Thursday, 17 April 2008

Exchange - And What an Exchange It Is!

Yesterday a lovely big box was waiting for me at home – Becky and I did a personal exchange, and it had arrived! On Becky’s instructions, I opened it very very carefully, and you will just about never believe the amazing exchange she sent me – I am still having trouble believing it now, because it is so...so perfect and beautiful and gorgeous. Really, I am overwhelmed by the time and effort she has put into this! We had agreed a Spring theme, and you can see that Becky stuck to that to the letter – this is what she stitched for me:


The box is so beautifully lined with a gorgeous green fabric (green is one of my favourites, hurrah!)


And it didn’t finish there – she spoiled me absolutely rotten (and far more than she needed to!!) by filling the box with all sorts of wonderful bits and bobs, just look:


There was linen, silk Mori, a pincushion, a thread holder, a little scissors holder and fob kit, a calendar, some Altoids, some Hershey’s kisses (okay, take a quick breath...), some Mary Englebreit post it notes, a cute Easter bunny, a whole boxful of buttons and charms, a notebook, and a tuck pillow. Whew, it was like a never-ending Aladdin’s cave opening up this box! Thank you Becky, from the bottom of my heart – you are a special person.

It’s our holiday weekend this weekend, so once I finish gazing admiringly at the box Becky sent (I can’t help it, I just keep staring at it in wonder!), I’m going to get busy with dinner, packing and of course sorting out a couple of small stitching projects to bring with me – perfect timing that it is Leena’s and my mini-SAL this weekend, so I can dig out a couple of Christmas ornament designs and hopefully stitch at least one of them!

A special happy birthday to my mum today!

I’ll post an update when we’re back – until then, happy stitching!




*** Thank you for all the comments on the exchange to Vonna, particularly the sheep! I forgot to include the details, so if you are thinking of making one for yourself (and let’s face it, if I can do it, you definitely can do it!), it is a book by Tone Finnanger called Crafting Springtime Gifts and is available from Amazon either UK or US and likely its other regional sites as well. Let me know how you get on! ***

12 comments:

Barbara said...

Wow, Stephanie, I'm so happy for you!! :D

And a happy birthday to your mother. :)

Lennu said...

What a great exchange from Becky! Enjoy :) Your Here's to Ewe exchange is wonderful, I just love "Mama Sheep" and the stitched design is very beautiful too :)

Have a happy weekend trip Stephanie! I have not yet had time to decide which ornament to stitch, but I'll decide tomorrow :) I look forward to seeing your choice after the weekend!

tkdchick said...

wow what an awesome surprise! Beautiful box from Becky!

cathymk said...

What a fabulous package! Becky always does such a wonderful job of spoiling us! Looking forward to seeing what you sent to Becky!

Itching To Stitch said...

Gorgeous stuff you received from Becky. You must be thrilled with it all ;)

Cheryl said...

Great gifts from Becky! I love the exchange you sent Vonna. How on earth did you give that sheep away though?! It's so lovely!
I hope you have a lovely weekend away

Andrea said...

A fantastic box full of goodness from Becky. Enjoy!

staci said...

A fabulous treasure chest indeed!!! The box is absolutely gorgeous, congrats!

Jennifer/OH said...

That "Mama Sheep" is adorable. How could you stand to give it away (although it did go to a wonderful home!)? I can't ever give away things that have a 'personality'or a cute face.
That box from Becky is gorgeous. Now I'm inspried by this new finishing idea.

Carol said...

What a gorgeous exchange!

Daffycat said...

Wow, what an incredible box you received!

Sharon said...

What a gorgeous exchange! Enjoy!