Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Gift, A Give-A-Way and a Gully Washer

GR&DF it's Tuesday and I pushed it a bit on the title - sometimes I just haven't a clue as to what to head this sucker with. At some point I know I will break and just put nothing, but until that time I will keep trying for the clever and descriptive - :)

Yesterday the delivery guy brought me a Birthday Gift from a dear sweet friend that already does so much!! We all know and Love dear Vonna - she sent me a great gift box of goodies from Dillman Farm in Bloomington IN.


Included in the box is some Apple Butter (a favorite of mine), some Strawberry Jam (yummy) and two kinds of fudge - can you go wrong with any kind of fudge!!
What a great way to wrap up a Birthday!!

Keeping with a friends sort of Blog today - I wanted to have a small Give-a-way - As you saw yesterday I have finished up Sail Away - this was also a gift from a dear friend - Becky - a while back. Made even more special by doing it with a group of friends as a SAL!! I want to make a gift of the Instructions and chart to a stitcher out there that might want to kit it up their self.


Here is a snap of everything including the remaining silks - there really isn't enough of any one colour - but you can get the idea of the colours required if you wanted to use some other floss. It is in very good condition as I always stitch from copies of the chart and not the original charts. So, if you would like this copy of Sail Away to stitch - and it is a great stitch!! - just leave a comment on this post before this Friday, October 16th at 3 PM PST. I will have the Hag Claw draw from the BOD (Bowl of Destiny) and announce the winner next Monday.

My stitching for the last couple of nights had been throwing a couple of strands of floss at TiTD and working on my exchanges. I do love them so but they do seem to stack up don't they!!!

The flickers on the tube have been that superior BBC series - Upstairs Downstairs and not I Claudius. When I was standing in front of the DVD's looking for IC I saw the UD set and thought "I hadn't seen that in a while." So off the shelf it came and I am working my way through the 4th Disc. The complete series is 81 episodes so it will take me a while to get to the end. Rico gave me the whole series a few years back and I watched it then but haven't in a while so I am very excited to rewatch them. I was also poking around on the Internet yesterday and found that they are in production for a 2nd UP series which follows Rose the house parlor maid a few years later into another position as a Housekeeper. It should bee airing next spring (I think) in the UK and eventually here in the States - I can't wait!!! If you have never seen the series I would highly recommend it. Each episode can be watched individually but it is always better to see it from the begging. To watch the progression through the years and see how all the characters develop.

Last but not least - we are in the midst of our first big storm of the season - a bit early - but a total downpour right now!! Here is a snap of it rolling in over the city last night.....

This was the last bit of sunlight breaking through from the west and hitting the buildings of downtown SF - aren't the clouds lovely!!

There you go sports fans!! Thank you once again for all the super nice comments - I do appreciate them and your time for writing!! Have a great rest of the day!

Take care,
edgar

57 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Don't you just love it when the birthday treats keep coming? That is a great pic of the storm clouds. We have had tons of rain here in the Ozarks the last couple of weeks. Lives and homes lost from it too. Very sad. Please include me in your giveaway of Sail Away!

Have a super super day!

april said...

What a wonderful birthday you had Edgar. Love the picture of the storm clouds. I would love to visit our there sometime. Please include me in the drawing for the Sail Away chart.

Happy Stitching
April :)

Kat said...

I've been following your progress on Sail Away, and I'm amazed at how fast you create such beautiful pieces! Please include me in your draw. I was born in San Franciso, but have not been able to visit in many years. It's great to see your pix!

Kristen said...

Oooh, I'd love to win the Sail Away chart. It's been on my wishlist since it's release.

That package from Vonna sure looks yummy!

Peg said...

Loved your picture of the storm clouds....I love thunderstorms. Like Sharlotte said we have had alot of rain here, and it's raining again now. I would love to be included in your sail away drawing, if it keeps raining we may just be sailing away here in the Ozarks!

Nancy said...

Your photo of the city and clouds is just breathtaking! Enjoy your delicious birthday gift!

Please enter my name in your drawing for the Sail Away goodies.

valerie said...

What a great package from Vonna!

I love the rain and the cloudy dark fog!

Please include me in your Sail Away giveaway. I've been following everyone's wonderful progress! Yours turned out great!

Jill said...

Oh Edgar, I would love to win Sail Away. I'm a little jealous of all that fudge! Yum!!!

Margie said...

I'd love to be a part of the drawing. :-)

Sylviane said...

Hello Edgar,
I would be happy to be in the hat for the Sail Away chart ! It's so lovely !
I love all your photos : they have so nice colors !

Have a nice evening !

Berit said...

