Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another Tote & a Gift!

I finished the 4th & final tote tonight. The package came with four bags...one red, yellow, green, and blue. The boys have 'their colors', so that took the yellow, green & blue. I decided the little guy I babysit would like one too, so I did the red one for him.
I also made a previously stitched ornament into the ornament tonight...it is so big, it could be a door knob hanger if they want!
Yesterday, my mom & my aunt came for the day, so we could go shopping together. This has become a yearly thing..they drive to here & then I drive the rest of the way...we shop & have lunch out. We had a nice day...I found some Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints that I have been searching for....they are for a new cookie recipe. Now, I am anxious to make them!!
My mom brought a surprise along for me. I have mentioned in the past that both my parents also stitch....I guess you could say I taught them something!!! (I started & since I have, both parents & one brother have started)
Anyway, I have always loved Koala Bears. My dad found a pattern & decided he would stitch it for me...he has been working on it for a while because he showed it to me last time we were up there.(sometime in Oct. I believe) He didn't tell me it was for me thou..just showed me!
Backing up, when the boys were here last time, I was giving all of them piggy back rides. My dad snapped a picture of me with J on my back. Little did I know, he had thoughts about that picture.
When I called him to thank him yesterday, he told me it reminded him of the picture he took of me & J. and that made it all the more special to him.
bag for boy I babysit

gift from my dad

ornament for my nephew & his wife
Excuse the poor lighting..it is evening here. Have a great rest of the week! Thanks to all for stopping by & for your kind comments...they make my day, each & every one!

21 comments:

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Oh Shari, your dad's finish is beautiful, I know you'll treasure his touching and special gift to you. I'll be lookin for those candies too, you naughty girl:)

Patty C. said...

I love the snowman ornament - cute !!

CalamityJr said...

I don't know who's going to be happiest with those finishes - the little boy with his new tote bag, you with that amazing stitching by your dad, or your nephew and wife with such a special commemoration of their good news!

I just finished a box of those Junior Mints, but never thought of them being for cookies. Hmmm...

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous finishes. Love the ornament finish especially.

Mouse said...

ohhh that's a lovely post from start to finish :) ... love mouse xxxx

Carol said...

That is so neat that you got your whole family into stitching, Shari! Your gift from your dad is so special--I know you'll treasure it always...

Nice little tote bag and such a cute ornament :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Gillie said...

Wow, that is a real home industry you have going, Shari, how lovely to have that connection with your family. Love all the stitching! The snowman one is terrific!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

What a nice gift from your Dad. I know you will treasure it forever.
Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

The bag is cute. I am sure he is going to love it. The Koala's are beautiful. Your dad did a great job with it. The ornament is cute!!! Have fun on your day off. Enjoy it & get done what you want to.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Rita said...

Beautiful stitching.

Your dad did a fantastic job on the Koala.

stitchesnscraps said...

Shari, the little tote bags are so cute! What a sweet finish! And the Koala bear from your Dad is beautiful! And your ornament is lovely, with beautiful finishing!

Melissa J.

Denise said...

Wow - you didn't tell me about your dad stitching you the koalas!

Spenser will love that bag! And your ornie -- I have a few Big ones too.

Patches said...

Lovely stitching. What a cute koala bear

Berly said...

Shari, those Peppermint Junior Mints are great! I'd love the cookie recipe for them. Your tote bag is adorable and the ornament is lovely. Cherish your dad's stitching. My dad stitches as well, and only BAPs. He stitched a crewelwork picture for me of the flag being stitched that hangs with pride in my entry way!

Nancy M said...

How sweet that your Dad stitches AND gives things to you! Great ornie present for the expectant parents and your little boy you sit for will adore the tote bag.

Denise SA said...

I think it is really nice that you have taught your father to stitch.I taught my Dad when he was in his eighties and he produced some really lovely pieces.

Maureen said...

those koala bears are too cute - what a wonderful gift from your father.

Lizy said...

Hi,
I FORGOT HOW MUCH i enjoy looking at those bags for th grandkids!!! The koalas are precious !!!!! The ornament finish came ou t so pretty. Happy Holidys!!!!

Julie said...

Dads gift is gorgeous, how special.

Enjoy your Christmas celebrations x

Sue said...

Shari, your blog looks great! I love those totes you made for the little guys in your life....! They are darling. Also, the Koala you made for your Dad is beautiful; I love it!

Hope things are well with you!
Sue

Louise said...

Oh my!! I really need to venture out and visit blogs more often..yours is just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing so much and always taking the time to stop by my blog, I appreciate it...I don't get very many comments..(probably because I don't venture onto many blogs myself)..but I do appreciate you more than you know! LOVE your blog!!!
Louise in FL xx