Friday, January 18, 2008

Wonderful Winter House Exchange, VOHRH, NRR

I would like to first thank everyone for the many birthday wishes and I do hope that Vonna reads the comments to my last post so that she can see, as Harmien so accurately stated, that she truly is the Queen of Stitchy Blogland!

What a great mail day, I received an amazing Winter House Exchange (SBEBB) from Mindi. She stitched a Prairie Schooler design, one of my all time favorite designers! The design is the January block from the Summer and Winter book. The minute I saw it I thought of Vermont, a house surrounded by pine trees and a deer running through the front yard. Yes, that would be Vermont! Mindi did an amazing job on the beautiful pinkeep, her stitching and finishing are just perfect. Take a look at this beautiful treasure…

SBEBB Winter House Exchange
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: Summer and Winter
Stitched by: Mindi

Mindi also treated me to some very special extras. First, I must compliment her Dad on the beautiful wooden floss holder, which he made!!! My mouth dropped open upon seeing it and my eyes popped when I read that her Dad made it. Honestly, I have always wanted a wooden floss holder and am ecstatic over receiving this beauty; a huge thank you to Mindi’s Dad.

Wooden Floss Holder
Beautifully Handcrafted by Mindi's Dad!

I received some beautiful silk ribbon, in my favorite color and two skeins of Dinky Dyes Silk! They are perfect for a project that I have in mind and I can't wait to stitch with the silk! Now, if only there was a way that you could smell the beautiful scent of the Saffron and Sage hand poured candle the Mindi included, oh how I love scented candles! She aslo included some tapestry needles, lip balm, and delicious chocolates. As you can see I could not resist and gobbled up two pieces. Many thanks Mindi for making this such a special exchange, one that I treasure!

SBEBB Winter House Exchange
From Mindi

Like many others I thought that this would be my very last SBEBB exchange and am SO very happy that BeckySC has decided not to close the the board, thank you BeckySC! I look forward to participating in more wonderful exchanges in 2008!

Unlike Kathy, I did not complete VOHRH Block #3 by the January 1st date. It is not that I have neglected my stitching it is that I had to finish the donation block for Cole’s Quilt and I jumped on board the Hello Neighbor RR and am playing “catch up” trying to stitch my Halloween House before the February mail date. As for my VOHRH progress:

VoHRH Block #3

And my Hello Neighbor RR progress:

I am off to Vermont for about a week and I anticipate many free hours of stitching….I hope!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Until next time…


Suzanne said...

I love the exchange pinkeep you received, I love Prairie Schooler designs. You did get quite a parcel from Mindi!

Your progress on VoHRH and your RR are really great, keep up the good work!

Vonna said...

Oh my Marie...your exchange from Mindi is gorgeous...but I have to place everything aside and comment on your RR...My heaven's it is GORGEOUS!!! Where on earth did you get the pattern...makes me smile just looking at it and reminds me our our neighborhood on Halloween night! SUPERIOR work GF!!!!!

Becky K in OK said...

What a wonderful exchange you received. Your VoHRH and RR are really nice also. Congrats!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous exchange! Love, love, love the pinkeep.

I am behind of the VoHRH but I do plan on getting caught up in the next couple of months :-).

The Silver Thistle said...

What a fab exchange pinkeep! REally pretty.

I'm loving your Halloween RR piece too, that'll look so cool when it's all done.

Carol said...

What a gorgeous exchange - and as I told you in my email, I just love the exchange you sent to me, and I was so thrilled you were my sender too :-) Love that RR - ooooo, so cute!!

Barbara said...

Have fun in VT!!! I'm seriously envious of you - not only a glorious week in VT, but also a beautiful exchange and a handmade wooden floss holder! ;) Enjoy them all!!

Stitcher said...

I love your exchange piece. Hope you have a great break in Vermont and get plenty of stitching time

Wawanna said...

Hope you can stitch to your heart's content in Vermont! Everything looks exquisite, pin keep, floss holder, VoHRH, & RR. You had a lot of news to share, thanks so much. Such fun to read your blog.

staci said...

Fabulous exchange! Love the pinkeep and all the thoughtful goodies!

Your RR is amazing!!! A week in snowy VT, sitting inside all warm and cosy with your stitching, sounds like heaven!!!

Susimac said...

What a wonderful exchnage from Mindi. I love your NRR too.

Julianne said...


The PS pinkeep is so nice. I know how much you must love it. Your rr is going to be spectacular. I can't wait to see the entire piece finished.

Michelle said...

I just love Prairie Schooler and Mindi's pinkeep is beautiful. I bet you fell pretty spoiled :) enjoy!

Have a great time on your getaway.


Wanda said...

The exchange is simply wonderful, congrats on your progress on VoHRH I am plodding along. Hope you are having fun in VT.

Michelle said...

Oh the RR looks fantastic! I have those charts and have been meaning to stitch them forever! Great exchange too, congrats!

tkdchick said...

Wow that RR is really unique!! It will look fantastic when its finished!

Kajsa said...

I have always loved the design you are using for your neighbourhood. Can't wait to see it stitched up.

Block 3 on Villages looks good too.

Stephanie said...

Wow, what a gorgeous exchange from Mindi - and what a floss holder from her dad - it's great!

The RR is looking amazing, as is your VOHRH.

Enjoy your time in Vermont!

Michelle said...

Hey Marie,

So, where do I shop? There's an antique fair once a month in 2 large parking lots that are under one of our freeways. It's so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Yuko said...

Oh what a beautiful pinkeep you've received from Mindi!
I love PS design, and it's absolutely beautiful!

Your progress on VoHRH looks also beautiful!
I'm doing Houses Of HRH on 40ct, it's quite tough to stitch along, but it's also fun!
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your works and progress of VoHRH!

Laura said...

What a lovely exchange from Mindi! And the Halloween RR is adorable. I love it!

Anita said...

What a wonderful pinkeep you got.
For your info, the strawberry emery sizes, the biggest one is 3 1/2" h X 2 1/2 " wide. That will be the largest size I will make, the rest will be probably around 2 1/2" h X 1 1/2 " wide.

Leena said...

What a beautiful exchange! Mindi has done great work! Your WIPs are so pretty too. I hope you're having a wonderful week in Vermont!

Xangles said...

Your exchange gift is exquisite, Marie - you're a lucky girl! :-)

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Everything looks fabulous. I can't wait to see your RR in person.