Tuesday, December 1, 2009

SBBC for 2010

Dear SBBC Friends -

I think I should post something about next year and the SBBC - there will be no SBBC 2010. I have enjoyed organizing this great group of for the last two years and feel that there should be a break of a year and a reevaluation for 2011. If you have any ideas or suggestions for a better SBBC you can post here or just send me an email.

Thank You!!


Friday, November 27, 2009

Thank you Edgar!

I received a great birthday gift from Edgar today! He stitched me a "Sheep" from the Prairie Schooler and mounted in into a beautiful wooden box. The box was full of lovely things: a pair of scissors, a California Impressions magnet, Poppy seeds, aromatherapy body lotion, cute fabric for finishing and some delicious Godiva chocolate. Thank you Edgar so much! This was a perfect gift!

And I'd like to add another thanks to Edgar for being my Angel stitcher since my original partner disappeared and I didn't receive a package on my birthday on September. I know you are very busy and I am happy that you found time to put together such a wonderful gift for me. It was well worth the wait! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Birthday Package Received!

I received my great birthday package last Friday. More about it on my blog here.

Thanks Val and Edgar!

LauraB in Utah

Friday, November 20, 2009

Birthday gift

I'm sorry I have not posted here sooner (not been well). I sent out a birthday package and I expect it to land very, very soon - maybe today - with my exchange partner. Hope you enjoy, and have a great birthday.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birthday Package On The Move!

Just a quick note to say that my birthday exchange is on it's way to a special lady. It may get there early so it's up to the recipient if she can resist or not. I hope it is well received.

A Present for Margaret V.

I hope Margaret enjoyed opening her present on her birthday! Happy Birthday!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Birthday Girl's Goodies are on the way!

Shouldn't take long at all! Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A package from Rachel arrived safely

Yesterday the mail man brought me a box - all the way from USA. Rachel stitched me a beautiful little pincushion in my favourite shades of blue and in a pattern I had long wanted! Not only that - there was a piece of fabric, some floss, a chart, pins and a couple of cute little memo pads. Many thanks Rachel. This was a lovely surprise to come home to after a hard day at work. I really appreciated the greetings in your card. Hope your baby arrives safely.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thank You Leena!

Just look at the fantastic birthday exchange I received from Leena. I love my little stitched catkin. Inside are lots of great buttons and rose bows. Leena also sent a cute chart, some great Bohin scissors that don't show up well in the snap, fabric and trim, and a notepad. All these goodies were packed in the pretty tin, which will no doubt hold lots of my stash. Again, thank you so much Leena!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thank you Srinity!

Look at this lovely package that arrived from Srinity in Finland! I LOVE IT!!! Christmas Row by Bent Creek is a pattern that I wanted to stitch for myself someday and now I don't have to. Plus, she made it into a wonderful wallhanging that I cannot wait to put on the wall this Christmas.
She included some other treats as well: fabric, CHOCOLATE, Red Thread pattern off my wishlist, thread holders, a kitty ornament, and some very cute scissors which immediately went into service. This was a wonderful treat for me! Thank you very much!
P.S. Did I mention the chocolate was scrumptious?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thanks Kathy

I received my packaged today. Since my birthday is not for a month, i have put it away for now. But might open it on a really bad day

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Package in the mail!

FYI, my partner's package is on it's way as of yesterday ~ hope she likes it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birthday Exchange Received

I received my birthday exchange from Judith in the Netherlands today. She stitched a Spring design that she quilted into a project pocket. This will come in very handy to keep my threads and scissors for small projects. I love it! She also sent generous cuts of linen which will be useful for future projects.
Thanks Judith!

Package on the way

My package started it's journey today, it should arrive in time. Hopefully the birthday girl likes everything, I enjoyed stitching and choosing what to send :)


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Package on it's way to it's new home

A certain birthday package went out in the mail today. I will be heading for Arizona soon and wanted to make sure this package was on it's way before I left. I know it is early. Let's see if she will wait or open it right away lol.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Thankyou Melissa

Sorry I'm late but I have been away and just got back this afternoon, so a picture will follow, but I wanted Melissa to know that her most wonderful, wonderful parcel had arrived safely and that I love everything - I will take photos in a bit and put them on for you all to see.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A birthday gift from Stephanie

This year I received my gift from Stephanie in England. It arrived well before my birthday but I didn't get to the post office to pick it up until after I came back home from my trip to London. I got quite excited on my way back home from the post office seeing the return address on the big box was Stephanie's. I had sent her an crazy exchange once and the return exchange she sent back was so beautifully stitched and finished.

