Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Days Are Flying By

Since my friend, Mona, arrived from Lebanon last week, there has not been a whole lot of time for crafting, but since Friday was a quiet day at home, I did manage a little rose stitching using yarn on 8 count aida. My plan was to make a pillow for her, but I wasn't happy with the outcome.  The cotton I used for the pink part sort of separated and flattened out which made for very messy stitches.
There has been a lot of baking, gift giving and visiting over the past several days.
On Saturday, the girls came over to my place for a few hours.  And on Sunday night we went out for coffee.  I was able to put together gift bags for everyone with all the projects I've completed over the summer.  It's nice to finally be able to do something with all the stuff I keep making.
Both times we got together, Elena's youngest daughter, Jana, was with us.  She learned to walk about a month ago and is constantly moving.  Here she is waving bye-bye as we all got up to leave.
Yesterday turned out to be another quiet day, so I did a simple rose cross-stitching and added a quote:  A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world. 

Whenever Mona visits, I like to make up for all the time we are apart, and all the times I'm not able to give her gifts.  We spent a few hours today just sitting together and chatting.  The timing of her trip was perfect since Thursday night, we take off for a short family vacation, and she heads back home on Friday.

Days are flying by and the end of summer is drawing ever nearer.  In 12 short days, I will be back at work.
Hope your week is off to a great start!

44 comments:

Heather - The Good Life said...

Hi Tammy, sounds like you have enjoyed your visit with your good friend. I'm sure your gifts were appreciated. Enjoy your vacation, I'll look forward to hearing about your trip and seeing all your pretty photos. Take care, Heather

Vintage Jane said...

Good friends deserve lovely presents. Looking forward to reading about your vacation.

Linda said...

Jana is adorable. How nice that you were able to enjoy this time with your friends and to share your lovely gifts of your talents with them. :)

Hope you enjoy a wonderful trip.

Believe it or not, I'm sort of feeling ready for the summer to be done now and for fall to eventually get here. The weather here has cooled off tremendously. Only in Illinois is it 100 one day and 60 the next, but that's basically what it's done. It feels very fallish, even if the calendar does still show August.

Sarah is already amid her band mates in the marching band camp this week again, and school begins on the 21st, just one week from today. Of course for me, I work all year, except for numerous vacations, so work is pretty much as it always is, except in a matter of just a few days the campus where I work will be filled with 40,000 students. A stark change to the peace and quiet that we enjoy here during the summer months.

Take care,
Linda

Melissa said...

Boy, we really need to meet up more often. Don't talk about work:P I feel summer has went by too fast. I'm hoping to meet up with Mona before she leaves. You are gonna enjoy Germany. You need a good 10 days in any new country to explore and enjoy without rushing. I'm sure you'll make good use of your time.

vintage grey said...

Tammy I love the roses!! Where did you get your pattern for the cross stitch rose? Love it!! xo Heather

Kit said...

Have a wonderful time with your friend! Celebrate the end of your vacation! Kit

glor said...

How wonderful getting time to spend with your friend. I know how it is with long distance, but when you get together its like no time has past. Such a treasure. You gifts to all your friends are treasures as well, I'm sure. The cross stitches are beautiful. I'm just starting a Fall Angel cross stitch with Stitchy McFloss. Such joy in making things and even more joy in giving and receiving the hand made. Blessings to your day.

Celestial Charms said...

Cherished visits from friends is so very appreciated, especially when you live so far away from them. It means mountains to me, when anyone comes to visit me here in Texas, and especially when I used to live in Mexico.
Muffins look delicious.
Maureen

Becca said...

Sounds like you're having fun Tammy! I've never tried to use adia...your projects look lovely. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Love your stitching! Have you tried the 11 count with floss? I am using the 11 count now, the 14 count makes eyes go blurry, and that's even with glasses on! :)

The picture of Jana is so cute. I love it when kids are at this stage and they are all full of smiles. So sweet. :)

Your friends look so happy...but of course they are, they are your friends. :)

Enjoy the last of your summer days before you head back to school.

Blessings always

Shelia said...

Hi Tammy! Oh, what lovely needlework you do. Years ago I used to do lots of cross stitch. The roses are pretty. How nice you shared your talents with your friends. The little girl is just darling.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sangeetha said...

Hi Tammy, Looks like you had a great time with your friends. Good for you, I am really missing my friends back in Mumbai.
Love

Mereknits said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your special time with friends. I bet they loves your wonderful gifts. you are so thoughtful. Our summer is quickly ending, school starts next week!
Hugs,
Meredith

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

At least the rose pattern is a lovely one, if not the red thread...
How wonderful that you all are lapping up on great friendship-time spent together. One never knows how long we've to be on a friendship-diet. I certainly can relate to that one!
Enjoy your short 12 days ahead...
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Lorraine said...

Sweet friends and sweet gifts! Precious little Jana :)

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy, kind friend~
I am so glad you were able to spend time visiting with your friends. Coffee and good friends, a great combination. I know they loved all of your presents for them, too. You are always so kind and thoughtful!! Have a happy week~Vicki

val said...

what a wonderful visit to end your summer. It is so mice you've been able to share your creative gifts too!

