Friday, 9 May 2014

Happy Spring - The Snowflower Diaries

Isn't it frustrating when someone joins an exchange and
doesn't play the game by sending out items to their partner???

Yep... it happened several times during my Easter Egg Change!

In this instance, Bernadett was supposed to send her gifts to Albéna.
We are now in May, and there is still no news from Bernadett...

oOo

So I have sadly decided I will no longer organise/take part in anymore exchange...
I am so disappointed.
I will finish & honour the Gorjuss exchange that is currently taking place, but that's it.
No more from Mii.

oOo

Of course, as host, I couldn't leave Albéna without any surprises.
So here is what I have put together for her ☺

I was so pleased with this design when I received it from my partner,
that I decided to stitch it for Albéna.

This is Happy Spring from The Snowflower Diaries

Yep, blurry picture....Sorry!

Stitched on cream Zweigart Aida 14ct fabric,
using all preconized DMC thread colours.

Finished off as yet again another little cushion
with fabric I found in my stash as well as lace & ribbon.

Can I just add that I despise Lazy Daisies even more than French Knots!!!

Let's carry on with the bluryness!!!

To complete my little parcel, I have added a CCN chart, some Spring looking buttons,
a fat quarter of fabric, some flowery trim and various chocolates too.

I've just noticed I've also included to this,
a selection of Anchor skeins with Spring colours...

Apologies I forgot to snap them with my camera. 

Blurry, blurry, blurry....I promise I'm not suffering from any withdrawals at all!! My camera is too good really :P

Even though, it was a bit of a mad last minute rush,
I really enjoyed putting this little parcel together.

I hope Albéna enjoys her goodies & forgive me for this little "hiccup"!

Happy Stitching!
Mii


114 comments:

  1. How very disappointing. You are so kind. What a fabulous little cushion. Great colors and fabric to match. :)

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    1. Thank you Vickie! Yes it is really disappointing. I found out another person has let her partner and myself down...

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  2. so sweet of you to sent Albéna such a beautiful suprise ♥

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    1. Thank you sweetie! It's only fair really :)

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  3. That's such a shame Ingrid that you feel you have no choice but to stop doing exchanges. I hope the Gorjuss exchange will restore your faith. I'm really looking forward to it!

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    1. Thanks sweetie, I'm really looking forward to it as well! :) I might just do single exchange in future, I don't know yet. I found out another person didn't play the game too..

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  4. So sad when people sign up and don't follow up with the exchange. So nice of you to step in....and what a beautiful gift you arranged!

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    1. Thank you Rhona! I'm just pleased Albena was happy with her goodies :)

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  5. c'est gentil a toi pour Albéna, de très beaux cadeaux.
    je n'ai jamais eu de nouvelles de Bernadette, je ne sais ce qu'il en est de mon colis ????
    bon weekend
    bises
    rose

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    1. Merci C'est justement la meme personne!!!! Je pense qu'elle a du bien recevoir tes cadeaux.... je n'ai pas eu de ses nouvelles. Tu lui a envoye et elle devait envoyer a Albena...

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    2. quelle déception pour vous bises

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  6. Awe that is so sad to hear... you put so much effort in and it stresses me too the fact people say they will commit and join in and then do not. I totally understand how you feel. And now one has ruined it for all.
    Moving on or you will have to drag me off my soap box!....
    Your sweet gift to Albena is lovely... and yes I love the way you have finished it too.. just beautiful.
    Keep smiling and even though I did not take part (over sight on my part) I can tell you did a wonderful job...the perfect host :)
    Smiles to you :) xx

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    1. Thank you sweetie!! I am so so disappointed that a few persons didn't do what they agreed to do in the first place... However, I'm so glad Albéna likes her gifts, it was really fun to prepare something for her :)

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  7. Sorry to hear such stories. It happens :(
    But you prepare beautiful gifts.
    Happy weekend :)

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    1. Yes it happens, it was a first for me...
      It turned out ok for Albéna, she really likes her goodies :)

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  8. Sad. I have not met like this Bernadett ...
    I would appreciate if you would not give up the mood, Mii! These exchanges are so good! :)

    Rich and beautiful gift you made!

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    1. I know, I enjoy organising & taking part in exchanges... but this has really put me off!
      I found out someone else hasn't send their goodies to Ariadne :(
      On the plus side, Albéna loves her gifts, this, to me is the most important!!
      xxx

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  9. What a lovely stitched gift and goodies. Such a shame that people have to ruin it for others. I felt the same when 2 round robins I stitched went missing after 'leaving' one person.

