Monday, 14 February 2011

So much to share!

Let me start by thanking all you wonderful ladies out there who have responded to my Easter/Spring exchange. I now have 15 who wish too take part. There is still time to join in as the closing date is tomorrow. Just check out my previous postings for details.




Well my stitching over one was quite an experience as the frog continued to stamp all over it but as you can see I got there in the end. It will be 25years tomorrow since I had my first date with my DH Ian so I decided to personalise this one with our initials and the date. I;m so glad I;m not sending this pillow to anyone I had such problems putting it together. I just can;t seem to fathom out the right way to do these tall pillows. Can someone please share a tutorial with pictures off how it;s done

I was so delighted recently when Heather http://heatherstitch.blogspot.com/ and Sarah http://craftymoo-sarah.blogspot.com/ answered my plea for someone to do a last minute Valentine exchange with me. The first two pictures are the exchange that I sent to Sarah.


This is a freebie design that I changed the recommended colours and added a few twists too. I meant to put a label on the finished pillow "please do not fondle" as I basically glued it to death to put together..lol. But as I told Sarah I was so happy with how it looked I was tempted to keep it too myself. I don;t have a picture of the rest of my package but it included Valentine fabric and ribbons, threads, chocolate hearts, heart frame, buttons and a glass heart cube. Sarah has a picture over on her blog if you would like to see.



My exchange from Heather included this gorgeous Be Mine pillow, isn;t the fabric really pretty. I just love the goodies she sent me. It;s so difficult to get any pretty bits and bobs for finishing here so the buttons and cute heart pegs will be put to good use.







Sarah must have realised I;m as mad about Cows as she is, isn;t my Moo Moo darling. I just had to show a picture of the reverse, I love the fabric and cute little buttons Sarah has used. So many wonderful goodies too, I have the perfect chart in mind for the that sweet ladybird pillow. Thank you so much Heather and Sarah you have both really spoiled me with two wonderful exchange packages.




Look at this wonderful surprise my mailman brought me last week. A gorgeous Snowman for me to treasure. Catherine http://bramblewoodstitches.blogspot.com/ you touched my heart with this one you are such a dear sweet friend.



Well they say it;s better late than never but I know she;s such a sweet friend that Maggie wouldn;t mind I was a bit late with her (December )Birthday present. She loves her pillow and the scissors are getting put to good use already. I love this little design and one day I am going to stitch it for myself. Maggie is a keen photographer and has started a blog of her photos, please pop over and say hi http://maggies365daysofphotos.blogspot.com


Now that this one has safely arrived I can show these Christmas goodies I sent to Corinna. Sadly she is not blogging anymore but she is such a sweet lady I;m so glad we still keep in touch.


Finally this is my progress on my SAL ornament for February. I don't know whats the cutest my stitching or Jamie on top...lol!
Hope everyone has a "Happy Valentines Day" and a good week with lots of stitches. Hugs!

32 comments:

Kathy A. said...

So many pretty stitches. What wonderful gifts both sent and received.

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous stitching. Lovely gifts sent and received.

Christina said...

Wow, I didn't know where to look first...so many gorgeous things!
I love the pins & needles cushion you sent to Maggie, especially those lovely pins!
Have fun with the Spring exchange.

Nelli said...

Wonderful! Very nice!

Catherine said...

What wonderful goodies all around! I am so glad you like your snowman pillow and that he made the journey to be with you! I am looking forward to the spring exchange!!!

Annie said...

Looks like a bunch of really successful exchanges. You pick great partners and they are all lucky to get you too.

Beth said...

Wow- are you ever right - so much to share! Enjoyed all your finishes and stitching!

Brigitte said...

Oh Lainey, all these stitched exchanges look wonderful and the recipients were surely as delighted about the gifts as you were about what you received. Your little pillows are perfectly made, I love them.

Angela P said...

Wow, you've been one super busy gal! I love all the pillows you made, if you are looking for a tutorial (stay tuned to my blog) i'll try to put one together soon :) The exchanges sent and rec;d look so wonderful!

Annette said...

Wow I only see beautifull pictures!!
You have sent and recived such beautifull pieced and craft stuff... You lucky girl, great progress on your SAL ornament!!

Mylene said...

What a great post, Elaine. So many lovelies both send and received.
Happy Valentines Day!

Katrina said...

Everything is so sweet!!!! Love all the finishes and exchanges.

Karen said...

Such cute goodies! I love the BBD design in red! I think your pillow looks great!

Theresa said...

Lovely finishes!!!! Both received and sent are adorable!!! How fun!!

Edit said...

So many lovely pictures Elaine. I love your little pillow with the "Blue"Bird design :) And what a nice little detail you put on it with the initials and the date. Sure it will be a special piece forever.

Your received and sent stitchy presents are so lovely, too. I still have a Christmas package traveling to the US. I hope it will show up one day.

Have a great time enjoying the wonderful exchange presents :)
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Giovanna said...

What gorgeous exchange pieces - thanks for sharing!

Shari said...

all I can say is wow, and wow, and wow!!!!!! Everything looks fantastic.....I miss exchanges....haven't done any for a while!

Carol said...

You weren't kidding when you said you had a lot of goodies to share with us, Elaine!! Everything, both sent and received, looks great! I love how you personalized the pillow with Ian's and your initials--very special :)

Sally said...

Wow, Elaine, so many pretties in this post. Everything is just so gorgeous. I love the pillow you made and how you personalised it.

Lois said...

What a lot of lovely goodies Elaine! Love your finished cranberry bird and such a nice way to celebrate your first date with your DH. The pillow finishing looks fine!

Jackie said...

I would never know the frogs visited you on your over one piece. It's exquisite. I love reds and this one really speaks to me. It's even more special after reading it was to commemorate your first date with your husband. I love personalized projects!

Lillie said...

Lovely pieces all together.

Dee said...

All of the exchanges are so cute. I think you did a great job finishing your tall pillow.

♥ Nia said...

So many pretty gifts!! Sent and received! :D
"May friendship light the way" sweet message =)
I'm happy to be apart of your Easter/Spring exchange, I hope to see more details soon! ;)
Hugs&Smiles

Anne Marieke said...

Thanks for sharing all the lovely goodies you sent and received.

The tall pillow looks fine to me. What's the matter with it?

Michelle said...

What lovely photos - thank you for sharing them. Hope you are keeping well. Watch for the postman! xx

Lynn said...

Ooooh, so many goodies! I didn't know where to look first! I love your Valentine stitch for your DH. I don't think there's anything wrong with you pillow. All your exchanges, given and received, are wonderful!

Pointed Stitcher said...

What beautiful exchange piece to and from :).

Pumpkin said...

So many wonderful projects!!!! What fun exchanges :o)

Fiona said...

All your stitching looks fantastic. Pity I found your bolg too late to join in your exchange, maybe next time.

♥ Nia said...

Hi sweetie! Guess what I got on my mail last Friday? :D
I posted on my blog during the weekend but I don't know if you have seen it! Thank you! thank you! thank you! So many cute charts =) ♥ (I had only one Solo the Cat, all the others are new to me!)

This weekend I worked on my Spring exchange, it's almost ready, I will send you a photo soon ;)
One thing that I need to know, can I send my package when it's ready? Or will everyone wait to send on the same date?

Have a lovely week!!
Hugs&Smiles

Justflo said...

Lovely finishes, great exchanges. So much work but how pretty.