Once I opened my gift I was in for a special surprise. I couldn't believe my own eyes, the box was filled with lots of small packets, everything wrapped individually. And whow, Stephanie well and truly spoiled me at my birthday, so many stitching treats.

Stephanie had stitched me not one but 5 items. She chose to stitch from Autumn Leaves by the Prairie Schooler. She made me a beautiful pinkeep, a needlebook, a scissor fob and two thread keepers. Everything is so beautifully stitched and finished, those items are just perfect. Here is a picture of the stitched items.
Stitched beauties from Stephanie

And the box was filled with extra goodies. I received 2 lovely fabric pieces, 2 pieces of cotton fabric for finishing and another piece of fleece fabric. Some monster magnets, 2 blocks of chocolate, lots of ribbons, a lovely orange thread, some thicker ribbons, some pins for finishing, metal rings, a beautiful floral box that I put my ribbons in. And lots of balloons, some birthday candles and confetti. Here is a picture.
Bd goodies from Stephanie

And this wasn't all as Stephanie also sent me 3 patterns from my wish list. Alphabeth Pumpkin by JBW Designs, Christmas Biscornu by Just Nan and Where Stitchers Gather by The Victoria Sampler. And she also sent the threads and embellishments needed for Where Stitchers Gather.
Charts from Stephanie

Words can't really describe the feeling I felt when I had opened all my gifts and saw all this stitching stash sitting in front of me. I was overwhelmed, thank you ever so much Stephanie. You have made my birthday very special this year and I wish I could give you a hug and thank you properly. I really love my birthday gift from you, I am truly being spoiled by you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Birthday Exchange Mailed... Twice

I sent my package off to my partner some time ago, but it came back because I coppied the address incorrectly. Silly me! I just finished repackaging and adding goodies and am off to the post office as we speak (don't worry, hubby is driving). I hate to spoil the suprise, but I don't want for my partner to think that I forgot. Happy Birthday dear Tracy, enjoy your day!

Amy Varnell-Miller

Happy Birthday to Me

My fabulous prize from Paula D. has arrived "up north." (I only think that's funny because I'm from NH originally, and the dude and I hike the Mason Dixon line every once in a while.) I've blogged about my special birthday gifts here.

Thanks, again, Paula!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Package on its way

One Birthday gift started its journey from Finland to its destination last week. I'm sorry it will be late. I hope the person who gets it likes it. :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thank You Su

I received a wonderful Birthday present from Su - here is a snap...

Su stitched a lovely bag, strawberry and small reindeer pyn pillow - included where some super stitching goodies!! Thank you so much Su I love everything!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thank You Anna S.

I received a package in the mail today from Anna S. I read her post yesterday so I knew what it was. Now, I could wait a few days, maybe, but there is no way I could wait 3+ weeks. So...I opened it.

OMG! It was wonderful. Anna, you really checked me out because everything is so me.

First there was this...

It is so beautiful. The stitching and the finishing. And, it is purple. WOW. Then, there was all of this...

A very cute pattern of pumpkins, pink fabric--love this--great for my pink stitches, lots of purple threads--2 different silks, Weeks, Sampler Threads, Crescent Colors and Impressions. Great colors. And, a hedgehog. He is so cute!

I probably should have waited but I just couldn't and since I was having kind of a blah day, I thought why not.

Thank you so much, Anna. I love everything and I can tell you really put alot of thought into it as everything fits me to a tee!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Package winging its long way...

...to someone who will receive it most probably much too early... but for family reasons, I had to post it in a little in advance, it was actually sent last week. Dear someone who will find a package from abroad one of these days in your mailbox, please decide whether you want to open it early or wait till your special day!

anna s.

Package on its way!

My package is taking a grand tour from the south to the north!
Happy Birthday!
Paula D

Monday, October 5, 2009

Birthday package sent

My package is winging away to my partner. I hope she will enjoy the pressies as much as I've enjoyed selecting them for her! Best wishes to the birthday girl!

