Saturday, March 20, 2010


Hi everyone! I just got home from my trip (more about that later) last night and found this giant box waiting for me. Hmm... looks pretty nondescript, doesn't it, but notice the tape with the giant "DMC" logos imprinted on it. I had been dreaming about this box all week while I was away--just imagining my feelings as I peaked inside for the first time. Some of you know and have already emailed me to say "congratulations." but, for those of you who don't--I won a giveaway. Not just any giveaway, but a giveaway on the DMC Blog for each of the 454 colors of DMC cotton Embroidery Floss 117 that DMC creates. Can you imagine how excited I was?!! Now, sharing this news with my husband and sons brought some tepid..."Oh, that's nice" comments, but I hope you, my fellow stitchers, will understand and share my excitement! So, come peak inside with me...

I love the cute little card from "Emma Broidery" herself!

A mountain of loveliness!

Thank you, thank you DMC Corporation!

I'm sure you all know what I'll be doing today! And for those of you who want a chance to win some other DMC goodies--get yourselves over to the DMC blog and sign up for their latest giveaway!

I found another stitching surprise waiting when I got home. Dear Kim at "Stitchful Thinking" had passed along the Blackbird Designs chart for "Something Sweet." I had admired her finish back in December and she kindly offered to share the chart with me! Kim, you are as sweet as the violets shown on the chart and I'll be sure to make another stitcher happy and pass it along when I'm all finished... Thank you so much, my friend!

Well, the Florida trip was a bit cooler than I would have liked, but it still was good to get away and come back to no snow left at all!!! My husband and I are lucky to have our parents to visit on each coast--mine in Daytona Beach and his in Naples. In spite of the cool and windy (and sometimes rainy) weather, we did manage to walk a few miles each day and I captured some lovely photos to share with you. We just don't see images like this in western Pennsylvania!
A green anole lounging in the grapefruit tree

A white egret perched on a fishing shack

Grapefruit trees right outside the back door!

The prettiest flowering trees

I am so behind on my blog reading and commenting, but will truly try to catch up this weekend. Tomorrow is a very special day for me--the day I became a mom 28 years ago. My oldest son came into our lives on a lovely spring day (much like today!) with that impish look on his face that has made him a constant source of amusement and amazement. I am so proud of the kind, hard-working young man he has become and I hope his next year is filled with only good things...

Whew--you are probably tired of reading by now, so I'll close with a quick picture of my latest WIP. Can anyone guess what it is? I didn't have as much stitching time while on vacation as I expected, but I hope to finish the third block of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow to show you next week...

If you've lasted to the end of this posting--thank you, thank you! Your visits and comments mean so much to me. Have a wonderful spring-filled week everyone...


Amy said...

Oh, I would have been jumping up and down right there on the porch!!!

Your WIP is gorgeous.

I've never been to FLA. But we moved from Ohio to Texas this past July. I have taken some fantastic shots here. You can find them on my blog if you are interested.

Have a wonderful day. I am sure you are planning all kinds of wonderful projects with all the floss. What a gift!!!

Jules said...

Congratulations on the big win!!!

You definitely picked a wonderfully cold time to visit our fair state of Florida! It's still a bit cool with more rain expected tomorrow. But hey, at least the sun is out and skies are blue.

Have fun sorting through all of your new floss and great WIP!

Kim B said...

What a package Carol!!! Congrats!!! I cannot even begin to imagine the excitement that must have been coursing through your body to receive something like that!!

That egret picture is really something special. You snapped some beautiful pictures on your walks.

And for the record, my twin sister is single :) I'll respond to your email after I put Sarah down for her much needed nap! HUGS!!!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, that is one amazing win!!!!! Lucky, lucky you. And all those gorgeous colors.
I hear the weather has been bad in Florida this year, but like you say a holiday is a holiday. Lovely photos of your vacation. Have a great weekend and welcome back!

Margaret said...

Oh you lucky lucky winner!!!! Wow! I want a whole set of DMC so badly! Happy birthday to your son -- it's my son's birthday today. :D I loove your current WIP -- no clue what it is! I hope you tell us soon! Nice pics of FL!

Gillie said...

Wow, how wonderful! Enjoyed the Florida photos too. Nip over to my blog,!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I would be over the moon thrilled to win all the DMC colors! What a great prize!!! Men... they just don't understand!

The FLA pics are wonderful - love the lizard and flowers!

Your WiP is lovely but I do not have a guess as to what it is. Do tell, please!

Vinniey said...

Wow!!! Congrats!!! You are so lucky! Your WIP is beautiful! I also would like to congrats you on a blog award. Please visit my blog for the award. :)

Melissa said...

