Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Charts available

I have some more charts I'd like to offer as RAK's.  I'll list them and if you are interested in any please let me know in the comments.  If I have more than one interested in each chart I will randomly pick the person to send it too.  I will be mailing a few out each month at random :)

L*K Friends Flip It
L*K Santa 2009
L*K Santa 2002
PS Santa 2003
PS Santa 2004
LHN Holly & Berries
LHN Nature's Beauty
CCN Home Sweet Home
CCN Summer Retreats
L*K Tiny Tidings XIV
L*K Tiny Tidings VIII
L*K Tiny Tidings XVI

Thanks Dawn!

I got an RAK from Dawn!  I knew that I had a pattern coming, but I had no idea that she'd include goodies!  :)

She sent me "Time For God" by L*K, tacky glue, and packaged hot chocolate (with marshmallows!):

Thanks again Dawn!!



Today i received the lovely mag from lynda..
it is my first christmas mag :)
thank you dear lynda for this sweet RAK..
big hugs
cucki x

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

RAK from Dawn

Thank you, Dawn for sending me this lovely package!
In addition to the Silver Creek Samplers chart, Dawn was so kind to send some yummy hot chocolate and a mini bottle of fabric glue.  What a way to brighten up my day  :)

Thank You Lynda

Today I received the Halloween Magazine that Lynda offered as a RAK.  Its my first Halloween one.
Thank you for your generosity Lynda.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

RAK from Cucki

Wow, what a happy day in the mail!  I received a Rak from dearest Cucki, I so love the doll, she is so beautiful!  Just perfect!  Thank you for the goodies Cucki!

Friday, January 25, 2013

RAK from Cucki

Just look at this sweet RAK that has just arrived from Cucki!  I love everything but those pink cat scissors are so ME :)  The doll is so sweet and I love postcards too!  Thank you so much again Cucki, I appreciate your gift so much :)


thank you Dawn

Today i received the most sweet parcel from dawn..
everything is so lovely and the sweet blackbird chart is from wish list too..
i love my gift from my heart <3
thank you so much for your kindness..
big hugs
cucki x

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mailed the patterns

Good morning,
I just returned from mailing the packages out to the pattern winners.  Should all have them in a week to 10 days, here's hoping!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This is fun.

  Mr postman came yesterday with a lovely gift from Lynda.   So very kind of you.

This is so much fun, thank you so very much Lynda looking forward to a good read today There are a few ornaments on the front page I want to stitch already , looks a great magazine.

Thank you Lynda

Thank you so much Lynda for my Cross Stitch Magazine, it was such a happy surprise.  I cant wait to start stitching some of the projects inside.

Blinkie Text Generator at

Thank You Jodi

I received the lovely RAK parcel that Jodi sent me today.
Thank you for such a lovely chart and the extras you included will come in very handy.
Thank you for your kindness. 

I will be posting out a RAK of my own in the next week or so to someone who has a chart on their wishlist that I have in my stash.  I have finished with it and now it can go to a new home.  Who will be the lucky recipient!!!!!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

RAK from Lynda!!!

I am so lucky to have received another RAK this month.  I truly appreciate all of the stitchy love and generosity circulating in the group.  It has been fun both on the giving and receiving end of RAKin'.  Here is what Lynda sent me:

This is my first JCS mag and I can't wait to drool over every page and pick out future projects.  Thank you so much, Lynda!!!

I have been Rak'd xx

Thank you so much Jodi for your lovely surprise parcel. It is all just perfectly perfect.

The charts are amazing and I love the fabric.  I can't wait to make something out of it.

And....there's more.

Thank you so much Lynda.  I have never seen a Halloween version of the JCS.  When I lived in the UK we used to have Halloween parties but it isnt something we tend to celebrate in Ireland.  I think I will just have to plan our own celebration now I have charts to make!!!

Thank you so much both of you xxx

Now I feel a bit cheeky but I wonder if I can some of you to do another RAK.  Not for me but for a little girl called Ellie.  Ellie has NFI which causes tumours.  At the moment she is halfway through 18 months of chemotherapy to shrink a tumour in her brain.  Ellie is asking people to send her get well cards.  Thats all.  Just a card.

This is Ellie's address:

 Ellie Dixon
97 Priory Lodge
Co. Kildare

 And this is Ellie's blog.
As her address is on the blog it is fine to show it here also.  (Good point though xx)

There hvent been recent posts as Ellie has been having a bad time with the chemo and her bloods.  I only had 3 months of chemo: I cant even begin to imagine how you get through 18 months.  I hope it is ok to post this here...I wont put it up again xxx Thank you 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Who Wants An RAK From Me?

