Monday, February 20, 2012

Blessed I Am

Before I get started showing you some goodies, I need to make a clarification from my last post.  The adorable little sheep from Linda, was not made by Linda.  She bought the mold and sent it to Rachel to make the sheep.  This is the picture from Linda's blog... aren't they SO adorable!  Just wanted to give the right credit where credit is due.

When I posted about the quilt tops and blocks awhile back, Karen from KM Primitives really liked one of the tops.  I had stuck them away because I didn't know what I was going to do with them and didn't want to mess with them.  I asked Karen if she would like to have it.  She said only if I was willing to swap.  How could I say no to our talented Karen?!  I didn't have a plan for either one so I sent them both off to Karen.  I absolutely ADORE what she sent me in return!  Her new, beautiful sheep lamp mat called "EWE FOLLOWING ME?"

That's not all...  I believe Karen knows that I love all kinds of tinware.  She blessed me with this wonderful antique sieve! Isn't it a beauty?

Karen also sent this sweet little strainer!  Love the homemade card too!

These pieces are perfect for me because when I am out antiquing, I am always on the hunt for old metal graters, strainers, sifters, and grinders.  I don't know why I am drawn to them,  I just always bring one home, lol.  As a matter of fact, I went antiquing Friday by myself and bought a neat little grinder, hehe.  So very sweet of Karen to bless me with such wonderful and perfect goodies!  THANK YOU KAREN, I LOVE IT ALL!!!

I enjoyed ooohing and aaahing over all your wonderful Valentine's gifts from such sweet hubbies.  Rich and I don't get each other gifts or cards for Valentine's Day, we do that for our kids but not for each other.  We buy big things throughout the year so we don't do the holidays.  He took me out to dinner at one of our favorite steakhouses this past Saturday night.  He has a bum knee, so we were limited on what we could do.  I suggested going to Bass Pro and walking around because we can sit when he needed it.  We head that way and drive right on by.  I said "Uhm... you missed it".  He informed me that we were headed somewhere to get my Valentine's Day gift.  Three stores later so I can get the pretty red that I wanted, here is what my sweet man bought me!!

I was extremely shocked!!  I had asked for one of these about 13-15 years ago and he sweetly bought me a very nice mixer with lots of attachments, but it was no Kitchenaid.  That was when I realized that I need to be specific when I ask for gifts, LOL!  That old mixer has been a great one and I appreciate him buying me one back then but oh how I LOVE my new Kitchenaid!  I have waited many, many years for it!  I'm not a bling bling person, but I sure love this shiny red, haha!  I am richly blessed with a great and loving man that works so hard so that I can stay home and raise our kids, while he lavishes me with the desires of my heart!

One more thing before I close.  Some of you have seen this floating around blogland and even posted about it.  Google is doing away with its Google Friend Connect.  I have read many rumors associated with this but the only thing that I can find on the official Google Blog is this short statement. "Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We're retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch. "
Google is saying that blogger won't be affected, it will be for wordpress, typepad, etc blogs.  Some say it will be phased out completely for all blogs.  I don't find that anywhere in Google.  I added the Google + but I don't have a clue what it is for.  I do all my blog reading through my Google Reader.  I'm pretty sure I'll be okay.  I don't mess with my friends list much.  It's neat to look at it and see the new followers but that's all I use it for.  But just to be safe, I went ahead and added the new free "Linky" widget to my sidebar.  I'll be honest in saying that I don't like it yet.  I'm not one for change.  So I'm really hoping that I can delete it soon, hehe.  But you never know...

Thanks for stopping in my friends.  I enjoy your company and visiting with you.  Your blogs mean so much to me and keep me excited about being the keeper of my home instead of the mundane home chores that I have to take care of every day.

Enjoy these last few February days.  March will be roaring in soon and bringing Spring with it~


Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Angie,
Well I for one love those little sheep from matter who made them! So cute.

I'm so happy you liked your gifts...I was a little skeptical sending the Sieve and Strainer - but thought you would enjoy them!

Oh wow, what a beauty of a mixer...I have a white one - blahhhhh! lol
Love the have a very sweet husband - you are blessed. I saw where Google Friends+ was stopping but I didn't understand it...
I'm going to have to look into the Linky thing...not sure what that is.


A Primitive Homestead said...

Your tin treasures from Karen are great. The candle mat she made is so pretty. I love sheep. Enjoy your red bling. Blessings!

BumbleBeeLane said...

That's what I get too that it's will only delete non blogger blogs.LOVE your new mixer definatly swoon sheep mat is sweet too.Have a wonderful week!~Amy

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

What a sweet swap with Karen. Love your items.

Sheila said...

Hello Angie~
wow, Karen's new candle mat is darling and I love the other things she sent you too!
I drooled over those sheep, they are so cute, might have to go visit Rachel to purchase some.
Oooooh! what a sweet hubby you have. I love that RED! Maybe one of these days I'll get the Kitchen Aid I asked for many years ago. We don't buy each other much for holidays; we're the same way, we buy things through out the year if the money is available.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments.
hugz to you~

Tolentreasures said...

