Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas gifts & Ian Update


Yesterday was our Bee day at Jane's house. We always have a fun afternoon when we get together. Jane made a delicious chocolate pudding cake that she served still warm from the oven (we had seconds) and a cute little purse for carrying credit cards using fabric with little bees on it. Connie gave us each a card with Santa busily finishing a quilt while using Rudolph's antlers to organize his tools, and a Snowman box that held a set of Snowman salt and pepper shakers. Mary finished the cross stitching on Aunt Ruth's last project for us. Aunt Ruth never had UFOs and was working on these gifts when she died in May. She would be so happy to know that Mary not only completed the pieces, but also made us Aunt Ruth's delicious molasses cookies in the shape of thread spools. I made cross stitch ornaments for each of the girls and gave them a Quilter's Chocolate tin (dark chocolate).

tea cozy, fabrics and bracelet from Beth in Brazil

close-up of buriti bracelet with the letter J in the middle
Today the mail brought a wonderful surprise all the way from Brazil. Beth made me a wonderful tea cozy. She also sent several fabrics and a bracelet made from the leaf of a palm tree called 'Buriti' from the Amazon. Isn't it beautiful? Beth was one of people who signed up for my PIF last year. She also has a gorgeous cat, named Bilbo, that could be Jasper's twin.

Ian saw the eye doctor and trauma specialist yesterday. He was given good reports from both doctors. He does have some nerve damage, but it shouldn't be permanent. He can now sing, play his trombone and practice free throw shots for basketball. No scrimmages, though. Thank you to all who sent good wishes for Ian.

27 comments:

Lorraine said...

pleased to hear positive news on the injury! .....the boss' little girl came in today sporting a bright pink cast on her tiny arm...she is three! ....she told me she just fell over at home and went "ouch"....it is a clean break and should heal well...!Kids!

Lissa Jane said...

Oh good news from the Dr's and I love your spool shaped cookies! and the christmas card with the quilt on it.. where does one find these sorts of things? never see them here in Australia..

thanks for sharing the pics and have a wonderful christmas!

Lissa
Australia

Vonna said...

Being the mother of an Ian too - I wish him nothing but improved health and that all turns out perfectly - sounds as if he's on his way :o)
Love the exchanges!

Libby said...

What a fun party *s* Glad to hear the good news for Ian.

Vicki said...

A good Dr report, the best Christmas present ever. Merry Christmas!

Guðrún said...

I am glad that Ian seems to be all right.

Dionne said...

Cheers on the wonderful news and to continued good health! Sounds like a nice party!
Cheers,
Dionne

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your Aunt Ruth is smiling. I just know it. She is happy with having that last project done. Sweet.

Greenmare said...

wow what gorgeous things!!!! and good news at the dr to boot! Hallelujah!

Beth said...

I'm happy with the good news about Ian...I hope that everything will be ok.

Kris said...

So glad Ian is okay! So glad he can do his favourite things again!

Tazzie said...

So many wonderful things - great news, and wonderful treats. Be sure to have the very best weekend.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy gifts and wonderful, good news. Life really IS GOOD!!

sewkalico said...

So pleased to hear good news about Ian!!
Love that Aunt Ruth's final project was finished :-) And what great gifts you all gave and received.

swooze said...

Great news on Ian. Hope you are well.

Jan said...

Glad to hear good news about Ian. Your party sounds like it was lots of fun! Great gifts!!!

Connie W said...

Bee gatherings at Christmas time are always so fun; my group just had ours last week.
Hope your sweet grandson continues to recover nicely, what an awful injury, poor boy.

Kim said...

You are such a lucky girl to have Quilting Bee group to play with! I always wonder how these groups are established. We have Quilt Guilds here and they are nice to join, but the smaller quilting friends getting together seems like a real nice thing. The Spool Cookies are wonderful and creative! Lots of nice gifts, quilting fun and great news from the eye doc's makes for happy days. Wonderful!

julieQ said...

I am so glad for your good medical news. Lovely quilting gifts in the mail!

Susan said...

Pleased to hear about Ian. I know it's been a bit scary for a while! What a fun get-together it sounds like you had.

Dianne B. said...

Hi, I just thought I'd return your visit. You have such a lovely blog! Your photos are beautiful, and I enjoyed reading about your quilt bee party and how your Aunt Ruth's final project was lovingly completed. Best wishes to your grandson for a speedy recovery. Kindest regards from Dianne B. in England.
http://rosewillow.wordpress.com

Cheryl said...

Good news is always so wonderful and what a relief for all!!! Great goodies.

Karen said...

The thread spool cookies are such a cute idea!

Passionate Quilter said...

what neat little 'gifties' from your quilting friends..only quilter's know what really pleases other quilters!
So glad to hear your grandson is going to be okay!

Merry Christmas!

Nadine said...

Helloooo, dear Genie !
This was certainly a wonderful, happy (and moving) afternoon, with lots of friendship and cute gifts exchanged... I'm glad you had it, ENJOY !
Sending a big, friendly (((HUg))) + smiles to you ;>)
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

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