Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter exchange from Michele

I received this wonderful exchange from Michele when I arrived home from visiting with two of our daughters over Christmas.
Michele stitched me this BBD which was made into a pillow. It is so cute. I love the rusty bells that were added to the pillow. Michele really knows me because I wanted to stitch this design myself. This is the second time Michele has stitched a design that I wanted to stitch.

She also sent all these goodies: 3 skeins of Belle Soie, two fat quarters of fabric, a scissors and beaded fob, marking pins, two pieces of linen, two patterns and some mints. All this was in a very cute basket, which I will be using to put in all the ornaments I want to stitch this year.

Thank you so much Michele for this and all the exchanges I received from you this year.

I am taking a break from this exchange this year, but I will be watching to see what you all will be doing this next year.

And thanks to Karen and Michele for running this exchange, it has been fun.

Happy New Year girls and Happy Stitching!!!!


Monday, December 27, 2010

my package from Faye

I rec'd my package from Faye and never got pics taken. I have the pics now, finally. The beautiful pillow she stitched for me went straight up on my desk, where there was an empty spot waiting for something and Faye's pillow was perfect! also here is a pic of the goodies Faye included.
I have really been spoiled by Faye this past year and have thoroughly enjoyed giving as much as receiving! This has been a great group of ladies and just want to thank each of you for making it such a delightful exchange for all of us! Happy New Year!

Winter Exchange from Karen D.

I received my winter exchange today from Karen D. She knows me quite well and really spoiled me. When this exchange started I had requested Shepherds Bush designs as I didn't have as many of them as I would like. All 4 seasons she delivered.

This is so cute! I just love it.

Karen also sent me some linen, a purple needleminder which she made, magnets, a frogging tool, an ort catcher (which she also made), a purple sock with lots of candy canes and the Recipes for a Cure cookbook that the Attic Needlework sold (which I really wanted!). Thank you so much Karen, for all my exchanges. You fulfilled my request quite well.

I have enjoyed this exchange forum this past year. I have chose not to participate next year. I really want to do more stitching for myself. Thank you Michele and Karen for putting this together.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter Exchange from Karen

Merry Christmas everyone ... hope you all had a wonderful day! My exchange from Karen arrived Christmas Eve and yes I opened it right away!
Inside I found these ... an M all decorated for me ... it's going in my stitching room and this lovely pillow. The design is Merry Christmas by Carriage House Sampling. I just love this design and was so thrilled to see it stitched and finished into this sweet pillow for me.
Here's a closed up of the pillow ... adorable isn't it!
Karen makes the funniest cards ... this one is so cute and asks that universal Christmas question
Well Karen decided I'd been really nice because inside the card is a gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane ... Can't wait to go spending my money on stash :)

Thank you Karen for a year of wonderful exchanges. I've really enjoyed everything you've stitched for me and I'll enjoy them for years to come.

Hugs, Michele

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Double the Fun from Melissa!

My package from Melissa came Saturday, but I've either been too busy or it's been too dark to get pictures. Today, despite the overcast and lack of decent lighting I am sharing with you the wonderful exchange(s) I received from sweet Melissa!

Melissa was under the weather and under a pile of other obligations (see also: work, school, life) and wasn't able to get my fall exchange in the mail in September. So it showed up with my winter exchange which only doubled the fun.

Check out these wonderful fall goodies and the festive fall bean bag:

I tried and tried to get a good picture of the needle minder (made by Melissa herself) because the skeleton cameo cracked me up, but the lighting is just so bad from it being overcast and the flash washed it out. Oh well, here's the best I could do for your viewing pleasure:

And the silkweaver fabbie (which is both fall-ish in color and winter-ish in irridescence) was definitely a high point too!

And here's the winter exchange that accompanied the fall:

Don't you just absolutely love the darling little pillow?! It's finished so perfectly. I perched it in our Christmas tree right next to the ornament Vonna sent me last year.

