Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Princess, Her Highness and some wonderful gifts




 The gorgeousness battle continues between my lovely Christmas Cacti.  Princess has lead off with a brilliant display, but Her highness, who is much older, and wiser is in it for the long haul.  She reminds me that age is beauty in and of itself, I have to agree.  She may not have as many blossoms, but the ones she has are incredible.  They are the deepest red and a big beautiful size.  And as she also shared, she has been blooming on time for years, and that accounts for a lot.  The competition is all in fun as both plants know they are loved, and I am proud of them.  I have a feeling Princess can learn a thing or two from Her Highness, you can flash your beauty when you are young, but what you have deep inside you to share over time is really what is important.


Friend/teacher/therapists gifts are all wrapped and ready to deliver.  Hooray for that all being done!

I received two amazing gifts in the mail this past weekend.  Right when I thought my headache was going to burst my head open I received these wonderful, thoughtful gifts.  First are these amazing notebooks for knitters from my beautiful friend Anne of NaNa GoGo...in search of simple things. 
They were made by Jill Draper of jilldraper.com, and might I add they are wonderful.  First the cover is stamped with pictures of beautiful wool providing friends, and inside the cover is a weight conversion chart, small ruler and a needle conversion chart.  The blank pages are for your notes while making a project.  The idea is brilliant and I just love it.  Thank you so much Anne!!!!  Anne and I have shared a lot of things over the years, including our dear friends fighting for their lives as they battled cancer.  Anne is the very best, she is so talented with needles and a hook, and a kind word when needed, you are going to be in awe of all her beautiful makes.  Please pop in and wish her Happy Holidays.


Another bag popped into my mail box from  Chris at Chrissie's Knits Times.  This is not really a Christmas present, but rather a just because present.  Now who else but a blogger would send you a just becasue present at the busiest freaking time of the year?  You see Chris works a bit part time in a yarn store, (I know I am insanely jealous, too).  She saw this yarn and thought I would like it.  And guess what, she was right.  She knew about my dishcloth obsession these past few months and thought I might like to give this yarn a try.  This yarn is so beautiful, and I think perfect for dishcloths as it is a bit thinner than the Sugar'n Cream I had been using.  This is Sudz by Estelle Yarns, 100 % cotton yarn.  I think I am in love.


Look at these vibrant colors!  I love them.  Now my mind is spinning and I am thinking of things to make with these beauties, and it just might not be dishcloths.  Thank you so much Chris, please pop in and send Chris a big hello, and look at the absolutely stunning cowl she just finished.  She attempts all sorts of knitting I only dream of.
 

A lot of you are already closing down your blogs for the Holidays, to you I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.  I will be here, trying to stay up with all the festivities as best as I can through these busy days.  I appreciate your visits all year long, and I appreciate all the time you take to connect with me though commenting especially this time of year when time seems so limited.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

31 comments:

handmade by amalia said...

Glad I found your blog!
Everything is so bright and beautiful and I covet your wool very much :-)
Amalia xo

Amy at love made my home said...

Both of your cactus are amazing aren't they!! So many blooms, they are obviously very happy in Florida. What lovely gifts you received and how kind too! I hope that you have a fun time working with them. I appreciate you too, a lot and am so glad that you are here blogging away, it has been lovely to get to know you a bit. I hope that you have a great Christmas. xx

linda said...

What lovely gifts, I love that yarn Meredith what pretty colours I can't wait to see what you make with it. Your Christmas cactus are blooming lovely, I had one for many years and I was so sad when it died, I must get another one they are so pretty at this time of the year. I too will be here when I can, enjoy your preparations :) xxx

WildflowerWool said...

I love Christmas Catcus, mine are no where near as large and beautiful as yours!

Jennifer said...

As ever, I am blown away by your Christmas cactuses. They are just incredible. I love them both, but Her Highness is definitely the most stunning of the two. You got such nice gifts from your friends, they certainly seem to know you well!

Valentina Olden Patterns said...

Wow - I know I'll repeat myself, but I must tell you once more: your cacti are amazing!! And some wonderful gift you received, too! I really like the yarns, especially the red, green and white one - it'd be lovely for Xmas items!

Hedy King said...

I love those flower petal dish clothes you make, Meredith, I've been meaning to tell you for months. The cacti are gorgeous, I'm envious of your plants. Lovely gifted yarn, I'll have to send some to knitting daughter in OZ. Merry Christmas and the best of New Years. Hedy.

Acorn to Oak said...

Your Christmas Cactus' look great! Mine is just now starting to bud and it has....ready for this?....four buds! I have no idea what I'm doing or not doing to keep it from flowering more. Hmmm?! Looks like you're sending out some nice gifts. And, that gift of yarn that you received is wonderful! Cotton and so pretty! What fun!!

Teresa said...

