Friday, 20 March 2015

Spring exchange


Spring is finally officially here!!!

So it's time to share with you a little private exchange that took place between myself and
Justine, from Justine's Cross Stitch

The theme was Spring

It was so hard to decide on what to stitch, how to finish my piece
and what to include in my little package...
This was promising to be a very exciting swap :)

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What comes to mind when you mention Spring?!
For me it's definitely Sheep & Daffodils...

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So, I've opted to stitch  
"Moutons de Saisons: Printemps"
from Corinne Rigaudeau at Tralala

 
Apologies for awful pictures, if I'm not shaking, they appear to be blurry...
 
 
Stitched on 14ct aida fabric, light rustico style
Using all recommended DMC cottons as I did not have any Atalie's.

 


I tried to be adventurous with the finishing!
I thought it was a long time since I'd played with a zip...
So, I'd dusted off the sewing machine, refreshed my memory with a few zip tutorials and went for it!

Finished off as a small flat zip case
using Tilda fabrics (both lining & outer), button & trim from my stash

The front...

 The back...

 A little detail and sneek peek to the polka pink lining...

Sadly it's not perfect despite trying my best.
The corners at the top where the zip is could be better but
I LOVE it still and hope Justine will treasure it & find it handy too :)

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Best way to celebrate Spring is with flowers, don't you think?!
A colourful bunch of daffodils

So I've stitched
"Hedgehog" from Margaret Sherry
A freebie kit available with issue 225 of TWOCS



Stitched on light green aida fabric
Using the provided threads

We all know back stitch on MS's designs can be quite tricky but
this one wasn't too bad and really finished off the design beautifully


Finished off as a small pinkeep, complete with little wooden easel
using Tilda fabric for the back, trim & pins from my stash


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My exchange was also including a Daffodil goodie bag bursting with: 

A Soda Stitch chart (Spring themed, of course)
A piece of hand dyed 28ct evenweave fabric called Spring from Polstitches
Weeks Dye Works hand over dyed floss called Spring
Seasonal ribbons
A piece of printed flower fabric
Buttons
Washi tape
Seasonal chocolates (Yum)
Easter bobbing hen decoration (which I nearly kept, it was so cute!!)
Yankee Candle tart wax

Of course, I forgot to take pictures of all these, d'oh!!!
So hop along to Justine's to have a peek :)

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Wow! This was my reaction when I'd opened my parcel with all my goodies :)
As always, Justine has been over generous with her gifts.
It was packed with beautifully wrapped items in colourful tissue paper!

Justine has made a sweet biscornu,
perfect for Spring!
A sweet Barbara Ana design,
stitched on a beautiful piece of fabric which has a kind of marble effect.




 Next, Justine made the cutest miniature scissor pouch and needle minder!!
So cute and perfectly made up :)
I love the colours!

Front


Back
 
A close up...
 
 


I am absolutely delighted with my handmade gifts :)

As it wasn't enough, Justine packed more goodies!
Beautiful floss (I've already used Daffodil), cross stitch fabric, fabric fat quarters, ribbons, buttons,
key ring, paperclips, notebook, pen,
Charts (If I'm not mistaken, we've both sent each other the same Soda Stitch chart!!)
Sweeties (and a lot of them! A pack of Haribo was actually gone by the time I got round to take these pictures :P)
and a little tulip needle minder!!!
I love this, I always wanted a needle minder but never got the opportunity to get one





And there was more! A little gift for my son :)
He soon spotted it & was delighted to find it was Lego minifigure to add to his collection
He also ate the little chocolate rabbit!

Thank you so much Justine!
As always, your stitchery is beautiful and I love all my gifts.

It was fun taking part in this exchange and gifts made & received are simply beautiful

Looking forward to our Halloween exchange next!


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We're having a Solar Eclipse here in the UK this morning.
Hope my British readers are all ready,
the sun is shining so it should be lovely.
Not long to go now!
Don't forget to protect your eyes with special glasses!!

