Dec 17, 2009


Ronda send me this beautiful ornament and goodies.Look at these snow men,they keep me warm during the winter time.Thanks a lot.

Dec 14, 2009

From Edda...

a lovely X-mas gift was delivered by the mailman. Thank you so much Edda. Lovely embroidery. I really love it. The ornament will be hanging in my X-mas tree. groetjes Caroline

Nov 20, 2009

O my gracious!

Joke, for some reason I cannot remember, thought she 'owed' me a return exchange and one arrived today. Oh my goodness gracious - I am just overwhelmed. That girl does some exquisite needlework. Such patience and precision,

A Chatelaine Design, with silk and beads. The Alphabet in Fraktur. [Luckily she sent along an explanation, too.] Is it not just fabulous?

And because she knew that I am completely crazy for Christmas decorating, you can see the Christmas decorations included in her stitching and it's backed with a georgous fabric. Oh lucky, lucky me. Joke, my dear friend, thank you so very much. It's just beautiful.
Liefs, Marne

Nov 18, 2009

Exchange return from Anita in Belgium

Look at what Anita sent me - it was a delightful package. I love the handmade biscornu, flower pincushion, needle book and also there was a cute Belgian Chocolate tapemeasure. What a fun parcel. I am delighted. I love these international exchanges. Anita thank you for your generosity.

Oct 27, 2009

gift from Margaret

Hello, this is the gift my mom recieved from Margaret from New Zealand.

She loved it a lot and started right away to make a return gift.

The scissorfob is gorgeous.

Oct 23, 2009

Gift from Taija

I met Taija from Finland through this exchange and she has enriched my life in many ways. This week a birthday gift arrived but I couldn't wait until next week so have opened it already.Many many thanks Taija. I love all the gifts.

I especially love the licorice - here's a close up of that. The wedgewood plate was a gift on my 21st ( a special celebration in New Zealand) and the licorice a gift for my 55th birthday!!!

Oct 22, 2009

Marne's exchange

Look what Marne made for Me.And she spoiled me with gifts, Marne thank you so much I realy apreciate it!
and now I have to start thinking what I shall make for you.

Oct 18, 2009

Birthday exchange from Ina

I was in a private birthday exchange with Ina from the Crazy Exchange group. Ina had already had her birthday in August so I had sent her a birthday gift. Ina sent me a beautiful birthday gift. Her stitching is so beautiful and the finishing is just perfect. Here is a picture of the stitched ball.
Stitched ball

And another picture of the whole exchange.
Birthday gift from Ina

Thank you ever so much for this beautiful gift Ina. I really love it.

Oct 11, 2009

An Exchange

Tomorrow I will go to the post office with a small package exchange to go to ........ It has a long way to travel so I do hope it will arrive safely. Bye Bye!

Oct 8, 2009

Birthday echange

Look what I got from Ina, isn't it beautiful! Ina thank you so much I love it. You realy spoiled me.
Ina hartstikke bedank voor dit geweldige kistje, mijn jongens vinden hem ook helmaal geweldig! die zeiden jee dat ze zoiets moois zomer weg geeft, en dat is voor 2 jongens van 11 en 12 heel wat hoor! ene gefeliciteerd met je man

Oct 3, 2009

An exchange will be on its way soon

These cookies are to show you what I have been doing part of the time today. I also did some stitching on a ....... which is for an exchange with ?????? You will all have to wait a week or two to see who gets what:-)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend

Sep 2, 2009

Hello all

Just to show what I am working on at the moment - ABECEDAIRE from here

I wanted to stitch the squirrel and the peacock so in my stitching K L M comes before D E F :-)

Hope you are all well. My mother has just been admitted to hospital today and I can see that my stitching time will be restricted while I am visiting her. But I will be back to visit you all again.

Aug 26, 2009

My work in progress (WIP)

Hello ladies.

At the moment I am knitting like crazy. I have started working on some Christmas presents. We have some little children in our families that we give gifts at christmas and I thought it would be nice to make something for them out of wool. So this is what I am doing.

Peysa handa Ellu

I am working on finishing the knitting on the green pullover. When that is done I am doing to do the finishing on the pullovers over the weekend. I am going to put a zipper in them both which will be a challenge for me as I have never done it before. So wish me luck.

I will hopefully be stitching and knitting during this autumn and winter. I want to make more knitted christmas gifts for the little ones and will keep you updated. I am really looking forward to being part of the group making exhanges with all you wonderful ladies.

All the best,

Aug 25, 2009

I tried something new :)

This is block one of nine, it's called a Kittens Tale and I thought I might give it a try ...

What am I doing

I am working on a sampler, It's for a block of the month, I do it for magdaleentje a online quiltshop here in the netherlands
Yesterday I had some help

And I am quilting this 1, my own design, I wrote the pattern( only in Dutch), and you can buy it magdaleentje as a kit (when you buy it this month the pattern is for free) she allready sold 9 kitts. so I am so proud.


Birthday present Ina

I Filles it with some writting paper, and some other stuff, but forgot to take a picture. I realy enjoyed making it, and hop to make 1 for myself real soon.

