Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thank You Melanie!

I was thrilled when I went to the post office today and found this little gift waiting for me.

I was the recipient of Melanie's first RAK. Melanie chose to gift me with a chart from my wishlist. Thank you very much! It brought a smile to my face and made my day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Heartfelt thanks

A very big thank you to Patty for the lovely chart she gifted me with. Patty is a talented designer and I just adore her charts! I'm starting to kit this one up now.
I'm also finishing up my next RAK which I hope to mail out by next week.

My Introduction

Hello all,

My name is Linda O. And I reside in the tourist town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

I am a single mom of 4 children (3 sons- 25,23,19 and 1 daughter 15) and 4 pets (3 cats and 1 dog).  I was married for 21 years and have been divorced for 4.   I am now with a wonderful man for past 1.5 years and very content.

I am also a breast cancer survivor of 2 years now from stage 3a breast cancer.

I worked for 21 years as a public school teacher teaching orchestra.  I taught 4th - 8th graders how to play violin, viola, cello, and bass.  Due to the current economic situation last June my job was eliminated. :(

I am obsessed and love all things cross stitching.  I began the art in early 20s and now due to my job situation have been doing a lot of it.  I recently attended my first cross stitching retreat and also have joined several exchanges and have even started one of my own.

I am excited to be a part of this group!!!

My personal blog is:

My new cross stitching exchange blog is:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thank you June!

I received the following goodies in the mail today from June.   It was the luck of the draw for me!

Thank you so much for the lovely stitched heart!  It is beautiful! Those tiny buttons are so cute and will come in handy with finishing!  I also loved the little post it notes!  Thank you so much - it really made my day!

Thank you Patty

Thank you for the lovely chart you RAKd is gorgeous..def. on my to do list!  Many, many thanks xx

Another one gone....

I was near the Post Office last night so I decided to send out another small RAK to ?????
It shouldn't take long to arrive :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Newbie ...

I just joined the Random Acts of Stitching Kindness Blog.
Looking forward to a year full of blessings for everyone !!!
Lynn, Gaynor, & Sharon check you E-Mail
And there will be something in the post tomorrow for one member of this blog.
I wonder who that will be .............

Thank You Eileen

Eileen, Just wanted to say thank you for the two charts you sent, they are both as lovely as I thought they would be. I plan to gather my supplies for the Welcome chart. Again thank you and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lisa V. ~ Check your email!

Lisa V., 
Check your email!

Cucki ~ Check your email!

Check your email!!

Sheltering Tree...

There were four of you that expressed interest in the Sheltering Tree chart and supplies.
I truly wish I had four sets of this to send to each of you.
The first comment was left by June!  
June, I will be getting this off to you this week.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, February 22, 2013

RAK ready to go

I have my first RAK ready to go in the post tomorrow. It is a chart that was on someone's wish list and comes from one of my favourite designers. Hope the recipient will enjoy!

Melanie x

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


There are to parcels in the mail of Joan Elliott charts for Deb and Mckenna(its not a surprise as they chose them) hope they arrive soon and that you enjot stitching some of them.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Received my first RAK...

I received a beautiful RAK from Angela.  I was so tickled when I received the ornament Most Wonderful Time of the Year by LK from her. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Thanks so much Angela!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Any one for ballerina dancers.

My little heart will be on it's way tomorrow to someone but who will it be !

I have been sorting in my craft room and found this Lanarte  chart Ballerina dancers it is a large chart very pretty if any one would like it just let me now here , or I will then put it on my blog if not.
Sorry about the picture the light just would not take a nice photo.

There are no threads but just the chart .
If more than two of you want it , I will put your name in the hat again.
Happy stitching all, have fun.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thank You LisaV!

I was once again I was RAK'd by the lovely LisaV. She had all ready stitched the pattern "My Favorite Bunny" by PrimitiveBetty's and saw this on my wish list and passed it onto me. Thank you very much LisaV. I love it!

Hugs in Stitching,


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hi everyone. I realize I forgot to write an introduction. My name is Sarah Marchuk and I love cross stitch. I am happily married to my husband, Jim. And we have two cats..Pumpkin, and Miss Kitty. We also have a German Shepherd mix named Lila who is my service dog. I love making new friends and sending and receiving stitchy stuff in the mail. I'm 37 years old and I love to stitch band samplers, samplers, and I would love to try some ccn , lhn, or scarlet letter. I also love Marjolein bastin. I also am very low on evenweave fabric. I enjoy stitching with overdyed threads and one of these days I would love to get a kit from Yiota's cross stitch designs. I love how she packs the kits with valdini floss already wound on the bobbin. She has one of a German shepherd I want to get sometime. I'm so excited to be in this group and look forward to having a lot of fun:-)

Happy Valentine Wishes.

Hello every one I am back with another small stitched goodie if you would like my little heart and some goodies please leave a comment here and I will choose someone tomorrow to send to.

The chart is from Plum Pudding Needleart
called  "Stitched with love."

 And here is the back.
Have a great day all , I will be back again soon with the next one.

Thank you

Michele you are such a sweetie thank you so much for my lovely RAK .

I love it and I am going to stitch this one for my dear husband I know he will love it he spends hours bird watching . 
Beautiful card and some beautiful scissors to add to my lovely collection I am really loving collecting scissors now as much as charts threads and materials.
Thank you my friend you made my dull day a very bright one. 