Happy Birthday to... ???

Hello all, I'm off to the post office just now to post off my exchange. Hope you enjoy it birthday girl!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Look out, look out

There is a parcel winging its way to the US from the UK for my birthday partner, a little late in sending I know, but it should arrive just after the recipients birthday. - It'll make the occasion last a little longer I hope. Sorry about the late sending its just I couldn't get a lift to the Post Office until now


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thank you Lynn!

I received a wonderful exchange from Lynn on my birthday! I've posted and written more about it in my blog. Thank you so much Lynn, this was a wonderful gift!!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thanks a bunch!

My SBBC gift from Karol arrived early. I was scheduled to work my B'day weekend to I willed myself to wait to open the individually wrapped items and boy am I glad I did. Karol really made my whole weekend worthwhile. Thank you Karol for the wonderfully stitched and finished needleroll and all the extras that were included. I cannot tell how much I appreciate you.

Thank you,


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gift in the mail

Well, I opened my mailbox yesterday and to my surprise and delight this lovely package was in the box. My birthday gift from Ulla.
Ulla included some lovely fabrics, napkins, floss winders, olive scented candles (they are wonderful) and a French pattern of my initial. The card was just too cute. The licorice sticks at the top of the photo quickly disappeared into my DH's stomach - he LOVES licorice.
Thank you Ulla for your pretty gifts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Gift is on its Way!!

Just wanted to say that some one is having a birthday early next month and a gift is on it way to her!! Hope she enjoys it.
May you be blessed with stitches,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Early gift from Margaret arrived!!

I received the most wonderful exchange from Margaret yesterday!
Look at this gorgeous tin she made me. I was so surprised when this
arrived. My Birthday isn't until September 4th-so I wasn't expecting
it so soon. As soon as I unwrapped the maling wrapper, I saw coffee
themed fabric and then I had an idea what it was. She must have read
my blog to find out that I LOVE coffee because most everything inside
the tin is coffee themed! thanks so much Margaret, I love everything!
Especially the coffee fabric. And the design on the tin is beautiful!! I have
sent you an email as well!

Here are the goodies I found inside the tin!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Birthday Gift Arrived

Today I received my Birthday package from Tammi from A Stitch In Time:

The package was stuffed full!! A stitched piece, patterns, aida cloth, hop, snips and many more extra's. I could not really get it in all one picture.
thank you so much Tammi for doing another package after the first was lost.
May you be blessed with stitches,

Thursday, August 13, 2009

belated birthday for june

someone in america had a parcel on her way to her and never recieved it for her birthday in june.. so anther one is on its way and was posted yesterday really hope this one makes it .. so happy belated birthday and keep an eye on the post in america..


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Birthday gifts received!

Last week I received an early birthday gift from Becky K. She told me she wasn't sure how much time it will take for the package to travel from USA to Peru so she sent it early that way I would receive it on time for my birthday :) She made a beautiful pinkeep with a Lizzie Kate design (August block) and she included great goodies in her package (a chart from my wish list, a cute little pair of scissors, rings, a highlighter and a some fabric)
Thank you Becky for this wonderful birthday gift!!!

Birthday gifts

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thank You Gwen!

I received this really nice birthday parcel from Gwen last week! I had to squish everything onto a windowsill to photograph it because the weather was so poor here (dark and rainy) - so nothing looks as good here as it does in person! She stitched me a cute little mattress pincushion... and look at all the treats!

Thank you so much Gwen - a very nice package and I love it all!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

hiya all a very big thankyou for the wonderful gift i received off of Nic from http://beebarfsblog.blogspot.com/ (a girl as mad as birds.). lol the pyn keepe is wonderful and this is the first one i have of these so i really want to try and make one myself.. and the wonderful pin cushion.. the embroidery is brill. I also recieved several charts a foldup pair of scissors magnet and some hand dyed thread.. mm wonder what i am going to use that decisions decisions..

thankyou so much..


happy stitching and happy birthdays..