Toodles,
Mii


 


152 comments:

  1. Great exchange. Love that you sent the same chart to each other lol:)

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  2. Admirable! splendide,une échange reussi!
    tout y est le printemps par excellence,tissus fils etc etc.......Bravo a vous deux.
    La toile aïda me semble sur l'image trés jolie.
    A l'heure ou je t'écris il y a l'éclipse.Journée interessante avec ce beau post.
    Bisous a toi

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    1. Merci MC! Notre prochain échange sera sur le theme d'Halloween ;) J'ai le temps de m'organiser :)

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  3. Wow amazing gifts given on both sides!! I love both your finishes, they are stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I was so careful with that zip but overall I'm so so pleased with this exchange :)

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  4. Wonderful springworks! I love it. In Germany, we have a Solar Eclipse too, it´s a grand spectacle.

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the Eclipse Andreas :)
      Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  5. Maravillosa manera de celebrar la primavera, con este precioso intercambio de regalos. Siempre es un acierto elegir algún diseño de Tralalá y una estupenda idea acabarlo como estuche. Feliz fin de semana Mii.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment :)

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  6. I love both your finishes..they are so sweet...
    Lovely gifts xx

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  7. Love your finishes! So cute!!! You got some nice things in your exchange!

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    1. Thanks Lana!! It looks like it was a successful swap :)

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  8. always a treat to see what you are doing, you are always full of inspiration

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  9. Wonderful projects and finishes! So bright and springy.

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    1. Thank you!! Sadly the weather today is not feeling too Spring-y...

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  10. What a beautiful Spring-y display! Love your little zippered pouch. I can never get those zippers perfect either. I've looked at a lot of on-line tutorials, and even on those, they take the photos at an angle that hides the imperfections! So be proud of yours.

    Interesting scissors holder construction from Justine. I'll have to remember that one!

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    1. Thank you Annie! I tried so hard with that zip!! I knew where it would be hard but despite going slowly & reading various tutorials... mine still look a bit weird :(
      I still love the pouch and I'm sure Justine will find it useful for something :D
      Love the scissor holder! Looks like it's just a square to start with and then fold 2 sides.. Very clever and looks so cute too!

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  11. Lovely spring post Mii. Both exchange pieces are wonderful, stitching, finishing and all those nice extras.
    Your "Hedgehog" finishing is pretty too. All MS's designs are so cute.

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    1. Thank you Irmeli, I am so pleased with all Justine's gifts.

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  12. Beautiful exchange gifts, Mii!

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  13. Superb exchange, such lovely things you both made and sent to each other. Well done ladies.

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    1. Thank you Julie, it was a pleasure preparing all these for Justine :)

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  14. Beautiful things you have made Mii. Lovely.

    Gr. Lenie

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  15. Wonderful exchange gifts.
    Have a nice weekend, Manuela

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    1. Thank you Manuela.
      Have a lovely day

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  16. Beautiful finishing. You do such lovely work.

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    1. Thank you!!
      Justine's finishes are great too. I love her biscornu and cute little scissor holder. It's so clever!

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  17. What fabulous care you two took of each other! Great gifts. Love the scissors holder Justine created for you

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    1. Thanks Vickie.
      Yes, it is so tiny and the colours are just perfect!

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  18. So beautiful works !!!
    Greetings Marion

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  19. Such a wonderful exchange...you both did some wonderful stitching and finishing! Love the fact that you sent each other the same chart....too funny!

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    1. Yes, that made me smile!!
      The fun bit is that I'd ordered a similar chart for me to keep at the same time. Basically, it hasn't got the bicycle!!!

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  20. che bello scambio e che bei ricami

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  21. Beautiful exchange you two had for each other!! Love what you both made! Each small is exquisitely finished! Enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks Anne!!
      Enjoying the sweets, already used some of the floss and biscornu in display and using the little scissors too... not bad :D

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  22. What beautiful gifts, both given and received. Matching you and Justine to exchange couldn't have turned out better; both of you stitch and finish perfectly. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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    1. Thank you sweetie, this is so kind of you :)
      We had fun with this swap and are now looking forward to the next one for Halloween!
      Still have a long way to go but remains exciting :)

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  23. Your stitched gifts are so wonderful!!:) I have seen Justine's on her blog too. What a lovely exchange you both had :)

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    1. Thank you Preeti!! We have literally spoiled each other :D

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  24. Fabulous exchange, gifts to be treasured x

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    1. Totally agree :D Sweeties to be eaten though!

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  25. Beautiful works, Mii!!! I like Yuor works! :)
    And the gifts are lovely too :)
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs: Palkó

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    1. Thank you, Happy Spring to you too!!

