Monday, February 2, 2009

Surprise Gifts

While cleaning my office and sewing room today I looked around and noticed how many beautiful surprises I have received over the past couple months. Again, I want to say thank you to all those creative ladies who thought enough of me to share some of their beautiful work. I know I'm not the first to say or think this... but I wonder.... for years I have always made my friends handmade gifts secretly wishing that someone would make me something. A few years ago when I mentioned this thought to one of my best friends she answered "Why would we make you something when you know how to make everything yourself?" I was a bit stunned at her reply and told her that I love the thought, the talent and the creativeness that goes into something someone makes and would so appreciate the feeling behind anything that was ever made just for me. That summer she showed up at my house with one of her first ever quilts as a gift to me for my Birthday...and it's reversible!! She called it "A Study in Women". Missy, I hope you know I love it more than anything and cuddle in it every night when I am sitting here at my computer.

On that note I thought I would take some time to show ya'll some of the wonderful gifts that have come my way recently.

Well my friend Karen thinks she knows me... I think so. She sent me this pretty CQ block that she made depicting things she knows I like. Let's see.... butterflies, the color blue, hearts and lace. If you look closely you can see a heart with a keyboard embroidered in the middle of it (and even a mouse!).... and also a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream. Funny girl... she even embroidered a bottle of Kahula as she knows when we sit and chat late at night on the internet that I always have my flavo snacko to keep me warm.

Jessica, my blogger mentor/teacher, made this really cool credit card holder for me. I love the fabrics she chose... only thing is she forgot to put the credit card with the unlimited spending $ amount in it! LOL!

Check these chicks out! Thearica knows my love for the color blue and the ocean. She sent me this pretty mermaid pincushion - Awesome! My new friend Rita (I call her my bead lady) made me this beautiful Goddess of Love doll. You would never believe in a million years that the fabric she used was Halloween fabric!

A while ago a got the prettiest surprise in the mail from Kathy. She made me this gorgeous pin cushion using one of the dyed laces that I had sent her. It is so pretty that I am having a hard time even thinking of putting a pin into it!
This beautiful Christmas Tree wall hanging was made by Elaine. When I saw the one she had made for herself I fell in love with it. She knew I would never get around to making mine in time for Christmas so surprised me by making one for me.

Aren't these adorable! My new friend Barbara sent me the sweet angel doll and the pretty heart Valentine.... so sweet - just like her! The Christmas Tree fabric postcard just arrived from Russia! My far-away friend Roolen mailed it two months ago - Santa must have wanted to keep it for himself as it is so beautiful!

What can possibly be said about these pretty babies?!! Knowing how excited I am about becoming Nana Nicki in a matter of months, my multi-talented friend Carolyn painted these adorable little babies for me to use on a project for Deangelo & Evita. Don't they make you want to just squeeze them!

Thank you ladies for sharing your talents with me and making me feel so special. Every stitch is truly appreciated. I'm so happy that you all now have my address LOL!


  1. Great gifts you have Nicki, and from such wonderful thoughtful friends! I think what you said is so true, I always think that there is nothing I could make that would be up to the standards of some of my friends. But, you are right about getting something homemade from someone special is great, no matter what it is, because it is made with love and friendship in mind.
    I will remember that thought when I make a gift for a few friends that I have been wanting to send something special.

  2. Hi Nicki! I love all that beautiful lace in your header - yummy stuff you have there! I'm admiring all the wonderful treasures you have been gifted with. Very nice indeed!

  3. We do it because we love and appreciate you! And, you are so right, hand made is the best!

  4. Beautiful gifts Nicki, you deserve them all. Love the names they've picked out for the babies. Congratulations again on becoming a nana

  5. Dear Nicki,

    Little bits of love, that's what it is!

    Nana Nicki ....are those the beautiful names for the sweet ones?!!
    (I have a friend here named Evita!)

    ~ Jes

  6. Ditto what Shawkl said!

    You have become one of my best friends even though we live far away.

    I LOVE the babies that Carolyn drew! They are so precious!


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