Susan said...

Love your rose stitchery, Tammy. So adorable. Glad you are enjoying friends. Summer is waning, slowly but surely, but it's been great. Susan

Createology said...

Spending time with friends and loved ones is such precious time. Safe Travels on your vacation...
Soak in all the relaxation you can before work begins anew.

Mrs. Micawber said...

What a little cutie pie that Jana is, and how nice that you've been able to be with your friends. Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

Astri said...

Beautiful rose projects, Tammy. You are a kind friend-giving your time and talents. :-)

Diane said...

Pretty roses, I like the pink one at the top. It's so nice that you had time to share good times with your friends. Hardly seems possible that you'll be going back to school soon. Diane

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tammy, It's wonderful that you had such a great time with your friend! You've been so busy again baking and stitching, I'm sure your friends enjoyed your yummy and pretty gifts.
Have a beautiful day :-)!
xoxo,
Julia

Catherine said...

I can't believe August is 1/2 over! Such lovely looking Blueberry Muffins ~ how wonderful to share your talents with your friends. Lucky girls!
xo Catherine

Fruitful Fusion said...

Oh days definitely do just fly by! I think it's great that you make gift bags of your creations for your friends! Love that! xxx

Anonymous said...

It is so nice to know that some things don't ever change. What a lovely treat to see the four of your girls together. Other than the fact that your hair is so long (and looks amazing!!!) everyone looks exactly the the same as I remember them. I miss you guys a ton, and wish I could have a cup of coffee with that exact same group of wonderful women!! Jana is adorable, and looks like a bundle of energy. Good thing Elena has some much energy herself and is able to keep up with her. He, he!!

Have a great time in Germany. Let's keep talking about a way for you, Melissa and I to see each other

XOXO
Renee

My Life In Stitches said...

Hi Tammy You have put together some lovely crafting ideas and they will make nice gifts for everyone to.
Sounds like you had an enjoyable time with friends and family to.
best wishes Julie.C

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

What a beautiful quote! I just love that. And you stitched it all out so prettily, too! Your friends were very blessed by your goody bags I am sure, for they were created with obvious love. Happy day to you, dear friend!

Mary said...

I think I'll charter plane full of girlfriends and we'll come visit just so see all your beautiful gifts......of course you too!!!!!! Crochet classes, muffin baking (and sampling), and then you can walk us around your interesting neighborhood.....but only on a cool day with no dust storms please Tammy dear.

You sound like a friend to treasure.

Hugs - Mary

Anne said...

Tammy I love the rose projects you have been working on. Glad to hear you got to spend some time with your family and friends. Have a nice vacation.

Olga said...

Oh, your cross-stitched work is lovely. I haven't done any for a while. And I do have a cross-stitch project on hold.
Blueberry muffins would definitely make wonderful gifts for friends.

Sam I Am...... said...

You are the givingest (is that a word?)gal! In other words you are very generous and handmade items to boot! And then on top of that you put in homemade treats? I wish we lived closer! LOL! Your cross stitch is so pretty especially with the quote to go with it.
That little girl is so beautiful and precious. We have few little ones around here and I love children so I really miss them. What a great group of friends you have there. Have fun on your vacation!

Nicole Sanders said...

Time with good friends is so precious. Pleased you had a lovely time together. Enjoy your vacation:) nx

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Jana is adorable :) Enjoy your vacation!
Blessings,
Marcia

nanny said...

What an adorable child...
Yes, the days do fly by, as do the years! Sadly

Marina said...

Tammy, send some blueberry muffins to my part of the world :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Tammy...your gifts for your friends are so pretty...glad you had fun! Enjoy your last days of summer, it does go by way too fast!

vicki said...

Tammy-- I'm glad you are having some special times with your friend-- really these are a treasured time---

I hope you have a wonderful vacation-- 12 days is going to pass way too fast I'm betting. Enjoy every minute!!
Vicki

June said...

I'm so happy that you got to spend time with your dear friend and get together with the girls. Those are wonderful ways to spend the Summer days...that and stitching beautiful projects : )
hugs from here...

Rostrose said...

Hi dearest Tammy - oh you are on family vacation?!?! I hope you have a wonderful time! And I am sure you had a wonderful time with your friends. Little Jana is a very sweet girl (and has the same name like my daughter :o))
Sending warm hugs to you may dear!
Traude

SusanLotus said...

Happy Eid al Fitr to you!
It was a long time since I did my bloghops so now I´m going to read what you´ve been up to lately! :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Tammy
Your happiness at having your friend Mona staying really show through on this post.
There's just nothing compares to spending time with friends we love!

You've made such beautiful gifts for her, she will be going home a very happy dolly!!

Enjoy the last few days of holiday.

take care
hugs
Shane xox

Happy@Home said...

Hi Tammy,
One could learn a lot from you on the fine art of friendship. Your stitching is so pretty and that quote is wonderful.
Enjoy your trip and the rest of the summer.
Thank you so much for your kind comments. They mean a lot to me.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So glad that you had a lovely time with your friends. Jana is a little sweetie and love the wave.

Hope that you have a wonderful family vacation.
Hugs
Carolyn

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