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  27. Wow, dear friend Mii, prepare your wonderful gifts for Justin!
    Sew the zipper not know you are sewing a success!
    Justine also prepared for you a great surprise!

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    1. Lol! That probably was just luck with the zip!!
      I tried so hard, must have sweat buckets :D

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  28. Wonderful!! Really lovely when two friends do this.... And ooooh adore what you both made and sent to each other. Mii your stitching is brilliant and go you! For tackling this zip again :). It's looks stunning, and I love your Tilda fabrics.
    Brilliant, just brilliant!!
    Smiles :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jacquie for your lovely comment.
      Zip was the worth part of the deal but all in all it was a fantastic swap :)

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  29. What a great work. And such a bright colors! Great exchange Mii!

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  30. quelle belle échange entre copines. je craque pour la pochette moutons.

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    1. Oh merci!! C'est vrai que les petites grilles de Tralala sont vraiment chouettes :)

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  31. What a fantastic exchange, you really did try to outdo each other with loveliness!

    I need to know which mini figure your son got!

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    1. Lol! Thank you!
      Oh yes, forgot to mention it...
      Wishing so much for the hotdog guy but it wasn't meant to be this time :)
      He had the King!!

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  32. It's all very pretty. My camera has gotten so fiesty anymore it doesn't take good close ups half the time.

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    1. I see what you mean!
      For me, I always seen to shake when taking pictures so half the time they are blurry, this is so frustrating :)
      Have a lovely day!

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  33. Your post is a feast for the eyes! Great finishes on both sides, very creative and lovely! The colors are so nice;)

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  34. What beautiful stitching--you both made wonderful exchanges!! Everything is so lovely! I do like the zipper you put in--I've never done that, so I am very impressed!!! Beautiful colors, too!

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    1. Thank you Frances for all your lovely compliments :)
      Have a lovely day!

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  35. Gorgeous exchange Mii.

    Linda

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  36. un très bel échange, un printemps qui débute en douceur pour le plaisir des yeux
    belle journée
    rose

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    1. Merci!! C'est impossible de ne pas broder un petit mouton ou un lapin :D

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  37. Beautiful exchange Mii, love what you made , just beautiful gifts exchanged by both of you.

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    1. Thank you sweetie! It was a really fun swap x

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  38. Wow, you had such a great exchange!
    Admit it, your friend has spoiled you ;-)))
    Enjoy it all!

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    1. LOL!! I think I've been generous too!
      Let's just say we spoiled each other :P

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  39. Oh was für schöne Stickarbeiten, es wird Frühling, ich liebe sie.
    Schönes Wochenende, Martina

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  40. I have seen both exchanges on Justine's blog and just let me say that they were gorgeous. You and her stitched such great pieces for this exchange. And what a great choice of goodies.

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    1. Thank you so much Brigitte, so glad you like our pieces :)
      Spring is always a nice theme for swap!

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  41. I seen your exchange with Justine on her blog, it looks it was a great success exchange, both of you are so lucky for all the surprise treasures, fun! Fun! Fun!!

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    1. Thank you sweetie!!! Everywhere I looked, I seem to find Spring goodies :D
      It was indeed a really fun swap :)

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  42. Wow! What a fantastic exchange!!!!
    Have a wonderful sunday :)
    A big big kiss
    Sonia

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    1. Thank you Sonia, have a nice day too :)

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  43. What lovely gifts to make and receive. I really like the colour palette on Moutons de Saisons: Printemps.

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    1. Thank you! I just wish I had stitched it on a darker fabric so that both sheep & rabbit could be seen a bit more :)

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  44. all beautiful ...the sheep is my favorite ...glo

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  45. Oh I have the Moutons de Saisons one ready to stitch hopefully in April, so I'm bound to love that. It's so good to be able to see it in close-up. Wonderful finishing. Beautiful exchanges.

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    1. Oh cool! You'll love stitching these cuties :)
      Well, any Tralala designs are fantastic to stitch!

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  46. Such a nice exchange--you both made such lovely pieces :)

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  47. You had a wonderful exchange!

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  48. Gorgeous stitching by you and Justine,Mii and so many lovely goodies.

