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.