How nice of your friends to think of you. Beautiful gifts!
I love your two cacti. Beautiful. I repotted mine this year. Should have done it sooner. Maybe it will bloom next year (or even surprise me this year).

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my dear friend.. goodness I hope those headaches stay away! I'm happy for your Christmas Cacti - mine are sitting in a dim hallway waiting for us to repot them all together in one big pot.. which I have. :-( I was happy to see your gifts from your friends.. you are the best friend and people appreciate your generosity. I know I do!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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Christina said...

Your Christmas Cacti are gorgeous. I am trying to remember if I left mine in Switzerland or if I killed it off here. What a lucky woman you are! The yarn is very cheerful and I am looking forward to seeing what you are making with all this goodness. Cxx

kathyinozarks said...

what a happy post I love it-and I just love--just because gifts-too awesome-enjoy

kathy b said...

What a beautiful post. I LOVE your dishrag collection of yarns and the pal who sent them!! She's a keepEr!!!

I had a Christmas cactus for years . It did best when my Jewish neighbor and I put ours together on my north facing front porch. they both blossomed better than ever!

love you!

CJ said...

Gorgeous Christmas cactuses, they obviously love the Florida life. Well done on finishing all of your teacher gifts. Enjoy the rest of the week. CJ xx

Vera said...

Hi Meredith! I've been away from the computer for so long...had some surgery late November which has resulted in my being unable to wear my glasses...which means I can't really see. Blah! No knitting, no stitching, no TV. Thank goodness I can increase the font on my Kindle and I've been reading a book a day! Just popping in to wish you a very happy holiday. Hoping Buddy heals quickly and wishing your gorgeous Christmas cacti would speak to mine which hasn't bloomed in 3-4 years (I think it misses it's original New England home!!).

Cindy said...

Your Christmas cactus are beautiful!

Betsy said...

Oh my goodness Meredith! Your girls are just beautiful. Those blooms are amazing. And no one deserves those beautiful gifts more than you do. Those skeins of cotton are gorgeous. Pretty, pretty, pretty. I'm glad you'll be around for the holidays. I would miss you my friend. I'm also saying a prayer that those headaches disppear for good.
Blessings always Mere,
Betsy

Ljubinka said...

Beautiful gifts,amazing flowers!!!
Greetings.:*

Gracie Saylor said...

Your royal cactus really are splendid! Thanks for letting us enjoy viewing them, too. I am happy you received such lovely gifts...you are loved :) and I too pray your headache is gone for good!!! xx

Gillian said...

The new yarn is beautiful and great to get it as a gift. The little notbooks are great too and will be very useful. Your plants are blooming marvellous.

Stins said...

There are so many sweet people around!
Those gifts are gorgeous, and so are your plants :-).
Now I'm going to visit those blogs....
Lots of love from Mirjam.

HollyM said...

What lovely , thoughtful gifts! The little notebooks are a great idea.
I have one Christmas cacti that hasn't bloomed for a couple years. Next year I must try moving it to a cooler space for a while.

I'm wishing you a lovely holiday season.

Hugs to you.

20 North Ora said...

Meredith - what great gifts from thoughtful friends. Love those brilliant colors of yarn! Your Christmas cactus are just gorgeous!

Judy

Nana Go-Go said...

The world is indeed getting smaller, Meredith, when you can order something while sitting comfortably on your sofa in Scotland, directly from New York to arrive on the doorstep of a lovely friend thousands of miles away! That yarn is indeed to be envied and can't wait to see what you make with it. Lovely Christmas Cacti - we could do with a bit of colour to cheer up these grey days here. Nearly two years since we lost our friends - still miss mine terribly, as you must yours. xxx

Caffeine Girl said...

That yarn is truly gorgeous. I'd be tempted to make a market bag or something that I could show off more than dishcloths. Of course, it would make beautiful dishcloths, so you really can't lose!

Melissa said...

I SO envy you people who can make pretty things grow! Sadly, only plastic plants have a chance of making it at my house. I killed a bonsai once. Really!

Toni said...

Oh my! What fun!!!!

I can't believe how beautiful your Christmas cacti are! My mother had one when I was growing up, and I think once it had one measly little flower. Yours are stunning!

Deb said...

such gorgeous Christmas cactus! the colour ♥
and the yarn and gifts ...so lovely ~ perfect for New Year projects :-)

My Garden Diaries said...

A wonderful Christmas to you Meredith! And your Christmas cacti are stunning! Love that good soap as well! And your gifts!! Fantastic! Chris is such an amazing gem! We are all so blessed to have made such wonderful connections! Happy weekend with your little sweetie friend! Nicole xo

Chris said...

I love your cacti! Working in a yarn shop is fun but very dangerous! I think I pay to work there!!! So much yarn so many projects....I am doomed!

Annie Cholewa said...

Her Highness has the most beautiful tints on her leaves doesn't she. Don't tell Princess but I think HH is may favourite!