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    1. It is so disappointing isn't it???
      Oh well, it wont happen again...
      I'm so glad Albéna likes my gifts, this is the most important at the end of the day :)

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  10. Sorry to hear that someone didn't follow through. What a gorgeous package Albena ended up with though! Perhaps consider continuing with exchanges but just with people you know will follow through or have a good reputation on other blogs at honouring their commitments.

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    1. Thanks sweetie!
      Yes, I might do that :)
      I think I might organise exchanges but I will contact the persons I trust by email personally... we will have to wait & see!

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  11. Yes sometimes it happens but never let the good suffer because of the bad! I did send a swap a few years back and I received so much it was embarrassing, a lovely doll and so many beautiful things, I made some nice things myself but the generous gifts I received were overwelming!
    Therefor when I do enter a swap I ask for a limit to spent, because not everyone can spend as much! You made her very happy with these lovely gifts and I hope you will think again!
    Hugs
    Lida

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    1. Thank you Lida!
      I know, some stitching friends can be really generous & kind :)
      I might organise exchanges, but it will probably as private on the need to know basis!

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  12. Such a shame when a few folks ruin it isn't it? I bet Albena was delighted with her goodies, I love the little pillow you made - sooo cute! Wishing you a happy stitchy stress free weekend :-)
    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen!!
      I'm so happy Albéna likes my goodies :)
      Take care xx

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  13. You already know my feelings about this thing!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. :D Oh yes!!
      Have been stitching like crazy this weekend, to prepare you a little something :)
      Hugs xx

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  14. Lovely gifts you sent and beautiful sweet bunny pillow you stitched for Albena. So sad to hear that 2 people didn't follow thru with their commitment for the exchange. Don't lose hope sweet Mii!
    love Annette

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    1. Thank you so much Annette for your kind & lovely words!!
      It's amazing how some stitching friends can be the best and other the worse!!!

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  15. I can understand how you feel.
    In de past I entered a few always trouble .
    So I decided never to do it again.
    But last year Thought Lets join one from Nia's ms blog.
    And you May grens. I was the one Who didn't Got a Package.
    A few girls where so sweet to send me some.
    But for now I really Will never do it again.
    I really hope it still works out with your exchange s.
    You stitched up a very beautifull piece!!
    Have a great weekend

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    1. Oh so sorry to hear that Annette!! It is so unfair, isn't it??
      Like you, for the time being, I have decided to stay away from exchanges :)
      Well, except for the Gorjuss one I've organised, of course!!!
      We are a small committee of 3, so it's promising to be fun!
      Take care,
      Hugs xxx

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    2. Indeed!
      Can';t wait to see something from you Gorjuss exchange..
      I don't get your reply by mail..
      Now I have to look at your blog to see if you wrote something..
      I always get my commenst on the mail, and then mail back with my reply

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  16. Many people have switched to private exchanges because of this kind of thing. It's the chance you take when you sign up. Of course, there may be a perfectly good reason why someone was unable to participate later or even communicate, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

    You sure made lemonade out of lemons though! Beautiful stitched piece and a lovely package of goodies for Albena.

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    1. Thank you Annie! Yes, I think this is what I might consider in future: private exchanges...
      I am so disappointed, it has really put me off!!
      I'm really glad Albéna was pleased with my gifts too :)
      Take care sweetie xx

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  17. Oh dear, welcome to the life of an exchange moderator, this unfortunately can be a regular thing. That is why I dropped the other exchanges I was moderating, because I was sick of being let down all the time and I now only run one exchange and it is a private invite only blog, fingers crossed but I don't seem to have as many problems with this one.

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    1. Thanks Lisa!! I think I might consider this in future: private exchange.
      I still belong to the RAK blog, so I'll carry on having fun & offering gifts to friends :)

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  18. You made a lovely package for Alpena. I'm sure she will love it. Sorry your exchange had this problem :(

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    1. Thanks Marcy!!
      It happens I suppose :(
      Nevermind, most important: Albéna likes her gifts!!!

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  19. That's disappointing. So very generous of you to stitch a lovely gift :) that's a sweet package.

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  20. That's terrible to hear Mii. If there was something going on in her life then it's better to communicate than be silent. No fun at all for anyone :( I think you are so sweet to make up something for her. I'm sure she will be very happy with that darling pillow! Hugs to you my dear!