Wow. Congratulations on the BIG haul! Your latest WIP is lovely - a Prairie Schooler - one of the garden seasons charts?

Happy Birthday to your son! And I think Mom deserves a big present too!

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos of your Florida trip!

Blu said...

Wow! What a great win!
Your photos are lovely. That lizard is very colourful.

Natasha said...

WOW what a box filled with goodness, I have a dream of having 1 of every DMC color. Congratulations!

Your pictures look awesome. I just love Naples. DH and I took a small vacation there about 8 years ago and I could not get over how blue the water was or how white and fine the sand was. Ahhh lovely warm weather is the BEST!

Take Care

Irene said...

Congratulations on the win !

Elaine said...

Wow what a fantastic win, wishing you many happ hours stitching with all those lovely threads.
Love your vacation pictures.
Can't wait to see your up-date on the BBD and your wip is great!

Julie said...

Congrats on your win. I would be running around the neighbourhood showing everyone what was in the box... even if they weren't interested LOL

Super pics from your trip, nice to see you bakc home safely.

Happy Birthday to you son, i hope he has a wonderful birthday.

Catherine said...

Wow! What a win!! How fun to have all those lovely colors!!

Those are some great pictures you took on your trip! Looks like you were able to squeeze in some nice walks despite the weather!

Your WIP looks great! I'm not positive what it is, but I think I'll agree with Melissa that it looks like a Prairie Schooler.

Love that BBD!! I thought I had them all, but don't recognize that one - was it possibly from a retreat? Do you know how old it is?

My middle guy brought me some violets from the "common area" of our development one spring a couple of years ago and we planted them in the one flower bed - and they have mulitplied! He's so proud of them, when they are in bloom, he always asks me if I remember when he brought them to me!!

Have fun playing with your new colors!

Marion said...

Love your WIP!!
Wow..what a fantastic win!!! I could not imagine! LOL
Take care

valerie said...

Wow! A set of DMC...that's amazing. Congrats on the win!

Very sweet of Kim to pass on the So Sweet chart...this one is one of my favorites!

Happy birthday to your son and happy weekend!

So glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation!

Margit said...

Ohhhhhhhh, ohhhhhhhhh, ohhhhhh Carol I am sooo very happy for you that you won that giant box!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I bet you was dancing around like a little crazy child *bigsmile*!
I guess this is a very happy post from you because you also got that wonderful BBD-pattern. ;)
Your pics of Florida are amazing.
...and don't worry, you will get your WIP done very soon!
Have a wonderful DMC weekend,

Lee said...

Congrats again Carol, and welcome home! Winning such a nice prize couldn't have happened to a nicer person!

Love the BBD - I've been in a "violets" kind of mood lately, and Something Sweet is another pretty one.

Isn't that a flower on a mimosa tree? My dad tried to grow those in Philadelphia and had some success for a while. That's too much gardening work for me...I'll stick to the cocktail!

Rowyn said...

Congratulations on your win! A stitcher couldn't really wish for a better prize than an entire set of DMC!

I enjoyed looking at your photos from your Florida trip. The flora and fauna are beautiful.

I hope your son has a lovely birthday, and that you enjoy sharing it with him.

Laural said...

Florida sounds so much better than Indiana right now. Really when does not, LOL

Congratulations on your win!!

I'm sososososo far behind on every blog that it's crazy.

Kim said...

What a nice gift to win, now you know you will have every color you need the next time you start a project.

Love your wip and will check back for another update.

The pictures are beautiful and I am glad you came home to no snow :)

Mylene said...

WOW! What a wonderful win...enjoy!
Happy Birthday to your son, hope he is having a great day.

Michelle said...

Carol, please visit my blog to accept an award!

That is an amazing gift to receive!

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Wow! Congrats on your BIG win-YAY! Don't get lost~in all that floss! Now we all know who to email for that missing color~LOL!!!


Barbi said...

Wow Carol! How wonderful to come home to a box full of floss! How many times have you fondled it now? LOL I'd be elbow deep every day.

Shari said...

welcome sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Love all the nature photos! So beautiful!!!
Your WIP is so prety!
Congrats on the dmc win! WOW!!!! How neat. You seem to do really well with winning things!!!
Happy Birthday to your son! My oldest just turned 29 last week.

Myra said...

Congratulations on your win Carol. I am excited for you. Love the pics from Florida. The BBD design is soooo pretty. I love me some purple. I don't have clue what your WIP is but it sure is pretty.

Olive said...

Lucky, lucky you! I'm off to add the DMC blog to my list to read.

I love your wip. I can hardly wait to see more!

Angela said...

Now that's a giveaway to win for sure! Enjoy :) My dh would have had the same reaction! LOL. I think your WIP is a Prairie Schooler design perhaps one of the 4 seasons???

