Monday, April 3, 2017

Many thanks!!

 Thank you, Christina, for this pretty ornament.... so lovely, will enjoy hanging it on my tree every year.  And thank you for the sweet extras too.  So very nice to meet you!
And Stephanie, thank you for this little cutie.  he will proudly hang on my tree every year too!  Such fun, thank you ladies!

Sorry this is short and sweet.  Posting from my phone is a,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Exchange arrived!

Christina's exchange piece arrived just yesterday, and I was so excited (and a little relieved) to see it in my mailbox. The ornament she stitched is a Shepherd's Bush design, called "Fa La La" and isn't the sheep adorable! Her ornament was beautifully finished with the beaded trim around the outside, and the beaded hanger that matched the sheep's legs so perfectly. It is such a cute cute cute ornament. Like I said earlier, I hate to tuck away these ornaments until Christmas time. 

And Christina was kind enough to tuck some extras in with the exchange, a LK pattern "Little Snow" which I now can't wait to stitch- I love all her designs and this one is very cute. Also a sweet pink scissor fob with the snowflake on the end, some pretty white beads, and a bit of linen too! Wow! She also sent a little package of gold plated needles, which my two daughters were fascinated by. They get almost as excited as I do when I get stitchy mail. Thank you so much Christina, and Carol for making this such a fun exchange. I love making things for other stitchers, and seeing what other stitchers make!

Thank you, Carol and Stephanie!

My ornaments are both now safely with me! Aren't they beautiful? Carol (Garden of Stitches) stitched one of Prairie Schooler's Redwork Santas. I would love to stitch more of them to hang on our tree.

And Stephanie (Blue Star Stitcher) stitched a section of a sampler by Janlynn. I can't believe how much detail there is in it. It must have taken her hours. Thank you once again, ladies. I really enjoyed this exchange. Christina (Whilst Iris Naps).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Exchange Received and Sent

I have been so slow on posting my exchange announcements, and I have to apologize to my exchange partners. Between my birthday and Spring break I feel like March has been a super busy month. Carol was gracious enough to organize a three way exchange between herself, Christina of Whilst Iris Naps and myself.  I did manage to mail out my exchange pieces last week, and I just got Carol's ornament in the mail last week also, a beautiful Prairie Schooler Santa. Love the two-color simplicity of it, and she did a perfect job finishing it. While I stitch Prairie Schooler designs often, he will be the first of their Santas to adorn my own tree. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christmas Ornament Exchange, taking Sign Ups

OK, let's  see if anyone is still here....  Taking sign ups now for a new Christmas Ornament Exchannge... it is never too soon to start a new basket of ornaments for 2017.

I will take sign ups from now to 2/1/17.
Mailing date will be 2/27/17.

Email me at Carol Sutcliffe @ comcast . net (delete spaces).

Open to current members, thank you!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My lovely stitched piece from Stephanie!

My lovely little stitched piece! Included was a cute Trilogy pattern and two Weeks Dye Works threads! Thanks so very much Stephanie!!!


(P.S.- I am actually posting this for Rosa-- she has sent me an email saying she was having difficulty getting her post to publish, so sent me the photo via email- Steph)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Holiday Mail from Rosa

This adorable ornament arrived in my mailbox on Wednesday! Thank you Rosa for such gorgeous finishing and stitching. And when I say stitching, this ornament is solid full coverage stitching (and back-stitching), so I know it took some time and talent. It is beautiful!

Thank you Rosa again for suggesting another exchange. The excitement of stitching something for another stitcher (who appreciates the time and energy that really goes into a handmade gift) brought an added joy to my holiday season. I hope everyone else felt the same thrill as me to give and receive such lovely works.

Happy Holidays!

Stephanie (bluestarstitcher)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Received from Rachel

It's taken me several tries to get this to post, Blogger on my phone keeps crashing.   Last night I received this beautiful blackwork ornament from Rachel.  It is from the 2016 JCS Christmas edition called Yuletide Memories.  Her finishing is beautiful!  She also added some beads which just add to the sparkle of the ornament!  It is so lovely I can't wait to put up my tree.

Rachel also included a few extra Christmas goodies for me :)

We both agree that we are happy that Stephanie organized this exchange. 

Thank you Rachel from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful ornament that I will cherish.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Exchange mailed out

I mailed my exchange piece out on Saturday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Christmas Exchange 2016 from Dawn ♡

Hi, everyone! I was paired up with Dawn of the In Stitches blog.

I received her exchange piece today!!! You can tell the package was in the mailbox for a while as the chocolate is melted (nothing a trip to the fridge can't fix), but I'll still enjoy them.

Dawn stitched a lovely Prairie Schooler pattern called Snowy Night. Makes me wish we got snow in AL, but it rarely happens.

I love how she finished the edges with a neutral color. It works well with the design :)

Thank you so much for the ornament! I don't have many cross stitch ornaments on our Christmas tree so I can't wait to show this one off.

Oddly enough, I received Dawn's exchange today while earlier today I mailed off hers at the post office. It should be there by Tuesday!