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    1. Thank you Anne!
      I think that is why I'm so disappointed, it's because I didn't hear from her :(
      The most important is that Albéna is pleased with her gifts & hasn't been left out!
      Take care, hugs & xxx

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  21. Anyone would be happy with that in the mailbox:)

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  22. The design is beautiful, and the same one that I did for my partner in this exchange too. It is awful when things go wrong, I have had it happen to me twice on exchanges and it really just isn't fair. I am sure she loved her special package from you. xx

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    1. Thanks Kay!! Yes it is disappointing but I guess can happen...
      Albéna loves her goodies & that's the most important for me :)
      Hugs xx

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  23. Oh dear...
    Sending you big hugs
    You always makes so
    Pretty stitching
    Xxx

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  24. Oh nooooo! I really loved your exchanges and am so disappointed that someone didn't follow the rules. :( That's a beautiful finish you made for Albena - she sent me such a lovely pillow and I'm glad she had something just as lovely in return.

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    1. Thanks Sarah!!
      Found out that poor Ariadne hasn't received any from Emma... :(
      I might just organise private exchanges from now on, I'm too disappointed!
      Hugs

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  25. This is very disappointing. But you have made a wonderful and lovely gift for Albena.

    Greetings, Manuela

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    1. Thank you so much Manuela!
      I'm so happy Albéna hasn't been left out!

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  26. Je te remercie de tout coeur d'avoir pris le relais, je suis ravie des cadeaux que j'ai reçus. j'espère juste que rien de grave n'est arrivé à Bernadette! MERCI!

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    1. Contente que tu ai toi aussi reçu des petites choses!! Ce qui est tout à fait normal :)
      Bonne journée xxx

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  27. I can understand why you are so disappointed. People should not sign up if they have no intention of honouring their commitment. I have really enjoyed your swaps. Both taking part and watching from the sidelines. Love the gifts you sent to Albena. Hugs Melanie xxx

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Thank you for joining the fun & glad you had a nice experience :)
      Hugs xx

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  28. I LOVE PONTO CRUZ!! FELIZ SABADO.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  29. Very disappointing indeed, sorry to hear that. Your gift is beautiful , how nice of you to do that !
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Eva!! I would have felt too bad to leave Albéna without any goodies!!

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  30. You really have made a nice thing out of a bad thing. I don't do exchanges because i can't really afford all the extras but I do like the send little giveaway prizes to people.
    If things happen in our personal lives to prevent us honouring a committment the least we can do is let the organiser or the exchanger know there is a problem. Being silent is all wrong.

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    1. Yes, I fully agree with you Jo!! I think that is what upset me the most. The fact there is absolutely no news despite all my messages.
      I'm glad I still am in the RAK blog. I will still be able to send little goodies to people once in a while! I'll ignore it at the moment though, as I found out Ariadne hasn't received any goodies from Emma... so yet again, I'm taking the relay in preparing a little something, just so it's fair! Hugs

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  31. You are very so nice !! And your surprise is very amazing !! The lady rabbit is so cut ! Bravo à toi !

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    1. Merci de ton commentaire & visite!!!

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  32. Dommage vraiment que cela ne c'est pas arrangé.
    Tu as concocté un joli petit paquet,Albéna va être heureuse.
    Je te souhaite un merveilleux week end
    Bisous

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    1. Merci MC!!! Maintenant je prepare quelque chose pour Ariadne car Emma ne lui a rien envoyé!!! Je sais qu'elle a recu ton paquet par contre...:( Quel egoisme!
      Bisous

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  33. Oh, Ingrid. I am so sorry to hear about the exchange partner not participating. Maybe she is ill? I hope you reconsider taking part in a future exchange, but I understand your disappointment.
    Hugs
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you sweetie!! I have no idea what's wrong with her & frankly now I don't care!
      I might consider private exchange in future... I will be extra careful now, for sure :)
      Take care xxxx

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  34. You have a generous heart my friend. You have made Albens happy. Bless you. Lynda

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    1. Oh thank you!!
      It was only fair, wasn't it?
      Take care x

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  35. Oh, what I must read. I can understand that you are disappointed.But for me it is such a good opportunity of meeting other stitchers all over the world .Perhaps consider continuing with exchanges but just with people you know will follow through or have a good reputation on other blogs at honouring their commitments. .Through these swaps I find a lot of friends. It would be a pity if it couldn't be done because of two women making trouble. How many women have been delighted???
    SYou made a wonderful finishing with the little pillo. I always adore this kind of pillow. Once I will do it in a simiar way.
    Have a nice weekend
    Love Judith

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    1. Thank you sweetie!
      I loved yours so much, I had to stitch it!! So Albéna was the lucky person to receive it!
      I might carry on with exchange, but this time only on a private basis!
      Don't worry, if I organise something, I'll email you for sure :)
      Take care xxx

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  36. This little raabit is so beautiful!!! I like the colours of the cushion!
    I am sorry that you had problems with the exchange...and I understand your disappointment!
    I visited Bernadett's blog and I read she has some personal problems...maybe that's why she didn't send anything to Albéna... It is very kind of you to make this lovely gift instead of her!
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thank you sweetie!!
      Problems or not, a little email to let you know would have been welcome!
      Life is not plain sailing unfortunately, we all have our up & down...
      Glad you like the finish. Albéna was really happy with her gifts!

