Saturday, December 14, 2013


There is a little something going your way directly from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I hope you'll like it.


RAK from Carolyn

Some lovely beads arrived this week for my current project from Carolyn.  She also included some beading needles :)  I can hardly wait to get the stitching finished so I can begin to bead!

Thank you again Carolyn for your very thoughtful and generous RAK.  It is very much appreciated :)

Friday, November 1, 2013


       i am feeling like a happy puurfect cat today :)
 such a sweet RAK from dear BIANCA....
                super sweet cat card......just perfect for ME...a CAT LADY I AM ^-^
and ...
the whole set of LK SNOW BELLES charts.....i am sooooooooooooooooooooo
                                      crazyyyyyyy happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
these cute snow buddies made my day.....
                                             in a summery african day today....
          i smiled and smiled alotttttttttttt
                   ME HAPPY (:
        love and hugs

Thursday, October 31, 2013


           super fairy cute..
my sweet gift....
RAK from dear JUNE...
    thank you dear..i love my gift so much.... i will open my other chrismas present on the christmas.....
                    sending you lots of love

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Winner of the 2013 JCS Christmas Ornament Magazine...

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for the warm welcome and I hope that I won't let anyone down.

The winner of the 2013 Christmas Ornament Magazine is....

Lisa V!

Congratulations to you Lisa. I will have your magazine in the mail today.

Thank you to those who took part. I hope to have another giveaway sometime in the near future.

Hugs, Carolyn

Monday, October 28, 2013


                         my first christmas gift from our dear friend JUNE..
so sweetttttttttttttttttttttt
...i will wait for the christmas to open it :)
     thank you dear june..
you are a sweet heart...
             i am so happy for my sweet gift from you <3
...sending you big beary hugs
       cucki xxx

Monday, October 21, 2013

Announcing the new host and a Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

I will be your new host for this blog. If there are any questions you have regarding anything please send me an email. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you. This is my first attempt at being a host of a blog. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I hope we can do many fun things together.

I will tell you a few things about me. My name is Carolyn and I am married to Bill. We have been together since 1991. We have one son William who turned 18 in September. We have two cats Kineo who is 6 years old and Mookie who is 2 years old.

My favorite thing to do is cross stitch. I've been stitching for 20 years and I don't want to stop. I also enjoy riding my bike, reading, listening to music, watching Nascar, football, and baseball.

I want to give a big "Thank You" to Angela for putting this blog and idea together and allowing me the opportunity to continue. If there are any questions that I can't answer she has graciously offered her service if needed. I hope I can fill her shoes.

I would like to start off with a giveaway. I have an extra copy of the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments Magazine. If anyone is interested please leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Tuesday October 29th. I will mail in the USA and Internationally. Good Luck to All!

Hugs and Happy Stitching, Carolyn

Friday, October 18, 2013

Anyone want to take over this blog?

Hi RAK Members

I am looking for someone to take over this blog for me.  Please email me if you are interested.  I just don't have the time for stitching or blogging anymore but I really want to see the kindness continue on without me.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Snow Belles!

I have just put my last stitches in the Lizzie Kate Snow Belles charts. To celebrate my finish, I would like to gift someone the set of six. If you're interested in stitching the this series, please leave a comment on this post, and when I get a chance to go to the post office I will randomly surprise someone.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thank you Gracie

such a huge treat from our dear GRACIE
..........i am having so much with them all...
lots of cute designs and my to do list is getting more longgggggggggggggg
           kisses and love
                  happy cucki xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thank you

Thank you Grace! I have received a most lovely surprise. The chart is fantastic!!!

Birthday RAK

Here is a Birthday RAK I stitched for Angela.

Danybrod  ------  L'Amitie.

Monday, August 26, 2013


My dear friends,
            another sweetiepie gift....
such a sweet day of postie and it truly made me smile :)
                   a big smile here :D)
My sweet friend  ELENA sent me a sweetest gift.....
              very sweet card...and...
look at this cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee sewing role....
The first sewing role of my little life........... cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee......
this is so cute and i truly love it from my heart <3

                you so generous and so kind...i am very happy here.


hello dear friends!
        aww look at my sweet birthday gift from my dear friend DAWN
such sweetttttttttttttt stitches ...cutie kitty pillow pin cushion....
sweet chartssssssssssssssss and very cute birthday card.
thank you dear....
                    I LOVE IT ALL!!!
you so sweet and so generous.
love you
cucki x

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hello everyone

Just popping in to say hello and introduce myself.  I'm Sue and I live in Derbyshire with DH and our three cats, we've been married for 35 years today, all of them lovely. We've three daughters, four grandchildren and another due on September 10th.

