When I started blogging late last summer, I quickly became acquainted with Becky and her exchange boards. I watched and was amazed at some of the beautiful stitched pieces being exchanged from one stitcher to another. I wanted to receive beautiful gifts like these too, but I was really scared that I might not be able to produce gifts equally as nice (my finishing experience is quite limited!) In January, I finally bit the bullet and joined two of Becky's exchange boards - the Stitching Bloggers Exchange Board and the Exchange Place.
Recently, the deadline passed for one of the exchanges I signed up for - the house themed exchange. The instructions were to stitch a house with a Spring theme and plant some flowers around it. Finishing instructions were stitcher's choice.
When I returned from my short vacation today, a package was waiting for me from Nancy in San Diego. She stitched a lovely pillow for me. The design is from a Darlene O'Steen sampler called "House Sampler". I love the colors and the fabric she used to frame the piece (it's a sampler fabric!) Along with her stitching she sent a notepad and some DMC floss. I'm just thrilled with this first exchange gift! Thank you Nancy!
Front of pillow:
Back of pillow:
While I was away, Laurie in Decorah received the house I stitched for her. I based my design on the Drawn Thread design "No Place Like Home" (with some modifications of course!)
This first exchange has been a great experience!