Thank you for a wonderful year of exchanges Melissa! It was so great getting to know you (we're FB friends now) and getting all these lovely little treasures in the mail all year!!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Winter Exchange arrived~~~~

Feast your eyes on my Winter exchange package from Jill~~ It arrived today in the most interesting fashion!!! Jill creatively mailed all my goodies in a tall round gift package with all the goodies stuffed inside....Genious~~~

I received snowman everything~~~ Tiessues, napkins, the container and a darling hand knitted "sweater" for keeping my hot drinks hot.............AND, the new Lizzie Kate Snowman 2010 is fashioned into this beautiful pinkeep..... Its is all absolutely perfect~~

Jill has been the best exchange partner I could have asked for....And participating in this year long exchange has truly been the highlight of my exchanging for 2010....
I so look forward to the 2011 exchange and want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!
Take care, Faye

Jill, your package is on its way

Jill, your package is finally on its way to you! i hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Exchange from Joan

I meant to get this posted yesterday, but just didn't get a chance. Joan spoiled me quite nicely in our final exchange of the year. Check out the goodies she sent:

She picked out an adorable Country Cottage Needleworks design that I had on my list of JCS ornies that I want to stitch. To answer your question in the card, Joan, I don't mind at all! Your finish on it is so cute. :)

She also sent me plenty of goodies, too. There was an adorable Mary Engelbreit magnetic notepad, a Mill Hill kit, the Holiday Decor set of DMC floss, and a beautiful sampler fabric portfolio.

Thank you so much for not just this exchange, Joan, but for all four exchanges throughout the year. It's been so much fun being the recipient of your beautiful stitching and generosity!

Happy Holiday!


Friday, December 17, 2010


Your Winter package is on it's way to you.

Hugs, Michele

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Hey Kim, your package is on the way. I sent it Priority Mail, so hopefully it will be there early next week. Be sure and look inside things well when it arrives because there are a couple of goodies tucked away inside of one of the items. :)

I also just want to say how much fun I've had being a part of this exchange group this year. I really wish I was able to commit to it again next year, but my life is just so busy these days that I know I just shouldn't. In just the past six months, I've been promoted into management at work, gone back to college, and moved. Yeah, life is definitely busy these days. LOL I'll still be lurking around blogs and checking in on Facebook, so I won't be a complete stranger. :)


Exchange from Kim B....

Waiting in my mailbox today was Kim package all neatly wrapped in this festive paper and I opened it to reveal this...

I just love this ornament and couldn't wait to add it to my tree!  I love the way she finished the back and she sent me a lot of other goodies that you can check out on my blog!  Thanks Kim for such a great year of exchanges and I will treasure all of the stitched goodies!

Winter Exchange

My winter exchange is on it way to Faye.

I am so excited for this "package" to be received.


Monday, December 13, 2010

It's On Its Way!

Hey Karen! Your package is in the mail as of noon today! I actually got it out EARLY this time :P


