Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sharing Gifts/Exchanges!

I wanted to share the stitched pieces I received at the Pals Fall Fling. First, we have the ornaments from the Christmas Ornament Exchange. The way this works is for every one you stitch/bring, you take we home. All the ornaments are laid out for everyone to see (drool over) and then you are given a ticket for each one you bring. When your number is called, you get to go up & (quickly) pick one. I took 6, so I came home with 6 - actually 7 because Connie NE put two in one bag - the first two, the Gingerhouse & stocking. These will be cute on my little ornament tree! Next in the center is tree from Renee SC -it's in RED, which we both love! Then the tree/angel is from Myra SC - and it's taken me 10 years to get Myra to bring ornaments, so I was so happy to get one from her!

In this pic, the first one is by Karen SC & I fell in love with it when she had it at my house a few months back - so much so that I found the magazine it was in on ebay & bought it. Then I was lucky enough to get the actual ornament - woohooo! ;-) The one in the middle is by Faye NC and it's gorgeous isn't it? The last one is also by Karen & I love it as well. I did good huh? ;-)

Next are the two Halloween "ornaments" I came home with - the first is the JN that was in this years JCS Halloween issue & Shelleen NY stitched it - too cute! The Skeleton is from Kathy SC, and his arms & legs move. I am pretty sure she said this is from last years JCS Halloween issue, but I could be wrong so don't hold me to that! Again, I did good huh? ;-)

This is a precious pinkeep that Toni IL bought me. What she didn't know is that I've always loved this HIH design & have it & a couple of the charms in my stash and have stitched it a time or two. I was looking at it just the other week thinking I'd have to stitch it for myself one of these days even though the charm is for a " friend" because I really do like it. And apparently Toni was reading my mind - because here it is! I love it Toni - thank you! :-)

And last but certainly NOT least is a very special gift. My wonderful friend Susan TN re-charted Bent Creek's "Summer Row" to say Cross Stitch Pals 2009 & stitched this for me. Then if I understand it correctly (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), some of the Pals chipped in for framing & this was a special gift to me this year at the Pals Fall Fling. I think everyone signed the back (including me, as Susan is a BRAT & told me it was hers the entire time) ! I wish the pic were larger, but you can click on it to see it better -
It's wonderful - I love it & I will think of all of you everytime I look at it! :-) Thank you to Susan for such a creative idea & a special gift to help me remember the 2009 Fall Fling!
Thanks for stopping by - Happy Stitching!


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

It sounds like you had a lot of fun and came home with some awesome gifts and ornaments. Lucky you! What a sweet thing for the gals to do with your signed piece!

Daffycat said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time, Amy!

You brought home some very nice ornaments. I'm still chuckling over that skeleton ~ Boo!

Cathy B said...

I always enjoy hearing about your retreat; it sounds like you all have so much fun.

The ornaments you selected/received are all gorgeous.

As for the framed piece - what a special gift for you! Well-deserved for your efforts!

FayeRaye said...

The retreat was truly a HUGE success Amy! Your hard work did not go unnoticed and all your gifts were most deserving...I, along with everyone else that got to go, look forward to PALS Fall Fling 2010!! Faye

Gaynor said...

Wow...what an awesome swap. How cool and what a great idea!

Karen said...

what great ornaments, pinkeep, etc. OMG, Susan finished stitching it before getting there? jk susan. What an amazing job, i LOVE it! sure missed being there and seeing everyone, next year!

valerie said...

PALS sounds like it was a lot of fun. The ornaments, pinkeep and revised summer row all looks wonderful!

CindyMae said...

What a wonderful time!!! Love all the ornaments!!!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful gift! I will have to make it to the next one!

Karen said... was a great time and you did a great job! Can't wait until next year.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

So many great things and the final framed piece is amazing. PALS sounds like a great group. I have heard Shelleen talk about it several times. CJ ok;-)

Tessa said...

Wow - a post of eye candy - very nice.
That pinkeep is lovely and even more special to receive it as a gift from a friend!

Would you please share where to find the chart for the ornament that Karen SC stitched for you - it is a cutie!

Yep - you did good :)