Hello Everyone!

I was just about to start my first RAK, and then realized that I don't have enough info on the person to make it feel truly personal.

If anyone would like to receive an RAK from me (I can crochet & sew if that helps), please leave me a comment with your birthday and favorite color.

I'd really love to send you something in your favorite color close to your b-day!  It's not a problem if your birthday has already passed.  :)


Thank you.

Oh Jodi , Thank you for my lovely RAK you made my day I was feeling cold and fed up after a visit to the dentist, and when I got home a lovely gift came through my door to bring a cheer to warm my day.
Thank you sweet friend.

Another stitched RAK sent.

Sent another stitched RAK out this morning for a Birthday girl. Have fun everyone.

Winter In a Box

I forgot I'll be sending you Winter in a Box, my apologies!  It'll be going out this week!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thanks Lynda!

I was RAKed by Lynda!

She sent me the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Preview Issue.  :D  My first ever copy of a cross stitch magazine!

I can't wait to stitch them!

Thanks so much Lynda!

Thanks Gaynor!

I won a giveaway for Santa's House by Country Cottage Needleworks over at Gaynor's blog Stitchers Anon.  Included with the pattern was an RAK, so that's why I'm posting here.  :)

Here's what she sent me:

I'll be passing along the pattern once I finish it.  :)

Thanks so much Gaynor!  You really made my day!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pattern Winners

I used a random generator for to pull for the 2 patterns that had more then 1 request.  Here are the results.

Cucki- Stitchers Blessing
McKenna- Time for God
Lisa V- Winter Plaid
Bianca- Eye of the Sparrow

I will work on getting these out this week ! 


Stitching Two Rak's!!

Hello everyone! Just an update from me.  I've been busy stitching away on two RAK's I have planned to go out in a week or so.  I just want to let you all know that when I post them, it will take awhile since our Canadian post has been rather slow as of late.  I am still waiting for Carolyn's RAK and hope that it hasn't been held up at the border for too long!!

Happy Stitching!


Thank you Jodi and CArolyn

First I found this in my mailbox...
what a nice surprise from Jodi. Two patterns, some sweets and pretty ribbon and a charm. The little pad is so cute.

Then the next day, this is what I found..
Both of these were on my wish list...thank you Carolyn for sending them my way.
Thank you Angela for the master address list.  I am ready getting my list in order!

Group Update *Important*

Hi Everyone!

I'm overwhelmed at the amount of RAK's that are already being sent and we've just started!  I wasn't expecting quite so much "traffic" and have been swamped with address requests the past few days :)

I'm hoping that it would be OK for me to send all the members a document with every one's address so we will all have the addresses for our use when needed?

Can every member please email me at apxstitchatgmaildotcom to let me know if they are a yes or no to me sharing their addresses with other members asap I would appreciate it :)  I think this might be the easiest way around the issue since I'm trying to cut back on my computer time not increase it.  I want to spend more time stitching :)  I'm sure you understand, LOL!

Thanks for your help and understanding!

Post dated to stay at the top for about a week

Friday, January 18, 2013

RAK from June (Updated with Picture)

June's lovely first stitched RAK arrived at my home this morning!  I absolutely love it June, thank you again for sending it to me :)  It's absolutely gorgeous and I will treasure it!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rak wacked!

I can't believe that I received another RAK, out of the blue.  Grace, thank you so very much for the gift you mailed to me, I am truly speechless by this wonderful group that Angela has put together for us.

Today I received a Shepherds bush pattern, charms and a card with counting pins attached.

I have been so blessed since I learned about blogging, you ladies are wonderful!    Thank you so much for your kindness.

RAK from Jodi

I was so lucky to find these goodies in my mailbox today from Jodi.  This is my first time ever being RAK'd, so it was extra special!  Jodi sent me Bent Creek's Neighborhood Row, a Valentine themed fat quarter and ribbon.  Also going with the Valentine theme were a mini-notepad, candy, and my favorite, a "Made with Love" heart-shaped charm.  Thank you so much, Jodi!!!

RAKs sent and received!

Magazines were posted yesterday, so they should be arriving at their destinations soon, I hope!