Jul 19, 2009

return exchange for Pascale

I gave Pascale her return exchange yesterday. Here's what I made her :

This is what I got last December ... I know, shame on me it took me so long to make a return one .....

Jun 28, 2009

Return exchange from Pascale

Last week I received a beautiful return exchange from Pascale. Words really can't desribe how I felt when I opened the package. Pascale made me a stitcher's wallet and it is so beautifully stitched and finished - a real gem. I will enclose some pictures but the pictures really don't do this beautiful piece any justice. Pascale also enclosed for me 2 patterns from my wishlist and the threads the patterns call for. Again, thank you ever so much for the beautiful return exchange, I will cherish it a lot.

First a picture of the outside of the stitcher's wallet
Pascale - outside wallet

And then a picture of the inside. Look at all the details, everything is so well planned and thought of. I love it.
Pascale - inside wallet

And a picture of the whole exchange.
Exchange from Pascale

Hope you are having a great day!

All the best

May 22, 2009

Birthday present from Taija

Today the birthday present Taija sent me, arrived. Her package was so carefully and thoughtful wrapped, I have to show you! She made me (what a skilled lady!) a selfmade notebook, and wrote she made it from begin to the end, all by herself.
She added some nice goodies, a piece of lovely fabric, two flossrings and pins. It was such a nice feeling, getting a birthday present after your birthday, it's like an extended birthday. Taija, thank you so much!

May 21, 2009

I haven't fallen into a hole

Life has been full, but wanted to assure you that I'm still busy and doing "stuff". Here's a photo to prove it:

In fact, this little item went into the mail on Monday. So in perhaps a few more days it should arrive. For the up-coming Memorial Day week-end (American holiday remembering those who served in the military) our RV group is going away for the week-end. I'm sure there will be photos to follow. Hugs, Marne

May 17, 2009

Birthday exchange from simone

Simone sent me the lovely package shown above. She made me a pincushion and used a pattern of Blackbird Designs. She changes the colours to my favorites (blue) and finished it lovely with the perfect backing and beautiful pins, which she placed in small groups. Also she has been going through my wishlist and sent me some lightblue fabric (great!!), Madeira floss, pins, a cute little pair of scissors (embellishment), a pair of socks with Stitching Girl on it (I never saw these before!), some ribbon, and last but not least a large piece of Chinese fabric. She knows about my China-madness and told me she had it for some time now, but thought it would be perfect for me. And how right can she be?!
To show you how beautiful the pincushion is, I need a seperate picture, and I also took one of the Chinese fabric. It is such a large piece I can use it to make a pillow, I guess, so next weeks I am going to search through my Chinese related charts :)

May 14, 2009

exchange from Edda

This is what I recieved, a beautiful needlemap ,pins in it,ribbon and needles.

Thank you so much Edda.

May 5, 2009

Birthday exchange from Joke

So yesterday, I could finally open up my presents! Here's my exchange from Joke for the Crazy exchange group:

She must have known my favourite colours are Autumn colors! I've got some quiltfabrics, a package with felt and threads and this gorgeous set of floss tag and needlebook:

Isn't that pretty? Thank you so much Joke!

Hugs, Simone

Apr 26, 2009

Pictures of the return exchange from Stephanie.

I've been meaning to post pictures of the return exchange that I received from Stephanie since before Easter. Here are the pictures finally. Stephanie really spoiled me with her beautiful stitching and finishing. I love the box she made for me. I am enclosing one picture here and you can see some more pictures on my blog.

The side of the box from Stephanie

Thank you ever so much for this beautiful exchange Stephanie. I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

All the best,

Apr 18, 2009

It's me! It's me!

Today the postal lady brought me a very special gift from Janaina. I wondered when I read her post, but thought "no" - but it was me! Hurrah! She was thinking of me when I was wandering around the Netherlands and stitched this beautiful bath towel and hand towel. So georgous and how very special to know that you were thinking so kindly of me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. [the photo on the bottom is the back side - not a wayward thread to be seen. I wish I could do that kind of work.]

Now what? I must ponder this one for a bit. . . . . . . .
Big, big hugs and thanks.

Mar 25, 2009

My return exchange from Ina

Ina stitched me a beautiful biscournu in my favorite color of red! Its just gorgeous! She also included some lovely goodies!

Thanks so much for a lovely exchange Ina!

Mar 6, 2009

Here is my exchange from Caroline

Caroline sent me a cute lunchbag made from reproduction dutch fabrics from a town called Hindeloopen. I just love it! Now I have something to carry my snacks and drink in for stitch group.

Thanks so much Caroline!

Wendy Jo

Mar 2, 2009

My exchange from Taija!

I got a lovely exchange from Taija on Saturday. She sent a cute little pillow and some wonderful extras! I just love the twine she used for the pillow, it goes so perfect with the pillow.

Here is a pic of what Taija sent. More are on my blog. Thanks so much for a wonderful excchange Taija...I am going to start working on yours later today :)

Wendy Jo

Feb 22, 2009

return gift from Taija

This came from Finland a lovely bag ,a lot off candy and several nice things.
thank you Taija.