Friday, December 10, 2010

~~~Headed your way~~~

Ok Karen,...Your goodie box is headed your way as of 4pm this afternoon........!~ Hope you like it!!

Merry Christmas, Faye

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winter Exchange....

is on it's way to Mel.

Hope everyone is well and getting ready for Christmas.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Exchange from Michele

Look what arrived for me today. I received my Fall Exchange from Michele.
It was well worth the wait. She really spoiled me.
This is the box that all the goodies arrived in. I thought it was so cute.

Michele stitched me a Blackbird Designs stocking. It's from the book Tis Halloween, the design is called Deadly Nightshade. The ribbon on it is bats. They are so cute.
Here are all my goodies: a little gems scissors by Kelmscott with a beaded fob, some handmade marking pins, the DMC pink kit, candle pumpkins, a halloween hand towel, halloween ribbon, seven hand dyed threads, a stuffed pumpkin, Heart in Hand Wool Whimsy, some harvest M&M's and some pumpkin/harvest beads.

Thank you Michele

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hey Joan ....

guess what's going in the mail today??!! sorry about it being late!!

Hugs, Michele

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bent Creek "Autumn Arches"
Oh my goodness....I could not believe my eyes when I opened this.  I just love Bent Creek, especially their older designs, and this is one of my favorites that I have just never gotten around to stitching.  Kim stitched this over one and I can't believe how much it changed the "look" of the design.  It will fit just perfectly by my stitching chair.   
Look at these neatly wrapped little treasures!
I also have to share this little detail.....
Kim personalized the inside of the sweet!  Needless to say, this was a great mail day.  Thanks Kim for a great package!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Autumn Exchange from Karen

Today I received my Autumn exchange from Karen D. Once again, it is gorgeous!

Karen stitched "Scatter Pumpkins" by Shepherds Bush and finished it as a flat-fold. Believe it or not, this is my very first flat-fold. I have never even made one myself it. I absolutely love it!

It is so beautifully stitched and finished. Karen also sent me some very useful goodies.

Alot of my favorite things here, love it all!

Thank you Karen!

Jill :)

It's in the Mail!

Hey Karen, I hang my head in shame but I got your package mailed today.

I couldn't find a box that was the right size for it anywhere! They were all too big or too small. Finally my husband managed to construct a "box" of the right size out of a bigger box. I believe his exact words were "it's okay if it's ugly right?" So be on the lookout for an ugly box!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

My exchange rec'd from Faye

well, better late than never, i finally posted the pic. I'm not sure if its the camera or the computer (probably computer) but they don't seem to like each other and just give me fits.
Sooooooooooooo,,,,, here is the wonderful exchange i rec'd from Faye last week. Faye stitched one of the fall BBD stockings for me AND one of her wonderful famous pincushions with pins. And these awesome fat quarters, look at those colors. so yummmyyy.. and the floss all match everything in it.
Thank you again Faye for a wonderful and amazing exchange!!!!!

Happy Sunday

I received my Autumn package from Karen yesterday. Isn't this the cutest pillow! The design is from Heart in Hand's Autumn Trio. I love the finishing, you did a great job Karen :)

Karen also included some homemade pins and a gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane.
Thanks so much Karen, I love my Autumn exchange.

Hugs, Michele

Friday, September 17, 2010

My beautiful pumpkin from Jill.... wow!

Jill has really treated me well each season in this exchange!!! My fall exchange package arrived today and I could not believe what I found~~~ The cutest pumpkin she had made for me.... It is a Prairie Grove Peddler design made with the specified materials......Absolutely gorgeous in person~~ I know this one was hard to part with Jill!...........And all the other goodies are wonderful and very much needed.....Enjoy the photos below.... Thanks again Jill for taking very GOOD care of me~!

This has been one of the most fun exchanges I have ever participated in ALL YEAR LONG.... I hope everyone has had as much fun with it as I have~~

((Hugs)) Faye

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Running a Few Days Late

Hey Kim,

I sincerely apologize! I'm running a few days late with your exchange package. The latest 2-3 weeks have just been insane between fiscal year-end coming up at work this month, my grandmother having a stroke, moving, and then hurting my back last week during the move. Between it all, I just haven't been able to get in much stitching time unfortunately.

Thankfully, I don't have too much more to go to have your piece finished. I already had most of the stitching done before I started packing up to move, so I just need to get that last little bit done and then do the finishing. I tried to finish the stitching part on Sunday while I was watching football, but just wasn't able to stitch yet due to my back. :( It's feeling significantly better this morning, so I should be able to finish up your piece and get it in the mail by Monday at the absolute latest.

Again, I'm so sorry for being late!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rec'd package from Faye

I rec'd a wonderful exchange from Faye a few days ago and didn't post yet. hanging head in shame...... i will get a pic tomorrow of it. been fighting vertigo today. grrr

