and living on a train. She has a small little compartment on the train for her living quarters. The train moves the whole group around from place to place while they are on tour. Needless to say, her cat and 2 gecko's couldn't go, so I'm doing grandma duty to my four footed grandkids as she puts it for a bit. Luckily her cat Isis seems to have fit in with my 3 cats and 2 dogs without much problem, and the gecko's are content to just look out of their aquarium while the various furbodies look back at them. It should be an interesting six months all around.

With everything we needed to get done for her to leave, not a whole lot of stitching has been getting done. I've made a little more headway on Flower Dragons, here is where it is at now (I'm about half done with the first page). So far I'm really enjoying it, but it still seems odd to be working on a project that covers 12 pages. :)

40 Comments:

  • At 10:10 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

    What a beautiful fob from Carol!

    What is your daughter going to be doing with the circus? Sounds like a fun job. :)

     
  • At 10:28 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

    Oh, Sue! Happy Birthday, Sweetie! What a lovely birthday surprise to come home to... and such a special treasure! Carol is so sweet and thoughtful... It's a gorgeous fob and I love it! I didn't know it was your birthday... Is it today?

    I'm sorry you are feeling blue, Hun... I know it's hard when you're so far away from your beloved family members... Hopefully, your dd will have a chance to take time off from her travels with the Circus and visit you and the critters! :-) It does sound exciting though and just think of all the places she'll see and all the exciting times she will have! What an adventure! She will have to start a blog and that way you will feel closer to each other and share her adventures! :-)

    Your latest finishes are beautiful in the frames... I think Dogs looks fantastic! And your dd's Phoenix is gorgeous! The wee gecko is so cute!

    Flower Dragons is coming along beautifully! I love the sparkly fabby... it is perfect!

    Hope you are feeling better Hun... Sending you lots of love and {{{Hugs}}} and Special Birthday Wishes... Hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter, beautiful memories and loads of stitchy surprises! :-)

     
  • At 11:19 PM , Blogger Carol said...

    Oh Sue - it was my sheer pleasure to stitch this for you :-) I am glad you like it!!

    The circus?? Oh my - what does she do with them? It sounds exciting for a young person! I hope it is not the trapeze!

     
  • At 3:48 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

    Happy Birthday! What a beautiful fob!

     
  • At 4:21 AM , Anonymous alessandra said...

    Hi
    I'm Alessandra from group LHN,your blog is beautiful...and thank you for your answer in a forum LHN.
    If you want you can visit my blog...
    Yhank you !!!!!

     
  • At 6:50 AM , Blogger xstitch.nl said...

    Happy birthday, Sue!! Carol's fob is beautiful, isn't she just the sweetest?!! Have a great day!!!

     
  • At 8:40 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

    What a beautiful fob! You're making great progress on Flower Dragons, too!

    The circus sounds wildly exciting. Hopefully, it will travel near you often!

     
  • At 8:45 AM , Blogger Sally said...

    What a beautiful fob Sue.

    Hope you're feeling a bit brighter. It must be hard having your DD leave home. I dread it when the time comes I must admit.

     
  • At 9:08 AM , Blogger tkdchick said...

    Eeeek! Your daughter acutally ran away to join the circus??? OMG! What is she going to do for them?

    Wow another beautiful Carol fob!

    Keep going with that large design you'll get a huge sense of accomplishment when its done!

     
  • At 9:18 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

    Your fob is lovely! It is wonderful to receive one of Carol's fobs.

     
  • At 9:25 AM , Blogger Meari said...

    The fob is beautiful! What kind of job does your DD have with the circus?

     
  • At 10:42 AM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Ok I read this on the boards and now on your blog. I want more details. What will she be doing? My first thought was a clown (since you never mentioned she was a trapese artist), but then you mentioned paperwork. Does she wear a costume???

     
  • At 10:51 AM , Anonymous Lauren said...

    How gorgeous! What will DD be doing with the circus?

     
  • At 11:31 AM , Blogger Cheryl said...

    Beautiful fob from Carol. Sorry to hear you've been feeling down. I know it's hard to be apart from family. Im glad your lovely gift from Carol brightened your day. Happy Birthday whenever it is! Like all your other commenters, im intrigued...what will your DD be doing in the circus?

     
  • At 12:17 PM , Blogger Stitchingnow said...

    Carol did a great job. Happy Birthday to you. Great opertunity for DD: the best of luck to her.
    Have fun babysitting..LOL

     
  • At 1:00 PM , Blogger Karoline said...

    Happy birthday Sue, your fob is gorgeous

     
  • At 3:17 PM , Anonymous June said...

    Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    (hugs)

     
  • At 3:49 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

    Your daughter joined the circus?! Too cool!! What fun!! I hope she has a blast.

    But of course I can well imagine that it's not such happy news for you. I hope you'll be feeling sprightly soon. Sending ((((hugs)))))!

     
  • At 4:00 PM , Blogger Carto said...

