Monday, 19 July 2010

Exchanges and gifts

I have received notice that my two exchanges for July have been received. I can now share them with you.

The first exchange went to Michele. I stitched the scissor protector and needlebook from The Gift of Stitching 2008 on 32 count Ivory Lugana with the recommended GAST Threads. I loved the colors in this and it went together beautifully after having some help understanding the instructions from Beatrice.

Here are the other goodies I included in her package.

The second exchange went to Nic in the U.K. Nic is new to me and she has Linden Bee Designs. Now, doesn't that make one nervous about stitching when you are stitching for a designer.

For her I stitched For My Friend Scissor Pocket from Cat Whiskers Studio, Limited Edition 2009 on 32 count Cookie Dough using Dinky Dyes - Kalamunda. Again, a challenge to put together but well worth it in the end.

Here are the little extras I included in her exchange.

From my sweet friend Helen - a gift - Blackstone Fantasy Garden. Helen has stitched it and then passed on the pattern. I love this one and it was on my to do list. Thank you so very much my friend.

I also won a giveaway and look at the cool gift I won.

I will be taking it to Thursday stitching where we shall all try it out. Thank you so much Joanne.

I'm sure like many others of you, it has been so stinking hot! The humidity has been brutal! and let me tell you I get very cranky. I just don't handle it well.  It did break for a day but today we are back in the high temps again.

I will be leaving Friday to go on vacation for a little over two weeks. We have a cottage in Northern Ontario - no phone, no internet! I am looking forward to some quiet time and some serious stitching. And I hope to do some fishing - I am a closet fisherperson. I love fishing for bass. That is the only time of the year I take to do that but I love every minute of it. I will bait my own line and I take the fish off with a rubber kitchen glove - hey - whatever works - right! Cleaning the fish is up to DH.

My blogging and reading will be sparse as I have to drive 15 miles into town to get internet but I will catch up where I can. Until then, keep those needles singin'


Missy Ann said...

Wonderful as always! Beautiful stitching all around.

Have fun at the cottage.

Bonnie Brown said...

Hope you have a great time at the cottage!

Patty C. said...

Your exchanges look beautiful :)

Annemarie said...

Such wonderful gifts, Kathy! I especially love the needlebook you made for Michele. Wow!

I hope you have a lovely time, catching a lot of fish :o))

Sadie said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing for your exchanges, I bet the recipients love them!
Have fun at the cottage. I am a closet fisherwoman too :-)

Hazel said...

Beautiful exchanges! My friend is working on Blackstone fantasy and it looks lovely.x

Carol said...

Laughing at the thought of you removing the fish from the hook with a rubber glove, Kathy!! Too funny! Enjoy your vacation in Northern Ontario--we used to vacation in the Haliburton Highlands area of Ontario every year when I was a child--just lovely (and so nice and cool!).

Lovely exchanges on both sides :)

sandra said...

Great exchanges!
Enjoy your vacation!

Jules said...

Lovely exchanges and receipts!

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Beautiful stitching (as always) and when you are done with that pattern, I'm happy to give it a home! Enjoy your time away, and see you when you return :-) HAPPY SUMMER!

Lynn said...

Your exchanges are beautiful Kathy! I really like the one from Cat Whiskers. I'm sure they were thrilled when they received them.

Sorry to hear the heat is still brutal there. I'm not going to want to return home. The temps in Victoria are really so much more comfortable.
You have a good time at the cottage. Cool down and get in some stitches for me.

Terri said...

Your exchange pieces are gorgeous! Beautifully done!
Have a great time on your trip. Sounds very relaxing!

mainely stitching said...

We've had high temps and humidity as well, and like you, I'm not at my best under those conditions. (I guess the kids would attest to that, sigh...)Enjoy your stitching and the cottage stay!!

Beatrice said...


Aussie Stitcher said...

I hope that you have a wonderful time at the cottage and that the fish are biting. Your lighthouse RR is looking great, you must be pleased to have it homw.

Brigitte said...

You've stitched two great exchange gifts. Your partners must have been thrilled.
Enjoy your vacation at the cottage. Hopefully it's not too hot up there.

Sally said...

Hi Kathy, I came across your blog via Michele:) Love the pieces you stitched for her and Nic.

Enjoy your vacation.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful exchanges. I love your finished pieces. What a cute floss separator! I know your on Vacation so I wanted you to know that you were the winner of my
Mirabilia Giveaway. I will send you an email. You may have to check your spam folder. My email is canbnyesatgmaildotcom.


Carolyn NC said...

Lovely stitching and exchanges! Have fun on vacation. :)

Nicola said...

The exchanges that you stitched are just beautiful Kathy, especially the needlebook and scissor protector, love the gorgeous colours of those. Have a great holiday!

Berit said...

Wonderful stuff and congrats on your Lighthouse RR! :D Have an awesome fishing-no-info-overload trip! :)

Margaret said...

Gorgeous exchanges Kathy. How wonderful to open these envelopes full of surprises.

Hope you are having a lovely time at the cottage. Northern Ontario is so beautiful in the summer.

I haven't sent the pattern yet but it will be on its way to you as soon as I frame the lighthouse - just in case I need to check something. You will have it before you move.

hugs, Margaret

Judy S. said...

Hope you're having a fun vacation, Kathy! Have you read the mystery novels by Victoria Houston?

Suzanne said...

Beautiful exchanges! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday.

Heidi said...

I know the feeling about getting away. We escape to Cranberry Cottage on most weekends and it is great. There is also no phone or internet for us. We sit and enjoy the woods and birds. I get a great deal of stitching and reading done there too. Not that I don't at home, mind Love that you are a closet I hope you enjoy yourself and that it is cooler there. I also understand the being cranky in the heat. I am so ready for autumn that I am about to go nuts! :-)

The exchange items all are so beautiful. I am sure they will treasure them.

Hugs from Holland ~

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

I love your for my friend scissor pocket Kathy, it is so gorgeous. Pastels are my favourite colours, I love this one. It looks so perfect made up like that, did it come with instructions?