Monday 6 October 2008

Exchange Success

I organised my first private exchange with Elisa, Angie, Jan and Diana. The idea was to make a bookmark specifically to suit your partners likes. Gifts were also to be included. I recieved a fabulous bookmark from Jan along with a birthday book, some perle cotton in lilac and some purple ribbon - I think Jan knew my favourite colour :) It's beautiful Jan - thankyou so much.

I had great fun designing the bookmark for Elisa, and choosing her gifts.

Although we do not all post on the same forum and couldn't really chat about our progress everyone enjoyed this exhcange. I will share the other pictures as soon as I have them all.

At last my cold has gone - hurrah - it certainly made me feel very low for 10 days and I didn't get much stitching done. I have been busy over the weekend, stitching some of my small project squares. Hopefully I will have six finished by the weekend but I am looking forward to getting back to my rotation and doing some more of the Just Nan tomorrow.

Going back a week, our weekend in London without DS or DD was brilliant. We had a bargain price stay in a Travelodge, spent Saturday morning walking round Covent Garden, The Strand and over the Millennium Bridge to the Globe Theatre. We took in the tour and exhibition of the Globe which was really good, it was amazing inside to see how it was constructed. After the tour we walked along the South Bank, pausing for a sandwich and coffee at a riverside cafe, before crossing the Thames again at Lambeth Bridge. The weather was glorious and it was so relaxing just walking along looking at all the famous sights, past Tate Modern, London Eye and Big Ben. In the afternoon we went to the Tesco Wine Fair (something we do every year) and sampled many many wines. It's a great way to try some of the really expensive ones that we would never buy ourselves. Dinner at Bella Italia finished off a fabulous day.

This weekend we went to the caravan (although DS stayed home). it was very very wet so we stayed in, DH and I played on the Wii whilst DD did her textile homework, it was quite cosy listening to the rain on the roof. We had a bit of a surprise coming home Sunday as the Dyfi River had flooded so some of the roads were blocked and we had to drive carefully on the smaller roads, through small floods to get home. It shocking how quickly and widely the floods happen.

I have been trying to catch up on everyone's blogs, there is a lot of gorgeous stitching being posted. Happy stitching :)


Julie said...

Congrats on a successful exchange, i saw the one you stitched for Elisa on her blog, it was stunning, clever girl!
Rain on the caravan roof - i remember it all too often when we used to caravan LOL
Glad you are feeling better.

Karan said...

Very lovely exchange pieces & great gifts.
Sounds like you & DH had a busy but fun time in London. Weird: never heard about that flooding on the news - glad you got home OK. :0)

Daffycat said...

What a great exchange! Congratulations.

I love the Globe Theatre! You are right ~ is is amazing inside!

Elisa said...

It was a great exchange...thanks for organising it Clare :0)

Sally said...

Both bookmarks are lovely Clare. I saw the one you designed for Elisa on her blog and thought and it was fantastic!