Other than cross stitch I love my garden, like to read, knit, bake and I sometimes have a dabble at making cards.

Looking forward to getting to know you all, it's amazing that there are still blogs out there that I've not found before which is a nice surprise as I love to see what other stitchers are sewing.

Best wishes,

Sue x

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Two little chicks

Here are my two little chicks in their new forever home. ...thanks so much, Gaynor!
You have no idea how much this package cheered me up today!
hugs, lynda


Awwww such happy cute chick family :)
i so much wanted to say a huge thank you to dear stitcheranon...for my lovely RAK.
..........they all so cute and i dearly love them.
you made my day dear friend.
big hugsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
HAPPY CUCKI  xoxoxox

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Missing RAKs

Hi, I was a bit late sending out my RAKS and I see from my many mails this morning that some of you have changed addresses...and I know I sent out to at least one of you which an altered addy!

Please please can you double check re: your last addy.  Carolyn especially!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The winner of the 2013 JCS Halloween Ornament Magazine is...

Hello to all, I had my husband draw a name last night.

The winner is....

Congratulations Gracie...I will be sending you an email shortly to get the magazine in the mail to you as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone who took part. I will be having another giveaway soon.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Temporary Address Change/Group Changes Too!

Hi RAK Members!

Just wanted to let you all know that I am having to get all of my mail re-directed once again due to construction issues at my building.  I'll be sending out a new Member List later on tonight with my temporary address.  If you want to mail out any RAK's to me for the remainder of this year can you please use the temporary address.  Sorry for any confusion :)

I've made a few changes to the group.  I will continue to be hosting this blog and any future requests to join should still be sent to me (Angela) at apxstitch at gmail dot com.  It is no longer a requirement to send out the one RAK in the first year of joining this blog.  It's too confusing to keep track of it and it defeats the purpose of this blog which is to share kindness with others as you choose to.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just Cross Stitch 2013 Halloween Magazine Giveaway!

Hello Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in the latest JCS 2013 Halloween Magazine? I will mail to the USA and Internationally. Just leave your name on this post and I will choose a winner on Tuesday August 13, 2013. Good Luck!

Hugs, Carolyn

RAK sent

A small (but hopefully welcome) RAK on its way to a place I would love to visit when I win the lottery! :)
A second one almost ready to go

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Thank you, Cucki!!!

I received this lovely RAK from Cucki....thank you so much! This has been a very trying week for me and my family and your beautiful gift could not have come at a better time. Thank you again!

hugs, lynda

Thursday, August 1, 2013

RAK received!

Thank you so much Carolyn: your wonderful RAK arrived yesterday.   I love it.  It was perfect timing as I was as low as I could be waiting for my hospital appointment.

Thank you so much.

RE the hospital: it went well.  My surgeon came to see me even though he was meant to be on annual leave and I have had all sorts of tests done and will get the results next week.  He is an amazing Dr and I am really lucky to have him.

So all is well (or better than it was).

Carolyn sent me my three favourite things.  Tinkerbell and Daisies and the Sea!

A Tinkerball folder, a Tinkerbell Notebook, Tinkerbell tissue paper, Country Cottage Needleworks Surfside Cottage charts, which has the sea and the daisies on it,  the linen and the threads needed to stitch it.

It is all perfect.  Thank you so much Carolyn xxxxxxxxxx  It really did make a difference to my day xxxxxx

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Three RAKs sent

There are three RaKs being sent; two hen pin cushion ones and a halloween hanger (there are little triangles on the back for you to add some wood (cant remember accurate term sorry) so you can hang it or use as a table mat.

I am so sorry but if they look like they have been shoved in envelopes and sent to you, it is because they have.  Most of you will know I had breast cancer just under two years ago: well everything started to fall apart on Friday and I spent all of Sunday in A and E.  I will get to see my specialists on Thursday so wish me luck.

I have got gift cards and wrapping paper but we have been so stressed I have done the usual...put them in a safe place and we are all too uptight to go around looking for them.  You know how it is; the more you look the less you see.

Know that they are being sent with love and I hope you enjoy them xxxxx

The Cat's Meow

That's what I felt like when I received this wonderful RAK from Kaye. She had a chart giveaway a couple of weeks ago and I was the lucky winner.

