Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wonderful Day of Surprises!

Today is only the 5th of December and I've already started getting the Christmas presents from the friends all over the world and from my family. It truly brings me in Christmas spirit.

First the mail man brought me a Christmas present from an artist Annilee Taylor, Soft Sculpture Dolls, Miniature Dolls and Baskets. I got these wonderfully, very detailed and Merry Merry Christmas apron, 2 potholders, tiny adorable kitchen towel, and Poinsettia in the pot!

Aren't they just amazing?

They will be a perfect addition to my Christmas roombox!

Thank you, Annilee, very much! I will treasure your Christmas gifts forever!

Next Christmas present came from Carmen, from Christmas swap, organized by Caterina. Unfortunately, I don't want to be a naughty girl this year (as it happened to me a year ago) and according to the rules of the Caterina's Christmas swap, I can't show the pictures of Carmen's Christmas gifts. Sorry! I've been naughty enough already opening them before Christmas, but you know... it is seducing...

Thank you, Carmen, a lot for your gifts. I will show them later.

My DH, Honey Bunny decided to add more excitement today and gave me as a gift 2 huge cactuses. I am an avid cactus collector and have some samples at home. He ordered 2 cactuses from Arizona, they came today as well, and since they have to be taken care of, and my DH has no idea how to snuggle with the cactus without hurting them, :)))), so, we opened the box.

The first cactus is Notocactus Leninghausii. The pictures don't show the exact size, but this cactus stands about 16".

Second cactus, my favorite, is Trihocereus Candicans, stands about 18" ad also has babies on the sides. Actually, it won't be correct to say "stands" because this cactus doesn't grow straight.

My third big cactus was given me by my son last year, but I decided to show you as well, diameter is about 12"

The rest of my cactus I have are smaller sizes but I love them too. They warm up my heart especially when they are in blossom. It is such a miracle to see them in colors! One day I will make a special post about them, but today... more gift that I made to myself and also got today. I stopped working on my other project "Conversation with God" that is devoted to my grandma, because I stumbled upon the electricity and lamps. A couple of days ago I finally found one that is closer and similar to the lamp I've been looking for and resembles me a little bit the lamp that my grandma had in her room. This is an electrified ceiling lamp by Bodo Henning with lovely red flowers around

Oh, it fits grandma's room sooo perfect and makes me unbelievably happy! Now I can continue working on the roombox!

What you think I will leave you now? Nope!

I got another box from he UK with the 50 spools of superfine Pearsalls silk with different shadows

WOW! The excitement of trying them gives me chill!

And just to finish this day, I got a piece of 112 count silk gauze that I exchange with Elga (I sent her a piece of 72 count silk gauze). Now I have a piece to try my new superfine Pearsalls silk. I made a picture of this piece, tried to be as close as possible to give you the impression of 112 count. Don't forget to click on the image to share my excitement of the size of those holes with me! He-he-he!

Good news: yes! I can see the holes! The question is: can I stitch on it? Time for the experiment. Wish me good luck!

Busy in Spokane,



Xandra Dekker said...

Wat een prachtige miniaturen heb je gekregen.

Groeten Xandra

Sans! said...

Luck, luck, luck but you don't need it , will you?

Cactuses can be easily bought in Singapore and the artificial ones in Bangkok are very convincing. Do you know I once try to feed my cactus with orange juice? Of course, it died the next day. So I only settle for the artificial ones now.

Thank you for showing your gifts. I am particularly intrigued by your #112 canvas. Quickly show us what you will do with it! :)

Wyrna Christensen said...

Congratulations on all your fine gifts. The Christmas things are so adorable with all the details. The lamp is quite adorable. Good luck with your embroidery.

carmen said...

me alegra saber que ya has recibido mi paquetito, disfrútalo

Elga said...

I was enjoying your whole post, but when I came to the part about the gauze I was really happy, so glad it arrived safely! Enjoy your experiments with your new silks on the gauze, I hope it all works out as you want it to be :-)

And I love the poinsettia gifts!

Ilona said...

Natalia, firstly congratulations for the gorgeous gifts of Annilee, they are really gorgeous!
I didn't know you collect cactuses, they are wonderful, but perhaps you can show them once they are blooming, it must be spectacular?
The lamp is a fantastic find, we have to see it in your special roombox for your grandma.
The silk is gorgeous, all those delicate colors and the gauze: incredible!! Can you really embroider on this fine gauze?? I've seen your work, but this is beyond belief! Elga is a sweet friend for you and many of us!
Warm hugs, Ilona

BiWuBär said...

Okay, get ready to catch it... here it comes... a whole load of luck I'm throwing towards you.. hep! Incredible that you're going to stitch on that fabric, can't wait to see the results - and I have no doubt that you will achieve wonderful results real soon... ;O) You got beautiful gifts, the poinsetia ensemble is fantastic and I understand your love for cacti, they're amazing plants. The third one you've shown - do you know how we call this kind of cactus? A mother-in-law-seat...


Ксаня said...

Поздравляю с такими красивыми подарками!!! фартук и прихватки очаровательны!!

mcddiss said...

wow , que cantidad de regalos, a cul mas bonito ,que los disfrutes



Janice said...

Oh my gosh and Christmas still to come! Lucky lady.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I like all your gifts. The Cactuses seems real. Keep in touch

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Sans! Artificial cactus? Hmm, is it like they made from plastic? are they mutants? I know here they glue (OMG!!!) the artificial flowers on the top of a real cactus to imitate the blossom. I look at it as cactus's humiliation! Freedom to cactuses!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Birgit! Poor mothers-in-law! No, really! I've never heard about mother-in-law seat, but in Russia we have a plant that is called mother-in-law tongue! It is long and sharp! I got the whole load of luck that you sent me, thank you!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Ilona, the cactuses I have don't blossom very often, but as soon as I witness it, I will take and post the images by all means!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful comments!


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