Tuesday, July 1, 2008

RAK'd and exchange mail!!!!

I have been RAK'd again!!! If you remember a while back I sent a book(Mistress of the Sun) to Jan in Maryland. I like to pass on books I have enjoyed.
Well, yesterday I received a chart from Jan that I really wanted "Tis the Gift."

That was so sweet of her!!!! Thank you so much Jan!!!!! The saying is from the first line of a Shaker song called "Simple Gifts" written in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett.
Here are the words of this "dance" song -
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
I don't know why but I have always liked this song - go figure.

I also got some "Christmas" silk from HDF - I just ordered it on Friday and here is arrived on Monday!!! Now how efficient and quick is that!!!!

I also heard from Yuko that the exchange with the Quaker Inspired Blog had arrived!! Now that was super duper quick!!! I am here in SF and she is in Japan - it should have taken at least a week - but slam bam it got there almost instantly!!! Here is a snap of the entire exchange - I stitched the Rooster (the exchange was to use the Quaker animals from Work Basket)

and here is a close up of the Pyn Keepe that I made -

I used Belle Soie "Creme de Menthe" silk for the body - that silk is like butter!!! I think the initials are in CC "Fools Gold" ( I really can't remember the yellow) :) I included a couple of charts from her wish list some tea from Lupicia that she likes, some lotion and some HDK silk. I am so glad the Yuko likes what I sent!!

Right now I am reading the trilogy by Sandra Gulland about Marie Josèphe Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie de Beauharnais - better known as Josephine Bonaparte. I am really enjoying it immensely!! I am also reading a new Book called "The Heretics Daughter" by Kathleen Kent - about Marthe Carrier and the witch trials in 1692 - Kent is a 10th generation descendant of Martha - it is turning out to be a very good book!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
take care,


  1. I just love that rooster design! It is so funky. It's on my wish list. The La D Da chart is very pretty. I hadn't seen that one before. I think it will need to land on my wish list, too. Very nice package sent and lovely RAK package received.

  2. Very nice RAK received-love that chart! The rooster is a really neat design and I like the color choice. And, yes that silk does feel like butter!

  3. That was very nice of Jan...and I absolutely love the rooster pinkeep. Yuko is a very lucky girl to have received this great exchange from you.

  4. Hi Edgar!
    I have 'Tis the Gift' in my stash too! I just bought the Sampler Threads for it.
    I have been trying to work it into my rotation.
    Just too many designs - too little time!

  5. Thank you for posting the words to that song...I only ever knew the first few lines~~I like it too!

    Wonderful exchange...the mail to Japan is working really fast, my pkg to Yuko got there in just a matter of days!

  6. Ooo! I love that La-D-Da pattern, I haven't seen that one before! It will be beautiful!! Those silks are so lovely too! I melted when I saw them, they look so shiney and like I want to snatch them ;)

    Also, I love that Creme de Menthe! IT'S GORGEOUS!!! Seriously, GORGEOUS! I am going to start the 2008 Mystery Quaker and I was trying to think of what color I could and or should use! Now I'm in LOVE!!! With Creme de Menthe... ;) haha! Did you stitch it with one strand? It's beautiful Edgar! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. I just saw the Quaker Animal Exchange piece on Yuko's blog and had to pop over to say that your work is amazing!!!

  8. Lovely post, Edgar :o)
    What a sweet gift to receive, and so unexpected, too!
    This particular Quaker animal is fast becoming my favourite, and you did an excellent job with him. Isn't it nice when postal services co-operate like that?

  9. Lovely rooster! Great rak too.

  10. Love the RAK and the song is favorite of mine too...I've sang it at least 3 times when we've visited Shakertown, Kentucky on vacations. Love stopping there and they have a very nice "town" always an enjoyable day!

    I LOVE what you did for Yuko...it is so gorgeous Edgar! You are just a PEACH!