Saturday, December 14, 2013

A gift and exchange received-

I am blessed and always amazed at this cross stitch blogging community.  These past few years have been wonderful with the exchanges I've participated in and the friends that I have made.

On Thursday I came home to this wonderful gift from dear friend Shirlee, out of the blue and poof, this little treasure for me.  Since this is my first week back to work, and wondering to myself what have I gotten myself into, this gift arrived and brightened my day.  It's only been a week on the job but not being able to stitch at will has definitely put a damper on me.  I have been waking up extra early to give myself an hour of stitching to try and finish some pieces I am working on.  Thank you dear Shirlee for putting some sunshine into my day.

I am also participating in Vonna's LHN blog,   I received this beautiful finished ornament from Nicole, it's the new one that Diane released, Seven Pines.  It's too cute.  I haven't had the time to stitch ornaments for myself this year so it was a pleasant surprise when it arrived in the mail yesterday.  Nicole also included some metallic trims and a Mill Hill beaded Christmas kit. 

I survived my first week of being back in the work force, I had my ups and downs and information overload.  I have adjusted to a slower and leisure life style, lol.  I will have to adjust to deadlines again.  I enjoy my co workers and the non profit agency that I work for.  I've met some of the families we provide services for and have been brought back to why I love being a social worker so much, it isn't for the money!  Anyways, I've switched gears and work with early Headstart families, birth to 3, and I'm in love with the kiddos, already wanted to sneak one in my bag and bring him home with me.  Seeing the kids and how their faces light up makes it all worth while.   Soo, I'm exhausted, not Christmas shopping done, barely any cookies made, but, as always, I am a work in progress and will adjust :)

I hope everyone has a pleasant week with lots of stitchy time.  I hope to fine some minutes to finish off WTNT Jingle Bells.  Hopefully I will get to share my finish with you soon.

Hugs and stitches


  1. What lovely gifts , I feel for you with your new job, you will soon adjust it will just take time, sending you some very big hugs.

  2. Congratulations! All gifts are lovely.

  3. Such sweet goodies, Dawn! I know how you feel about stitching time and work ~ and how those sweet faces can melt you! The little boy that I have been working with has definitely taken a piece of my heart ~ and knowing that we can make a difference in their lives is worth some lost stitching time....we will adjust and learn how to squeeze in those moments!

  4. What the lovely gifts you have recieved !!

  5. Such pretty ornaments you received, Dawn... I know it will take a while to get back into the swing of things with work. When I went back to work at the library almost 18 years ago (after a 10 year "vacation!"), I thought I would die... I was just wiped out. But, I did adjust and ended up loving it and my coworkers :) Good luck!