Friday, April 20, 2012

My Friend Shirlee.... one of a very special kind.  She has a mad talent with her needle and thread....but the gifts of her heart are treasures beyond compare.

A bit ago, as most of you know, I celebrated my birthday (in grand style, I might add, thanks to so many of my incredible blogging friends)....One of those friends was Shirlee (a/k/a The Easily Influenced Stitcher), who honored me so wonderfully.

See, not only did she thoughtfully think long and hard about what things I hold near and dear to my heart, but she actually worked long and hard to make me a gift that she was sure I would truly like and that was "me."  And she was so spot-on in her assessment of my "me-ness," that, lo and behold, in a post of mine (a few days before my birthday), she saw that I already had the piece she had chosen so carefully for me and was working so diligently to complete:

(A Pineberry Lane design made by Pam from basketsnprims.)

Now, at this point, I would have thrown in the towel.  After all, it's the thought that counts, right? But (and despite the fact that I said collections are best in 3's and the bowl would look awesome with another), Miss Shirlee went back to work with her magical threads and golden needle and made me this awesome needlekeep:

It's a Stacy Nash design called Pine Tree Farm Pinkeeps.  I absolutely, positively, ADORE it!! I haven't met many SN designs I don't love, but this one couldn't be more perfect for me - colorwise, motif-wise, or otherwise..... 

Sweet, huh?  Yeah - I know.  But on TOP of that, that incorrigible Shirlee also sent me this precious chick pinkeep made by Mona from My Old Crow Primitives.
This was truly special to me as Shirlee knew that I love Mona's work and Shirlee gave up a very special gift because she knew how much I love Mona's handwork and all things little yellow chick-ish and pinkeep-ish.

Now THAT is a heart of pure, precious, gold.

Oh - and she also sent me this adorable little pincushion (fashioned in a bottle cap), also made by Mona:

And....some candy cigs (kind of an inside joke....Shirlee and I were reminiscing about candies of yesteryear and I didn't know they even still made these things!):
Thank you so very much my dear, sweet, friend.  You are a dear heart - for sure and for certain.  The gifts themselves are amazing treasures - but the gift of your thoughtfulness behind them will be a treasure my heart will hold forever.


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Precious Goodies~

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Most wonderful goodies, I am in awe of the creations Shirlee completes on her blog, amazing!!!
Ok, really candy cig's...!!!! Love that... US "bags" each fall have indulged in them!!! HEHE!!! Even got a couple of pictures goofing off as if they were banished outside to "smoke" HEHE!! Love it!!! OLM

Misi said...

Beautiful Thoughtful Treasures~ You are blessed with a wonderful friend.

laurie said...

such beautiful gifts, lots of love in those memory keepers!

Angela said...

Shirlee does awesome work. Such talent she displays. And she gifted you with some wonderful items. I'm sure you will treasure them always. Have a great weekend

Christine said...

I love everything but the SN pinkeep is truly beautiful! You are highly esteemed!
Have a great weekend!

Sheila said...

how very thoughtful of a dear friend to gift you with such treasures. She is one talented gal.
hugz and blessings,

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

You are one of the luckiest birds in North America!
I am honored to be among your group of friends! :)
Love your helpful hints. Heloise has nothing on you!
Have a great weekend!
Big hugs......

Robyn ♥ said...

HOW SWEET and THOUGHTFUL!! Those are such treasured gifts! Well deserved my friend!

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

I think Miss Shirlie is a ture friend and she has filled your heart with that special Joy tht only comes from a friend!
I love all your new goodies..Especially the Chick how cute is that!!

You have a Wonderful weekend my Friend!


marly said...

With birthday surprises like these, who cares if we're a year older? Fabulous gifts from a very thoughtful girl.

Rhissanna said...

Oh, what lovely things! The chick pincushion is my fav, although I have to ask about the candy ciggies. Are they chocolate wrapped in paper? I used to love those as a little bunny, but I can't find them now.

outjunking said...

The bright little yellow chick is such a surprise in all the darker prim colors but they are equally wonderful.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wonderful are a lucky bird, indeed!

basketsnprims said...

love gifts for you, Ms. Robin and you are well deserving of them. That Pineberry pattern sure is popular. I remember candy cigarettes from when I was little, didn't know they still made them.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

What sweet gifts and what a sweet friend!! You are one lucky cranky crow!! Keeping mom, Little crow, and pup still in my thoughts.--Jan

frontporchprims said...

Sweet joy. Great friend. -Steph-

bettyj said...

shirlee is a dear isn't she? Always going the extra mile to make some one happy.You were blessed to receive so many goodies.

Penny said...

Shirlee is a special friend indeed! Everything is lovely!
I remember those candy cigarettes. :)

Prims By The Water said...

Shirlee is so sweet. I met her and her hubby last year. They drove up to our store and bought a piece of furniture. We were amazed that they drove that far. Lovely goodies she made you. Take care, Janice

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Yep ~ I agree that Shirlee has a heart of gold! Such wonderful treasures she sent you!
Prim Blessings

Trace4J said...

What a sweet friend of Shirlee!
She sure has beautiful stitches.

Viola di Nebbia said...

These gifts are lovely! *.* I love them!!

Mary said...

How SWEET of Shirlee.. those stitcheries are well deserved.. She put alot of thought into them...Mary

Barb said...

Hi Robin,
Happy Belated B-Day. Playing catch up as usual.
Fabulous goodies from a dear friend!

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

You lucky gal! Those are some awesome gifts! I too remember the candy cigs and had no idea they were still available! They are probably hidden behind the counter nowadays. ~Roberta

MJ Ornaments said...

Love your pretty gifts, and I remember candy cigarettes very well!
Take care,