Sunday, January 12, 2014

LouBee Surprises

I have spoken about my LouBee girls before (here, here and here) and how much their friendship means to me...we've crafted together, laughed together and even cried together.  This year we decided to use our talents and share some gifts amongst friends.

We get together for lunch after our St. Louis MQG meetings and since starting this swap, we have never really known what to expect.  When a pretty package or beautiful bag is placed in front of you, it is impossible to know what is inside.  Each of the gifts that have been created and shared have captured the receiver's personality to a T. It's sometimes almost frightening how it all works out; but I guess that is what happens when you are surrounded by people who genuinely listen and tune in to those little things that seem so inconsequential.

This month was no exception, as my dear friend, Lynne, gifted me the most amazing treasures.

Upon opening the bag, I was greeted with this spectacular Union Jack pillow.

Having paper-pieced a Union Jack block before, I know how complex those skinny little pieces can the fact that she pieced eight (later learned she pieced more, which she decided not to use) is just down-right ridiculous.  I think this beauty has found a home in my rocking chair.


What you should know about Lynne is that she adores BBC's Sherlock just as much as I do and sometimes when discussing the show's plots, characters, etc...we can sound like swooning school-girls.  Yet, I never would have dreamed that she would have captured this bond so artistically.  Of course, when one's friend has a Doctorate, teaches Organic Chemistry and is an amazing writer (this and this)...the below is what you get.

Pictures, do not do these hoops justice, so I'm going to take a few minutes to describe what she has done. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, I apologize in won't have a clue (haha!) what I'm talking about.

Clockwise starting from upper left...

 221 B - The famous address of Sherlock Holmes.  

Silhouette of Sherlock Holmes, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch. 
What you may not be able to see is that she embroidered the red button-hole on his coat, and cut tiny slices into the end of his scarf to make it more 3-D

  Embroidered yellow smiley-face and the word bored.  

A sentence from the speech Dr. Watson gave while standing over Sherlock's grave 
(Ooh, I guess that was a Spoiler if you haven't seen the show...why haven't you seen this show?  
Don't worry he survived, we don't know how [yet]; but he did) 

This is Blue-Bell, the glow-in-the-dark rabbit.  What makes this extra special is that she actually embroidered this using glow-in-the-dark thread


It was easy to decide where these Sherlock hoops would go...

...I mean, if you have a wall that looks like this, there was really no question.

So what have I learned from this experience so far?  

People can still surprise you and sometimes if you are lucky, you'll find a handful of them that will do so in the most amazing ways.

Happy Sunday!


  1. They're all rad but the bunny is brilliant.

  2. I so love those hoops, beautiful work!

  3. I'm so glad you like them! They look great up there! Thanks for the sweet post. :)

  4. I think the 221b is my favorite with the "rivets". The glow in the dark bunny will be great with the flow in the dark bones :)

  5. Or "glow" in the dark bones :)


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