Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Anyone Out There????

It has been along time since anyone has posted or setup a new exchange. I would love to be involved in an exchange for Halloween or Harvest or Christmas or about anything else. Let's revive this group!!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Did Gillie's parcel get to its destination?

Just wondering if my exchange reached my partner?  I mailed it on the last day but don't see any response!  Please let me know!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thank you, Lynn!!!!

Your package arrived on Thursday. Thank you very much. I love it all. The Ladybug Needlebook is so adorable. I have made needlebooks for 2 exhchanges already and now finally I have one of my own. Thank you also for the needles, cording (I already have a use for both of them) and for the napkins.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

pictures of exchange from Loretta

I was able to snap a few pictures in between rain showers today. I'm afraid they might be a bit blurry though. Loretta send me a needlekeeper, cross stitch notepaper, gold needles and a piece of fabric. The fabric inside of the needlekeeper is very elegant.

I appreciate all of it and will definitely use them.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I received a package today from Loretta in Canada

She made a beautiful needle keep and if there is a break in the weather tomorrow I will take some pictures. Thank you very much!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Thank you, Karin!

My lovely parcel for the In the Garden exchange arrived yesterday from Karin in South Africa - a beautiful stitched top on a tin!  I didn't join in an Altoid tin exchange on another group as I was not confident of doing a good job, but would really have liked to receive one......and now I have!  Karin says it's her first attempt and she did a great job.  The weather has gone completely downhill since I posted earlier in the week and it's grey and rainy here so I'll take a photograph tomorrow of my sweet tin and the goodies I received.  Thank you again, dear friend!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's in the mail..........................

I forgot to take my package with me yesterday but as of a few hours ago it is now in the mail system. Keep an eye on your mailboxes. You might be the one on the receiving end.

Take care!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My exchange is on its way from Michigan to........?

Nothing like squeaking in on the last day, in the last half hour before the post office closes!  It's a gorgeous day in Michigan, the washing is drying on the line and will smell wonderful and the leaves are that gorgeous pale green of newness!

"In the Garden" exchange....on it's way!

My "In the Garden Exchange" is on it's way to its new owner! Hopefully it won't take too long to get to her!

Have a great and happy day everyone!

Lynn S. in Mn., USA

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Spring Garden Exchange" received from Sheryl...

I received my beautiful "Spring Garden" exchange in the mail the other day from Sheryl so wanted to show you all what she has made for me.

She added a matching floss tag to her needle book as well as some extra goodies too! VERY generous and I will be using everything you sent Sheryl!
THANK YOU so much Sheryl! You did a great job!

Lynn S. in Mn., USA

Thursday, April 15, 2010

In the Garden

My parcel was posted today, hope it arrives safely!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Gorgeous Spring Exchange!

I received my spring exchange in the mail last night from Joanne last night and I absolutely LOVE the pinkeep and the fabric and ribbon as well.

Thanks so much Joanne.

Hugs to you,
Wendy Jo

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I am sending a my garden package today

It should arrive in a day or two (or three). I hope it does so safely.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Partners Sent

Flowered Biscornu,
You might receive a garden
design pin cushion in this exchange

I have mailed the Partner's letter for our new In the Garden Exchange. If you think you signed up for this exchange and did not receive an e-mail please let me know. Happy stitching to each of you.

I will try to have a new exchange posted around the beginning of April. Ideas, suggestions, helpful hints about what you would like that exchange to be are welcome!!!!!

Happy Stitching,
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Received From Gillie

Gillie, millions of thanks fort his really really pretty spring pillow.  You have no idea how happy I am with it.  I love the design and the soft colors, it is perfect for me as I love gardening!!  Thank you for all the extra special fabric too!! xxx

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank you, Lynn!

Beautiful day here, made even better by the parcel in my mail box from Lynn! Thank you, dear friend, it's lovely!  A very spring like little pillow which will look wonderful on the door that leads to the deck.  Apo logies for the photograph, you appear to be seeing a bit of the doormat  and some of the (rapidly receding, hooray) white stuff as well!

Lynn kindly put in some pretty post-its, some hand made cording ( ) which will be very useful and some springy buttons, even the cord was called Spring Joy!

love, gillie

Thursday, March 4, 2010

In the Garden

Please Miss, I sent you an email, Miss, please let me join, Miss!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ready for a New Exchange?

I meant to post this a few days ago, but we've had some serious medical problems at my house and I got distracted. Everything is good now, so don't worry. Who is ready for another exchange? March, April and May… hmmmm, what shall we stitch? We're just finishing up a lovely Spring Exchange, but since it's still in the teens at my house, with snow still on the ground, I'm soooooooooo wishing for Spring still -- I can't wait for the flowers and the beautiful colors they bring.

