Monday, March 31, 2008

Gifts & Exchanges

I have lots to share tonight :-) It was a good mail day... both received by me and received by others from me... I didn't finish my Christmas Ornament for the SAL until around 10 PM tonight, so I cannot get a good photo of it until tomorrow anyhow... so I am happy I can show all of this tonight instead:

I actually received this one a few days ago, but with our dreary weather, I could not get a decent photo until today. My dear friend Karen sent me a huge package of belated Christmas gifts - tons of lovely treats! The above pinkeep is the stitched part. Isn't it gorgeous?? Karen has not been finishing for long at all... you can't tell, can you? Thanks again Karen, I just love it!

Today I received an SBEBB Spring Quaker Exchange from Stephanie - and she really spoiled me! She stitched me a really pretty scissor pocket using a freebie by The Workbasket, and it is so neat! And... she was overly generous with her goodies - Quaker Turtles by With My Needle (I love it!), a quaker coaster by Ackworth, two cuts of Moda fabric, several skeins of DMC Color Variations floss, a spool of pretty spring ribbon, seeds for my garden, and a blackberry bath bar that I want to eat - it smells just amazing!
Here is the inside of the scissor pocket - with Kelmscott scissors and cute fob, and a set of marking pins that she made herself. Wow, I am lucky! Thanks so much Stephanie! I will enjoy every last bit of it.

At the other end of the post were two packages I mailed out that were received today - first was a birthday package for Katrina - Katrina loves needlerolls, and we both love Indigo Rose.. so I stitched one of Indigo Rose's small band samplers and made it into a needleroll for her. I sent her a packet of goodies, but will share the stitched part - Happy Birthday Katrina - I am so glad you like it, as it was a lot of fun to make!
Aunt Jack Needle Roll

Indigo Rose

32 ct Cream Belfast Linen, DMC Floss


And, Valerie received the HoE Pinkeep Exchange that I sent to her. I had to think for a while to come up with what I wanted to stitch for Valerie. I noticed she likes samplers based on items in her wish list... and the colors in this chart reminded me of her youthfulness. She sent me the sweetest email tonight, so I think she likes it:
Remember Me Pinkeep

Praiseworthy Stitches

28 ct Platinum Cashel Linen, GAST Floss


I had fun choosing treats for Valerie too... some are based on her wishlist... I sent her some of Bath & Body Works' new Enchanted Orchid body lotion in her package - if you haven't smelled this, you are missing something soooo nice! I am glad you like your exchange Valerie - it was wonderful to stitch for you! Enjoy!!

**Thank you to those who bought fabrics from me today - I sooooo appreciate it! There are a few still left (see yesterday's entry) if anyone is interested! Thank you!!

Stitched on today: Finished Christmas ornament, and stitched on Here's To Ewe Exchange **Mailed out SBBC replacement gift today, and mailed out a PIF gift today

27 comments:

tkdchick said...

Carol, lots of great stuff sent and recevied!

Kim B said...

Wow what great exchanges!

xstitch.nl said...

You received some gorgeous gifts, from Karen and Stephanie! Lucky you, Carol! And I just adore(!) that pinkeep you made for Valerie!!

mercy said...

Lovely stitching!!
I love the Praiseworthy Stitching pinkeep, was that a freebie? I can't seem to find it anywhere :-(

Lennu said...

You've received and sent wonderful exchanges! They are all so beautiful. I especially love the pinkeep you stitched for Valerie, the design and colours are so pretty.

Kathy A. said...

Wow beautiful gifts. and your needle roll for Katrina is lovely.

valerie said...

I don't just like it, Carol. I LOVE it! Thank you so much again. The whole exchange is wonderful! I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Georgie said...

What a great mail day! Lucky you, Carol!!!

karenv said...

Lovely gifts and exchanges Carol - you definitely had a good mail day!

Carol R said...

Wow - great exchanges both sent and received!

lena-lou said...

Very nice Pinkeep to Valerie :) all the things you received are lovely :)

Vonna said...

WOWZERS! That a lot of beauty packed into one post...what lucky recipients and what a lucky you!
I simple LOVE Katrina's needleroll...it's gorgeous! You did a superior job of it as usual!

cathymk said...

I'm so glad that I will be stitching for you in the seasonal exchange Carol! I hope we will have some fun in the coming seasons.

That's a gorgeous pinkeep from Karen and I love the needlebook that Stephanie made!

I just saw the needleroll you made for Katrina on her blog - so pretty! The pinkeep for Valerie is lovely too.

Wendy said...

Wow - wonderful exchanges and so many goodies to play with too! These pinkeeps are beautiful

Becky K in OK said...

Great exchanges. Love them all.

Dawn said...

Everything looks fabulous!!

Thank you for your kind words yesterday.:)

Sally said...

Fantastic exchanges. Your beautiful pieces never cease to amaze me. They are so perfect.

Barbara said...

What delightful stitching, Carol - both sent and received. :D Glad to hear your fabric sale went well!

Tanya said...

That pinkeep is lovely - LOVE that design. So cheerful, lovely! Enjoy your day.

Tanya

BeckySC said...

WOW, GF!!! What an awesome post just full of wonderful pieces, both sent and received :)

Karoline said...

Everything is gorgeous, congratulations to everyone involved

Susimac said...

wWhat a great mail day out and in, I love the praiseworthy stitches pinkeep you made especially.

Sharon said...

Some absolutely beautiful things both sent and received!

Stephanie said...

Glad you liked your Spring Exchange Carol - I'm not sure if you sent me an email (I'm not suggesting you should have, but it strikes me that you might have!) but I'm pretty sure I'm having difficulties receiving them - I'm not sure why :(

Lovely mail day for you - you lucky thing! And I particularly love the needleroll you stitched for Katrina!

Jenna said...

I see that you mailed out your replacement birthday club package today. I hope that this one arrives quickly so that you can stop having to worry about it. :)

Carla said...

Fantastic exchanges!!! The angel pinkeep is gorgeous!

Michelle said...

What lovely gifts and exchanges! So many beautiful stitched pieces. I love the needleroll and pinkeep you stitched!