Thursday, November 01, 2007

Exchanges, a PIF and Goals... (& more!)

When it rains, it pours... feast or famine... however one chooses to look at it, all of a sudden I have a lot to share at one time! I had Mike mail off three packages on Monday... all arrived at the same time, despite their highly varied destinations... Texas, New York and The Netherlands. Good job Postal Service!!

Michelle has received the SBEBB Harvest Time Exchange that I sent to her. Michelle spoiled me absolutely rotten just a couple of weeks ago with the most amazing Halloween Exchange - you may easily recall that one! Well, I had to step up and reward her! You can see a photo of all of the goodies I sent her in her blog... I made for her my very first box - and I am very pleased with how it turned out, and am thrilled that Michelle is so pleased (Mike, who always like to help out, stained and varnished the box for me) :
Wee Autumn Box

Heart in Hand

Silkweaver Belfast Solo, GAST Floss

Mel also received my Crazy Exchange that I made for her. I really enjoy Mel. She is so active on the bulletin board and takes the extra time to leave wonderful and encouraging comments for everyone in the group. I just had to contact Sandie and request to stitch for her this time around.

Peace Fob

Elizabeth's Designs

Free chart found here

32 ct Driftwood Linen, DMC Floss, Weeks Dye Works Floss

And... also.... Jen received my little PIF gift for her:

Nature's Alphabet J Fob

Elizabeth's Designs

Silkweaver Belfast Solo, DMC Floss, Weeks Dye Works Floss

Here is my humble start to the house block portion of Deb's Neighborhood Round Robin. I took a wide shot of it tonight as I only just realized now that Karen and I stitched the same little woman with blackbirds from Barrick Designs' Sampler Folk! Fortunately, we did not use the same colors for the dress! I was blown away when I realized that! I could not see Karen's as it was in my large Q-Snap! I sure hope you don't mind, Deb! I did manage to omit the "dufus" smile on the moon, as you requested in your directions ;-) I readjusted the moon to also omit the protruding nose that was on it... with no eye and grin, that nose just looked... well, odd and out of place!

Goal Review Time!
October Goals:
1. Continue to work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow - yes
2. Continue to work on Victoria's Quaker - yes
3. Continue to work on Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace - yes
4. Continue to work on And A Forest Grew - yes, and I finished it
5. Continue to work on Spring Ride - yes
6. Work on Erin's Neighborhood Round Robin - yes, and sent it to An, and An has received it
7. Stitch some gifts, including some PIFS (especially Jenna's and Heather's, as those are the oldest ones waiting still) - yes, I stitched three gifts and three PIFs (Heather, Jenna and Jen)
8. Finish USEBB Autumn Quaker Exchange and mail by 10/5 - yes, and Goldie has received it
9. Finish SBEBB Halloween Exchange and mail by 10/10 - yes, and Donna has received it
10. Finish USEBB Halloween Exchange and mail by 10/10 - yes, and Dawn has received it
11. Stitch Harvest Time Exchange and mail by 11/1 - yes, and Michelle has received it
2. Stitch Fair and Square squares for An, and mail by 11/2 (her birthday) - yes, and An has received them
13. Start Autumn Seasonal Exchange for Myrna - yes, I have started it
14. Initiate a Crazy Exchange for...???...:-) - yes, I actually initiated three of them (Sherry, Veronique and Mel)

November Goals:
1. Continue to work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
2. Continue to work on Victoria's Quaker
3. Continue to work on Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
4. Continue to work on Spring Ride
5. Finish Deb's Neighborhood Round Robin and send to Nikki
6. Stitch some gifts
7. Finish Autumn Exchange and send to Myrna
8. Stitch USEBB Eye of the Needle Exchange and mail out by 11/17
9. Stitch SBEBB LHN Exchange and mail out by 11/17
10. Stitch SBEBB Rabbit's Big Day Exchange and mail out by 11/30
11. Stitch SBEBB Christmas Ornament Exchange and mail out by 12/1
12. Stitch USEBB Christmas Ornament Exchange and mail out by 12/1
13. Stitch Simone's Ornament Exchange and mail out by 12/1

I also realized just now as I was updating my October goals, that two of you asked me what Fair and Square is - click on the link and check out the fun!!

Stitched on today: Started a gift, and Deb's Neighborhood Round Robin


Leena said...

The box is awesome, it's such a beauty! You (and Mike :) ) did fantastic job with this exchange! The design is lovely.

Your fobs are beautiful as always!

Nic said...

You have some lovely finishes - as always! I really enjoy seeing your work.

I thought my goals list was ambitious, I'm glad I'm not the only one aiming high ;o)

Georgie said...

I just love the gifts! Really beautiful!!!!

Arthemise said...

Such wonderful pieces, mine included! :)

Sherry said...

What great exchanges and congratulations on doing so well with your October goals!

Sylvie said...

Beautiful pieces!

Susan said...

Lovely exchange pieces! Thank you! You've reminded me that I need to post my November goals!

Becky K in OK said...

I love to see your finishes. Thank you for posting them. Congrats on your goals.

Barbara said...

Holy smokes, your goals just blow me away, Carol!!

Great stitching (as always!!) and Mike's a good helper. ;)

Sally said...

Lovely finishes Carol:)

Good luck with your goals!

staci said...

Love that box--just gorgeous!!! And your fobs continue to be wonderful as well!

I am so impressed that you met all your Oct goals, way to go!!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

LOL Carol!! I love that you chose the little sampler folk soul that was YOU! Don't worry about it at all. And, that's great about Ms Moon!!:) What I most wanted from my Neighborhood was that it would have these types of personal improvisations and inspirations! I love it!
Also, beautiful work on your exchanges and gifties, Carol. You are so thoughtful.
Love and hugs,

Lelia said...

lovely stitching!!! Thx for the heads up on the freebie pattern -- peace fob.

Dawn said...

Wow...all three of them are gorgeous!! Great finishings:)

Needlearts Kelly said...

What great little gifts and you have a most impressive list of goals! And even more impressive is that you reach them!

tkdchick said...

Carol, as usual you've made some beautiful gifts!

Becky K in OK said...

Carol, crazy question, but how do you attach the ribbon on your Nature's Alphabet fobs? I've tried looking at your post pictures and not having any luck. For instance, do you secure it before you sew the fob together?

Thanks for any help.

Sharon said...

You did a fabulous job with the box Carol! It's beautiful. Love the fobs-especially the peace fob.