I can't wait to everyone else's exchange pieces!!

Until next time >___<

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas Exchange

Mailed my piece out today!  Should be there Monday. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween fellow stitchers, hope you are having an extra spooky day! 

Just a reminder for those participating in the Christmas exchange this year that the mailing date is only 14 days away! (EEK...HISS...BOO!) 

The two stitches above were actually pieces I received in prior Halloween exchanges through this blog. I still put them out every year and admire the talent that went into making them!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Fall Y'all

Is there anybody out there? I know it has been a while (wow it's been since January since anyone has posted on this blog), and I was sad to see it go dormant. Would anyone be interested in doing a Christmas or maybe even a fall exchange? My blog is bluestarstitcher, and I have been an HOE member for a long time and participated in several exchanges in the past. I always loved what was stitched for me, and I miss the excitement of receiving stitchy gifts in the post. If anyone still reads this blog and would like to do an exchange still let me know!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

My PS Exchange

Here is my beautiful PS ornament from Stephanie! It is from the "Santa and Friends" leaflet.  Thank you Stephanie! It was a beautiful edition to our Christmas tree this year!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Autumn Exchange Received!

After a snafu with the post office, I received my Autumn Exchange from Sharon!  This little fob is really lovely - it is part of a Prairie Schooler design.  Beautiful stitching and finishing...thank you so much, Sharon!!  And the extras were totally not necessary - I understand how shipping can be a pain.  Thank you again!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PS Exchange Arrives...

My PS Exchange arrived after travelling about for over a month....  

... Karen stitched the cutest snowman for out tree, it hangs proudly amongst the branches.  
Thanks so much Karen!!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

PS Exchange Arrived

My exchange arrived just before Christmas from Maria H.. She stitched from PS book 163 "Signs of Spring". Such a cute little ornament, and now I can have it out on display all the way through Easter! She also sent me the card with the watercolor painting in the bottom photo, that she painted herself from a Beatrix Potter model. Just amazing! I am always in awe of women who have so much creative talent like that. Thank you Maria for another great exchange!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PS Ornament Exchange Arrived

My Prairie Schooler Christmas ornament arrive from Rosa…

Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: Christmas Miniatures Book #29
Stitched by: Rosa C.
Stitched for: MarieP

This is very pretty ~ it will look nice on my Christmas tree.  Thank you, Rosa.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

PS Ornament Mailed

My Prairie Schooler ornament went in the mail yesterday....hope my secret sister likes it!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

stopping by...

...just wanted to say sorry i haven't participated this year, kind of busy at work especially plus home alone with the kids as hubby away for work. Hope though to join in next year... Happy Holidays to everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

I Am A Bit Late

I am a bit late in mailing my Prairie Schooler exchange out. I manage to come down with a viral infection which has me under the weather this week.  I hope to get my piece out to my partner Monday.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Autumn Exchange received from Amy

Hi all

Late last week I received this lovely exchange piece from Amy :)

Thank you Amy, I'm excited to hang this piece in my home!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PS exchange mailed

I mailed off my Prairie Schooler ornament today!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

PS Christmas Ornament Sent

Hello everyone

This morning I sent the PS Christmas Ornament to its destination, I hope it  arrive in a week to 10 days. I did a certificate shipment to track the package.
I have had fun when I did it!!

Maria del Valle in Spain

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Finally figured out why I couldn't post. Mailed my Autumn exchange to dear Nicole. I have the chicken pox and had a mailing snafu but am now happy to say that this lovely is in the mail and on the way to Canada. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Autumn Exchange From Nicole

I received my Autumn Exchange from Nicole and it's gorgeous! She adapted a free pattern from Gazette94 and did a beautiful job creating an ornament I will enjoy for many years to come. My photos don't do it justice at all, unfortunately. The stitching and finishing are superb! Thank you so much, Nicole!!  :)

Sharon M-J

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gift for Amy

Good morning everyone. I got an email stating that Amy did recieve her Autumn exchange gift & asking if I could post a pic since she is not able to post at the moment due to computer problems.
So here it is, I really enjoyed this stitch it is an old pattern from my stash & I don't really have much info on it. I used a 30 ct. fab. from weeks dye works,  DMC black 310, & a variety weeks dye works floss over 2. I added some black, bobble trim and a nice leaf & acorn pattern for the fabric. It's finished size approx. 9  X 11". I also added one of my handmade scissor fobs as a surprise. Enjoy!

Friday, November 13, 2015

So Excited!

Look what the postman brought from Marie in Vermont, Isn't it Lovely!
The stitching is just amazing and of course the finishing is perfection,
it looks just like a little pie!
Thank you so much Marie, I couldn't be more pleased and will love
hanging it on our tree every Christmas.
Thanks again!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Prairie Schooler

Hi everyone,

My Pairie Schooler ornament left last Monday.

Enjoy xx

Received this beautiful Prairie Schooler stitched pinkeep.  Thanks so much to my partner from sunny California, Edgar! I had a pet squirrel as a child so I simply fell in love with this one!!! Thanks so much!

