Saturday, January 26, 2008

Christine does it again..........

A few posts ago I showed a fabric postcard of a beautiful mermaid that I received from Christine
Now I didn't think anything could top that mermaid but just look at the two I received in a belated birthday package earlier this week!
The first one is finished as a flat fold ornament. Stitched on gorgeous Silkweaver hand dyed fabric this is a very voluptuous mermaid taken from a design in one of the older Jill Oxton Australian cross stitch magazines.
The mermaid is adorned with gold thread and beads about her person and on her arm is a bracelet of pearl beads. Just to look at her face makes me smile :)
Christine has finished the piece so beautifully with ribbon all entwined with a pearl bead trim. Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge it for a close up of the detail.

The second mermaid is in miniature! This little treasure is so tiny that it almost got thrown away with the wrapping paper! I don't think Christine would ever have forgiven me if that had happened as she tells me this little mermaid was three years in the making - hardly surprising given the size of it and how hard it must have been on the eyes.
It is just the cutest thing ever, finished into a tiny stocking with a little hanger that has two fishie beads hanging from it.

Along with these lovely mermaids came treasure! Three pieces of Laurel Burch mermaid themed fabric and three pieces of Thimbleberries fabric.
A gorgeous Crabapple Hill snowman stitchery pattern pack all kitted out with fabric, ric rak and the cutest red bobble trim. If all that were not more than enough there was also a Sublime Stitching transfer pack with ocean/mermaid theme and tone on tone fabric with a shell design.


Christine, I'll never be able to thank you enough for your kindness and the thought that you put into these gifts. I'm truly blessed to have such a special friend.

21 comments:

Itching To Stitch said...

Oh, what great gifts. I especially like the first mermaid. She's great ;)

angelasweby said...

Wow Margaret
Christine has excelled herself :>) What a great parcel to receive. So much there to keep you busy for weeks. I love that gorgeous red trim and all those fabrics are fabulous. What a lovely friend Christine is and she knows you VERY well, I see :>)
Warm hugs, Angela

Bren said...

I am so glad you got some mermaid fabric. I am always looking for some with you in mind. Happy belated birthday...I wish I had known...where was I???

angelasweby said...

Oh dear, I got so carried away with the pretty goodies I forgot to sigh ecstatically over the beautiful stitching. The little plump siren of the sea is so sweet and the tiny stocking is really beautiful. What lovely treasures. Christine's work really is amazing :>)
Hugs, Angela

Nancy said...

Oh Margaret! I know you are in mermaid heaven! These gifts from Christine are amazing! She did an outstanding job, especially on the first one, and I don't think I have ever seen such an elegant mermaid! I see she has the initials for Margaret Mermaid on the little stocking - such a nice and thoughtful detail. Enjoy!

Linda said...

Ok time to fess up and let me know when your birthday was. Happy Belated Birthday.

Clare said...

Margaret- what a wonderful package to recieve, I am still drooling over that beautiful Mermaid stocking, the work in it is so fine. I thought the facial expression on the other Mermaid was so knowing! What a delightful friend - lucky you!

Sheila said...

What amazing beautiful gifts you have received... I don´t think I could stitch such lovely mermaids and give them away! I´d want to keep them :) You must be a good friend yourself :)

Andrea said...

You certainly have received some wonderful gifts.

Sweet P said...

Those are wonderful gifts. The voluptuous mermaid is gorgeous.

stitcherw said...

Wow, what a great gift. Both the mermaids are beautifully done, and what fun other goodies were included.
Sue

Heidi said...

What wonderful gifts Margaret! Christine did a fabulous job and I really love the detail with the ribbon on the first one. How pretty it all turned out and I can see why this grandmotherly mermaid would bring a smile to your face.
Enjoy your gifts!

Hugs ~
Heidi

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La Manosa said...

What a thoughtful friend! You received such nice gifts. I look forward to seeing what you do with your beautiful fabrics.

I hope that you had a great birthday!

Sally said...

These are truly wonderful gifts from Christine.

Ruth said...

Congratulations!!!!! What beautiful goodies. Happy belated bday!!!!

Debbi said...

Wow those are amazing gifts. What a special friend you have there.

Scooter Sissy said...

I'm so sorry I missed your birthday---I hope you got spoiled real good! And by the way, when i saw that volumptuous mermaid, I discovered my alter-ego!!! LOL!

Christine said...

Tis I that am blessed to call you friend.

Joni said...

What lovely gifts, Margaret! Christine is truly an artist and she does know you. I absolutely love that flatfold and it's so elegant yet whimsical. I'm just wondering how she got a pic of me to use for the voluptuous mermaid??

Char said...

Margaret, I love your apron and stitching..It made me do a redwork. Not done yet, but will be soon. Now, what do I make with it?
Your friend who did the mermaid sure likes tiny stitches. It is amazing. What size is it anyway? The one with the ribbon and pearls wrapped around the top and took her 3 years to do?
Keep up the good work....hugs, Char