Also, Jill your package is in tomorrow's mail, it was suppose to go out today, but the vertigo took over the day.

I'm Late...Again!

Sorry Karen! You deserve a gold star for patience! I had a huge exam last night and my life has been completely unmanageable for the past week. But I'm heading out today to pick up a few last minute things. I hate being late twice in a row. At least I'm consistent...

It will be in the mail tomorrow or Friday. And I promise it will be worth the wait :)


Exchange mailed...

I mailed Michele's package on Monday so hopefully it won't take too long to make it's destination!

Happy stittching....

Karen T

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Autumn Exchange from Joan

Well, Joan spoiled me rotten in this Autumn exchange! She stitched a beautiful little Halloween sampler which she then finished into a box top. Inside the box, she tucked in an adorable pair of witch scissors. :) She also sent me an adorable little Halloween tin and a plastic handle tote filled with lots of Halloween goodies, including an adorable needle minder from Kelmscott Designs. I've been eyeing this little guy since it first came out a couple of years ago, so I was thrilled to see it in there. :)

Here are some photos (click for a larger view):

Thank you so much for such a wonderful exchange Joan!! This was my first personal mail at my new home, too. Everything else has just been bills so far. LOL


Happy Fall Faye...

Your exchange is on its way!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autumn exchange

Hi Girls,

Just wanted to let you all know that I have mailed out my exchange yesterday.

So Melissa be on the look out.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Fall package is in the mail~~~

After work, I ran by the post office to put the package in the mail headed to Arizona!~~~ Heads up Karen!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy August

Hi Everyone :)

I just wanted to check in and say hi .. hope everyone is having a wonderful August so far! Everyone working on their Autumn exchange piece? I have a couple of ideas, now have to just make a decision and stitch cause September 15th will be here before we can blink!

Hugs, Michele

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Exchanges, Yeah!

Looks like we have all send/rec'd the most wonderful exchanges, yet again! we are quite a talented group here ladies! :)

I can't wait to see what everyone stitches for the fall exchange! everyone stay cool and inside! It is just plain hot out (at least here), my eyeballs were sweating yesterday it was so hot. LOL We could all go stay with Michele, it's only been in the 70's i believe up there in WA. :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer's Here!

Summer has arrived in the Midwest! Melissa sent me the most wonderful exchange package and it arrived at my doorstep this afternoon!

She stitched this sweet Lizzie Kate design and expertly finished it as a pinkeep complete with a pocket on the back. I had to laugh at the fabric choice for the back. We've been going through lemonade in this house like it's water the past few weeks! It's all anyone wants to drink. Thank you Melissa - it's perfect!

And look at all the lovelies she sent to go with:

Dragon Floss cotton and Soy Luster soy silk - both of which are a first for me! The Ewe & Eye & Friends sampler pattern is absolutely gorgeous! And some darling little strawberry notecards.

Thank you so much for a beautiful exchange Melissa! I hope everyone enjoys a comfortable and enjoyable summer!

I can't wait for Autumn!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Arrived ...

from Karen in South Carolina and I love it! Karen stitched and finished this SB design. It's so cute and will be gracing my mantle soon.

Karen also included some ribbon and fabric, some beads and charms and some wonderful cards that she made! I love Karen's homemade cards ...

Thanks Karen so much ... I love everything!

Hugs, Michele

Exchange from Kim B......

Kim stitched me this wonderful Sampler Girl design "Molly Pitcher 1778". I just love this design and it's absolutely perfect for me. She also included some great goodies which I am sure I will put to use in the next few weeks!

I have to share a pic of the back.....

I just love this idea for personalizing and will definitely steal this idea! Thanks Kim for such a great package!

First Day of Summer

Today, June 21, is the first day of summer. What a perfect day to receive my Summer exchange from Karen.

Karen stitched a Shepherds Bush design, Scatter Freedom, and finished it is a small pillow. It is just beautiful.

Karen does beautiful stitching and finishing. She also included some very nice goodies.

She sent a piece of banding with a blue decorative edge, a fat quarter of patriotic fabric, a card of different 4th of July ribbons, a pack of #28 Bohin needles (which I have been wanting to try), some buttons and rusted pins and bells which she made, a skein of Belle Soie silk thread and a very cute wooden stick that has patriotic firecrackers on the top. I love all of it! Thank you Karen!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer "Strawberry" Exchange!

Jill has done it again!!! Spoiled me, I mean!!! Here is a close up of the cute LHN Strawberry House pillow she made for me! I love her adaptation....And it is filled with rice...perfect touch!

My package had all kind of goodies tucked inside,....Red scissors, red buttons, red pins, a strawberry shaped thread keeper and 2 skeins of luscious "Strawberry Fields" floss by Weeks!

Jill, you really treated me wonderfully with this summery strawberry exchange!!
I hope everyone else is having as much fun with this exchange as I am!
Stay cool everybody, Faye