November 30, 2013

Secret Santa posting on Monday!

I will be posting my Secret Santa on Monday. The past week has been a little rough so I am a little delayed. Hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that everyone is having a great weekend!!

Greetings from Indonesia

Hello ladies!
I can see that everyone's busy with the christmas exchange and the latest SAL #4.

Well, I'm happy enough to announce that I've finished my SAL #3
Outdated, yeah... But very happy & relieved...
Here, take a peek... :)

1st : Spring Cat - April 2012
2nd : Summer Cat - July 2012
3rd : Autumn Cat - August 2013
4th : Winter Cat - September 2013

Wishing you all a great weekend!
Happy stitching!

November 26, 2013

Secret Santa is on the way!! :D

You can check your email, all partners info has been sent to each one of you! Remember to keep it a secret, your partner doesn't know from where Santa's gift will arrive ;)

I promised yesterday I would send all emails this morning.. it's noon for me right now! Uff.. I was just in time ;) heheheh

Managing an exchange takes more time than we wish :p I need to wait for emails replies, gather all info, make the draw (I use and then check with our history on previous exchanges (to make sure no one gets the same partner twice). Finally, send each mail carefully so I won't mess up any address!! Can you imagine how terrible that would be? :p hehehe

Joey doesn't have the chance to join this time and I didn't get Heather's confirmation yesterday. I'm counting Heather on our exchange, if she won't be able to do it for any reason, I will assume the responsability and fill her space ;) I'm pretty sure Heather was just busy, unable to check her email but soon will write back to me :)

On the email, I wrote the rules to follow, very simple things so make sure you do it, ok? ;) heheheh
I've been asked before about the age of each partner, some people say that helps to know the kind of things to send. That was added to the info about each partner, unless I din't get a reply or the person prefers not to tell, in that case you have 'unknown'.
In my opinion, age doesn't say much about each stitcher, seeing the kind of works she does or checking her personal blog, that helps a lot more! So make some use of the link that goes on the email too, ok? ;) that's the best way to know your partner better, get to know her 'style' on crafts, the things she enjoys.. maybe you will enjoy her blog and start contacting more :) Visit other member's blogs, that's how friendships starts! :D

Main rule to everyone: have fun!!! :D
Enjoy this magical season!!!

Update: somehow I missed Heather's email! All confirmed, Heather is in and all partners have been assigned ;) Have fun ladies!! I will be here for anything you need and I will keep track on how things go :)

November 25, 2013

Christmas exchange - check in!

Good morning ladies :)
Curious to know who your partner will be? You have to wait just a little longer..
I'm waiting for 2 confirmations, as you all know, I sent a group email to check with everyone about their participation. I'm missing just 2 replies, from Heather and Joey, it was the weekend so I'm giving today for them to write back. I think Heather won't miss the exchange :) but I have some doubts about Joey, she was too busy last time.. I'm not sure if she's still in =/ If I don't get a reply, I won't be able to count her in for this time.. I need to be sure, right?

Just a little longer and soon everyone will know where to send their parcels ;)
Have fun!! :D

November 21, 2013

Greetings from South Africa

Hello Margaret Sherry Lovers.

My name is Debbie and as I am new to the blog, I would like to introduce myself.

I live in Durban, South Africa. I have been married for 13 years and have two sweet little girls, Erin Hope (5) and Ella Grace (2). I am a teacher-librarian and work at an all-girls Catholic School. I love books, reading, stitching and going to the movies, as well as spending time with my family and friends.

I have recently started cross stitching again, after a break of many years. I am slowly building my collection of patterns and threads. At this stage I have only done two small Margaret Sherry designs but I hope to do many more in the future. I love looking at the beautiful Margaret Sherry designs that so many of you have made.

I am looking forward to taking part in my first exchange this Christmas. And I want to learn more about the Stitch-A-Longs too. I hope to make many new friends from all over the world. Thank you to Nia for allowing me to be part of this wonderful community.

Happy stitching!


November 12, 2013

#4 Christmas Exchange

Since we had a delay with our last exchange, I'm giving a few more days to sign up for Christmas Exchange!! Still, you can start working on your gift, the sooner you have it done = the sooner you'll be able to post it ;)

Sign up until: November 23th
Partners published: November 24th
Posting deadline: December 1st

Please, extra attention with the deadline to post, it's Christmas season, we know the mail gets even slower at this time of the year!!

To sign up:
send an email to, don't forget to send your address too ;)

What to send on your parcel:
1 handmade » stitch any Christmas design by Margaret Sherry that you like and finish as you want!!
+4 extra gifts » fabrics, buttons, ribbons, threads, any craft supply! Or you can add stationery like pens, notebooks, anything pretty and cute that will make you partner smile :)

Any question? Feel free to comment here on this post :)

Who's in:
. Valma
. Olli
. Angel
. Anne
. Heather
. Gislene
. Judith
. Joey
. Noni
. Rita
. Lentochka
. Cucki
. Maria Ysabel
. Jules
. Natalya
. Amber
. Camille
. Debra Vermeulen
. Julianne

As usual, partners will be drawn randomly but... this time you won't know from who you'll receive! It's Secret Santa time!! :D

Halloween Exchange Update!!

I know, Halloween has passed :p So, what am I doing here still talking about it, right? heheheh

I had already called our Pixies to action and yesterday I finally got an answer from Deb! Our deadline was back in October (1st) but Deb had some trouble to deal with, she would be late on the posting but would still send a parcel to Rita.. so I waited. One month after, Halloween came and still no smoke sign from Deb.. I have to say I was disappointed. I do understand that life happens but I also know it only takes one minute to send an email. I never heard back from Deb until yesterday, not about the parcel to Rita or that she had received Cucki's parcel!

Ladies, please, I ask for such simple rules to follow..
Sending an email to let me know you're behind, letting me know you haven't disappeared or forgotten about your partner, send an email saying you have received a gift. Those shouldn't even be rules, that's being polite.

This group has been great on our exchanges, we have wonderful stitchers and committed friends! But I have to worry with those friends who do it all and then.. their mailbox is empty! Why?!.. it shouldn't be...

I will consider this exchange closed, we will start Christmas theme BUT I won't forget that Rita is still waiting with an empty box. So, there's a tiny red flag here. Not totally over.

#3 Halloween Exchange
Sent parcels:
. Heather - Sent!
. Val - Sent!
. Ysa - Sent!
. Noni - Sent!
. Judith - Sent!
. Amber - Sent!
. Nia - Sent!
. Angel - Sent!
. Cucki - Sent!
. Deb - UPDATE 2013.11.11 Will send in the next 2 weeks
. Rita - Sent!

Received parcels:
. Heather - Received :)
. Val - Received :)
. Ysa - Received :)
. Noni - Received :)
. Judith - Received :)
. Amber - Received :)
. Nia - Received :)
. Angel - Received :)
. Cucki - Received :)
. Deb - Received :)
. Rita

November 8, 2013

Halloween Exchange - from Dominican Republic to Australia

Happy Halloween! (belated Halloween...)

Hi girls, it's my turn to show you what a gorgeous package I received from **Ysa** (Detallitos de Ysabel) this week.

Halloween Exchange Package from **Ysa**
Halloween Kitty
Ysa sent me the most delightful Halloween kitty and a package of goodies including threads and beads, charms, ribbons, pegs, a lovely orange tea towel that has a great border just right for stitching, a lovely post card as well as a souvenir key ring.  I think that the tea towel will look rather good all stitched up for Halloween next year!

Thank you Ysa for the most brilliant exchange package.  I absolutely love it all... kitty is just delightful... He will be on show all year round not just at Halloween!

Til next time, happy stitching