I recently did a private exchange with Ellen
in Singapore who told me her favourite colours were Autumn.
After a couple of false starts I finally decided on some small cross stitch designs by the Prairie Schooler which I then turned into a drawstring bag, needlecase and pincushion.
The front of the bag has a pumpkin and the back has a black crow.
The bag pattern I used is this one
by Gail Pan
Here's how the inside of the needlecase looks. It is a pattern I've used many times before and comes from the book remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy
Close up of the cute owl design
The package I received from Ellen was stuffed full of goodies.
This gorgeous rose pillow and matching biscornu scissor fob
Both are just as pretty on the back as the front. Ellen's stitching and finishing are perfection.
and as if that were not enough there was two fabric FQ, a pretty tissue holder, lace, buttons, charms and more! It was such a fun package to open. Thank you so much Ellen I love it all.
Another beautiful stitched gift I received came from Brigitte
I had admired this pillow on Brigitte's blog never dreaming it would be coming my way. Thank you Brigitte I really love it.
Friend Sheila showered me with all kinds of lovely things for my birthday.
This message holder looks very Cath Kidston - ish but Sheila tell me it was actually from Avon
Then there was this box with a crochet granny square design on it
with lovely leather handles
and inside there are all kinds of lovely treats.
It looks rather nice with my crochet squares inside. One of these days I might actually show you a finished blanket!
Do you remember the triple zipper pouch that I showed in my November post? It was made from patriotic fabrics. Sheila gave me these Union Jack scissors to go with the pouch and hanging from the scissors is this beautiful fob that she and her sister Pamela made for me. So pretty!
Finally here are some of the books that have been making me happy.
The Red Home and Tis the Season books were needed for the Chookyblue's SAL
I am taking part in. Hopefully I will be showing you some finished projects from the book soon.
Do visit the SAL blog as there are some lovely projects being shown there.
As always as big thank you to followers old and new for visiting me here.
Oh wow! Aren't you the fortunate one?! Lovely, lovely. I remember that great pillow of Brigitte also.
Wow! Those are a lot of lovely goodies. I love the bag you put together. Very cute. :)
What a lovely bunch of goodies,,,,,
Just found your blog through Carol's.
Wow what lovely presents I especially liked the rose ornament and scissor fob.
The presents you made for Ellen are just fabulous!
Lots of lovely gifts from all over the world :)
The bag and extras you made for Ellen are fabulous, as are her gifts to you :)
The gift you made is beautiful Margaret, and you received so many pretty things. I'm glad you did - you are so deserving!
Margaret, the exchange gift you stitched for Ellen is absolutely wonderful. PS is a perfect choice for anything Autumnal and the fabric colours are so rich and mellow. You always produce something exquisite. Ellen's gifts are beautiful. What a great exchange. I've just visited her blog. It's lovely.
How lucky to get such lovely presents from sweet, kind and generous friends. They've all chosen your favourite things. I adore the scissors and beaded fob. What a great accessory for your pouch.
Can't wait to see the goodies you create from your new books. xx
wowwwwwwwwwww everything is just so cute..
love for you x
Your goodies are beautiful.... the autumn set is to die for!
My gosh, I love what you made for your exchange partner! Love all you received too! So great!
There are a lot of wonderful goodies.
What gorgeous exchange gifts and birthday goodies :) I look forward to seeing what you make with your new books!
Oh my my my what wonderful eye candy xx
Hello from Very Cold Michigan. Such very lovely gifts you have received. Lucky you. I really love the Pink rose one.Your stitching is always fantastic. The books look interesting. Hugs Judy
So lovely, how nice to open such pretty and thoughtful presents. I especially like the rose cross stitch.
Wow, Margaret, really nice stuff. I especially liked the scissor fob; they did a lovely job with it. Happy belated birthday.
I love autumn colours too so I love your beautiful creations Margaret and the ones you received are wonderful as well.
The scissors are such fun too but I am so jealous of your granny square box !!! :)
Always so many lovely things!!!!
Beautiful exchanges both sent and received.
Everything is beautiful. So much eye candy. I have never seen a granny square box before.
Beautiful gifts both given and received. I don't think that you are spoiled, Margaret. I think that you are very dear to everyone that reads your blog. You are a very kind and giving person. I enjoy reading and viewing all of your wonderful posts. Please keep them coming for all of us to drool over.
I love those Autumn colors and projects!! Plus the gifts you received were lovely. Great scissors!
I love what you stitched for Ellen and vice versa...gosh all the stitched stuff are gorgeous! Lucky you on receiving all these goodies. Belated Happy Birthday too!
Thank you, Margaret for the wonderful set that you made for me! I just love them! So happy to know that you like what I put together for you.
You have some lovely gifts, I love that pillow from Brigitte and the beaded scissors fob!
Once again, such beautiful work. Really enjoyed the post and everything in it. Fabulous scissors!
Gorgeous gifts received.
Wow, what amazing gifts! I love the exchange pieces. Lovely work! I am looking forward to seeing some of your finishes from the books.
Yes, one word "spoiled" is acurate!! Lovely lovely gifts :)
Oh wow, what lovely gifts. And the needlecase you made is just so perfect - well done.
I love everything that you and Ellen gave each other, Margaret--so many pretty and perfect little creations! I'm always so impressed by your beautiful bags and needlebooks.
Brigitte's surprise gift is adorable, too! And what a great bunch of goodies from Sheila... You well deserve to be spoiled :)
Everything is so beautiful, Margaret! The autumn accessories are wonderful, everything you make is so perfect and professional looking, and I always enjoy your blog!
Beautiful Autumn Set!
glad the books have arrived........
WOW what beautiful things!!!
A lovely exchange. You chose great designs and the fabric matched in perfectly. Such an eye for colour.:)
All of your gofts and exchange received are just gorgeous.
Your exchange pieces are gorgeous, congratulations
You got some lovely gifts
Another wonderful post of beautiful goodies. Your exchange bag and items for Ellen are lovely has is hers to you. The pillow Brigitte made must have been a wonderful surprise. The fob from Sheila is a delight to. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos with us.
Hugs Hazel (uk) c
It's all pretty as a picture. What a very lovely exchange.
What a wonderful shower of beautiful gifts! Your lovely gifts for Ellen are so so pretty; she must have been thrilled to receive them, and your gifts to her are each so uniquely special.
So many gifts from very dear and special friends...how lovely.
Blessings & Hugs!
Love the patriotic scissors !
Oh how yummy, all your treats!!!!
I love them all.
Your stitching is so very neat.
Feathers in the Nest
All the gifts are so beautiful - sent and received!
Books looks great ;) enjoy!
How did I miss this post? Wow look at all those lovely gifts!! I adore them all!! That little crocheted box is too cute and perfect!!
Love your Blog. Your work is beautiful.
Bellissimi i tuoi lavori.
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