I love all of your items! How nice! Your mixer is beautiful! I too, have a white one and it is not near as new as yours, but I love it. It came with the husband actually, I had never had one, would not want to be without it and I don't even cook or bake that much! Good for you! and how sweet of him!



Your swap items were great. Love your red Valentine gift. I bought my hubby a Keurig for Christmas and he says that was the best present ever, sometimes the presents you least expect are the best. Enjoy. Cyndy

Anonymous said...

Angie, nice goodies you received. I love the red mixer, what a nice surprise from your hubby.
Happy baking
Country at heart

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Angie, that was so sweet of Karen. She does amazing work. I have one of her penny long mat with snowmen and I love it.
That was also kind of her to send your extra goodies.
Oh boy you are going to love your kitcheaid mixer. My hubby surprised me 2 Christmases ago and I LOVE mine so much!!!!!
Enjoy, also you can buy different attachments. I did. I bought the one so I can make homemade noodle, LOVE IT!

Have fun with your new toy!!

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Angie, what a beautiful candle mat from Karen, and love the other goodies she sent too, what an awesome strainer.
Love your red mixer, how sweet of your hubby, have a great eve. Hugs,

bettyj said...

Hi Angie, Your swap with Karen was really nice. Love your sheep mat. I have several of her things and love them. I have to admit I LOVE your red kitchen aide. Mine is white and you know I LOVE red. That is something you will wonder how you ever got a long w/o it. It is the best.
Have a great week and happy baking!Or should I say mixing!

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Angie,
Love your candle mat you got from Karen and all the "extra" goodies you got from her.
I, too, hate change, but I have that Linky on my blog too, just in case!!!! Hate to lose all my friends!!!!
Your hubby's a keeper!!!!

Primsue said...

Angie, I love your candle mat and tin goodies from Karen. How awesome that you were able to do a swap with her. What a sweet hubby to get you that mixer - I love red. I would like to have a Kitchenaid mixer, but don't have the room for one.
Hope you are having a great week,

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What a wonderful swap. I read on Karen's Blog about the quilt tops.
Love the goodies she sent you.
What a wonderful mixer. I have been asking for one for the last 5 yrs. still yet to see one, Lol! Enjoy your week

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous Kitchen aide! WOW! It's gorgeous in that bright red! Thanks for your encouraging words today about my new venture! I sure appreciate them! ♥

cynthia lee designs said...

I have that same mixer in red...and I love it!! I use it all the time. Have fun with it!!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Angie, Love all the goodies you got from Karen.
I'm so jealous ~ a red Kitchenaide mixer ~ your right about specific about what you want ~ I got a white one ~ I so wanted the red one!!! Oh well I guess it's the thought that counts!!!
Enjoy your new goodies!!!
Prim Blessings

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Karen is such a sweetheart!

I have my Mom's Kitchen Aid mixer; it's from the 1970's and still going strong. I love your red one. I keep thinking I'll get a new mixer one of these days, but I can't justify the purchase if this one still works.......

Friendship Crossing said...

Oh how sweet of you to send Karen those precious quilts and for her to send you such sweet things in return! She's such a talented gal!

What a honey of a man to get you something you can actually make good use of!! How sweet and I love the RED!!

Hugs to you my sweet friend!

frontporchprims said...

Oh, you got to go antiquing alone:) I love going alone.
You must like tinware as much as I like wood. What fun gifts you have recieved. I love the strainer. Who knows what could have been strained on that! I am not one to jump on the bandwagon and had read that little snippet from blogger too. But, I also don't take many chances either. If there is any possiblitly of losing my blog list, I will back it up somehow. Not, sold on Linky yet, but at least I am trying to have a backup. -Steph-

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Wow, some great stuff there. I love everything!

Mary said...

Hi Angie, Awesome goodies you received from your swap with Karen, Love your new candle mat and all your new tin! Linda always seems to send the neatest things, Rachel did such a great job on those sheep...just prim perfect!
Whata' lucky gal to have such a wonderful are going to Love your new mixer! I have the same, but in white and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs Mary

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Karen sure does lovely work~
I am not sure what will happen with google friend connect, I am dreading the day it is phased out!!!

~Sara said...

What lovely gifts you received from Karen. Her creations are wonderful. I just love her new sheep mat. You are so lucky. And your new mixer! Very nice!! I have had mine for quite a few years now and it is always in use.Thank you for being so faithful in visiting my blog and your sweet comments are always appreciated.Good luck with the school situation. Lord know we had our share of "teacher meetings" through the years with four children.UGH!! Sending hugs ~Sara

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I love my kitchenaid! You are so lucky to have such a sweet hubby!
Love Karen's mat and that strainer--very cool!

PrimHearted said...

Oh what lovely things you received! Your new mixer is fabulous..enjoy it!

Shannon DeMasi said...

What an awesome trade! I have yet to collect any tinware but I am interested. I also LOVE antiquing!

GennieG said...

It is really a blessing to have a hubby that works hard for us. I feel the same. It is a gift to be a stay at home mom. Although it is rough financially at times, I believe it's the best decision to be a homemaker. I am a SAHM too.
I just got a kitchen aid after all these years too! Yay!!!!! I love it!!! Mine is also red :) I really enjoy visiting your blog Angie.
Love all the goodies you received from your friends. They are great!