Technically, I LOVE Upstairs, Downstairs. It's simply gorgeous. However, when I tried re-watching it earlier this year at the end of winter it simply weighed on me too heavily. It sure is a drama!! When I think of it, "penultimate British class drama" flits through my mind, but somehow I dismiss the drama part and try watching it when my mood is not suitable! :P

I'll sit this drawing out, as I have plenty of WIPs already!!

Tracey said...

I LOVE that pic!! I love clouds, especially storm clouds. I am always taking snaps of them with my phone- as I don't have a little camera to tote around with me. Please enter me in your sweet giveaway- I am having a similar one on my blog if you want to come over and take a peek.
Oh and what sweet birthday goodies!!

mainely stitching said...

I think it's really sweet of you to pass along this chart. I have to admit, it's one I've wanted ... and selfish though I am being, I'd love for you to toss my name into the mix, please.

The picture of SF is unlike any I'd seen before. It's pretty cool 0 thanks for sharing it. :)

Myriam said...

Mais c'est encore la fête!!Hum, de bonnes choses!
Une tempête....joli photo.
Et tu offres encore un cadeau, quelle gentillesse!

Charlene said...

Aren't birthdays supposed to be celebrated all month? Those treats look yummy! I love your snap of the clouds - have only visited SF area once, but did love it! Monterey area. Continue to celebrate!!

Kielrain said...

What a wonderful gift to get. mmmm..... fudge.

Thunderstorms, I love them. I, sadly, live in the land of just grey rain.

I would love to be put in for the Sail Away giveaway. I loved seeing the progress on that piece.

missy said...

Oh Edgar please enter my name in for the fabulous SB chart!!

Thank you.

hugs
-missy-

Jackie in UK said...

Hi Edgar,

I would love to be entered in your draw for the SB chart - you are very kind! I hope the 'hags claw' is kind to me :-) Makes me laugh every time you say it! Poor Rico - I am sure it is his hand and not a hags claw at all.... tsk, tsk LOL :-)

Jackie (who also loves Upstairs Downstairs - thanks for the heads up about the new series, I will watch out for it)!

Sadie said...

Great pic of the city Edgar, I love it. You are right, any flavour fudge is good fudge!
Please pop my name into the BOD. I would love to stitch 'Sail Away'
Hope Rico is feeling better soon.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

How kind of you to give away this chart. Please enter my name in your draw.
What a special international birthday you've had!
Best wishes Irene

Colleen said...

What a nice gift from Vonna! You're right...fudge of any kind is a good thing :)

Put me in for the Sail Away drawing!! You are so kind to do this giveaway for us.

ckbaker46@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

What a kind and generous offer to give away the original chart and remaining threads. I love SB stuff so would love to be entered. And Vonna is awesome, isn't she? I just love her.

Susan said...

OOHH! What goodies! They look yummy! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance.

Yoyo said...

My goodness, it has been a while since I was able to drop in for a visit -- you have been so busy. Huge congratulations on your Hawk Run Hallow finish, it is stunning! And happy belated birthday, of course. So many beautiful birthday gifts, but I'm pretty sure I like 'grandma's' wall pocket best. You lucky fellow, what are the odds of finding a match like that. And as usual, you made me miss my 'home' with all those great snaps of the beach. I was like you, rarely actually going out to the beach, until I moved to Up Town Nowhere, now every time I go home I have got to dip my toes in the water. Happy Stitching!!

ariadne said...

I think everywhere there's a storm today.We had October-summer till yesterday and suddenly today "heavy rains and strong winds" as the old English book I used to teach said. Anyway I would love to stitch your Sail Away for my beach house so I would love to be included in the draw.Really enjoy your blog.Ariadne from Greece.

doris said...

Oh, please let the Hag Claw draw me! I'd love to have Sail Away, and I have a large stash of silks to use. And of course, I don't have anything else to stitch. :0

I agree with you about fudge ... what's not to love? Glad your b-day was a happy one.

pj said...

Edgar - I love Sail Away and hope you will add me to the drawing. It is so pretty finished. Happy belated birthday too...we call that LaPalooza month of birthday celebration!!! pj

Ellen said...

Your birthday package from Vonna looks yummy! I would love to be include in your giveaway of Sail Away.

Thanks,

Anne S said...

I would love to go into the draw, if that's OK. Lovely gift from Vonna - she's a real sweetheart :)

Lisa said...

Edgar, I would love to be included in your give-away. I have watch you stitch the design and would love to stitch it to...and then pass it on so it can sail away to another lucky stitcher.
Hope you are staying warm and dry as this storm is really kicking up the wind and rain here in the Tri-Valley area of the East Bay!
Lisa
lmdurst@yahoo.com

Marilyn said...

