Monday, 14 January 2008

SBEBB - More firsts!

Oooooh, I was SO excited on Saturday - the postman rang the bell and that means only one thing - something too big for the letter slot! And that means, only one more thing - fun things come in big packets :)

And so it proved, as he handed me a packet from Carol. Well, I knew this had to be good, and I had barely closed the door before I had ripped it all open (carefully, of course!). And this is what she sent me for my first SBEBB exchange, the Winter House exchange: a simply gorgeous pinkeep!

She tells me it's a Lizze*Kate design, and I love it - doesn't the red colour just jump off the stitching? It's sitting behind me now as I type, and I can't stop myself from turning around to look at every so often :) She also sent me a truckload of goodies - scrummy bubble bath, sweets, some spring-y linen and DMC to chase the grey away, a gorgeous scissors fob and a Drawn Thread chart off my wish list which is ever so kind of her - she even included some felt for the chart which is just perfect - thank you so much Carol, I have so enjoyed this exchange! Oh, and even better, contrary to my last post, the SBEBB is staying open, thanks to some lovely stitchers (including Carol) so I can look forward to even more wonderful exchanges (I went and signed up for one or two more already LOL!).
Also on Saturday (this is one of the things I love about living in the UK, post on Saturday!), Nicki let me know that she'd recieved the Winter House exchange I sent her. Here is a quick photo, but the ones she has posted on her blog are far better, so click on over to her if you are interested. I stitched her Bent Creek 'Redbird' and finished it into a tray - it was my first attempt at this kind of finish (ha ha, the beauty of being fairly new to stitching, you get to jump in the deep end an awful lot :) and I think it turned out okay - Nicki says she loves it, which is the main thing!
Now, I think that's nearly enough excitement for one weekend :) Although we were meant to book a holiday for ourselves for our upcoming anniversary, we didn't remember to do it - stupid people eh??? Well, it'll get done when I have a few minutes spare at work. Maybe our forgetfulness will mean we can get a cheap last-minute deal ;)
Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by!


Itching To Stitch said...

Lovely exchange gifts that you bought sent and received ;) said...

The tray is stunning, Stephanie!! And Carol's pinkeep is equally beautiful!! A wonderful exchange, enjoy!

Nicki said...

I do love my tray! It's on the table next to the sofa and I keep spotting it and grinning! :) A lovely exchange you got from Carol too!

Nana's Quilts said...

Hello my Pacificnorthweststitcher - you deserve that title even if you aren't "with us" in reality - you are still one of us! I don't think you give your needles time to cool down - you are constantly on the go. And your work is marvelous - so there.

Yes, I do occasionally make something that isn't great and this latest one is truly UGLY! But I sent a photo to a good friend and she had a wonderful suggestion for it, so I put borders on and will decide if I send it along without a backing or with. (the new recipient is a sometimes quilter, so this might inspire her)

And as I recall it's Happy Anniversary to you, right? We had sunshine and 51` yesterday. Just marvelous.


Carol said...

You are so welcome! It is so very snowy here today, and you brightened my day immeasurably with your sweet words! And, by the way, the exchange you stitched is utterly gorgeous! You are going to do so well on the SBEBB, and I am thrilled to have you in my Spring Quaker group!

Cheryl said...

Great gifts from Carol!
Wow, that tray you made looks fab! Did you use a tutorial?
Im glad the SBEBB is staying open too although im trying not to commit to too many exchanges, i need to make a dent in my wip pile.
I hope you get a holiday booked!

Barbara said...

These are such beautiful exchanges!

Nana's Quilts said...

Thanks for your blog note. I spent most of last evening doing cross stitch - yes it's true. I'm not good, but it's a great diversion.

And of course, quilting is just great! It can be so satisfying. Snow and ice Monday night, but some sun yesterday. Keeping my fingers crossed for today. :-)


Kathy A. said...

Your exchange from Carol is indeed beautiful. I agree with you that red house is just stunning.
Your stitched piece is just lovely too. I love the little tray you made. We are always looking for a new way to display our stitching and this is a great one Congrats!!!

Laura (nutmeg5) said...

Love the tray that you made with Redbird Sampler. I recently stitched this also.

lena-lou said...

I saw your tray finish on Nicky's blog and what a fantastic creation you made :-)) I love it !!

Nic eexchange received from Carol too .

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

tkdchick said...

Wow! Both exchanges sent and received are gorgeous! Your basket turned out great!!!