Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Exchange Received From Helen


I received the most wonderful exchange from Helen. She stitched this Scissor FOB on 40 count over one!!! It is truly amazing and her stitching is just beautiful. I am a fan of the smaller counts but am not too sure if I have ever stitched 40ct over one! I just finished a 32 count over one that drove me a bit crazy so I appreciate the time and effort she spent on this.

The design is from a French Designer: Corbeille by Alphabets. It reminds me of a Prairie Schooler design...and I do love PS. I am thrilled that Helen personalized the back ~ I have decided to do my best to add personalization to my exchanges. Although the one I just completed was finished prior to my making this statement ;-}.

I also received some very unique scissors that Helen picked up in Whitby, a seaside town in Yorkshire. This makes them even more special to me! She also included a delicious chocolate bar, decorative tissues, a small memo pad, and a very pretty doily from The Bowes Museum in County Durham.

Helen I want you to know the I will forever TREASURE this little FOB, and adore all of the wonderful gifts that you sent my way. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I Will Never Garden Again

This past Friday I decided to clean up the landscaped area of my backyard. I should point out that I am an indoor person and never attempt to do yard work...I kicked off the shoes and stepped in to start pulling, clipping, and piling up anything that I thought may be a weed. Two hours later I had 4 piles of debris for my DH to discard. I retreated to my favorite place...inside the house. Saturday AM my DH woke with traces of poison ivy on both wrists. Unlike me, he was wearing gloves. I woke and was just fine, that is until late Saturday evening when both arms were covered!! By Monday it had spread to my face sending me right to my doctor. She referred to it as "severe" poison ivy ~ can't say I am surprised as I was basically "playing" in the mess for 2 hours. Fortunately the medication is working and I am slowly recovering. Sadly the oils from my hand spread the poison ivy somewhere in my house, most likely the door handles, and now both of my sons are on medication for a mild case of this nasty ailment!

I have refrained from stitching as I really do not feel much like doing that. I would imagine that in the next few days my desire will return and I will continue to stitch on my many exchange projects.

I will be heading to my Vermont house on Friday where I will spend the summer. I will Blog via the wireless laptop, but it is dreadfully slow so my entries may be minimal.

As always, I am glad that you stop by and love that you comment!

Until next time...


Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, can I identify with the poison ivy. I am very allergic to it. Each time I have to go to the dr. for meds. One time I got it the same way you did working in the yard. It is terrible on the face and I wore contacts when I had it on my face.

Love your scissor fob and little scissors. I have been getting into different kinds of scissors. While looking thru the rest of your blog, I found you like and/or are stitching the same things I do.

Happy stitching, Kathy

Vonna said...

BIG ((HUGS)) to you Marie :(
Yikes...I bet you are miserable...
Have a safe trip to your Vermont home! Is your mail forwarded to the address?

I envy you that you own a Helen original. She is such a meticulous beautiful stitcher. I would love to own a project of hers :)
Much love and best wishes on your journey :)

BeckySC said...

OOOOH, what a lovely fob :) GREAT exchange from lovley Helen :)

Have a safe trip to your Vermont home-I TOO was wondering about your mail? Is it forwarded??

I hope your poison Ivy is better soon. (((hugs)))

Susimac said...

Have a great trip to Vermont.

Love your fob its a great exchange - Helen does really stunning work. Love those scissors too hmm maybe I need a trip to Whitby to get some of them

Itching To Stitch said...

Lovely gifts that Helen sent you.

I'm so sorry about the poison ivy, yuck. Hope you completely recover soon ;)

Julie said...

Oh goodness! I hope you and your family recover soon!
I love the fob Helen stitched you and the scissors too.
Enjoy your summer in Vermont and I hope you feel up to stitching soon, Julie

Julianne said...


I'm sorry to hear about your bout with poison ivy. That is NOT fun at all. I hope you are doing much better now. Have a great summer in Vermont.

Jen said...

The scissor fob is very nice. What a wonderful exchange. Sorry to hear about the poison ivy. Both my husband and son are dealing with a similar problem. Fortunately, I seem to be immune to the poison ivy, oak, etc. Hope you feel better soon. Love your blog.

Wendy said...

Lovely exchange gift from Helen - over 1 stitching on 40 ct! I can't even imagine that!

Poor you - I hope your poison ivy clears up quickly...for everyone!

Jenn said...

Enjoy your summer up in VT. I hope everyone recovers from the poison ivy quickly.

lena-lou said...

I do hope you are feeling better now from the poison ivy, sounds awful!!

I am so happy that you are pleased with your fob :-))

Have a nice day

Sharon said...

Beautiful exchange from Helen! That scissor fob is adorable. I am so sorry to hear about the poison ivy-how yucky for everyone!

Chelle said...

The exchange you received is fantastic! Enjoy!

So sorry to hear about the poison ivy. Eek, I sure do hate that stuff. I hope your family recovers quickly.

tkdchick said...

Wow that fob is so delicate! What an excellent exchange to recive!

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Hi Marie, your RI sampler is looking so beautiful, and I just love this exquisite gift package that Helen sent your way! hope your poison ivy heals up soon!