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Saturday, April 23, 2011

My First Exchange and More

Lainey had a Spring exchange. This was first time that I had particpated in an exchange and I loved it. My partner was Chris at Tot Hill and this is the beautiful ornie she made for me. It is a PS design and I love it. Her stitching and finishing are wonderful. Below are all the goodies she sent me.



The candy has been consumed, the hand sanitizer, tissues and the cutest little notepad are already in use. Again, thank you to Chris for such a wonderful exchange.


This is the pin pillow I made for Chris. It's a BBD design. It was so much fun to do. Below are the goodies I gave to Chris. Candy, of course, a tin with a cookie in it, a pair of scissors and a skein of silk.






I won a giveaway that that Magee had. She had very inventive giveaways. This one was if we could pick our name, what would it be. I said Autumn, which is true. Love the name, time of year and the colors. I love the fall designs that I won.


It has been a busy couple of weeks. I am getting the house ready to put on the market. It seems that the work is endless. Hope to call in the realtors next week. I did manage to get some stitching in. I did these 6 little ornies for Spring. They are from a very old PS chart (1991).


This is 13 Colonies by LHN. I am using 32 ct Navy Bean with the suggested DMC, WDW and CC fibers. This is going to be very large but I am loving every stitch. With all the wavy borders and veins your counting has to be spot on. Sorry about the lousy pictures. It is dark and rainy here. I couldn't escape the shadows.

I had hoped to have my giveaway ready for this post but the mail has held me up. It will be in my next post, so stay tuned.

I hope every one has a wonderful Easter. Until next time....Happy Stitching. Deborah














36 comments:

natalyK said...

Your Ornaments are lovely! 13 Colonies is coming along rather quickly.

Annie said...

I can't believe this was your first exchange! Bet your are really happy you gave exchanges a try. They can be such fun and the gifts you stitched and received are so lovely!

The ornaments are adorable. And the LHN piece is looking good.

Don't envy you doing that house sale prep. Good that you take some time out for stitch therapy!

Have a great Easter!

Margaret said...

Oh my -- such eye candy! Love both exchange pieces! Love love love the LHN! So pretty! Good luck with the house selling. Not fun, that's for sure. Hope it goes quickly for you.

Jackie said...

Love the exchange pieces! I've not participated in an exchange. Deadlines don't work well for me. I'm glad you had a good experience.

Nancy said...

Very nice exchange! You have been busy stitching! Love the cute PS ornies and you are moving right along on Thirteen.

Congratulation on winning the giveaway! Some very nice charts.

Wishing you good luck on selling the house!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the 13 Colonies piece you're working on. The exchange pieces are lovely.

Myra said...

I admired your exchange over on Chris' blog but I have to admire it again here. Just wonderful! 13 Colonies is looking great. Good luck with your house, the housing market here just stinks. I wish you a blessed Easter.

Faye said...

Deborah~~ What a lovely post....I LOVE the goodies that you and Chris exchanged~~Chris is a fantastic stitcher and looks like you did her well also.... The 13 Colonies design certainly has caught my eye and I cant wait to see your progress....Happy Stitching and Happy Easter~ Faye

Kate said...

Great exchange pieces! Love your little PS ornaments - good that you use stitching as stress relief. 13 Colonies id looking fabulous.
I was also a winner on Maggee's giveaway - wasn't it great?

BrendaS said...

Very nice exchanges!

Great progress on 13 Colonies! You are such an inspiration:)))

Have a nice Easter!

Karen said...

What wonderful goodies for the exchange! I just love your Thirteen Colonies....I don't know how much longer I can resist starting this one.

Happy stitching.....

Quiltsmiles said...

what lovelies! Your excange pieces are wonderful, both coming and going. Congrats on your win too ~ Autumn. lol
Your stitching is always a plesure to view. thanks for sharing and Happy Easter! Jane

Lois said...

What lovely exchange pieces! That exchange looks to have been a lot of fun. Love your WIP's and congrats on your win! Happy Easter!

Mouse said...

