Monday 1 June 2020

Stay Safe Exchange

At Needlecraft Haven we have quite a few exchanges throughout the year, all great fun to both put together and receive.
Needlecraft Haven 
This time of year I am usually putting together the summer exchange but as many of our members are staying at home due to the virus our exchanges are on hold ...

... and so the Stay Safe Exchange was born

On the 31st May we emailed our partners with the following:
  • a freebie cross stitch chart of any design or theme but nothing big
  • an online recipe for a cake or biscuits
  • recommendations for a film or TV series

My Stay Safe email went to Astrid although I initially sent a book review in error and had to send Astrid a second email

My stitching design was Grateful Thankful Blessed by Beth Twist. Although for Thanksgiving I thought this perfect for life just now.

The recipe I sent was for a ginger cake it's a light moist cake very similar to McVitie's brand.

The book I recommended was the Ribbon Weaver by Rosie Goodwin. She lives in our town and this story is set in and around my local area.

The film I eventually sent to Astrid was one Hubby and I watched a few weeks ago about how the Oxford dictionary began.  It isn't actually about words but about the lives of the two men who worked on so hard on it - The Professor and the Madman. Although not a scary film it isn't really suitable for young peeps.

My Stay Safe Exchange email came from Mary. She really spoilt me with a gorgeous summer design, two recipes and two film recommendations.

The fist film is one Hubby and I have seen,  I've read the book too. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a super story about the effects of World War II on the people on this small island. If you haven't seen it you must, it's a super story.

The other film with one I haven't heard of; Green Book sounds like a sofa evening film for us to enjoy.

Mary sent me the link to this Bailey's Cheesecake. It's a no bake recipe which is always a good thing, I love Bailey's and will certainly be making this soon.

The other recipe is for Chocolate Cake, not any chocolate cake but the one Mary has been baking for many years. I'll be making one this week as Hubby and I enjoy a slice of cake with a coffee as we watch the daily virus announcement from 10 Downing Street. I'll do my best Mary, no pressure!

The summer designer is from Lizzie Kate Sweet Summer. It's a fun design that has also been used as a challenge on Lizzie Kate's blog. I'll be stitching this when I can as yet I'm not sure how to finish it but it will be something for the gazebo. You can download the chart here

It's been a super exchange, very different to receiving something in the post but just as much fun. We have shared the links to the designs, recipes and film TV recommendations on Needlecraft Haven and at the end of the month I'll be opening a gallery for us to share photos of any stitching we have done.

Thank you to everyone at Needlecraft Haven who took part in our unique Stay Safe Exchange - happy stitching, good baking and enjoy your films!


  1. Great idea for an online exchange. I don't really watch films but the free charts look good, as do the cake recipes, you'll have to let us know your verdict on them when you get round to trying them out.

  2. Great post what fun.
    Enjoy your week.

  3. It was hard making my selections, Clare. I'm pleased you like them.
    I've printed off the ginger cake recipe as I've been searching for one that I will like. The last recipe I used wasn't very gingery.

  4. A great post Claire!
    Great films and the recipes sound very tasty!
    What a lovely exchange idea.
    Barbara x

  5. Such a lovely exchange!! That Bailey's cake sounds so good!

  6. This was a fun, virtual exchange, thank you! Although I didn't realize that this Bailey's cheesecake was not baked, I will definitely have to try this one.

  7. You all made lovely choices for each other.
    I think I might have to try that cake myself.

  8. Very interesting exchange! I have seen "Green Book" and it is a great movie. I am putting "The Professor and the Madman" on the list of things to watch as it sounds very interesting. Very cool to have an author in your town and write about your area. I think it helps bring the book t life as you can actually imagine everything she writes about. Hope you are on the mend and have a great week!

  9. This was a fun exchange Clare. I love your choices.
    I can also recommend Green Book, and I've added Professor and the madman to my list

  10. This was a great idea for an exchange, it's always fun to get new recommendations for shared interests. The cakes look particularly lovely!


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