Friday, July 11, 2008

Beautiful Exchange from Joke

I just received this lovely return exchange (Crazy Exchange group) from the wonderful Joke today. Very recently, I started an exchange with her... and she has already sent me a return gift. Amazing!

Aren't these lovely? Joke stitched me a pinpillow with a matching fob by Carriage House Samplings (a favorite of mine!). She wrote of her doubts about her finishing, and I don't understand that at all. Her finishing and her stitching are nothing at all short of perfect! She also sent me a pack of John James needles, some purple Madeira silk and a cut of 32 ct Confederate Grey belfast. This is the best and most unbelievable (to me) part - I actually was at the LNS today (how rare, as it is quite a distance with the current fuel costs) looking for just such a piece of linen for an exchange that is due to be mailed on July 21. I didn't find what I wanted and figured I would have to go home and either substitute the fabric or choose something else to stitch... and there was the absolutely perfect piece in my mailbox! Thank you so much Joke! I hope you are enjoying your holiday - hurry back soon so I can thank you!!

Yesterday was Neila's birthday, and she has emailed me to let me know that my little gift for her arrived in time. Whew! I must tell you, Neila is very special to me. Many (many, many) years ago, I met Neila through stitching on round robins. We communicated by US mail and a little bit of email back then... what was a blog back then?? A year or more ago, I blogged about wondering where some of my old round robins friends might be... and at some point Neila's daughter happened to google Neila's name and found my entry... and now Neila and I are back to being active stitching pals again. I think that is soooo cool! I stitched her this wee token of my friendship:

Garden Alphabet "N" Fob

Prairie Schooler

Silkweaver 32 ct Heritage Belfast Linen, DMC Floss


Now I will run away and hide from the internet... I am busily working on an overdue gift and getting quite close to finished... so back to it!

TGIF Everyone!!!

Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and started SBEBB Summer House Exchange

17 comments:

KarenV said...

Lovely exchange from Joke - what luck that you needed some of that fabric :)

Katrina said...

Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous gift. I love it! Love those happy coincidences. Beautiful fob too.

Lynn said...

What are the chances that Joke's gift would arrive just as you were looking for that fabric? Amazing and beautiful as well. She does lovely work.
How lucky for you to have found an old friend again.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Gorgeous exchange. How wonderful to receive something that you were actually looking for!! I love the story about Neila.

Sharon said...

Such a gorgeous pinpillow! She did a great job! Neat story about Nela and a lovely fob too.

Susan said...

Lovely gift from Joke!

The fob for Nelia is cute, too!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Great exchange! Love the gift as well:)

tkdchick said...

What a lovely exchange to receive. Its very cool that you found an old friend, the internet can be useful at times!

Jenn said...

That is a cool story about you and Neila.

Ranae said...

The Pinpillow and Fob is an awesome exchange, love the design.
BTW, I love the Halloween RR scene.

Annemarie said...

Oooooh, that's a nice packet you got from Joke. We Dutch girls are so talented, aren't we?
Your fob for Neila is exquisite, as always!

stitcherw said...

Everything given and received looks lovely, and how perfect you were able to catch up with Neila again. Good luck getting the gift finished.
Sue

Barbara said...

The fabric story is like kismet! Glad it worked out for you. :D That's really a gorgeous exchange she put together, and her finishing is SUPERB!

Love the fob you made, too!

Heather said...

What a beautiful exchange.

Michelle said...

Oh I love the pieces from Joke. What a wonderful coincidence she sent you the fabric you were looking for! And what fun to be back in touch with Nelia!

Sherry said...

Carol your scissor fobs are so wonderful! I hope the 1st package you sent for my birthday exchange has shown up back with you as it never did here. I love the fob you mad me and use it allll the time and get so many complements on it! Just wanted to say hi and thanks!

Kim B said...

A gorgeous fob for sure! And what an amazing exchange!!