I also wanted to say thank you again  to Gaynor for the wonderful Lizzie Kate design she sent...Sweet Simple of the inspirational boxers. I know you know how much I love this one, and I can't wait to stitch it up.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I sent another RAK

Hello, I sent an RAK to Gracie. Be on the lookout for a yellow envelope which should arrive sometime Friday or Saturday. Enjoy! Carolyn

I've been RAK'd

Wanting to send a big thank you to Jodi for the lil surprise package she included with the Redbird Sampler pattern she sent me.  It was a pleasant surprise to receive extra goodies.  Ribbon, candy, charm, fat quarter, lil notebook plus the pattern!

Two RAK posted :)

Hello dear friends,
I posted my TWO RAK to my two sweet friends..I hope they receive it soon.
Have a super fun day
Cucki xxxx

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tiny Tidings...............Update (Closed)

I'm offering this ornament finish as my first stitched RAK.  I'd like to send it to someone that will love it.  Please leave a comment if interested and I'll pick someone at random to surprise them :)

L*K Tiny Tidings XVII
32ct Mushroom Lugana
DMC alternates

**Update** I've picked a name and the ornament will be on it's way to one of you soon.

First RAK on it's way

Finally made it to the Post Office! So someone will be getting a package in a few to get ready for another!

I was RAK'D by Lynn

Yesterday I went to my mailbox and Lynn sent me a wonderful pattern and 2 skeins of overdyed floss.

Thank you Lynn. I was truly touched by your kindness. I've been down with this flu bug and yesterday you made my day!

This pattern is so special to me. I remember this saying from my childhood. Thank you for the overdyed floss. I can't wait to try them out.



Monday, January 14, 2013

Thank You Carolyn!

I received my RAK from Carolyn today!  She sent me Little House Needleworks "Under the Tree".  She even included linen to stitch it on!

Thank you SO MUCH Carolyn!  I've already started it!  :D

Being blessed with so many RAKs has got my mind spinning with possibilities of goodies for me to send.  I'll be running out to the store soon, so hopefully I'll find what I'm looking for.  :)

Thanks again Carolyn!

Patterns available

Good evening everyone,

I'd like to offer a few patterns to new homes as RAK's, if you are interested, please post by Friday as to which you would like to be considered for, I will then pick the names on Saturday and post the results.  If there is more than one person I will draw names, if you name is chosen for 1 and you put in for more than one, I will not include your name on the next pattern, if there aren't any takers, then I will include all that you have requested.  humm, I hope I made sense.
These patterns are in excellent condition,

Little House Needleworks- Winter Plaid
Erica Michaels- Stitchers Blessing
Lizzie Kate- Time for God
Winter In a Box- Knotted Tree
Silver Creek Samplers- Eye of the Sparrow

Have a wonderful evening!

RAK Received!

I received a very nice RAK today from Carolyn!

Chart from Homespun Elegance - Peace To All.  I also received some very cool tinsel to use for
trimming said design.  

LOVE IT Carolyn.   Thanks so much for your kindness!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Chart RAK's Being Mailed

I finished getting the packages ready last night and will be dropping RAKs into the mail for the following stitchers tomorrow so keep an eye on your mail:

Lisa V

Hope everyone enjoys!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My First RAK...(Closed)

Hello All, 
I thought as its my birthday today it would be a great day to do my first RAK.....yippeeee. 

I would like to offer a Mirabilia Chart 'The Bliss Fairy' to a new home - its brand new, so excellent condition chart.  I have had this chart for years and never got round to stitching her.

Please leave a comment if you  are interested and I will pick a name at random on Sunday evening (CET).

**A name has been picked and on its way to a new home**

Love Lesleyanne xxx


Hi everyone,

My name is Fiona and I live in the northwest highlands of Scotland.  I enjoy stitching a wide variety of designs.  Some of my favourites are Blackbird Designs and Mirabilia.  I have just recently started my first HAED called Footprints and I have Scarlet Letter's Janet Burnet Samplet waiting in the wings.  This will be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to sending out my first RAK in the next couple of weeks.


3 RAK's being sent to....

Hello Everyone, I mailed a RAK to Jodi, Anne and McKenna. This is a lot of fun and I will send out more through out this year. Happy Stitching, Carolyn

Magazine Offerings

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to organize my stash, and I came across some duplicate magazines that I wanted to offer to all of you. If anyone is interested in any or all, please comment and let me know which ones . If more than one person wants one, I will close my eyes and pick a name!
The magazines I have are the following:
  • Just Cross Stitch 2011 Christmas Ornament Issue
  • Just Cross Stitch Annual Halloween Preview Issue 2009
  • Just Cross Stitch Annual Halloween Preview Issue 2010
  • Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Preview Issue 2009
  • Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Preview Issue 2010
  • Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Preview Issue 2011
Can you see why I have to get organized? I can never remember what I already have!
I'll leave this open through Sunday night and get them out next week.

hugs, lynda

RAK received...thank you!!

