Goodies galore and wee stitching

A long awaited package arrived today in my name. The second one in the past 9 months. Back in India the letter box would always have something or the other meant for me - though most of it was junk, it was still mail.  It's a different story here :)

Here are the contents!!
All shades...yum,yum..

I had ordered the complete set of Floche a Broder from sometime in mid August when they had the half price international shipping offer. The package reached Germany on September 3rd and got stuck at the customs.If it was not for the timely help from Joady of Hedgehog Handworks ,it would've remained there.

For those who would like to try DMC Floche a Broder and other needle-craft related supplies, I would gladly recommend Hedgehog Handworks. I wish I had ordered more since it is practically impossible to find many things here. May be, when there's another sale...

Ok, since I said that this is the second mail that arrived in my name, I need to show you the first one.

Thanks once again, MA aka Magpie :)
When the above postcard arrived home, it caused quite a stir - since this was the first personal mail  that we got after a long list of German tax payment letters, invoices, bank statements etc  :)  

The third goodie is a table cloth.While visiting Regensburg, I came across a couple of ladies selling some used items in the street. Among the stuff on sale, there were quite a few framed cross stitch works, crochet pieces and table cloths. This particular one caught my eye because it was so neatly done.

Some one had combined applique and embroidery together . Every stitch was perfect.

The blanket stitch around the petals are so neat and uniform. I can't imagine the amount of time it would've taken to stitch each flower.

And the colors of the fabric used for the!!

To top it, the perfect herringbone stitch around the edges..
It was so beautiful , I didn't  have the heart to bargain.I just paid what they asked for . I had to come away quickly from there since my daughter and DH were getting impatient. Had they been in either a kids store or electronics store...this wouldn't be the case.
How I wish I had talked to them and asked them about the person who embroidered it.Since the language is a barrier, I am always hesitant to strike up a conversation with people here. Lost opportunities...sigh!!

Finally, my stitching in the past few weeks was confined to this tiny cast on flowers...

15 cast on wraps and three petals each .Easy peasy!!!
Next weekend we'll be visiting a friend and his family in  Netherlands - just a short trip of four days. Being in Europe gives us the opportunity to see places we otherwise would never be able to. So we're making most of our time here.

Till next post,
Love,luck and sunshine,