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    1. Thank you Lesley, so glad you approve :)

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  49. All of the stitched gifts are just beautiful, I especially like the way you have finished it into a special bag. x

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    1. Thanks Kay!! There was a lot of stress involved with that little bag :D

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  50. Your stitching is so beautiful, I love how you finish everything off and not just to put it in a frame. You have so many great ideas on what we can do with our stitching when they are done, thank you for that.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I feel I'm always making the same finishes: cute little pincushions :D
      I try hard to find something different and it's not always perfect..

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  51. Wow What a great exchange!!! Great Job Justine!!!

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    1. Thanks Katie! Justine has been again so kind & generous.
      I truly love her handmade pieces!

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  52. Lovely gifts on both parts!AriadnefromGreece!

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  53. Your exchange with Justine is fantastic! Beautiful stitching from both of you and such lovely finishes!
    Now that I seen your finished Printemps I really must get back to mine and get it done... they are just the sweetest designs :o)
    Hugs xx

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    1. Yes you must, those little Tralala sheep are so precious :)

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  54. Another wonderful and fabulous exchange Mii.
    Enjoy the gifts.

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  55. Oh, what a lovely lovely post, congrats Mii!!!
    Jutta

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  56. c'est un échange très réussi; bravo

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  57. Wow! Such beautiful stitching by both of you and your photograph is excellent, Ingrid. I love it all. What a great exchange.

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  58. What a lovely exchange. You both made such lovely pieces. And that stash. If that want gisteren e you Spring feeling What Will!!! Have a great week

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    1. Oh yes, Spring is definitely in the air after such a lovely parcel :)

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  59. Wow, they are gorgeous pictures and what a lovely little exchange! I am always amazed at how wonderfully you finish your stitching. Stunning.....as always :)

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  60. Oh what a lovely exchange! I'm sure you both had so much fun with this~ Justine's scissor case is really cute; I've not seen one like that. And I love how you finished your little pouch, I think Justine loved it!

    What do I think of in spring? Daffodils! :D Also dirt and thunderstorms but they're not quite as pretty as daffodils haha.

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    1. Thank you Rosey!! Yes, best not to mention the bad weather, we're all craving for some heat & sunshine now :D

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  61. WOW! Wonderful exchanges and everything looks perfect to me!
    Great update!

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  62. What a fantastic exchange! All looks lovely.

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  63. Cute spring stitching, great exchanges

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  64. What a wonderful exchange, beautiful work on both parts, love the zipper finish.

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  65. Wow what fantastic exchanges. I love what you stitched for each other.

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  66. MMmmmmm !!! Voilà de bien jolie chose ! C'est génial, je suis super contente pour toi. gros bisous

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  67. Absolutely beautiful finishing and stitching Mii!
    Great gifties from Justine too! A fantastic exchange!

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    1. Thank you Thoeria for your lovely comment :)

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  68. Happy Spring sweetie :)
    Oh I missed reading your blog and seeing you pretty and happy stitching!! :D Beautiful works, congrats!! :)

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you're ok and little one too :)

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  69. What a lovely swap! Your finishes for Justine are gorgeous, I've never been brave enough to finish a stitch with a zipper but yours looks amazing! Maybe I will have to try this at some point... Have a lovely Easter & enjoy those sweeties!
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen!
      I know I'm extremely fussy but believe me it is not perfect :)
      I still loved it & I know Justine is using it, so I'm happy!

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  70. Oh wow thats brilliant!! Well done on the lovely exchange :) Happy Easter xxx

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    1. Belated Happy Easter Heather!! Hope you're ok!!

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  71. Wow Mii you are such an amazing talent. I love the zip case as I'm sure the lucky Justine will too. And as for the Spring Hedgehog awwww what a sweetheart. Love all the gifts too.
    xo Alicia

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    1. Thank you Alicia! You're so kind!!
      Believe me, I admire all the Haed(s) you're working on... sadly I haven't got that much patience with them :(

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  72. Amazing exchange! Enjoy your goodies :D

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  73. A beautiful exchange. Such stunning makes from both of you xox

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    1. Thanks! Now planning our Halloween swap...

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  74. You are two lucky and very generous ladies to exchange so many lovely goodies which were, as usual, beautifully stitched and carefully chosen. I bet you can't wait for the Halloween exchange! :)

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    1. Thank you Rachel! Yes, it was a really nice exchange and I'm looking forward to the Halloween one... even though it's still really far away :P

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