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A package is on its way

Yes, I am organised enough that my package for ??????? is now on its way to......
I can't give you any more hints but promise a post when I know it has arrived.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Birthday Package Mailed

On July 27th I mailed a Birthday package to an individual who has an August birthday. It may take a few days since it is being shipped to an address outside of the USA.
Happy Birthday! :D

August Birthday Exchange

I mailed my Birthday exchange partner's package this morning. I haven't a clue how long it will take because I have never mailed to this country before.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Package on the way.

I mailed my birthday package on Friday. It should make it to its destination on time.

Happy Birthday partner! I hope you will like your package.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Edda is the best!

Look at all the wonderful things I received in my birthday package from Edda!

I actually received two packages, one including her handiwork (the biscornu, pin cushion, and scissor fob) with the scissors and two cross stitch patterns that I have been wanting. She then had another package sent from 123 Stitch that included the needles, thread and ANOTHER pattern that I absolutely love. How cool is that??!!!!

Her stitching is divine and I will treasure all the wonderful things she sent. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so grateful for your kindness and generosity.

Heidi (heidistitches)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Received the birthday package!

Dear Elanor, thank you very much for all the goodies you sent to me, you really spoiled me. BTW is it just a coincidence or this year are all the givers and receivers paired :-) As I was your partner to your birthday, if I am not wrong :-))

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birthday package arrived from Germany

Gaby my package arrived today and you really spoiled me. I will post pics a bit later, we are getting ready to go out to dinner. I haven't found the needle though. LOL That is the biggest biscournu i have ever seen and so beautifully stitched and finished!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Birthday Package

A short post to say that someone with a birthday tomorrow will get her package a bit late as it was posted only today, sorry...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Birthday packages

Just wanted to let you know that my birthday recipient will have two packages arriving. One is coming from an USA online shop and the other package will come directly from Iceland. Please be on the lookout and I hope you will like your gifts.

All the best,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lynn received her package

I hope it's okay with Lynn, me posting this picture. I don't have her emailadress so I can't ask her and I read on her blog she received my package on June 17th, but wasn't able to post.
Here's the link to her blogpost and here's the picture of what I sent her. I would have used my own pictures, but I lost it because of a recent computercrash :(

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Birthday package...

...I sent out a birthday package today, well I guess it will be some days late, sooo sorry about that, but I wrote down a wrong date;-((

Happy stitching,
Gaby from Germany

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Birthday goodies!

Look what came in the mail for me. I saw the return address from Down Sunshine Lane and thought, I didn't order anything, well I just had to open it. Inside was a cute SB pattern Flag. Plus some needles, hurray for that. I had lost my last needle, couldn't find it. Here's hoping that John's feet don't find it! And a new floss color, the note just said SBBC from Heather MacKenzie Enjoy! Which I most certainly will. I am a big patriotic nut! You become one when you have family in the military! Perfect choice Heather! Thanks so much!


aka: DaisyGirl

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Two package on the way for someone

Just wanted to let someone know that two packages are their way to a birthday girl. She will get some special from Canada and somethings from a Lns in the states so be on the look out

June 21, just wanted to post my package came back to me for some reason known only to the postal system so it has been re-mailed

Birthday gift from Edgar

Sorry to let you know this late, but I just got home from a week's holiday and my birthday package was here waiting for me... I had such a great time opening all the gifts:
- chocolate (smells good)
- Lizzie Kate Christmas is... chart with buttons
- bath salt (white tea and ginger; ginger should be good for my RA)
- a lovely magnet (California Impressions - Mount Vista)
- California Poppy seeds
- Gingher Stork scissors (so beautiful!) and

the loveliest pinkeep!!! The pattern is from the Crown & Thistle Quaker Seasons Purse and it is so pretty with the matching fabric, cord and ribbon!
This was my first year here, and I have enjoyed it so much! Thank you, Edgar, for all these gifts!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Package sent

Today I sent a package to my SBBC partner. I hope it arrives soon and that sheis happy with it :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Birthday gift recieved from Tracy N

I got this lovely package through the post today. It was my birthday on the 4th but I went away that day and missed the post. Tracy stitched this lovely biscornu - her first! Well done Tracy - it's perfect. She also sent me some lovely goodies too. Thanks so much Tracy - Love it.

Birthday exchange from Tracy from New Zealand

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Birthday package from Carla

See the wonderful pillow and all the super goodies I received from Carla all the way from Peru!!

