Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Winter Exchange

I participated in the Winter exchange over on Stitched with Love.

Lynda very obviously read and paid attention to my"likes."  The package was filled with gorgeous red things, and she stitched me a Blackbird Designs pin pillow in my favorite color.  I absolutely love the combination of red with the grey fabric, and the silvery grey ribbon trim.

Gorgeous pillow, so elegant with the colors an finishing touches

Look at all that red stash!

Just what the wooden pedestal bowl needed,
some red to break up all the pink.

Living in southern California can make it a bit hard to get into the "winter" spirit.  To make things even more difficult, I was mailing out to another Californian - Teresa.  Instead of going with an obvious winter theme, I chose to stitch with icy colors - overdyed Caron Waterlilies silk in Polar Ice and frosted beads that reminded me of icicles.  The design was one of Jeannette Douglas's Quaker Pincushions, which I finished as a box topper.

Box with matching fob

Navy blue paint and a coat of liming wax.  No, this isn't that disgusting 80's pickled oak look.  Hard to tell in the picture due to glare, but it turned out gorgeous and was hard to part with.


You can just barely see the magnetic needle minder I made to match the scissor fob and box.

15 comments:

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Great gifts given and received. I would have had a hard time parting with that box too! It's beautiful!

Parsley said...

Yummy goodies! Exchanges are so fun!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Lovely exchanges. Great idea to represent winter with icy colors! Don't know how you made it go into the package for shipment...

Giovanna said...

Beautiful pieces - what a great exchange.

Krista said...

Lovely goodies in the exchange. Love the red pin pillow!

Vickie said...

Beautiful all around. That is nice to see.

valerie said...

Gorgeous exchange. Both are lovely!

Margaret said...

Wow! Both exchanges are just wonderful!!!! Love all that red you received. And what you sent out -- I can see how it was hard to part with!

Barb said...

What a great exchange . Both are so pretty!

Siobhán said...

What a fantastic exchange! Great idea to do the icy colors for winter. DH was just watching golf last night, a tournament that took place in southern CA, and he was marveling at the weather. Some day we'll get there, we both hope!

cucki said...

so sweet..yummyyyyyyyy goodies x

Cathy B said...

Gorgeous exchanges! I can see why it was so hard to part with that box!

Peggy Lee said...

I saw this box over on Teresa's blog and I love it! I like that shade of blue and I especially like the way you finished the back of the fob. I need to remember that!

Lynn said...

Both exchanges are really beautiful! I love the colour of blue you used. It's so pretty. I think I would have had a hard time parting with it too!

Catherine said...

Beautiful exchange goodies given and received!