Cool pic!
And the goodies look great too.
I would love sail-Away, please include my name.
Thanks!
Marilyn

trillium said...

Oh, yes, a box of goodies to sample is a great gift! I'll try once more for a giveaway win. Please enter me for the Sail Away.

Blyn said...

Please enter me. I would love to win...Thanks so much! Your blog is so fun to follow! Blyn

Jan said...

I think you do great with your 'descriptives' Edgar. But I do understand your dilemma, at wondering what in the world to say for a title! lol

Lovely gift from Vonna, she is such a heart, as are you! Happy Belated Birthday, hope you had a special one!

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely gift from Vonna. She is just the sweetest.
I love your view of the city with the cloud bank. Stunning.

Melody said...

Edgar, I would totally love to be entered in your Sail Away drawing!

This piece is so beautiful. I have enjoyed watching your progress.

I'm glad you had such a great birthday celebration. Your blog is such fun to read, and see your pics of life on the west coast!

Melody

mmheck@verizon.net

April Mechelle said...

Oh Edgar !!! Cloud picture is beautiful !!! I know about rain !!! Here in Alabama it has been rainning for 3 weeks. Under flood warnings now. I would love to win the Sail Away chart !!! Feel like I could just sail away now with all this flood water!!! LOL

Marie-P said...

Vonna is a dear and what a great gift. Hope your had a great Birthday.
Love the pic of SF~

I would love the Hag Claw (?) to draw from the BOD my name! :D Please do enter me in your Sail Away drawing, thanks!

PS thanks for making my day today...I am off to send you an email.

Nic said...

I'd love to be entered in the draw for this - I've been admiring your progress and it was one of the reasons I added the chart to my wish list!

DonnaTN said...

What a yummy treat box from Vonna! Sail Away is beautiful! Please throw my name into the Bowl of Destiny. Thanks Edgar!

Sherry said...

YUM, I love apple butter too. I even bought some while in the mountains yesterday!

I love this piece and it is so sweet of you to offer it but please don't include my name in this drawing. I have so many other designs I really need to concentrate on. If I do what I have I will need to move to a larger house! LOL.

Addie said...

Edgar, please include me in the drawing for Shepherd's Bush "Sail Away". I don't have a blog, but enjoy reading yours every weekday! I've enjoyed the Shepherd's Bush designs for many years and would love to add this to my wall!!
Thanks for your kindness - Addie

Jennifer said...

Oh yes, yes count me in on this drawing. I've been lusting after this chart ever since you first showed it on your blog.
Thanks for the kind wishes about Sammy. No sign of him yet.

Natasha said...

What a wonderful gift from Vonna. We have been in Tahoe during the whole storm and it is COLD but hardly any snow :(

I would love to enter for the drawing of Sail Away I think this design is beautiful.
Thank you
Natasha

Alice said...

Glad you've had such a great birthday, Edgar. Love Sail Away--please enter me in the drawing

Have a wonderful day,
Alice
allieoops1@hotmail.com

margaret said...

Congrats on the finish. I would love to win the chart.

Bonnie said...

Count me in Edgar,
I love Shepherd's Bush.

I miss going to their shop. I only got to go once or twice a year when we lived in Idaho.

FayeRaye said...

Please include me in the Sail Away give away!~ I too have had a great birthday (month)..lol....spread the joy!~ Faye
carolinastitcher.blogspot.com

Mãe da Rita said...

Your photos are always interesting! Here, we have an Indian Summer very much before time: 28º C all day long!! MJ

Heather said...

Love to put my name in
Happy Birthday

Stitcher said...

Happy Birthday Edgar.

I'd love to join in the draw for the SB pattern.

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Edgar! I have been following your SAL on Sail away and it is just beautiful. love to read your blog. Please include me in the draw, thank you!

Linda said...

Hi Edgar,
Love everything you do. Please enter me in your drawing.
Have a great weekend.

jcl said...

I would love to be entered in your drawning for the SB Sail Away give away...thank you. Have a great weekend! Joanne

Autumn Splendor said...

Please enter me into your drawing! We were stationed in South Dakota and Crazy Horse is amazing...
Take care,
Dorothy

Brigitte said...

I'd like to be in the draw but I'm not sure if I'm still in time. If not, just drop me from the list.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

I love that photo of San Francisco that you took...wow...that is a beautiful photo.

I just love to read your Blog Edgar...you have a beautiful Blog. I just dearly love your stitching too. You do beautiful work.

Take care & Happy Stitching