First, the pillow... absolutely awesome finishing, the result is soooo very sweet and cheerful, with assorted beads all around! It is a pattern I didn't have but so wanted to, and here I get it already finished into such a lovely decorative item! I love it, Carla!
I'll refer you to Carla's blog to see more pictures.

And then, the goodies... Fantastic linen from Enchanted Fabrics, a company I didn't know, two other pieces of very lovely fabrics, lots and lots of variegated DMC floss, and a chart from my wishlist. Just wonderful!!

Thank you so much again, Carla!! Love it all!!
A big smile to you, Edgar, too, for organising this exchange.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Birthday exchange received

I received my birthday exchange from Edgar yesterday. Edgar stitched a design from Ewe & Eye & Friends called Garden Gate Hare and finished it to the top of a box.
Edgar also included a pattern from my wish list and some lavender soap, flower seeds and magnet and notebook. Thank you Edgar.

I would just like to add that Edgar was good enough to send me this exchange because my original partner who claimed the package was mailed did not come through. My birthday was last March and I was hoping that my exchange would have made it to me, but apparently it was lost in the mail and for whatever reason my partner felt her responsibility was done as soon as she mailed it. So thanks again Edgar for sending me a great birthday package.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Here it is...

the gorgeous parcel of goodies that Hazel sent me for my birthday.
The stitched piece is from "Thank you Sarah Tobias" BB Designs and she made some lovely thread holders with the backing fabric she used. Stitched on 40ct linen using Threadworx thread. Oh and the goodies are wonderful, the chocolates are heavenly, I'm about to guzzle down one of those hot choccies (perfect as its raining here today) and some gorgeous Dragon Floss made in Wales, UK.
My favourite surprise though has to be the two charts Hazel sent me from my wishlist, The Gathering Place - Rabbit Run & The Sampler Girl - Rain in the Country.

Thank you soo much Hazel, you really made my day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Birthday Parcel...

has arrived from Hazel. I'm going to do the right thing and hang out until my birthday to open it, I'm soo excited!!
Just wanted to let Edgar and Hazel know it had arrived safely, and a photo will be forthcoming once I open it on my birthday.
Many thanks

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lovely gift from Carol S received!

Carol was my partner -- how happy am I?! She stitched the Bianca Scissor Pocket by Cat's Whiskers Designs on 32 ct. White Belfast with Caron Waterlilies in Hyacinth and Moss. It is so delicate and delightful -- I love it! She also sent along some DMC scissors, a big piece of hand dyed lugana, a fat quarter, some pins and pretty purple ribbon, and a La-D-Da freebie. Thank you so much, Carol!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

hiya my pressies are on there way to my partner so many happy returns and i hope she recieves them in time. Enjoy and have a great stitchey day lol

God bless
tammie b

Monday, May 18, 2009

Parcel mailed

I mai my partners birthday parcel on the weekend
I hope it aarives on times for the special day :)


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Exchange from Lisa

Lisa (SBBC) sent me a Christmas package, and I love it! She stitched me a deer from Prairie Schooler, Cranberry Christmas, and finished it as a hanging pillow. She added some great goodies: a piece of white 22 count aida, floss rings, ribbon an cord, a keyring that can be used to put something small in it, and Kreinik blending filament, blue. Thank you, Lisa!

and the back:

and here is a picture of the whole package!

Friday, May 15, 2009


My DH finally downloaded my pictures of my beautiful Birthday presents from Joan! Thanks again! I could not get a good close up of the pendent that Joan made, but believe me it is beautiful!
Paula D

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Birthday Package on the way....

.... Edgar, I sent off a package of gifties yesterday.. to ?????


Monday, May 11, 2009

Birthday parcel...

on its way to someone special! Hope they get it in time and they like it. xx

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Aaaaahhhhhh! Wow! Brilliant!

Hello all - it came! And I love it!! The lovely Diane stitched me not just one, but SIX separate birthday gifts - a whole set of smalls! I absolutely love them - Diane hope you got my (rather gushing) email :)

I don't want to upload too many photos to this blog, so here is a photo of the package, wrapped and unwrapped, and more photos are on my own blog if you're interested.

Thank you Diane - I'm simply delighted with my birthday present :)