First, this is the Grab Bag I took to the retreat. I made a tote bag from this cute fabric which apparently was a good idea because it was "most popular" (traded the most) and I won a prize (2nd pic!)....
These were donated by Karen AZ, she sells "Thirty One" items, which are wonderful!! Thanks again Karen, love them!
And this is the grab bag I came home with! Isn't it great? It was made by my wonderful friend Judy - hand appliqued and it's just amazing! I'm totally thrilled with it! The inside is lined and she did an amazing job - inside & out!
And not only did I get Judy's grab bag, she also made a special gift just for me - isn't this lovely?
Next we have the Christmas Ornaments. I made 5 this year... and the first pics are of the ones I made & took to exchange (not too much red is there?):
And these are the ones I bought home (from Toni, Fiona, Judy (again!), Linda and Myra. Aren't they all wonderful?! Thanks to all of these wonderful ladies & dear friends!
Then we have the "Stitched Exchange" - I made a pincushion. I stitched a Jardin Prive' design over 1 on 25 ct, put it in a round wood box and I also make the marking pins that are in it. Several ladies told me they really liked it - hope the recipient did as well!
I received this lovely pin pillow made by Sheryl from IN, who I just met this year. Isn't it pretty? I'm 99.9% sure it's a Beehive Needlework's designs. Thank you again Sheryl!
Next are the two items from the "Sewing Exchange" that was done sort of last minute. I had two items, but I don't have pictures of them. One was a Huswife and the other was a pincushion. I came home with these two cuties - a frog pincushion by Fiona and a Needlebook by Becky (whom I also met for the first time this year!). Both are great aren't they? Look at all those little tiny strips on this Needlebook - Becky, if you're reading this, it's wonderful, thank you again! :-)
I think I'll name my frog "Fi" after Fiona.... she's a Scottish frog and you just don't see many of those in SC! Just look at that face.... ;-)
I did one Halloween item for the Thursday night exchange - and I cannot remember what I made... sad huh? This is what I came home with - and it's SO TRUE!! This was made by my dear friend Myra!
(sorry about the glare on the glass).
And last but not least, a couple more handmade gifts - this journal cover was made by my friend Toni from IL. And if someone else reading says "hey - that looks familiar" - it's because Toni made several I think... I was just very lucky that she gave me one too! CUTE isn't it? :-)
And last but not least (for today) is a lovely bag in gorgeous Paisley fabric that Fiona made for me. Fiona has been coming from Scotland for many years now & it's great to see her every October. We've become great friends & I so enjoy spending the week with her. Thank you again Fiona, I love it! I just have to keep my sister from trying to take it everytime she comes over... ;-)
If you're still reading, thanks for stopping by. Hope you've enjoyed looking at all these pretties!!