Sunday, 6 May 2012

Touched with kindness

Well another month has just whizzed by and here we are in the merry month of May. A few weeks ago I got the chance to have some free time to myself so I decided to put together some RAKs that I had intended to send out months ago.

This was for my dear sweet friend Cath. Like myself she has had some trying times lately and I just wanted to return the favour of all the love support she has given to me and my family. I thought the chicken chart would be perfect for Cath's chicken coop, isnt it cute.

This little package was for another dear friend Annette. She has been another great support listening to my daily moans and groans as we've chatted some nights on facebook. I love all the different craft pieces she makes so I;m sure the fabric and trimmings will be put to good use.

There are a few other RAKs heading overseas but they will have to wait until the next post before I can reveal them.

The lovely Lesleyanne very kindly loaned me this cute Halloween chart last year. With everything going on around here I kept forgetting to send it back, I felt so awful when I realised that I had kept it so long. I couldn;t return it without a little something so I stitched this spring bunny as a little thank you.

Another good friend celebrated her Birthday this week. Michelle is as mad about birds as I am about snowmen so I thought this would be perfect. Pop by her blog and see the collection off beautiful stitched gifts she received.

With the limited stitching time recently I;m so pleased with the progress I have made on "Out on a limb". 

An apple for the I love the colours the designer has chosen. It feels as if you could just pick the apple right off the fabric. I;m hoping as this month closes I will have it finished, completed a monthly ornament, my exchange piece and two birthday gifts.

Once again two dear friends sweet kindness touched my heart and made me cry when I received these beautiful gifts recently. Your both very naughty spoiling me again thank you so much for your love and support. Sorry it was another dark and dreary day here in Scotland when I took the awful pictures.

June made me this beautiful needlebook, card, notebook and included this gorgeous purple pen.

This gorgeous pillow was from Sally. I love how its finished. I just wish you could see the colours better its so pretty.

The beauty of friendship, like the beauty of flowers, is very hard to describe in words.  There are many kinds of friends ... just as there are lots of different flowers, and yet each has it's own unique beauty to offer.

As I;ve mentioned many times on my posts I;m so thankful to have my stitching in my life. It has brought me so much joy and helped me get through    some tough times. That little scrap off fabric, needle and thread has not only created wonderful images it has brought so many special friends into my life.
These flowers are for each and every one of you. Thank you for being there for me. I can;t tell you how much you have helped me get through this awful year my family has had. The blog comments, emails, chats on facebook, yahoo, cards and the beautiful RAKS that have brightened many dark days I hug you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Hopefully in the coming months I can look forward to more stitching time and the chance to catch up with you all. Hugs!


Ali said...

What gorgeous goodies - both given and received xxx

Ali said...

Oops back again - you dont have the name of the blue bird pattern that you stitched for Michelle do you please?? Thanks xx

Daffycat said...

Wonderful stitching all around! You sent and received some awesome pieces.

I hear you regarding stitching and our blogging buddies. It really helps to have such incredible friends doesn't it?

Kathy A. said...

What lovely RAK's you have sent on. Your finishing is so very wonderful and inventive,
The gifts you received have been special indeed.

Shirlee said...

Wonderful RAKs both sent & received! And thank you for the flowers ... they are beautiful : )

Mouse said...

ooo where to start .... such lovely eye candy you have today ... gorgeous stitched gifts both given and received too :)
nice to see you on here again and hope things are improving for you too :)
thank you for the beautiful flowers they will look lovely in my craft room ;)
take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Friendship Crossing said...

Hey Lainey, good to see you back on here! What gorgeous stitchy goodies you made and received from some very special friends!

I see your stitched birdie you made for me last yr. everyday in my craft room.

I hope things are looking up for you!

Big hugs,

butterfly said...

Hi sweetie , great to see your post you have made some lovely RAKs love your gift from Sally.
Thank you for the lovely flowers I have put them on the coffee table ha.
Hope the weather starts getting a bit warmer for you makes a difference a little bit of sunshine.
Hold on in there my friend things will get better.
Hugs to you and all your family bless you all.

Patty C. said...

Wonderful RAKS
"Out in a limb" is coming along nicely &
Sally's gift was just perfect ;)

Beth said...

Elaine - I love chicken motifs. Might I enquire who the designed "Don't Count Your Chickens". It looks be very cute - a super gift!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow, what fantastic RAKs!!!

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous gifts both sent and received. I am sure everyone loved what you stitched for them I know I did. I hope you get some more time to stitch soon.

Jennifer M. said...

Beautiful gifts! I'm sad to hear you have had such a rough time. I hope things will settle for you. Thank you for your continued work with the Exchange blog. :)


Lisa V said...

Wonderful stitched goodies both given and received.

Myra said...

You are such a sweet generous soul yourself Elaine and so deserving of those lovely gifts. Your stitching is so pretty.

Catherine said...

So good to see a post, Lainey! All of the stitchy goodness, both given and received is lovely!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Edit said...

Beautiful presents you made and received. I am sure they made everyone so happy. Hope things are getting less worrying and you can have more stitching time in May. Here things are quite chaotic too, let's see how they go on.
Sending you a big hug.
Have a nice week.

Chris said...

What a wonderful post. We are so lucky to have been blessed with such a wonderful hobby that we can share with so many. Stitchers are the best!

Carol said...

Your gifts to your friends are so very special, Elaine, and I'm sure they mean all the more to them knowing you've had such trying times lately...

What would we do without our stitching friends? They really are the best :)

Wishing you brighter days ahead...

♥ Nia said...

So many lovely gifts =) I'm sure you're spreading lots of smiles!!! :D
Hugs to you my sweet friend :)

Michelle said...

Lovely exchanges given and received xx

Michelle said...

Sorry I pressed to send message before I added that I adored my birthday gifts. My hanger is hanging up on my stithcing shelf and my compact is with me every day in my bag xx

Tatkis said...

Oh, you've created adorable RAK gifts for your friends!
And received lovely gifts too :)


Anne said...

What sweet gifts you received Lainey!! And the ones you sent are lovely too! It's so nice to have support isn't it :D



Teresa said...

You made some lovely goodies that you passed on. I am sure they were all well received.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Mylene said...

What beautiful gifties!!

Fiona said...

What beautiful RAK's both sent and received. Stitching truly are the best.

Parsley said...

Love all these items! Beautiful and fun!

Oh, wanted to tell you I've opened my old blog. I'd love to have you there.

Annette said...

Thank you so much sweetie that you Rak├ęd me..
I really love it!
You send out so many lovely gift and recevid wonderfull things too.. enjoy them!!