Friday, September 17, 2010

An Exchange Arrives and Commenting on Comments

GR&DF thank you again for the warm words and kind thoughts in the comments. This morning the rains are here - though lite and drizzly - it is wet in the city. Tomorrow and especially Sunday we are to have some true rain. Hopefully the city will get a good wash.

Yesterday I heard from my exchange partner, Berit, that my package had arrived. We had taken part in a small private Autumnal Exchange. Here are a couple of snaps of the piece I made and sent -

I stitched up part of the "November" sampler from Prairie Schooler. In picking the chart to work up for the exchange I knew how much Berit loves Foxes, so I made it a point to have at least one in the design. I used the recommended DMC floss on a piece of over dyed mystery linen. The box started off plain, but I wanted some more colour and so I went to the store and got me some paint - I was totally nervous about how it would look and even bought an extra box in case I screwed this one up. I am very pleased with the results and the paint was a winner.

The inside of the box I lined with a padded piece of Fallish fabric - I included a few extra goodies. I am so happy that Berit likes what I sent - making this another super de duper Exchange!!!

I did get some questions in the comments so I think I should take a moment to answer them - The Halloween RR in yesterdays post was stitched on 36 ct Birds of a Feather "Meadowlark" linen. I am stitching SoHRH on the recommended 36 ct LL "Autumn Gold." When I eventually made up my mind about what linen to stitch Shores on I ordered the "special cut." I was petrified that what would come would be super yellow or some odd weird shade that would make me crazy. What came was a lovely muted piece of linen that I am so happy about getting. So I was sweating it out for nothing. Sue mentioned a RR going "missing" - this happened in my first RR - where 3 pieces went "Missing" - it pissed me off but good. But I couldn't dwell on the negative - and we just restitched our pieces. That stitcher who dropped out with our "missing" linen is still out there and posting elsewhere, but she knows who she is!! AND Karma is a BITCH!!!

Faye mentioned getting back to her SoHRH - I was so like that in trying to plan stitching a block a month. I did that with VoHRH - and that took two years of mostly not stitching to get it finished. So now I just think it takes what it takes to finish something - this is supposed to be my relaxing and fun hobby, so I do not stress on a finish, unless it is for exchanges, which thank goodness have a mail date!! I keep saying to myself - this is "fun" and I am "relaxed."

- and - Peggy Lee made some of the Peanutty Brownies - success!!

The cupcake I chose was a favorite of mine they make - there was only a single one of them and I had already taken it when took the snap - I know not fair, I'll get a snap of one late on -as I am sure we sill be back for another visit. What I like is a kind of spiced cake with pineapple filling and covered in cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with toasted coconut. Probably my next favorite they make, if they are out of my first, would have to be the red velvet cupcakes - so delicious!!

I think that about wraps up the week - hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! Do stop back next week!!

Take care,
edgar

23 comments:

Sharlotte said...

I absolutely LOVE the exchange for Berit! I know she apprciates it a lot!

Sandy In Montana said...

Great job, it looks wonderful.

Take Care & Happy Stitching ... Sandy

Cindy's Stitching said...

very pretty box. They will adore it. the colors are so pretty.

Jeanne said...

Ahh yes.....the missing RR's...been there and done that. I don't do RR's anymore because it seems like there is trouble at least 50% of the time with them. I had some good ones in years past but the last one I did I had to do tear out and redo like 40% of it when I finally got the piece back. Now I just stitch for myself. At one time somebody had a website or blog with a list of unreliable stitchers but I don't know what became of it or the URL. Your Halloween one turned out well so congrats on that! You did a great job on your box - bravo! Hope you have a great weekend.

Loraine said...

Gorgeous exchange piece Edgar! I have several of the Prairie Schooler charts, but not this one, and your piece is making me take a second look. Great job!
So sorry to hear about your linen going missing. How could someone do that? Not cool at all!
I loved your RR from last post. That will be a great Halloween piece to hang up.
Thanks for the inspiration on Shores. I've got mine in my stitching bag, and will work on during my retreat next week. Hopefully I can get past my slump!
Take Care. Sorry I've been missing so long. I'm still reading posts, just haven't had time to post comments.

Hazel said...

Love the exchange! I know what you mean about people going awol on exchanges. Makes me very angry indeedy. x

Anonymous said...

Edgar, that box is fantastic! What a beautiful finish- she must be thrilled. I had a RR piece go missing long ago. Left a very bad taste for RRs. After seeing your gorgeous halloween piece I may have to reconsider. Nancy D.

ps That cupcake sounds delicious-love cream cheese frosting!

Melissa said...

First of all, that's a BEE-ootiful exchange you stitched and made for Berit. It is too wonderful!

I'm sorry about the RR pieces that went missing. When I first came onto the blog scene 2 years ago I had read about this happening and I'm sorry to hear it's still going on! I don't know how someone can do that and effectively cutting themselves off from others. Is there a blog of shame somewhere that has a list? (I'm only half kidding)

Happy stitching to you Edgar.

Margaret said...

What a beautiful exchange piece you made for Berit! I'm also afraid of the whole painting the box thing -- you did a great job! The cupcake you like sounds delicious! The story about the exchange piece is so sad. I don't understand how people can be like that. Admittedly, I have a friend who still has my RR quilt top after n years, but I know she's reliable and will get it to me eventually. :D

Tracey said...

LOVE your finish. What a very lucky girl Berit is! I would love something so beautiful and fall-ish. Well done!

Kielrain said...

what a great exchange, and how lucky for your partner!

Missing RRs.... those just irk me. Ok they do more than that, but I need to be polite. Grant you my last lost one was lost in the mail.(It was my piece) I still feel for the person it was being sent too, she felt so terrible!

Good Stitching!

Catherine said...

What a great finish for Berit! She has to be so thrilled!!

Sorry to hear about the R&R...and karma, yep, I've seen it in action!

Julianne said...

Edgar,

Wonderful piece and finish.

MarchAnn58 said...

Love the fabric you choose it is great and of course you did a very good job on the box too. But gee you now have a box for yourself or another exchange.

Berit said...

Like is not even the word--I am totally over the moon! I carried it along to work at the LNS today and everyone LOVED IT! It is just such a great piece! And the Fox--oh, the fox!

I hope you'll get something even better for your exchange (though honestly I don't see how that's even possible!)

You know what I would like for Q&A on your blog--a post that details what linens were used in your header pic (okay, we know that the Hallowe'en RR is Meadowlark.) but what about the rest. :P There's a gauntlet for your memory!

Myra said...

It is fabulous Edgar and I know Berit is just over the top thrilled. Especially since you included a fox. :o)

Jules said...

An absolutely fantastic finish on that box!

Carol R said...

Lucky Berit - the box is stunning!

Nancy said...

A beautiful Autumn exchange piece you stitched and finished. You should be pleased - it's just wonderful! Hope you enjoyed your cupcake!

Sherry said...

Your cupcake choice sounds really interesting and delicious - and yes, not fair not having in the pic LOL!! The box (and goodies - pop rocks are a hoot)is beautiful and I'm sure it will be well loved and treasured.

I agree with you on karma and I have to believe things work out and fate hits you with what you deserve...you will certainly have only good things passed to you!

DonnaTN said...

What a super exchange you created. The stitching is beautiful. Let's be realistic. They are cupcakes; they will be yummy no matter which one you chose!

s_kane said...

What a fantastic blog! And a free give away too! I love all the pieces of linen (or is it fabric) in your header. Thanks for including me in your give away. I will cross my fingers and toes. :)

shakatak66 said...

That is a truly stunning autumn exchange piece you sent for Berit - great job of stitching and finishing as always :D