    Aww I love it - Carol is such a talented lass isn't she? She's a great gal, much like yourself :)

    And a belated very Happy Birthday to you Sue - here's to lots more Birthdays and I hope you got lots of lovely pressies! xx

     
  • At 4:03 PM , Blogger DaisyGirl said...

    Happy Birthday! What a great pressie to receive in the mail! I hope your daughter likes the circus, you know what I was always afraid of the circus. It seemed scary to me. Just think though, she will get to travel everywhere!
    Donna

     
  • At 10:02 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful surprise to receive. Carol's fobs are beautiful.
    What will your daughter be doing with the circus?

     
  • At 10:24 PM , Blogger Needlewoman said...

    I hope your daughter likes the circus -- one of my friends in high school had an opportunity to go to clown school and declined (he hated kids). His parents teased him for years because he had a chance to run away and join the circus and didn't.

    Jenny
    www.readingandstitchinginil.com

     
  • At 11:15 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    I know it's hard for you to have your daughter traveling like that with the circus, but oh man! How cool for her! I used to work as a commercial fisher(wo)man (not quite as romantic as the circus)when I was in my 20's and it was very nomadic...sometimes I wish I could do that again, I LOVED the life! But then I come back to my senses! LOL! What will she be doing with them?
    That fob from CArol is so cute...love the sunflowers. You deserve it, enjoy!

     
  • At 12:41 AM , Blogger Dawn said...

    The fob is stunning!! Sorry you are feeling down. ((hugs))

     
  • At 5:46 AM , Blogger Jade said...

    Happy Birthday Sue! Those fobs are so lovely, no wonder they brightened your day! Whatever your daughter will do after these next 6 months, this is gonna be a great experience for her - and for you as well. Especially with all those critters in your home. :) Keep us updated!

     
  • At 7:04 AM , Blogger Isabelle said...

    Happy Birthday, Sue! Beautiful fob from Carol.

    I do hope your daughter will be happy, and you, by the same token. I can totally imagine how difficult that must be for you. (((hugs)))

     
  • At 4:59 PM , Blogger The Silver Thistle said...

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes!! HOpe you had a great day!

    I'm as curious as the others, to find out what your DD is going to be doing in the Big Top. Can't wait to find out.

     
  • At 6:36 AM , Blogger Barb said...

    Those are pretty fobs. Your WIP is looking good. Happy birthdeay a little late.

     
  • At 8:47 AM , Blogger Wendy said...

    Happy Birthday, Sue! And how sweet of Carol to send you one of her beautiful fobs.

    Its such a difficult time when one of the kids decides its time to go off on their own. Sending some hugs your way!

     
  • At 9:44 AM , Blogger Dee said...

    Happy Birthday! (a little late)

    Hope you daughter has a good time with the circus! I'm curious like everyone else, what will she be doing?

     
  • At 2:53 PM , Blogger rose_michelle said...

    What a beautiful birthday gift! Maybe I'm just a young one in the group, but the circus sounds fun. I worked as a Catalina Cowgirl for a few months in college and it was quite an adventure. It's definately somehign I'm glad I did before settling down.

     
  • At 3:21 PM , Blogger Dee said...

    What does it say on the little silver charm?

     
  • At 3:24 PM , Blogger Lili said...

    Oh, I can't believe your DD's "run off" with the circus! What is she going to do? That must be hard for you but if she likes it, then you gotta take it... Well, that's what all of us -parents- have to go through. But geckos and circus... Pray she doesn't come back with a tiger cub! Lol!!! No, really, I'm sorry because you must be feeling down. So would I... And the geckos are no real comfort... Fortunately, now we have cell phones!
    That's a lovely fob for a lovely Sue!...
    Take care -and I'm sending you warm comforting thoughts.
    Lili

     
  • At 3:25 PM , Blogger Lili said...

    PS: happy birthday... late...

     
  • At 12:07 AM , Blogger sugardoll said...

    Oh my! Looks like I'm a little late, but I hope you had a very Happy Birthday!!

    The fob is so cute! Isn't it just lovely of Carol to make something so special for her stitchy friends? Yey Carol!!

    Your flower dragon is intriguing me...Looks great so far. =)

     
  • At 12:25 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

    Wow...how cool is the circus! Hope she sends you pics you can share!!! That fob is cute!!! Happy Birthday..belated!

     
  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger Hazel said...

    wow gorgeous fob!!! Well done Carol you are such a blessing! The circus eh? Wow that is exciting. xx

     
  • At 4:50 PM , Blogger Crazee4books said...

    Hi Sue, Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. It's always so nice to meet new bloggers who share the same interests, and introduces new ones.
    Lucky you to have received one of Carols pieces. The fob is beautiful, and a real keepsake.
    I know you've been asked this by several others in the comments section here but I have to second, or third the question...what is your daughter going to be doing at the circus???
    Cheers for now.

     
  • At 11:18 PM , Anonymous monique said...

    The circus?! How exciting! She will have a wonderful adventure, I bet.

     
  • At 7:07 PM , Blogger Beatrice said...

    Hi Sue, Thanks for visiting my Blog!! It's nice to meet a new stitching friend.
    Happy Birthday.

     

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