Nicki, Lulu and Polo have sent word that they received the Crazy Cat Lady Exchange from me. I was so nervous about sending it to New Zealand, as I have never mailed something overseas before. This is also my very first exchange to participate in, so I was nervous about that as well. Obviously, it arrived safely and quite fast. I stitched a needlebook for Nicki. I took elements from Martina Weber’s (Chatelaine Designs) Egyptian Garden. I have had that design all kitted up for awhile, I just can’t manage to get to it. So, I combined different elements from that design for Nicki’s needlebook. Nicki and I both love the Amelia Peabody books, so I thought this would be perfect for her (plus the two black cats were a must!). I stitched this on 28 ct. Lugana from Silkweaver, the color is Cameo. I used both DMC, silks and Petite Treasure Braid (that I raided from my kit). I stitched everything over two, except the year.
On the back, more of Martina’s elements, plus I added both of our initials. These are little fishies swimming around a pond.
I finished the inside with blue swirly fabric, blue felt and used a blue ribbon for the tie. The blue is what Nicki and I would refer to as an “Egyptian Blue”. It is almost like a cobalt. Actually, Eric picked out what color I would use for the inside…what a big help he is! You can see more pics on Nicki’s blog as well as see the other goodies I sent along for her kitties and her. So, now I can officially cross of my 101 Things in 1001 Days list number 91 “participate in an exchange”. I have officially crossed six things off of my list, and have several others in the works. For example…
My Just Nan Round Robin. I basically have this all ready to go out. I am rounding up a few things and should be able to mail it out tomorrow. I need to add my last initial to my square, since I am sending it on to another Michelle in Texas. I am using DMCs on 28 ct. Lugana in Blue Dynasty by Silkweaver. I used elements from the Queen of the Needle piece for the top, and in my square stitched the Mermaid Heart WhimZi.
I did not add any beads or backstitching to my square (mostly because I didn’t have the beads on hand). I love, love, love how the colors look on the fabric. I am so glad I chose it. So, off it goes tomorrow. This is my very first Round Robin also, so it will be another new experience for me (and another item on my list)!
I am grateful for new experiences.