Dec 31, 2008

Thank you Katrien

I received this beautiful return exchange from Katrien this morning - such a pretty wall quilt! Once I give it a good press, I will hang it right up. I really love it - so beautifully made! Thank you also for the pretty autumnal DMC flosses and the chocolates (which DH already confiscated!).

Happy New Year to all!

Dec 29, 2008


Hi all, girls!

Finally I got around to posting (our Xmas was a bit busy, with guests coming every day...)

So, first of all, the ornie I received from Margaret:

The most beautiful quaker strawberry I have ever seen, I just love it, it is hanging in our living room (and will not be packed away after xmas!)

Next, I have received an exchange from Pascale, which I just love!

A gingerbread man ornie, pins, a beaded fob, and some small felt ornies, which will be of use, I am sure! And also a cross stitched card kit!
Thanks, Pascale!

And, lastly, our Christmas tree.
We only put it up on 23 Dec, so the kids only see it on Xmas Eve (they are spending 23 night and 24 day at grandma), as they still think that Angels are bringing the tree and the presents...

Rita from Hungary

Dec 26, 2008

Christmas Ornament from Janien!

Just in time for Christmas, I received this exchange Janien made for me. It is such a lovely package, even more dearly to me since I know Janien is ill, yet she did a wonderful job.
she stitched me a bookmark, and a lovely tabecloth.
She added some great goodies to her package, such as chocolate (yummie!) and a scented bag, smells great, even wrapped in plastic I can smell it. I think it's cinnamon, fits perfect to this time of year. Also a nice piece of backing fabric. Thanks so much, Janien!

Dec 25, 2008

Santa came on Christmas Eve

"Santa" Carol's return exchange arrived this afternoon - just in time. It is marvelous. See the wonderful raindeer surrounded with gold beads:

It's perfect in our tree. And she kindly sent along two lovely Christmas fabrics.
Thank you very much Carol. These are terrific!

Happy holidays to you!

Dec 15, 2008

December in Seattle

I couldn't see how to insert a photo into a regular post for crazy exchange so I'll put it over here. Hope that's alright with everyone.

Saturday night while we were having some friends over for dinner, look what happened outside:

Seattle is a very hilly city so snow and ice can cause quite a few problems for driving, but gosh it sure is pretty. I know the Netherlands had snow once (at least,) and I suspect some of you northern girls (Iceland, Finland) probably have some snow. Why not take us a picture of what's happening now. (Janaina - no teasing about trips to the beach!)


Dec 13, 2008

gift for Taija

This is what I send to Taija in Finland, I hope see likes it.
Pascale B

Dec 11, 2008

Exchange from Carol has come

Last night I found a surprise package from Carol. A most beautiful ornament, a Prairie Schooler Santa chart and a really neat Christmas Card. Of course the ornament went directly on to my tree! Many many thanks Carol. I will try and get a return to you in a month.

Dec 9, 2008

Birthdayexchange from Jacqueline

Here is the lovely birthdayexchange I received from Jacqueline for my birthday.

Jacqueline I love it very much. Thanks so much.

Dec 8, 2008

picture of eden

Marne asked for a picture of eden, so here she is:

pssst...Eden is getting a little brother or sister in juli 2009....

Dec 4, 2008

Christmas Exchange from Taija

Taija you are so amazingly generous. Your wonderful parcel arrived yesterday. I LOVE IT!
Best wishes for a happy Christmas to you and your family. You can see it all in more detail here.

Edda's return exchange

This is Edda's return exchange and what a lovely exchange it is. I just love Prairie Schooler and this ornament is so nice. Thanks heaps Edda.

Dec 3, 2008

Return Exchange from Taija

A few days ago I received this lovely return exchange from Taija. I put it on my blog, mailed Taija it arrived, but forgot to post if here, sorry girls! The sweets are all eaten by now, I hope you forgive me LOL

Return Exchange from Iris

I just received this return exchange from Iris today - I absolutely love it! I adore LHN, and this pinkeep is made so beautifully! And the scissors are simply adorable... did you figure out I collect scissors? How thoughtful of you! And the door hanger... will be fun to decorate that :-) Thank you so much! {{{HUGS}}}

Dec 1, 2008

It´s Xmas in Brasil already!

Hey people!
Take a look on the sweetest Xmas ornie I had already got from Ina!
I am in love! I L.O.V.E Tilda´s patterns and Ina overdid herself this time!
I thank you so much, dear!

The detail of the small bell on the bottom part of the piece is darling!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! =)

Nov 29, 2008

Max has come to Marne's house

Isn't he sooooooo cute! I just love him. He arrived today - a return exchange from Simone. I have loved the sheep she has made, so now I have one too. Max! Notice his wonderful tail with a heart button and his "feet". It is just very clever and I am delighted. Simone also sent a kit for a little "Welcome" hanger as well as some cute Debbie Mumm fabric with the 12 days of Christmas. (which is coming soon) Fabulous - thank you very much.