Our new exchange will be "In the Garden". This can be flowers but there is so much more in the garden that it is certainly not limited to flowers. You can do bird houses, toadstools, birds, squirrels, bunnies, butterflys, gnomes, oh my, the list is endless. picture
Needle Packet Keeper,
Easy to make with a tutorial
found at Focus on Finishing

How about fairies in a lovely fantasy garden? Whatever you do see, or would like to see, or fantasize for your own garden. Then when you've got the design in mind, think about ways to "keep your stitching supplies" for a finish: needlebook, scissor fob, pin cushion, chatelein, floss holder, anything that can be used to help manage your supplies. Fabric is optional (yes you can use Aida). And as always anything over and above the actual stitched piece is Optional.

Ok, you have until the end of this weekpicture
Apply your garden design
to a floss tag. Tutorial
found at Stitch Creations

Saturday, March 6, midnight US Central Standard Time to sign up. I will mail out partners before Monday, March 8 and the mailing date will be April 19th, just in time to add a little exchange piece to your 'stitching garden'.

To sign up for "In the Garden" exchange please send an e-mail to: yoyo_9203 at yahoo dot com. Please put "In the Garden Exchange" in the subject needlebook
And if you’re really
clever, this “needle
necessities” book,
tutorial at Frimousse

line and please be sure to identify yourself clearly! We have a few duplicate names and I have already gotten some people confused so PLEASE let me know exactly who you are. It would be helpful if you put your full mailing address in this e-mail so I don't have to dig through my records (and that also helps to identify you).

If you would like to join our little exchange group and participate in this or future exchanges please send e-mail to: yoyo_9203 at For a new member please include: 1) Your full name 2) your "screen name" 3) your full mailing address 4) an e-mail address for us to reach you, and if you like 5) your blog address. We welcome new members and would love to have you join us.

A little different 'needlebook'; pull on the bell and the needle piece slides into the flowered case. Sorry, I can’t remember where I found this one. If you know where this tutorial is please let me know and I’ll add a link here.

Some helpful links:

  • Faby Reilly: Finishing Tutorials pin cushion, scissor case, needlebook and others

  • Tintock Tap Use your own 'garden design' on a 15-sided biscornu, which is easy to do and makes a wonderful pin cushion.

  • There are more useful links in our sidebar.

I'm off to stalk the mailbox for entries. Hugs to all,

Happy Stitching,
bca            siggy
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Home of the Totally Useless SAL
and now home of the Christmas Design SAL
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Spring Exchange rec'd!

Have to show you all my great little exchange that I received from Despina for our "Ready for Spring" exchange! This little tray is SO cute! I LOVE it! She also sent along a few charts to add to my stash of "want to do as soon as..." as well! GREAT stuff!
THANK YOU so much Despina for a great exchange!

"Ready for Spring" Exchange has been mailed...

Hello all,
My package has been mailed off to my exchange partner for the "Ready for Spring" exchange. Not too far to travel so be watching your mailbox for something I hope you'll really like!
Lynn S. in Mn.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Someone's Spring Exchange Package has now been mailed......

I mailed my partner's Spring Exchange package this morning. It has a ways to go but hopefully it won't be to long a wait.


Gillie's exchange sent to ?

Whew, just got to the post office before they closed for lunch and my parcel is on its way! I took a photograph outside of my piece before I packed it up and you can see the snow quite clearly in the background(big sigh) but the sun is shining- yay!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Received Ready for Spring Exchange

My apologies for taking so long to make this post. I received my package from Karin over a week ago. It included this lovely Spring ornament, some pretty beads, orange eye pads and a delicious chocolate bar (milk chocolate topped with white chocolate with mint) that didn`t survive long enough to be photographed. LOL!!!!!!!!

Thank you, Karin!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be mailing my package out tomorrow.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring Exchange

Hi Ladies,

Just a quick note to let you know that my Spring Exchange has been sent out today.! Was such great fun, hope my partner likes it.!

Hugs and Happy Stitching,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring Exchange is being mailed...

tomorrow morning! It has a journey to make so hopefully it won't take too long!

Wendy Jo

Spring Exchange Mailed

Quick note to let everyone know that my SE was mailed out yesterday! :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spring Exchange

I mailed my parcel today, hope it arrives safely as it has got to travel thousands of km's to reach its destination.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Last day to sign up for Spring Exchange

Sign-ups Closed -- Partners have been mailed.