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  37. It's such a shame, people don't play the game as it should.
    Not only for the one who is waiting for her parcel, bur also for the one who organize.
    Everybody can have something that passes thru, but at least you can apologize and let hear from you.
    But as always, you are a great organizer and made a very beautiful parcel for Albèna.

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    1. Thank you so much Tania!!!
      Have a lovely day xxx

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  38. You've put together a super little replacement parcel for Albena, she's sure to love what you are sending. The little pillow is adorable.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie!
      That's the most important at the end of the day: I made someone happy :)
      Take care xx

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  39. Just wanted to say that Bernadett is not a bad person , but I think she is having some personal problems at the moment. Normally she would never let anyone down , and will be very sad and upset to have done so .

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    1. I'm sure Bernadett is a very kind person. I guessed she's having personal issues but don't we all? That's life isn't it? We pick up & carry on...
      An email would have been most appreciated... and I wouldn't have been so disappointed.
      Thank you for stopping by & leaving a comment.
      Have a great day!

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  40. So sorry to hear this but unfortunately it does happen. It would of been polite to let you know of any problems she was having instead of just disappearing.

    It was good of you to step in and with a beautiful exchange to send too.

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    1. Thank you Andrea!
      Yes, she should have let me know. I would have understand!
      Anyway, Albéna is delighted with her gifts, which to me is the most important!

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  41. I gave up on exchanges long ago for the same reason, What a cute little package you put together.

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    1. Thank you!
      It is sadly so disappointing...
      I'm just glad Albéna likes my gifts :)
      Take care xx

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  42. That was so nice of you to fill in and send such a nice package to Albena, Ingrid. I'm sorry this happens. I've only done one private exchange which worked out well. But, I doubt I'll do another as I don't like the pressure of deadlines and such. I'd rather just send out RAKs to stitching friends, I guess!

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    1. I agree Carol!
      I'm glad I'm part of the RAK blog, so I can carry on sending gifts to friends that matter :)
      Have a lovely day sweetie. Hugs xxx

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  43. It is certainly disappointing when something goes wrong in a project, where you put your energy and effort!
    I just hope that Bernadett is alright, that nothing happened to her. I don't know her but I gave a look to her blog and saw that her last post is dated March 10th and she said she had personal problems... who knows what happens in people's life!
    Have you emailed her?
    In any case, I'm not happy to read that you want to give up with the exchanges, but I understand your reasons.
    I'm sure that Albéna will like every single think you sent her!
    I wish you a happy sunday!
    R

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    1. Oh yes I have emailed her many times, using the 2 different addresses I had!!
      It is just not nice to stay quiet. An email would have made all the difference...
      I'm just relieved Albéna likes her gifts!
      Off to stitch more goodies for Ariadne... Her partner didn't send her anything too...

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  44. c'est vraiment super ce que tu as fait, je parle non seulement du coussinet qui est adorable, mais le fait que tu aies avant tout penser à la déception d'Albéna, c'est vraiment dommage ce genre de situation, qui hélas arrive trop souvent, il y a de quoi être très déçue ... bon dimanche

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    1. Et oui, c'est moi!!! Je suis vraiment déçue mais bon c'est la vie!!!
      Le principal soit qu'Albéna aime ses petits cadeaux!!
      Bonne journée x

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  45. Bless you Mii, it will happen sometimes , I had to do what you are doing once before.
    I am sure that Bernadett will thank you for stepping in maybe life is not to good for her right now, maybe she will get it touch with you.
    To be a giver is one of the wonderful things of life , you will get more back even though it may be in other ways.
    Your stitching is lovely that design is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful Sunday big hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much sweet June!!
      I'll carry on giving... this time to Ariadne. Her partner let us down too :(
      Have a beautiful day, hugs xxx

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  46. Dommage cette mésaventure mais en tout cas tu as bien gâté Albéna qui a reçu un merveilleux colis!
     Karine ❤*•. ✿¸.•*☆ ★

