Monday, April 9, 2012

Celebrating Easter and a birthday ...

This year my niece's birthday was Easter weekend, so on Saturday we had a combined  9th birthday and Easter dinner celebration.

The weather was beautiful on Saturday. My niece went to a local Easter egg hunt in the morning and then we met at "grandma & pap's house" for birthday/Easter dinner. My mom is a great cook ... everything was delicious and her Easter table was lovely! I was in charge of dessert and I made cream-filled cupcakes and decorated them like a flower garden with bright green sprinkles and sugar-candy daisies, butterflies, ladybugs and bumblebees. The birthday girl loved them, so mission accomplished!

My niece loves to do "crafts". Since she was very young she has been "crafty".  Birthday gifts were all about replenishing her craft projects and supplies! If I could only get her interested in cross stitching reproduction samplers, I could get some of my WIP's finished! She's 9 now ... the perfect age, right!

Here is the pillow that I stitched for her.

By the Bay Needleart "Gigi's Garden"
Belfast 32ct. "Flax"  Linen 
DMC fibers
Fabric and trim for pillow from JoAnn Fabrics

It was complete with cute little garden critters ....

bumblebees and swirly clouds ...

and, of course, rick-rack trim which in my opinion makes every project better!

This was a fun design to stitch and a fun project to finish, but ...  I've missed my samplers. I'm happy to be getting back to stitching the new homework for "Ann Dale" and hopefully getting some additional stitches on "Frederick". But my stitching time in the upcoming weeks is going to be a little bit limited, so we'll see how it goes!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Until next time ... enjoy your stitching!


  1. Oh, it came out so beautifully! I love how you finished it -- bet your niece loves it! Happy belated birthday to her!

  2. What a lucky niece - your darling pillow as a gift, not to mention those outrageous Easter cupcakes!

    I feel the same way when I dabble with my knitting projects. It's fun to have something differnt to work on, but once I pick up my samplers again, it's always like I'm back home.

  3. That is such an adorable pillow! I am sure your niece loves it!

  4. That pillow is just so sweet! I love the colorful design and I am sure your niece is thrilled with it!

    happy stitching...

  5. Perfect for your 9 year old niece! Such a cute piece and I love how you finished it.

  6. Hello

    Just found your lovely blog. You have some beautiful stitched pieces.

    I love the pillow you stitched for your niece, it's so bright and colourful!

  7. Darling finish~~~ Your niece will cherish it forever!~~~~ I was going to email you, but couldnt find it on your profile.... email me when you can....

    Take care,


  8. What a sweet pillow! So bright and cheerful. :) I bet your niece loved it.
    I am glad to have found your blog!

    1. Hi Penny! Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comment. I enjoyed visiting yours and left you a comment there, but I'm going to reply to you here as well. GO PENS! Yep that's right, we're hugh Pittsburgh Penguins fans over here at this blog! So we'll have to agree to disagree on that one and instead agree to be stitching friends! :) GO PENS!

  9. Hi Lanie, Thank you so much for visiting my blog so now I have found you too! Love your stitchings, you Ann Dale is looking lovely but this new one from By the Bay is the sweetest! Love the way you finished it. Have a great week.

  10. Hi Lanie,
    I so enjoyed your post...I love seeing what gifts people do for their loved ones.
    A belated happy birthday to your niece...she's one lucky little girl to have a sweet auntie like you - the pillow is just adorable...perfect 9 year old gift.
    Oh and thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment...hope to see you back again sometime soon.

  11. Hi Lanie! Thank you so much for leaving me a comment! Otherwise I would never have found your beautiful blog and a fellow Pittsburgher!! Woo hoo :) What part of the city do you live in--I'm in the North Hills.

    Your pillow is so, so adorable--your niece will love it.

  12. That design is so appropriate and absolutely adorable. You couldn't have picked a better finish to show it off. I have to say though, it was a little difficult to focus after I read "cream filled cupcakes".