Accompanying the charts was one of the prettiest cards I've ever received.

Thank you so much Kaye for this wonderful RAK. I'm a huge fan of cats and these charts will be put to good use. I'm already trying to decide on a colour for the cat sampler.

Friday, July 26, 2013

RAK headed to....

I haven't done a RAK in months. I sent out a big yellow envelope to...I can't say...However I can tell you it is leaving the United States..I hope she likes her RAK! Hugs, Carolyn

RAK anyone???

Hi, I have been a bit lax re RAKs the past few the chance of an RAK comment ONLY if you really, really, totally, completely love Halloween.  I don't mean like..I mean love.  You decorate your house, children, hubby, and the dogs and cats.

Is this you?
If it is let me know!

Now, I have some lovely pin cushions looking for good homes.....but again, comment only if you LOVE chickens.  I know, sounds weird.  You don't have to love them as much as my husband! But at least really like chucks!

Trust me rofl xxxxx  Let's give the Irish post some business ladies!!!

xxxxxxxxxxx Gaynor (stitcheranon)

Thank you.

Just like to send a big thank you to my sweet friend cucki , for my lovely RAK.
Just love every thing and the doll is so pretty , you made my day thank you .

When this hot weather stops I will be sending a few more stitched RAKs out .
Happy stitching to every one and hope you are enjoying the summer. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

RAK in the mail (:

Hi there!
An RAK is going for a bit of a trip to the other side of the world from me to ...
My two sweet friends...
  I hope they both receive it soon.
Hugs and love
Cucki <3

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pretty little hats.

Hi everyone ,
 I had a wonderful surprise in the post this afternoon from McKenna , thank you so much .
Look at these little sweet hats , they are so cute , and what better timing I have a new  GGS coming this weekend and a GGD arriving  in about two weeks time.

So pretty love the colours.

How cute look at this little fish .

Thank you for your kindness.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Jardin Prive Giveaway winner

....... and the winner  of the Cat Designs from Jardin Prive

........    is Lynn  from Kearnel's Korner.  Congratulations, Lynn.

Lynn, I have emailed you to let you know - please email me your snail mail address and these two lovely patterns will be on their way to you.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

giveaway winner

I used the old-fashioned method, which is much more fun than the random number generator, and the winner of the needlebook  is.... Carolyn!

Will try to wrap it up and put it in the mail for you today
Hope you will like it!

Friday, June 28, 2013

An RAK for who? Maybe you?

Hello lovely fellow RAKers,

I feel as if I have been so remiss!  I have not yet had a chance to make a gorgeous RAK item for anyone of you.  Life seems to be so busy with my family, my work, my sick Mum and the SALs, RR and Exchanges I am already involved in.  But I do so want to be an active, generous member of this great blog!

So, I have been through my Stash Empire and I have chosen a couple of favourite Cat designs from Jardin Prive for the kitty cat lovers among you:

Please comment on this post and let me know if you would like them - if I have more than one person interested I will have a draw.  I will keep this open until next Friday.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Received an awesome RAK

Hi all!

I received an awesome RAK from Linda O.  I'll take and post a picture later today, but right now I have a sick 10 yr. old laying on me.

Linda, I am completely overwhelmed by all of the goodies that you sent me.  It was such a wonderful surprise.  The box that you sent everything in was amazing also.

Thanks again for totally spoiling me.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wonderful Postie Day

Hi every one ..... I received yesterday from Melanie a beautiful machine stitched needle book complete with wee sparklies on it too ... she even did the lace inside which holds the scissors ... it really is stunning and all because I inspired her to go to a stitching shop ... I said if this is what I get for that .... I am thinking of other places to inspire her to go to 
Her DH made me a lovely stuffer tool to help me get the stuffing into my wee pin pillows ... this is one tool I will use a lot and can't wait to give it a try out ....... thank you once again Melanie :) love mouse xxxxx
beautifully wrapped

simply gorgeous

look at the bling on the lace :) 

my new stuffing tool :)

RAK giveaway

As some of you may have noticed, I love stitching smallish items like pincushions and needle books. I just cannot stop making them :) so I thought it would be fair to share some!
This is the last needle book I finished. The chart is by Nikyscreations, and I worked it on a rather coarse fabric, to give it a more rustic look. I like the way it turned out, and would love to give it away as a gift. I know that not everyone is into primitive designs, but if you like it, just let me know. Either leave a comment on here or send me an email.
If more than one is interested, I will draw a name on Friday.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Birthday gift from June

