Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thank you and.....I WON!

First and most importantly, I want to thank you for all of your prayers, words of support and comments and emails during this past month. David & I have read every one and we both appreciate your words. I am happy to report that David is doing quite nicely with his physical therapy. He has gentle exercises that he does every day and  twice a week his Physical Therapist comes to the house and works with him. He has graduated to using a cane most of the time. She advised using the walker if he was around a lot of people, like at the Mall, and since David would rather have a root canal without anesthetic than go to the Mall, he is pretty much walker free. This has been a challenging Winter for both of us this year and we are looking forward to Spring and the promise of renewed health and strength. OK-so much for that personal update.

On a much happier and exciting note...I have won the most fabulous giveaway!!!
Back in January, I saw a giveaway on a blog that I've followed for a long time, Brynwood Needleworks.
Donna Liljegren is a quilter and knitter and at one time owned her own cross stitch business. She must never sleep because she is always working on one project or another. Anyway, she posted a picture of a quilt block she made using the Dresden plate design and a Michelle Palmer hand-drawn cardinal in the center. I love quilts and I love Michelle Palmer's work (I own and have given many pieces) so I decided to take a chance. I still have the picture and link on my right sidebar. The prize was (and there were to be 3 winners) a quilt block made into (winner's choice) a tote bag, pillow or table runner. I decided on a table runner so that I could hang it on the wall. I have quilts hanging in many of the rooms of our home..I think they are true art pieces and should be seen.
On Friday evening, February 15, I came home from the hospital exhausted and worried about David and what he was going through. When I finally got a chance to sit down and read my emails, there was one from Donna telling me I was one of the winners. I cried...this was a bright spot in an otherwise murky time.
Yesterday the mailman knocked on the door and delivered the package. When I opened the box and pulled out the package, neatly wrapped in tissue and tied with seam binding, my heart skipped a beat.


 

My pictures do not do justice to the colors in this beautiful piece. They are all  the colors that I love. (I have many more photos but Blogger is not cooperating today...why can I upload some but not all that I choose?) I think the hardest part of quilting is the fabric...choosing which ones to blend together. Donna is a Master of color. The freeform quilting enhances the piecing. The whole thing is gorgeous! Yes, this goes on the wall.

This photo is from Donna's blog. I couldn't get the whole runner in my picture without losing something but here, you can see both runners and the tote bag. Click here to go to Donna's post. Please take some time and visit Donna's blog and see the beauty there. If you're not a quilter, maybe you're a dog lover....you can meet Taggart, Donna's Corgi.

Now if you're a quilter and a Corgi lover...you will spend lots of time at Brynwood Needleworks. I know someone who will love Donna's blog for sure. (This photo is also borrowed from Donna's blog)

Blessings abound even in the midst of chaos. I am truly grateful.
Thank you Donna, for bringing this joy into our home. I will cherish it always!

OK-I promise not to be a once a month blogger....even though it has looked that way so far!
I have lots more to share with you...soon, I promise!

xoxo
Joyce


14 comments:

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Joyce,
What a blessings to read your post. I'm glad your husband is on the mend. I broke my leg and ankle five years ago and oh...that silly walker. I hated using it, but it was a necessity. I hope Don will find it a help. I will continue to pray for you both as this new chapter of your life unfolds. It's has started off with some unexpected adversity but just think of all the surprises that lie ahead. My husbnd and I have a sign in our bathroom that says "Grow Old With Me" (the best is yet to be). God has surely blessed the four of us. Greaat things He hath done!
Have a happy week.
Smiles,
Carolynn xo
I'm home after being away helping with my 90 year old Mother. Yesterday, I had the fun of spending time working on "guess whos" Easter Swap goodies???

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

God's timing...to bring a little smile on your face! It's a very pretty table runner!
Glad that your hubby is improving. It has been a long winter for you!
Warmly,
deb

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Joyce, This is the most wonderful gift especially that this is someone whose work you so admire. Have you seen Vintage Grey's work. I think it is right up your alley. So pleased you are both doing better! E

Perfectly Printed said...

What a wonderful gift! So happy to hear your husband is on the mend! God is good!

Chris

lynn said...

such a sweet win, joyce! i'm so glad to hear your husband's health is improving:) spring is right around the corner--enjoy!

vivian said...

Congratulations! Im so glad you won. You deserve a little treat after the time youve had! soon we'll all be basking in warm sunny days with flowers blooming all around us... spring is almost here!! I cant wait!
have a great sunday
xoxo
vivian

ProjectHope7 said...

There is no price on a gift like this and its timing. God hand chose you for this I am sure. The work that went into your gift and the timing, emotions and appreciation you felt on winning cannot be quantified by a dollar sign. I am so blessed for you! Congrats. And how you shared it, is I believe what blogging is all about! Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed week!
Graciously, Cathy B

Mimi Sue said...

Glad all is going well for you both! Now you've got all the bad stuff out of the way so onward and upward! Gorgeous table runner. You are one lucky girl. I'm on my way over to her blog for a look. Mimi

My Vintage Mending said...

Joyce I am so glad to hear you David is doing better. Lots of prayers your way and that is an amazing stitch piece....smiles..Renee

Createology said...

I adore Donna and all she creates. Tag is my smoochy buddy. How lovely that you won her beautiful giveaway. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

Sandy C said...

I'm glad to hear that things are better. Lucky you to win that adorable piece :)

Sandy xox

Heidi said...

Nice to hear D. is recovering and is strong enough to stay away from the mall! LOL Congrats on the beautiful WIN! Very lovely; to a very lovely lady. I love how God know just how to bless us at low times, in ways that show how He's smiling at us (that's a Real blessing!). I so wish I could blog, time is just not available! (At least for now!) hugs, Heidi

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Joyce:
I cried when I read this post. How rewarding it is for me to find that, not only do you love my work, but God timed it perfectly to arrive just when you needed it most.

I'm so glad to read that David is mending and will be ok. Know that you're both in my prayers.

Thanks again for being such a sweet blog friend, and for writing such a beautiful post upon receiving your gift.

Blessings and love to you and yours,
xo
Donna and Tag

Jo said...

I completely missed this blog post. What a wonderful prize! One of a kind, for sure. Congrats!

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