Monday, November 9, 2015

PS Christmas Ornament Sent

I mailed my Christmas ornament today ~ it should arrive by weeks end.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Autumn exchange sent (2nd)

Hello everyone, hope your having a great day.
By my own fault I stitched & sent out my first item to the wrong person lol.
But now have sent off another one for my assigned partner, sorry for the mix up and that
it made this one a few days late. Hope you enjoy!


Prairie Schooler Exchange ready to go.

As I am off to the UK next week with hubby for our 20th wedding anniversary, I have finished my ornament and it will be on its way on Monday. This one was a fun one to stitch:)

Friday, November 6, 2015

My Autumn Exchange piece arrived yesterday!

Rosa Carr stitched this really adorable Owl for me, and finished it into a wonderful hanging pillow (it is here with me, hanging on my bulletin board). I really like this cute little owl, and the finishing is outstanding! Thank you so much!

Maggee Smith

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumn Exchange Arrives...

Yesterday the mail brought a wonderful package....  containing....
... a needle/scissor caddy......
...stitched and finished for me by Marie. The design was a freebie over at My Heartstring, this was a really fun Exchange, thanks Marie!!!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Autumn Exchange Mailed

My autumn exchange is on it's way...  My apologies to my partner for the delay - I hope it makes its way quickly!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Autumn Exchange In the Mail

My Autumn Exchange piece went in the mail today. Hope it arrives swiftly and safely!

Sharon M-J

Autumnal Exchange Mailed

Into the mail today and it should arrive in a week or so.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Prairie Schooler Christmas Ornament Exchange - Closed - Partners Names Sent

Let's have one more Christmas Ornament Exchange this year...
...and lets make it a Prairie Schooler Themed Exchange...
There are so many super ornaments designed by this duo over the years and with them retiring this year a little stitching in their honor would be fun!!  

What to stitch: Any Prairie Schooler Christmas Ornament
Fabric: Use only Linen or Even weave
Finish: A Hanging Christmas Ornament

Sign Ups Close October 31st
Names Sent out: November 1st
Mail on or before November 30th
Extra Goodies: None

Please email me at: edgarmatt @ G Mail . com  (delete all spaces) with the following info:

Subject: PS Christmas Ornament Exchange

•    Name:
•    Address:
•    Blog:

Remember as a member of the HOE that you must post to the Blog when you mail out your Exchange and when you receive.
  When you receive your exchange please be sure to post a picture to the HOE blog.

Exchange Moderator: edgar

Autumn Exchange Received

Yesterday I received this beautiful Autumn exchange from Maggee…

HOE Autumn Exchange
Stitched by: Maggee S.
Stitched for: MarieP

Such a great design and a wonderful finish. Maggee used wool to finish this little pillow, something I have not done but will try in the future. In addition she stitched these tiny autumn buttons on the back, so cute.

Thank you so much, Maggee!


My Autumn piece was mailed this morning to my partner who should be receiving it next week. Hope they enjoy it! Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn Exchange Sent

Hello everyone,

Sent off a little package for xxxx for the Autumn exchange yesterday.
Meant to mail in Monday but life sometimes gets in the way lol.
Had a blast stitching it up, hope you enjoy!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Autumn Exchange Mailed

I dropped my exchange in the mail today.  ETA ~ 10/30/15.


Autumn Exchange sent out today

I sent my Exchange piece out today... should arrive by Thursday, so they say... :) Hugs, Maggee

Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn Exchange Received From Erin

Hi, everyone! I received an autumn exchange from Erin in the mail today. It was so nice to see a package in the mail this evening as its been a crazy week at work.

Erin sent me this adorable!!!!! fall ornament........the finishing is adorable......I really can't stop saying that.....because it is adorable!!

She stitched it over one on 28ct evenweave. The pattern is called Autumn is Here by Helga Mendl from Gift of Stitching Sept 2009 magazine.

She mentioned in her letter that she came up with finishing idea while wandering her local craft store. Don't you love it when that happens?!!

Thanks, Erin, for such an adorable ornament. It is currently on display on my little tree :)


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn Exchange in the mail

I dropped my package at the post office this morning (10/21).


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Received from Rachel

Hello everyone. My name is Lee Fisher aka. StitchyFish Designs and I am so happy to be a part of the group. I received my exchange gift from Rachel a cute biscornu with little squirrels & acorns. She also sent a lovely card. I have them both displayed on my coffee table with some other seasonal items.
Here's a pic.

I will be mailing mine out on Monday!

Happy Stitching Everyone.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Autumn Exchange Sent in the Mail

Hi! I sent out my autumn exchange piece this morning.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Exchange Success


Thank you to all of the participants for making this another HOE success !!!

Moderator: MarieP

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Halloween Exchange Arrived!!!

I received the most beautiful stitched cube in today's mail!!! The card is just as lovely! Thanks to my sister stitcher all the way from Alabama, Rachael.

2015 HOE Halloween Exchange
Stitched by: Rachel
Stitched for: Rosa C.