Monday, April 19, 2010

Finding time to breathe!

Do you ever have one of those days where you have so much going on that you barely have time to take a breath let a lone a bathroom break? Well, my whole week has been that way.

It's been a great week and I wouldn't change any of it, but I am so grateful for a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do but relax, catch up on blogging, and spend some quality time with my needle and thread.

I have had lots of homework, social obligations, fun times with friends, homework, physical therapy and regular work - it's been quite a whirlwind.

Saturday I helped my friend Tiffany with her yard sale - I got some wonderful goodies - pictures later. We had a fun day and she got rid of a lot of stuff - which was her goal.

I was quite honored to receive an award from Jolene. Thanks so much dear friend - what a delightful surprise this was.

Now, I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy and pass this on to ten people.

Things that bring me happiness:

1. My family and my sweet, sweet, Smokie

2. Long talks on the phone with my brother, Shawn.

3. Spending time with my nieces & nephew - Matthew, Ana, Abby

4. The time I spend with my friends - I love girltime.

5. My good health

6. Long walks with a good book playing on my Zune

7. Road trips - to anywhere!

8. Cross stitching

9. The wonderful friendships I have formed thru my blog

10. Antiquing, meandering thru thrift stores, estate sales, etc.

This is always the hardest part as there are so many wonderful people & wonderful blogs - I decided to pass this on to 10 new blogs I have just recently discovered in the past two weeks – hopefully you will stop by and visit them as well…

1. Margaret - A Sampler of Stitches

2. Robin - My Life's A Stitch

3. Edgar - Black Sheep's Bit of the Web

4. Susan - Afford Your Passion

5. Nancy - Nancy's Tidbits

6. Andrea - The Craft Room

7. Carol - Stitching Dreams

8. Staci - Snippets & Stash

9. Corinna - Cup of Stitches

10. Valerie - A Shenandoah Sampler

I also received a wonderful award from Melissa awhile ago but failed to put it on my blog - Melissa you are such a dear friend - thanks for the award! The award rules are to list seven interesting things about yourself and to pass this award on to seven people. Well, I have already done this once and won’t bore you all again but feel free to go here 7 & 7 - Melissa, I hope you don't mind.

Andrea (Deep Fried Cupcakes) won Terri’s giveaway and generously offered one of the charts she received as a giveaway. I was the lucky winner (happy dance) - I was so excited to receive this fabulous chart. Andrea, thanks again for sharing your win - I am most grateful!

I also received a wonderful surprise package from my friend, Deb - thanks so much Deb!

And, I was able to nab one of Tanya's wonderful, wonderful handpainted sets - isn't it just lovely!

Tanya, it is even more amazing in person than on screen.

Stop by and visit with Edgar of Blacksheep's Bit of the Web and wish him a happy blogiversary and congratulate him on his 700th post. He is having a giveaway in celebration of this momentous occasion.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such wonderful comments - I am truly grateful.

Have a wonderful week and happy stitching!



Anonymous said...

Congrats to you on your blog awards and your wins! Love your painted set from Tanya!

Hope homework and assignments will be slowing down soon! Graduation isn't too far in the distance, is it?

Enjoy your week!


Together We Save said...

Stumbled onto your blog! I love it!! Congrats on your awards!

corinna said...

thank you so much for your sweet comments
i am loving your yellow house sampler
i have to tell myself "focus-focus"
i have oodles of lovelies on the lifetime "to do" list
thank your for the blog favor
i do not think i can choose from all my google favs- i love em all for varied reasons
i so appreciate your kindness

Loraine said...

So much going on! Love your wins, and your new hand painted set from Tanya. It's so pretty!
I can't wait to do the Carriage House design. Isn't Terri's lovely? I love it as a long sampler.
Hope your week slows down, and you get some stitching done.

Siobhan said...

Congrats on the win and the awards! I enjoyed reading about you. :)

Have a great week!

Lois said...

Sounds like you've been busy Cari! Congrats on the win and the awards. I enjoyed reading your 10 things! Hope life calms down soon and you get the chance to breath more!

Carol said...

This is such a crazy busy time of year, isn't it, Cari? Especially with school thrown in for you--don't know how you do everything and still have time to stitch!

Thank you so very, very much for the award--I'm so glad to have found your blog, too! Loved reading about your happy things :)

Margaret said...

Sounds like you've been busy busy busy! Glad it's been fun too! How's the knee doing? Congrats on the awards! And congrats on winning that chart too! Hope things slow down for you, or alternatively, that everything is the best ever!

The Scarlett House said...

Oh Cari, just reading about how busy you are wears me out. It's a good thing you're a youngster! It was fun to learn more about you.
Thanks again for buying the set. I'm so glad you like it! I'll get to painting the A&E for you.

Mary said...

Hi Cari
good to hear from you again - hope your life is less stressful this week. Congratulations on winning the stocking - I have this one on order for a friend and I am hoping it is still available. Hope you get some stitching in soon.

Catherine said...

It's definitely a busy, busy time of year!

Congrats on your awards - it was nice to learn more about you!

Congrats on the stocking as well - it is a beautiful pattern!

Remember to just take some time each day for yourself and just breathe!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

You have been a busy gal!!! I can't wait to see the finds you scored at the garage sale - always a benefit to helping out! Congrats on the awards - they are very much deserved. Love the set you got from Tanya and sweet of Deb to send you a package. Glad you won the stocking pattern!

Sandra said...

But keeping the Sabbath is exactly what one is supposed to do on Sunday. It's a mini-vacation, once a week, and ends one week with grace and begins a new week with hope.

Bertie said...

Thanks Cari for your comment, an aide memoire is something needlework ladies used to write their notes on.

Love the Noah Stocking, and will now get it too lol.

The handpainted houses are just gorgeous.

staci said...

I am totally in the same busy boat...I think we need a coffee break!

Congrats on your award and thank you for thinking of me...that is one of the sweetest awards I've seen :)

Now I simply have to know if I can find a pair of scissors like the ones you have...they are so awesome and I really think I need some :)

MyLifesAStitch said...

You gave me an award???? Whaaaaat??? YAY!!!! :)

Ok,I'm done (until I post tonight, that is). Thank you so much!

Can you tell I'm behind on reading and commenting? I just saw this, lol!! Love the 10 things... most of those will be on my list, too (not your hubby, or kitty, of course!)

It sounds like you had a great week!

Can't wait to see your yard sale finds!

And, thanks again!

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Valerie said...

Cari- thank you so much for the blog award! I truly appreciate it and plan to pass the happiness along! Thanks again!