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    1. Merci Karine!!
      Je suis vraiment contente qu'Albéna aime ses cadeaux... ca valait bien toute cette histoire!! :D

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  47. I'm sorry to hear that somebody didn't come through with their exchange. :0( In four years of participating in exchanges I have never had this happen. It must be so frustrating when it does. Particularly when the person in question does not respond to your messages. You put together a beautiful exchange for Albena, particularly as it was at such short notice. Yes, I hate lazy daisy stitch almost as much as doing french knots! ;0) x

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    1. Thank you sweetie!!
      Well I learn something new with this: lazy daisies are definitely not my cup of tea :D

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  48. The cushion is lovely. I really like the fabric you used :)

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  49. Mi dispiace moltissimo che Albena non abbia ricevuto il suo scambio!
    Ma mi rattrista sapere che non organizzerai più questi magnifici swap.
    Mi sono molto divertita a partecipare, l'ho fatto con impegno e passione.
    Peccato che per colpa di qualcuna tu smetta di organizzarli :(
    Il tuo cuscinetto è bellissimo, rifinito come sempre benissimo, sono sicura che ad Albena
    sarà piaciuto moltissimo.
    Ti abbraccio
    Sonia

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    1. Thank you Sonia!!! Don't worry, I might organise private exchanges in future... and I'll definitely email you, hoping you'll be interested :)

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    2. Sarò sicuramente interessata!!
      Un bacio grande
      Sonia

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  50. I'm sorry that you had to be disappointed exchange participants. But you're an angel! You sent a cute bunny pillow and wonderful goodies to Albena.

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  51. That was a wonderful thing for you to do ... to fill in for someone who didn't meet their commitment. That's one of the reasons why I don't do exchanges. Either it doesn't get sent, or sent very late, or its just not up to the standard that you send out. Some stitchers put so much effort into their exchanges and others not so much.

    I also know that right now I can't garuntee I'd be able to meet the deadline so I just don't sign up for them.

    Of course life does also happen as well.

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    1. Thanks Dani for your comment!
      I have had several issues with this exchange sadly... Another person hasn't committed to send goodies so I have to step in again!
      So yes, I am so disappointed that for now, I won't be signing on to anything for sure!
      Have a lovely day!!

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  52. It's always a sad thing when someone does not honour their Exchange commitment, well done on putting together a beautiful parcel for Albena - she will appreciate it very much, I'm sure

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    1. Thank you Anthea! Albéna was really happy with her gifts, which really is the most important thing :)

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  53. Je comprends ta déception, et sans doute aussi celle d'Albéna... Dommage, j'avais bien aimé tes échanges... Albéna a du être néanmoins ravie que tu aies remplacé sa partenaire, ton petit coussin est adorable.. !! A bientôt

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    1. Pas de panique!! Je vais certainement organise mes échanges "en privé". Je te contacterais, promis :) Belle journée, bises

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  54. arf :(
    ça nous est arrivé plus d'une fois sur le blog des fans de Margaret Sherry avec Nia :-/
    tu aurais du faire appel aux petits lutins, je t'aurai aidé ;)
    je ne sais pas ce qu'il se passe avec Bernadett, elle ne répond à aucun message depuis un moment et son blog commence à avoir des toiles d'araignées (le mien aussi d'ailleurs !!!)
    je pense qu'elle a de gros soucis (mais oui c'est vrai qu'un petit mail n'aurait pas tué et au moins dire merci pour les cadeaux reçus :-/ )
    c'est vraiment dommage parce que les échanges sont toujours une bonne source de joie
    en tout cas le petit coussin de remplacement est superbe :D
    vraiment très beau ;)
    bien joué
    xxxx

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    1. Merci la puce!! J'espère de tout coeur que rien de grave est arrive à Bernadett mais il est vrai qu'un petit mail aurait été le bienvenu. Bon, ma finition, c'est encore & toujours du coussin n'est-ce pas!!! Cette ECM va devenir plus haute que le Mt Blanc bientot :D Très bonne journée et big bisous

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  55. What a nice exchange package you created for Albena. Such a beautiful little pillow and such lovely goodies. I can thoroughly understand your disappointment. Years ago I stopped joining exchanges, birthday rounds and any of these things because of different reasons. And one of the reasons was this one. But I still send gifts and RAKs to stitching friends and love doing so, but no more exchanges.

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    1. Thank you Brigitte. I've decided to do the same, no more exchange for now (except for the Gorjuss one of course!). I'm part of the RAK blog, so I'll be focusing on this from now on.

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