Cindy's Stitching said...

Luck you. I didn't know you won such a gift from DMC Floss. What a treat. Love the pictures from Fla. Glad you had a good trip.


Hazel said...

Fantastic win!!! Wow you can stitch any project now!. Lovely chart you got too. I'll have to watch for that one.

Lois said...

What a fantastic win Carol and what a nice box to come home too!! Just think, you won't have to buy any more DMC for quite some time!

Happy birthday to your son!

Glad you'd a good time in Florida, shame the weather couldn't have been nicer to you given what you had left behind. I really enjoyed seeing the pics.

Nic said...

What a great giveaway to win! What's your first project going to be be? Can you even begin to decide? :o)

Siobhan said...

Happy birthday to your son! I hope he has a great year ahead of him. :)

I am guessing that's a PS design?! Not sure which one, but it looks PSish. ;)

CONGRATULATIONS on the win!! Wahooooooooo! I love that Violets chart, too. I stitched it and had it made into a pillow which resides on my daughter's bed. It's a sweet design... no pun intended. :D

I am glad to hear that you had a good trip in Florida! That lizard--eek! That is the one thing that freaked me out in FL--the lizards--that and the big bugs. Fantastic pics, though!

Edit said...

Carol, I don't find words. That box is a dream, the dream of every stitcher :) Congratulations and enjoy each and every colour of it :)

Your holiday pictures look great, too.What a great timing to leave the snow behind and arrive back when it is all gone :)

You WIP looks pretty, too. Looking forward to see it as you advance with it.

And at last but not least, Happy Birthday to your son!


Daffycat said...

Oooo, Carol, that is divine! Have fun sorting all that floss. I recommend wallowing in it for a bit ~ very satisfying!

mainely stitching said...

Oh wow, a whole line of DMC from DMC ... amazing!! I'd be tempted to just lug the box around with me for a few days!

Your nature photos are fabulous. That anole just kills me. I love lizards. :D

Martine said...

Waouhhhh !!! Carol ! Congrats !
I am very happy for you ! You are very lucky to have all those lovely colors !!! I imagine your enjoyment !!! I have never won prizes on blogs but I can imagine your excitement to receive this great win !
Thank you for these lovely photos of your vacation in Florida !
And happy birthday to your son ! I hope that he had a beautiful day !
Your wip is lovely but I don't know what is it.... ????
Have a wonderful sunday !

Jackie said...

I'm sorry we didn't have more beautiful weather for you here in Florida. It's been a weird winter for us and we're not having our typical spring weather. Yesterday was glorious. Sunny and warm. Today is yucky, we woke up to rain.

Congrats on the big win! WOW! How do you plan to organize it all?

Cath said...

Congrats on your lovely prize ,
I have nominated you for a blog award , if you'd like to visit my blog and claim it X

BrendaS said...

Congratulations on your great win. How wonderful to have ALL the DMC colors in your hot little hands.

I'm glad you had a great time in Florida even if the weather was cooler it had to be better than the snowy cold north.

Love your WIP!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow!What a cool prize I'd be so excited to win something from DMC us stitchers are such good customoers of thier products!

Gald to hear you had a great time in FLA despite all the cooler temps.

Ranae said...

Congrats! on the DMC win, wow!
Some very cool photo's too

Vinniey said...

Hi Carol, I would like to give you an award. Feel free to visit my blog to receive this award. :)

Pumpkin said...

OMG Carol, that's AWESOME!!!! How lucky are you! Have fun going through all those colors :o) And thanks for posting the DMC Blog link. I didn't even know they had one.

Glad you had a nice trip. Mom & Dad are down there now and say it's been cold. Love the pictures :o)

Your WIP looks like a PS but I don't think it is. I'm curious...

Happy Birthday to your son :o)

Cole said...

Wow, what an amazing win!! Now with all the colors you'll be able to pick up any pattern & just get started!

psst ~ you have an award, check out my latest post :)

Vonna said...

Oh WOWZERS!!! That is fabulous!!!
You'll be winding away won't you?!

Meari said...

Congratulations of the DMC win! That's awesome :)

Lovely pics from your FL visit. I've been in the Orlando area during this time of year and it's absolutely gorgeous.

Shirley said...

Congratulations on your prize - it must have felt like Christmas. Glad you had a nice break in Florida.

Carolyn NC said...

My goodness, I'd be jumping up and down with excitement too! Congrats on the awesome win! Love the projects and stitching. Happy BD to your DS. We go to Daytona Beach normally once or twice a year to see close friends. But they've had a lousy winter this year. They're sick of the cold!

Sally said...

Oh wow you lucky lady!! I would have been so excited too!

Your Wip is so pretty.