Friday, April 11, 2008

Heard it through the grapevine

I heard it through the grapevine this afternoon that my Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club gift finally arrived in Canada. Well... it sort of did. My second gift packet did, but the first one I sent on Jan 14th is still lost in postal purgatory. I have not heard directly from the recipient, so I have no idea at all if she likes her gifts, but I hope she does. I am relieved that at least one package did arrive. It was really stressful waiting on the first package, putting together a second one, and then waiting a long time for it to arrive too (even though I used Priority Mail).

Nature's Alphabet "S" Fob

Elizabeth's Designs

Silkweaver 32 ct Solo Belfast Linen, DMC Floss


Above are the rest of the gifts that I sent to her - I tried to work off of her wish list - she wanted hand dyed aida fabrics, vanilla scented items, Brightneedle charts...

I will also show the first (and currently lost) stitched item that I sent to her. I loved this little fob so much! She noted that she wanted Brightneedle's Under the Sea. I couldn't get my hands on that chart, despite trying a few places. So I chose to stitch her a fob using Brightneedle's little freebie that eventually led to their designing Under the Sea... I sure hope she eventually gets this! I won't show the rest of that gift package, just in case she does receive it someday. I actually don't think she reads my blog... but to be safe, I will leave a little mystery still for her...


Blue Moon Fob

Brightneedle

32 ct Antique White Belfast Linen, DMC Floss, Weeks Dye Works Floss

Stitched 1-over-1


Today I received my biscornu exchange from Vanessa. This is from the exchange I participated in that was run by Laura. I think it is just adorable. Vanessa used one of my favorite little Casey Buonaugurio freebies, and she stitched it on a really pretty hand dyed linen (my photo does not reflect its beauty) - it is put together beautifully :-)
Above you can see the backside of the biscornu too - I love the little extras, thanks Vanessa. I posted over on Laura's blog too, as I don't think Vanessa reads my blog either.

As for my own stitching tonight, I stuck with Wendy's Neighborhood Round Robin, and it looks like I am well on track to get this done and be able to mail it off to Nicole on Monday.

Anouk decided she really likes the envelope that Karen used to mail Wendy's round robin to me - she has made a bit of a bed out of it. As usual, she is so hard to photograph. As you can see in this photo, Anouk has severe stenosis - her nose is ultra tiny and she has virtually no nostrils. As a result, she always has some drippage on her face. Sadly, the vet also thinks she might have an iris melanoma on the upper portion of her right eye. Either that, or the dark ring around her iris is just darker in that area. We found that out a few days ago and I am still trying to absorb it. Anouk will be six years old in June...

Stitched on today: Wendy's Neighborhood Round Robin

14 comments:

Rowyn said...

As always, beautiful fobs Carol.

We have a family friend who is a vet, and he always gives the worst case scenario (none of which have actually ever eventuated in our case!).

There is a BIG difference between melanoma and a simple dark patch, so try not to worry too much (easier said than done, of course) until the vet does the necessary tests.

My cats always go crazy for packaging that has arrived from overseas, they'll even get up on the coffee table to give it a good sniff!

Stephanie said...

Lovely exchanges - I'm glad at last part of the birthday exchange arrived in Canada - I love both fobs so hopefully the second will arrive at some stage!

Anouk is gorgeous - I hope the news is good regarding her potential melanoma.

By the way Carol, I don't seem to be either receiving emails from your or being able to send them to you - grrr - I'm going to try from my work address and see if I can't get something through...

Carol R said...

Great exchanges Carol - I wonder where all these missing packages end up if they never arrive?
Anouk is gorgeous - hugs to his recovery.

Kim B said...

You are a dedicated exchanger to say the least! Both fobs are beautiful and here's hoping the other package eventually finds its way home.

Dawn said...

Beautiful fobs!!

Anouk is so cute!!

Sally said...

Everything is gorgeous as always Carol.

Anouk is so cute. I do hope the news is good.

Anonymous said...

I have a Canada Post/US mail story to share. Around 9 a.m. Wed. March 12 I mailed two scissor pockets to my penpal in Chicago. One was for her and one for her good friend. I hoped it would arrive at my friend's house on the 18th her birthday. She phoned me on Sun. Mar. 16 to let me know the parcel arrived at her doorstep. Sat. Mar. 15. Maria S.

stitcherw said...

What gorgeous exchanges, given and received. I hope that the first one finds its way to her eventually, that little fob is to cute to have gone into never never postal land.

Your RR piece is looking very cute as well. I love the Cherry Hill pattern. I've seen a couple people stitch it now and leave off the wording, and even put in one or two more sheep to further decorate the hill area. It seems like this piece is quite popular. Sorry to hear Anouk is having problems. Hopefully it turns out to be just a darkening in color and no other complications arise. It is so hard to think of our furbabies being ill.
Sue

Aussie Stitcher said...

So glad that the second package at it's destination safely. I love what you are doing with Wendy's RR, the whole piece looks wonderful

Michelle said...

I hope that Anouk just has a dark spot and nothing worse! My cats love to sit on envelopes too - they are so funny! You made two gorgeous fobs for your exchange partner - I hope the other one shows up!

Mylene said...

Both scissor fobs are lovely. Do hope the first one arrive too.

Sherry said...

Oh Carol Anouk is STUNNNING! I love the fob I received from you, but hope the 1st one arrives or you get it back I LOVE mermaids!! My Birthday package is wonderful and as you know I do love it!

Jenna said...

Oh I am so glad that your second package made it to your SBEBB recipient. I hope that she writes back soon and is ecstatic! ;)

Here's my best wishes to Anouk!

tkdchick said...

Its such a shame one of your fobs got lost in the mail! I have two parcels I was supposed to get out of the US that just never showed up!