Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Favourite Things Exchange Re-Cap

Merry Monday Everyone!

We got the O.K. from Elaine over at STITCHED WITH LOVE EXCHANGES last week to post pictures and comments about what we sent/received for the Spring Exchange. I was a little naughty in this department because I posted pictures of what I had received back in early June when I wasn't supposed too... Being my first time doing an exchange I was bound to make a boo boo somewhere!!! I quickly removed my pictures when alerted to my error and have since put them back in their original post since being given the OK. However, I want to do a little recap for those of you who didn't see it and to show what I gave to my exchange partner :)

This is what I received from Christina over at Whilst Iris Naps:

The theme of this exchange was My Favourite Things. No joke, to say I LOVE the package I received is a tremendous understatement. You can tell this package was lovingly put together! And all the goodies... well I nearly fell over when I kept pulling things out the package. On all counts you can certainly tell that Christina puts pride into quality. 

As for what I sent to Lisa over at Blackflies and Snowflies here's my package to her! Pictures kindly provided by Lisa - in my rush to send off the package I completely forgot to take a good picture of my finish and everything I sent! *Note to self - manage time correctly next time round***

May Wordplay Doorbell - With Thy Needle and Thread
Stitched on 18ct Oatmeal Aida
I so enjoyed putting this package together. I made some dyed floss to go along with the package and then felt a blue/brown theme emerging. SO I added some blue fabric and some ribbon. Tossed in some extra jingle bells, memory trim and a wonderful little magazine with some cute patterns .

As for my stitched piece. Knowing that Lisa enjoys the wordplays by With Thy Needle and Thread, I set to stitching up the May Wordplay. I did most of the stitching work up to my cabin and thought that the spring feeling of it certainly was fitting. Birds chripping and the leaves had started to make their way back onto the trees at that point. It was fantastic to stitch! I took considerable liberty in the floss colours as the chart called for special hand dyed floss which I had not ordered when purchasing the chart originally. So I tried my best to convert to DMC using the picture provided with the chart as a guide. I finished it with some brown ribbon and chose to add just two bells as I didn't want the 'jingling' to be overwhelming. All in all, I was VERY happy with the result. 

I have to say, for my first exchange I had a total blast! In fact, I have signed up for 2 more exchanges, with one to be sent off VERY soon. There's something so exciting and satisfying about exchanges. Perhaps it's the giving aspect, or perhaps the mystery. Who knows! All I know is that I don't think I'll stop doing exchanges any time soooooon!!!

Happy Stitching!



  1. What great items! I have participated in a few exchanges and it's great fun! I need to be on the lookout for one to join soon because I have fun preparing a package:)

  2. So pleased you like the parcel I sent Melissa! ;0)
    The Word play from With thy Needle & Thread that you stitched for Lisa is lovely - those bells are fabulous!
    I too am really enjoying these exchanges. There's something magical about receiving a parcel from the other side of the World!

  3. I have to agree, I enjoy exchanges too. It's so fun knowing someone somewhere is stitching for me while I'm stitching for someone too. You both made great choices and sent awesome things. Who knows, maybe one day we'll get matched up. Wouldn't that be fun?!

  4. Great exchanges and I love your May Word Play!

  5. Saw the exchange previously. I say it then and I say it again... it's a wonderful exchange. Love the package you sent out too. May Wordplay looks great with the substituted floss.


  6. I love exchanges too =)
    In fact I love receiving things =)
    And when it comes from the other side of the world it's even more exciting...
    what you received and what you sent are really lovely gifts and that was a wonderful exchange =)
    big hugs from France

  7. Great packages! Both stitched pieces are adorable. Enjoy!

  8. What a wonderful exchange. Everyone who participates in this does such an amazing job.
    I love the wordplay finish.

  9. Oh, I just love both the PS pillow Christina made for you and the one you sent to Lisa, Melissa!! Beautiful stitching on both :)

  10. Lovely exchanges! Exchanges can be addictive! ;-)

  11. My Favourite things was my 2nd exchange, so I know how easy it can be to put your foot in it! But everything worked out ok in the end.

  12. That's a beautiful exchange Melissa. Such pretty gifts.

  13. Wow! That May word play is beautiful! I love how you finished it! You sent and received such lovely gifts!! Congrats on your first exchange! (I'm too chicken to do one!)

  14. What a lovely exchange you had!

    Have a nice week!!!
    Bye, Carolien

  15. Beautiful gifts both given and received.
    I love the Wordplay pillow.


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