I received the Coming to America chart from Bianca yesterday! Thanks again, Bianca!
This is such fun!

hugs, lynda

RAK mailed

I just got back from mailing a RAK to Cucki in South Africa!  I hope it makes it in one piece :)

Ready to send

Hi everyone I have now picked someone for my RAK will be posting in a few days , Getting ready to stitch the next one .

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Two RAKS sent

Raks to Lynda and Makenna officially on their way (will be going to the post office any minute lol) xxx Enjoy

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I have been RAK'd !!!

I just received a Country Cottage Needleworks pattern - Gingerbread Cottage - from Angela!

Thanks so much Angela for my first ever RAK.   I really appreciate it!  It made my day! :)

Surprise RAK

A surprise RAK is on its way to Carolyn! This is my first RAK of the year and I'm so excited. Since it's coming from Canada it might take a little longer to reach you Carolyn. Sorry for the wait.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello Everyone...

My name is Lesleyanne Smith, I am originally from Bournemouth in the UK but now live in Krasne, Poland with my lovely Polish Boyfriend - Rafal and our Nanook and cat Mia.

I am a great fan of HAED and Mirabilia stitching, at the moment I am working on a HAED design (you can see my progress on my blog:

I have a wishlist on 123stitch under the email or HAED chart list on my blog.

I look forward to Rak'ing with you and have some ideas.

Thank you for accepting me.
Lesley xxx

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My first stitched RAK of the year.

Hello everyone , I have stitched my first RAK of the year and I was just going to pick someone out of the hat , but this is a free chart that I used and some of you may already have this one stitched up, so thinking about it I will show you and if you like this one leave a comment here and I will then put your names in the hat , and then I will email Angela for your address. So you will have to wait then to see who the postman  or postwoman makes a visit  to .

The Chart is a free one called Friends

I am hoping to stitch a Rak each month so keep looking in.

Friday, January 4, 2013

RAK sent

Today I sent out LHN's Coming To America to Lynda.  I hope it arrives soon!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Chart RAKs

Hello Everyone!

Like Bianca - I would like to start out Raking some of my unused charts if anyone is interested.

These charts are brand new (new condition) - never been stitched - and I would like to gift them to someone that would like to stitch them.

Please leave a comment if you are interested.  If I have multiple folks interested in a particular chart, I will pick a name @ random and surprise the winner!  If you are interested in more than one, don't be shy - let me know.  I would really like someone to get use out of these brand new charts as I know I won't get to them.

I will be adding a few surprises to the charts as well ... :)  I will pull names Monday and begin gathering everything together and getting them in the mail.

Here are the charts available for adoption:

Prairie Moon - Angel Weathervane
Bent Creek - Long Winter
Bent Creek - Blackbird Sampler
Bent Creek - Redbird Sampler
Bent Creek - Neighborhood Row
Bent Creek - Cabin in the Woods
Bent Creek - Signs of Autumn , Signs of Summer, Signs of Spring, Signs of Winter

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Hi Ladies,

Is there one place that everyone's mailing address is??  I'm looking forward to doing my first RAK this month.

Hugs, Michele

Thank You Bianca!

Thank you Bianca for RAKing me Mr. & Mrs. by Heart in Hand!  I LOVE it!  I can't wait to stitch it!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

RAK Sent

Happy New Year!

I have mailed out a surprise RAK to one of you :)  I hope it arrives quickly.  I'll be attempting to mail out 1 RAK per month, alternating between stitched and not stitched.  I am looking forward to passing along a little "kindness".

Happy 2013 to all!

I was RAK'd by Bianca!

Hello Everyone! I was the surprise winner of an RAK that Bianca sent out. Bianca sent me the chart Live, Love, Meow by Barbara Ana! I am so happy to have gotten this chart. I have two cats and I can't wait to stitch this up in their colors and put their initial's on. Thank you Bianca. Hugs and Happy Stitching! Carolyn

1st RAK sent!

I have recieved an RAK from Lynda: a chart which was very unexpected...and I have sent my first RAK.  Whilst I would love to send something handmade with every RAK, being in Ireland means I would have to buy from someone's wishlist from the USA, have it sent to me and then send it back, usually to the USA lol, so if I go the wishlist way, I will have things sent straight from the retailer.  I hope that is ok xxxxxx
And if you make a wishlist on 123 stitch, unless you press 'save', only you will be able to see it.  can you please go and click save and make sure we can see it...thank you xx