You have until midnight tonight (Friday) to sign up for the Ready for Spring Exchange. There are a few more than I've listed in the sidebar but it's late and I'm off to bed so won't update that just now. Tell your friends, we're Ready For Spring.

Welcome to our new Members, we are soooooo happy to have you on board. I hope you enjoy your time with us.


Hi my name is Loretta and I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I have been stitching for over 30 years and cannot imagine my life without a needle in my hand. I also enjoy knitting (mostly dishcloths), reading (mysteries and historical fiction) and spending time with my DH, Alan, and our dog, Mandy.

I have always enjoyed participanting in exchanges and I am looking forward to taking part in the exchanges here as well as making new friends.

Happy Stitching,

Friday, January 8, 2010


Boy you gals really like to keep me on my toes, don't ya. I never know how much to restrict the requirements for an exchange piece but apparently most of you don't like "no restrictions" either, or maybe it's just you want "some examples", I'm not sure. I have gotten several e-mails asking what are the requirements for the new exchange, "Ready for Spring"? or "what do mean, Yoyo, when you say 'Ready for Spring'." I guess it does mean different things to different people. Ok, so here are some examples -- with as few restrictions as possible.

For me Spring is a romantic time. Friends meeting again after a long winter apart. Lovers falling in love -- their hearts beating in time with the birds' merry songs. That music floating through the air carried to every flower, chick and bumble bee. The earth is reborn and renewed, cows and sheep and pigs and rabbits and fox, all rejoicing in Spring. Children hunting Easter Eggs through the daffodils and daisies. Rainbows of color bursting out in stripes and spots and polka dots. Babies laughing, farmers plowing and mothers stitching under a tree. So many beautiful biscornu, needlerolls, tea towels, pin keeps, greeting cards, samplers and ornaments falling from their laps. Friendship, happiness and love. That's what Spring means to me.

But yawl really should figure out what Spring is for you and go from there (LOL).

You have until January 22nd (midnight US Central time) to sign up for our "Ready for Spring" exchange. Send e-mail to yoyo_9203 at yahoo dot com including your name and mailing address in the body and 'Ready for Spring' in the Subject Line. As always, "extras" are never required for our exchanges, we respect the financial situation of all of our members. A 'stitched-by-you' item is the only requirement. Well, a little note that gives your name and the name of the exchange is helpful, too.

Happy Stitching

bca siggy

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New Member

Hi All

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself to everybody. My name is Karin Bokhorst and I live Roodepoort in the sunny South Africa. I have been stitching for approximately five years on and off. I love stitching on Aida and similar fabrics, I love a variety of designers and also get a lot of patterns from the web.

I have recently started a blog:
I am still very new at this, all comments welcome.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and exchanging little treasures with everybody.

Happy stitching,


Monday, January 4, 2010

Hello from a new Aussie Member.!

Hello Ladies,

My name is Susi and I am from Victoria, Australia. I've been married almost a year to my darling Husband, Mark and together we have 4x doggies.
I have been cross stitching for as long as I can remember and my other hobbies that I enjoy are Hardanger, Fillet Crochet, Embroidery, Patchwork Quilting, Dyeing Floss/Fabrics, Reading Mysteries and Fostering Dogs.

I love all types of cross stitching and especially love stitching with hand dyed Flosses, Fabrics, and Evenweaves/Linens.

I am thrilled to be a new member of this Exchange Group, and certainly hope to get to know you all better along the way, and to make some new stitching friends as an extra bonus ;)

Thank you again for letting me join,
Hugs and Happy Stitching,

Ready for Spring Exchange

I know I am really late in getting this out, but December was simply not a good month for me health wise. I am much better ('cause I know you'll ask) and I'm ready for it to be Spring. I thought by the time we get a new exchange done it will just about be here, so how about "Ready for Spring" for our new exchange?

Sign up for this exchange before January 22 (midnight US central time) and mailing date will be March 1, 2010. That's six weeks and a day -- I like to set the day on Monday just so you won't be late if you miss a Saturday date. To join "Ready for Spring" exchange send e-mail to yoyo_9203 at yahoo dot com. Please put Ready for Spring Exchange in the subject line.

There are still a few exchanges out, so if you have received your exchange please post a message on the board. If you have not received an exchange please let me know and I'll nudge your partner. I have sent a couple of 'nudges' -- you NEED to return my messages! If you are having trouble fulfilling an obligation we can help you out. We all know life happens but let's keep it good for our exchange partners by telling me if your life is happening too fast.

Have a lovely day whereever you are.
Happy Stitching

bca siggy

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and the Christmas Design SAL, come on over and join the fun.
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