Thursday, January 6, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (picture heavy post)

 Happy new year to all my followers and readers! Hope everybody started 2011 with a positive attitude. I’ve sure tried to do so…

I took a break from blogging because we had a very emotionally stressful end of the year. My dad had a second stroke and we almost lost him. A miracle happened and he’s still with us. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery and she started chemotherapy. Please keep them in your prayers and thoughts. As you can imagine I haven’t done too much stitching.

All I can show you is my exchange to Eniko as part of the SWAP 5 hosted by Nina. I’ve made for Eniko a sewing box and I hope she will find it useful.  I’ve filled the box with some goodies and send it out priority mail at the beginning of December. Well, they say that for priority takes 6 to 10 days… she just got it this week!

 Douce Nuit @ Tralala
Fabric: 32ct linen
Thread: Nina, TGA

Now I want to show the wonderful exchanges I’ve received last month! From Nina, as part of our private exchange this GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS box full of extras… scissors, tape measure, lace, charms, threads, fabric, a vintage thimble and more! :)
Many of  you have already seen these beautiful pictures but I’ve asked the OK from Nina to post them here too.

My exchange for her is not finished yet, am working on it and I will show you pictures as soon as she will receive it.

Nina, thank you again for everything! You know how much I will treasure this box!

From the talented Marcsi I received this lovely exchange as part of SWAP 5. So beautiful stitched and finished! And the goodies… adorable! Thank you, Marcsi! 

Have a wonderful week-end!


Nina said...

Dear Michelle,

I1m SO happy to made you that box, I love making it and I'm SO happy to know you love it :) enjoy and don't be afraid to use :)
Your other gifts (given and received both) are wonderful! You and Marcsi are so talented and have really good taste to create fabulous things! :)
Take care!
Hugs and love,

Mánya said...

You have made and received wonderful gifts! Congratulations!
All the best to you and your family!

Conny said...

Wow, you have received lovely exchangepieces. They are all beautiful and creative finished.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

How creative and beautiful.
Be always in stitches.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Very pretty pieces.

Theresa said...

Wonderful finish and exchange!!!!
All the best to your family!!!

Blu said...

Wow! What gorgeous exchanges!

Sharlotte said...

What wonderful stuff Michelle! Goodness! :) I am so very sorry for you and your family with what you have been going through. I know these times are scarey for all of you and I will definately keep you in my prayers! My mom was diagnosed 3 years ago with breat cancer and had her surgery pretty quickly . She had chemo and radiaiton both . Even though this is a scarey time, please keep in mind that they make strides DAILY in the fight against cancer and a possitive attitude goes a long way! I am putting your dad on my prayer list as well! Take care!

Tatkis said...

Such a lovely exchanges! Your box is so beautiful and received gifts are great!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

♥ Nia said...

Beautiful gifts!!
I love the snowman box, it's so cute =)
I hope 2011 will bring health and joys to you and your family. Sweet hug.

Jan said...

Such lovely treasures!!!!

MARIA said...

Hi, I'm one of your readers from a long while back but have never commented.I just wanted to thank you for writting about A Stitchers Paradise in Las Vegas.I was just there for Christmas vacation and visited the store and absolutely loved it.Bought only a little bit but really enjoyed the shop. I really enjoy your blog. Sorry to hear about your family,hope and pray everything will turn out great for them.

greetings from Spain.

unikat said...

Wonderful gifts are exchanged hands.
I'm glad if I could surprise obtained.
The loved ones you wish you quick recovery!

Carol said...

What absolutely beautiful gifts both given and received!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011 :)

Gillie said...

Michelle, I hope the stress was reduced a little by all those gorgeous things, both sent and received. Hugs and prayers for your dad and sister and for you too.

Lynn B said...


You have made and received some gorgeous creations, they are all absolutely beautiful! I love the box you made for Eniko.

Lynn B

the striped rose said...

What lovely gifts!

Anonymous said...

Hello Michelle -

I've seen your blog today for the first time - it's wonderful! The pieces you've stitched for others and the ones that have been stitched for you are beautiful. I am wondering whether you know how I can find the chart for the mistletoe gift sent to you by Marcsi. I clicked on her blog, but I have no idea what any of that means. If you know what it is, I hope can you pass it along. My email is Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and all those dear to you. Kate

Unknown said...

Dear Michelle, thank you so much the box! It's very adorable and gorgeous.



Very lovely works ! De très jolies boites , vous avez beaucoup de gout !
Amitiés de France

White style said...

bellissime cose hai ricevuto. bellissime cose hai mandato a nina.
Sei molto molto brava e hai anche molta passione e pazienza.