OOO lovely exchange pieces :) oooo nice give away win too :) thirteen colonies is lovely isn't it :0 and hope you get your house sorted we are are on the market to sell but not much luck atm :( (in the uk ) Happy Easter to you love mouse xxxx

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely exchanges both sent and received. Great PS ornaments. 13 Colonies is coming along lovely. Happy Easter.

Julie M said...

Ohhhh, 13 colonies is in my stash pile! Not sure when it will get done but it will some day!
Lovely exchange pieces! Hope your house sells quickly! Happy Easter!

Lee said...

I love what you gave - perfect little piece! And I love what you got. The sun in Chris' little ornament is so charming. Those older PS designs will always be delightful.

Beth said...

What great exchanges both given and received! Great stitching and goodies. Your 13 Colonies is going to be amazing. I really like your Spring Ornaments. I wonder if I have that booklet in the mountain of stash.....

Brigitte said...

It was fantastic, your first exchange, wasn't it? Both exchange pieces are really beautiful, and the goodies are, too.
Very nice WIP.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Oh, just love your stitching. Great exchange pieces on both sides :)

Chris said...

Thank you Deborah for your kind comments on my stitching and finishing. Since I don't sew I am challenged in the finishing area! Have I told you how much I love the piece that you stitched for me?
I hope all goes well with the sale of your house!
Happy Easter!

Lynn said...

Great exchange Deborah! Wonderful gifts given and received.
I love the little ornaments you stitched up. Your WIP is wonderful too. I've been eyeing this one so I'll look forward to seeing your progress.

Bekca said...

I'm glad you had a very successful first exchange experiance, your pillow you made is a beauty. I love the look of 13 Colonies already, it's coming along so well. Happy stitching to you and I hope you had a lovely Easter.

Sally said...

Wonderful exchanges:)

Your ornament finishes are lovely. Love your LHn WIP.

TeresaB said...

Aren't you lucky to have exchanged with Chris?!? She's a beautiful stitcher. And I love the pin pillow you sent her, just too cute. Your 13 Colonies is looking great.

woolwoman said...

Love both exchange pieces - glad it was fun for you. 13 Colonies is on my wish list - LHN has done some great pieces. love the egg wreath on your blog header - so springy!
Melody

Berit said...

Lovely exchanges; congrats! Your start on Thirteen is making my mouth water! :D

DonnaTN said...

Your first ever exchange looks like a rousing success! I love all your stitching as usual. Good luck with getting your house ready to sell. It is hard to clear out all your treasures so that it appeals to buyers.

Suzanne said...

What a great exchange! I love both the piece you sent and the one that you received.

I love the progress of your stitching!

Carol said...

Now that's what I call a perfect exchange, Deborah--beautiful pieces both given and received!

I'll love watching 13 Colonies appear on your posts--that is such a pretty piece.

I bet getting the house ready to show is eating into your stitching time. Good luck--hope it all goes smoothly :)

Kathy Ellen said...

What a wonderful exchange for you and Chris. Love her beautiful PS ornament and your BBD pillow...just gorgeous. What fun! "Thirteen Colonies" is coming along beautifully and I will be watching for your progress on it too.

Wishing you success in putting your house on the market! Times are difficult, but one never knows and you may have a buyer before you know it! We downsized a few years ago and sold our 11 room home. It was a lot of work getting everything ready, but cleaning out was a really "good thing" after all, and we were glad we did it.

Heidi said...

My friend...it has been too long since I was able to take a few moments to visit you. I missed reading your posts. And now to hear the news that you are moving? Are you staying in that area or going farther away?

Your exchange gifts you received are beautiful. I just love the pin pillow you stitched for Chris!!!

I was just thinking of you last week when I dusted my scissor tree off. The little stocking you made for me hangs on it year round. :-)

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Pumpkin said...

Lovely gift exchanges! What fun :o)

I didn't realize you're moving! Getting a house ready to sell is a lot of work.

At least you've still found time to stitch and that doesn't surprise me ;o) LOL!

Karoline said...

Gorgeous exchanges, congratulations

Your ornies and the sampler are lovely

Siobhan said...

Fantastic exchanges!

I love your ornaments, and the sampler--love love love it!

Meari said...

What a great exchange!