Thank you for the beautiful pillow June,  I asked for a link for a sheep pattern and she not only sent me the pattern but a birthday pillow to!  I love the watering can charm!  She included some extra goodies, beads and some ribbon attached to one of her paper crafter butterflies, who wants to use it when it is packaged so beautifully, I think I'll just leave it alone and enjoy how pretty it is.  Sorry they aren't the prettiest pictures (against the keyboard) I was just to darn excited to get into the package :)

Thank you for your kindness June...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

RAK Package Going Out

I had a lot of fun putting this RAK package together and packing it all up.  It will be sent tomorrow morning from me to it's recipient.  I hope you will like everything.....ENJOY!!!!
Linda O

RAK ready to go

Hi everyone
I have just parcelled up an RAK ready to go in the post tomorrow. Hope the recipient likes it and can enjoy using the small gifts made with loving care x

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thank you

Just want to thank sweet Dawn for a beautiful birthday gift Rak.

 Thank you for the beautiful charts and lovely scissor keep they are all just wonderful 
You are such a sweet friend , thank you for my birthday Rak.

Here is the scissor keep in detail how lovely is this gift.
And the charts I want to start now but first I have a few gifts to stitch.
Thank you again sweet Dawn you made me so happy .

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Taking a break...

Hello ladies!  Just wanted to let you know, that due to my busy schedule with the boys, I'll be taking a break from sending out any rak's for a bit.  I'll be sure to let you all know when I'm back ~ thanks for understanding!
Catherine ~ Bramblewood Stitches


My name is Kim, am 56 years old and just joined RAK.  I'm so excited about being part of this wonderful group.  I have a blog ( and love to share my love for needlework with others.  I've just started to design my own patterns and post a free one once a month.  Over the past few months, I am completely overwhelmed at the generous, caring group of people stitchers are and am proud to be a part of this ever-so-small world.

I truly love doing RAKs for others.  I love miniatures, cross stitch, needlework, I paint miniatures on porcelain and LOVE Limoges boxes, dogs, horses, classic movies and John Wayne.....oh - and I must mention my wonderful husband - my soul mate.  He is amazing.  We live on a small farm in Iowa, raise our own organic beef, have an upper garden and a lower garden and orchard.   Our dogs  keep us entertained.  We have a Giant Schnauzer named Bella  (big, black and 85 pounds) - and a tea cup Schnauzer named Emma (tiny, white and 5 pounds).

My birthday is July 19th.  I'm looking forward to meeting you all and developing our friendships through cyber space.

Wanted: Good Home!

Hi Everyone!

Lizzie Kate "Jingle All The Way"

Little House "Peppermint Twist"

I decided to take pics of the 2 ornaments I recently finished that are now looking for a new home.  I will mail them out individually to 2 RAK members at random.  If you are able to give either a good home please leave a comment letting me know which one you would prefer :)  I will automatically include those that have entered into my previous posts.  I'll be mailing them out in the middle of July.

After these RAK's I will be taking a bit of a break from sending some out until later in the year or maybe next depending on time, budget etc.  I will still be your host and please continue to forward any questions you may have to me.  Until further notice can you please remove me from any future RAK's.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

So Surprised ...

Thank you so much Cucki
I love everything you sent !!!

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."(Diana Spencer)

Blessings from 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thank You Lynda

Have a look at this lovely surprise in my mailbox today.  It was my birthday on June 2 and Lynda sent me this great chart that was on my wishlist.  I love it Lynda, thank you soo much for thinking of me.

I dont know what is is about the mail to here lately but everything seems to take the slow plane to arrive.  I just received other gifts aswell and they were all posted around May 20-25.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thank you Cucki!!!

Thank you Cucki for your lovely RAK which arrived today.  It's delay was due to it being checked by Irish Customs lol.  I hope they were inspired by the beautiful beading and knitting!  They were nice enough to reseal the envelope and I love it.  My son's really liked the postcard when I showed them on skype and the wooden drum with shells.  Personally I love it all.  It was nice, smiley post on a grey and wet day.  Thank you xxx

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thank YOU Cucki!

I received two packages, one on Friday, one on Saturday, both from Cucki.  She sent me all kinds of goodies for my birthday, but the one I received Saturday, she sent as a thank you to me, has left me speechless....She is such a blessing and I can't thank her enough,,

My birthday gifts (i opened it a few days early )

My thank you gift, what a gem!

such tiny little crochet chains