Saturday, January 17, 2009

Exchange, Exchange, Exchange and MLK Retreat 2009

First I received my Winter House exchange from Hazel. She stitched up this cute Prairie Schooler design from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine. She also sent some DMC variation threads in my favorite color--Blue. Hazel did a great stitching and finish on this pinkeep.
Thank you Hazel.

Yesterday I received two exchanges. This is the first, from the Tiny Treasures exchange. I received this great fob from Ellen. This design is from Windy Willow. Ellen also sent some thread rings and flower ribbon. Again a excellent job of stitching and finishing.
Thank you Ellen.

Here is a picture of the back of the fob. It has my initial on it.

The second exchange I received was my Lizzie Kate from the HOE. I received this lovely pinkeep from Margaret. She stitched this cute spring theme design which is a nice change from the very cold weather. Margaret also sent some really springy extra's. Some DMC floss, fabric and some great flower seeds. What a neat idea!!! Margaret also did a great job of stitching and finishing this pinkeep.
Thank you Margaret.

MLK Retreat 2009

Jill and I have started our annual MKL retreat. It started last night with a trip to Joann's to use those 50% off coupons!!! Also made a quick stop at the grocery store and then to Papa Murphy's for pizza. Had a good start to our stitching extravaganza. Got up early this morning and started stitching.

We are stitching in the family room and I had my hubby start a fire, and of course we have Captain Underpants with us. Here he is enjoying the fire!!!

We decided to stitch each other a fob for this retreat and this is the fob I received from Jill. She stitched part of the Lizzie Kate January Block flip-it. Isn't it just great!!! I love it.
Since Jill likes cardinals I stitched this Waxing Moon Design--Winter Cardinal on 40 ct. with DMC floss. I think it turned out pretty cute.

So far we are having a great retreat and staying warm. Although it is quite balmy here today, a whopping 21 degrees here today. After over 86 hours of at least -21 degrees it seems balmy!!!!

More updates to come--stay tuned!


Brigitte said...

Joan, you have received some great exchanges. And the fobs you and Jill stitched for each other are a great treat for starting your retreat. Enjoy your stitch-in.

karen said...

great exchanges rec'd. what fun having your own retreat. i love the fobs you each stitched for each other.

Gabi said...

Beautiful exchanges. Love them all. And what a great idea to have a retreat together. Lovely fobs. Wishing you lots of more fun for stitching weekend.

Suzanne said...

You received some really beautiful exchanges. I love the fobs you and Jill stitched for each other. I hope your weather warms up a little and you don't get those really cold days anymore.

staci said...

Well, each exchange is even lovelier than the must be loving your mailman, lol!!!

Have a great stitchy time!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Great exchanges. I love the fobs you've stitched for one another.

Enjoy your MLK retreat... that fire looks so inviting.

Ellen said...

You are welcome, Joan. I am glad you like the fob I stitched for you. I love the LK pinkeep you had received. It is great to have your own stitching retreat, love the fobs you and Jill stitched for each other,


Melissa G said...

I'm just glad you didn't blog about the fact that you are sick of me calling when there is no baby yet! :) Yup...I need to be doing more stitching!

Hazel said...

Glad you are happy with my little offering! I wish I lived nearer so I could attend your retreats lol. They look fab. x

Cindy F. said...

Awesome exchanges and such beautiful fob swaps for your retreat! How fun!

Andrea said...

You've received some wonderful exchanges.

tintocktap said...

Let me introduce Captain Underpants to Captain Monkeypants, see here!

tintocktap said...

Forgot to say - great exchanges too!

Monika said...

Nice exchanges :-)
Best wishes for new Grandma, and of course for new baby born.

Monika from TinyTreasuresExchanges.