Nov 26, 2008

A Crazy Exchange with Taija

I sent Taija a Crazy exchange with a Christmas flavour and you can see it all on her Finnish blog here. She told me that she liked everything. I made a small cross stitch as a top for a box I had. I put felt on the top of the brown box to make it more Christmas looking. The box has a small drawer so I could fill it with surprises! I forgot to take a photo so this is from Taija's blog. I am happy that you liked the exchange Taija. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas Ornament for Lisa

Lisa let me know she received the Christmas Ornament I stitched for her. It is a Prairie Schoolers Design, of Book 142, A Cranberry Christmas. I stitched it with DMC 3815 and Belle Soie, Rose of Sharon.
I used a nice backing fabric, but I forgot to take pictures (this one is made by Lisa for me).

Christmas ornament for Sisokee

I heard from Sisokee, that she received my Christmas ornament:

Design: Heartfelt Harvey - Imaginating, JCS Christmas Ornaments 2008
Fabric: 28 ct white Jobelan
Floss: Overdyed Red by Victorian Motto Shoppe
Finish: ornament

Hugs, Simone

Nov 24, 2008

Christmas Ornament Exchange from Caroline

Hello ladies.

I want to show you the beautiful Christmas Ornament exchange that I received from Caroline. But first I would like to say thank you ever so much dear Caroline for this lovely exchange. I love the Christmas tree that you quilted for me and also the 3 stars to accompany the tree. I am really looking forward to put it up in my house for decoration. Unfortunately the picture doesn't do the ornaments any justice, it looks so wonderful in person. I do not have enough words to thank Caroline for this enough. Anyway, here is a picture for you all to see. THANK YOU CAROLINE - big hugs from Iceland.

Ornament from Caroline

Nov 21, 2008

Thanks Carol

I got tthis lovely X-mas Ornament from Carol (USA). Thank you very much.
I don't get the picture in the right way ; ).

Nov 19, 2008

Christmas Exchange from Lisa

Yesterday I received my Christmas Ornament Exchange from Lisa V in Western Australia. Lisa, thank you so much it is beautiful . I love it and will make sure that when I put up my tree it is in a place where all can see it and admire your beautiful handwork.

Nov 15, 2008

Return Exchange from Tess

I received this pretty pansies pillow from Tess today - a return exchange. Isn't it pretty? So much detail in the stitching! Thank you Tess!


Nov 14, 2008

Ornament Exchange from Bianca

I received this lovely ornament from Bianca today - isn't it stunning?! Thank you so much Bianca!

I am so anxious to hear from my partner... she should have received my ornament days ago... no word has me so very worried!

Nov 13, 2008

My Christmas ornament from Teresa in Australia

Here is the Christmas ornament and handmade card I received yesterday from Teresa. I absolutely love the ornament and the card is a decoration all its own!

Thanks very much Teresa!!

Wendy Jo

Very Pretty Quilt from Marne

I am so lucky! I just received such a pretty exchange from Marne today - she made me a beautiful quilt table runner, similar to the one I was oogling that she sent to Simone! What a surprise, and what a treat! It already adorns my dining room table, and looks fantastic there. Marne's work is so lovely.

...and other little treats from Marne, too. Thank you so much Marne. I will start to think of what to make for you ;-)

Nov 6, 2008

Crazy exchange for Taija

Until now I didn't see pictures of the Crazy Exchange I sent off to Taija. She let me know she received, so I think it's okay to put some pictures here :-) I think she is blogless, couldn't find a blog. I didn't take a picture of the goodies I sent along.
The design is A Sampler Garden, by Elegant Designs, used DMC. And here's the back.

Oct 30, 2008

Lucky me - an exchange from Finland

My mail lady left me a little parcel just now and see what was inside. A marvelous Marimekko fabric toiletries bag from Taija. (I pulled the lining out so you could see that too - isn't it so cute?) Inside there were assorted beauty products - I will be gorgeous! And a little porpoise - tell me about that Taija. (he is very cute).

I am getting ready to go to New Orleans, Louisiana next week. So the timing for this is just perfect. Thank you Taija, for your great exchange. Now what shall I begin?

Best wishes,

Oct 29, 2008


This what I received from Janneke

Oct 28, 2008

autumn exchange from Amy

Pictures from my autumn exchange from Amy, it was a real treat, and I love it all !!!
Amy, Thank you very much !!!!
A pinkeep, piece of fabric, stickers, magnet, a halloween tin and a very nice card.

Close up on the pinkeep

and inside the tin ..... candy....yummy !!!!

Return exchange from Jacq

Last week I recieved a return exchange from Jacqueline. I love it !!!!
Jacq, thanks a lot !!!!

more detailed picture

Oct 27, 2008

Return Exchange for Laurie

I saw Laurie's message in the Yahoo group that she cannot access this blog. I am sure Jacq can add her, but for now, I will show the return exchange that I sent to her recently. Laurie received it several days ago :-) Glad you like it Laurie - it was super fun to stitch for you!