New member

Hi everyone
I am also new to this group and thought I would introduce myself. My name is Melanie and I am 53 years old and live in the North of England.
I have been stitching, sewing and knitting for as long as I can remember and in my adult life have acquired an enormous amount of stash and goodies that will " come in useful" one day. I am lucky to have my own workroom where I can spend hours doing machine embroidery and sewing but will spend my evenings doing my cross stitch downstairs with DH in front of the television. I work during the week but have just reduced to 4 days, of my own choosing so I can now spend an extra day stitching!
I have been reading this blog for some time and am so inspired by the work that is completed and the kindness shared with one another. I love to create something that will bring joy to someone else and this looks like the place for it to be appreciated, you all seem to have such fun.
Thank you for letting me be a member and I look forward to joining in with you very soon.

I will put a wish list on my blog when I update at weekend, however I love all Lizzie Kate, Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks charts. I too enjoy making ornaments all the year round and little pillows. I love anything winter and Christmas related and have to work hard at stitching other things so this years plan is to make small's that are suitable for display at other times in the year. I love ribbon, cotton lace, charms, beads and cotton fabric, I have an enormous stash of FQ's all organised into pretty colours and enough threads to last a lifetime.

I look forward to getting to know you all and creating some tokens of joy to share with you.

Melanie x

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hello to all of You.

Hello, I'm Deborah, I have just become a member, I am evolving calmly into my middle-aged self, (57) the mother of one grown son, I am a life long letter writer, an avid reader and book lover. My needlework skills are mostly self taught, however my fondest memory was learning to hand sew from my grandmother which led me to a life long interest in sewing and other forms of needlework. I learned to hand sew as a child and continued on from there taking sewing classes in High School.

I learned to crochet at 13 and I still love it. I look back to the days when on the fringes of being a budding flower child I started to hand embroider and string love bead which lead me to beading and jewelry crafting, I collect vintage jewelry, always looking for the perfect piece of old jewelry I can remake into something unique. I do some paper crafting. 

I love old buttons, memories of playing with my grandmother's button tins come to mind whenever I see a jar or tin of buttons at a flea market or antique shop. I love vintage fabrics and hand embroidered linens, and try not to pass up looking through stacks of old handkerchiefs.

This year I am determined to finally stop waiting and start a large cross stitch pattern, I love Joan Elliot's designs have gone out of my way and spent far too much money to let the pattern books and supplies just wait for me to grow confident.

Outside of needle crafting, I am an avid reader and never without a book. I have a small garden that I love and hate relationship with. I enjoy the outdoors and start each day with a walk. I strive to keep a healthy balance of body mind and spirit most times the body is willing but the mind has its own agenda. 

I look forward to getting to know all of you through this blog site with all it has to offer.
I will post my wish list in a few days.


Joan Elliott charts???? I have a few to give away, I have to admit they are only from magazines (UK) but have a nice colour photo with them. I didn't want to put them in a RAK as not everyone likes her work, if anyones interested e mail me and I can let you know which ones I have.
Will be sorting out a couple of RAKs shortly just have to finish an exchange I'm in first.

So Much Kindness.......

I feel so blessed :)  I found 2 more parcels waiting for me in my mailbox this morning!  I am so grateful to you all not only for the kindness that you are sharing with me but all the kindness that is being shared within this group!  It's simply awesome!

The one above is from Anne.  I absolutely love everything but especially love the Snow Pillow.  I will put the extras to good use with my finishing this year.  I'm going to be adding some of the bells to my ornaments too!  Thank you again Anne for your kindness and for your friendship :)

June sent me this Winne the Pooh book :)  I absolutely love it and would you believe that I don't have it too!  I haven't stitched a Disney project in a few years but I still have kept all of my old books/kits as I adore looking through them.  Thank you again June for picking me for this and for the awesome postcard.  I love postcards too and the Thatch Cottage is one of my favorite things from England, they are just so beautiful to look at, although I have heard they are a nightmare to live in!  

I will be sending out some RAK's next month.  I've already spent just over $50.00 on postage this month which is waaaay too much!  Crazy how much postage is now!

Thank you again Anne and June!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mar Bek Chart Winners

Well, it had been a busy week for me and I nearly forgot to pull the names for the Mar Bek charts until this morning! So without further ado, I chose McKenna for the Baroque Angel and Cucki for the Windermere Angel chart.  Since there were only three ladies who entered, I will be sending something to Lesleyanne Smith as well!

Have a lovely day everyone!!

Thank you Grace and a Question

I am sorry I havn't been commenting much on posts..I have been reading them all and wow: so many lovely things being done in our stitching world. 

Firstly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Grace.  I had no idea an RAK was coming my way so was really suprised when a non-bill item of post arrived.

Inside were three beautiful peices of fabric: I think they are from the 'pink ribbon' collection.  Some of you may know I have had a skirmish with breast cancer and am training to walk to raise money for cancer research.  Part of this has involved me making things to exchange for sponsorship.

The photo isnt very good, sorry.
There also some amazing charms.  I am so greatful as my fabric stock is diminishing fast, and I want to make something really special with this to help raise funds.
Grace, you are amazing.  Thank you so much xx  It will really help.

Now, a wee question: I have been learning to sew etc and I wonder if people mind non-cross stitch RAK gifts which are still home made?  I wasn't sure so thought I had better check xx

Have a good week everyone xxx and again, Grace. Thank you so much.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Would any one like...

Have you ever starting something and then just completely lost any and all interest?  I was so excited when I first saw this chart, bought all my supplies and started stithching...I was even going to change the word friendship to familiy...
I just wasn't enjoying the fabric, how it felt in my hands.  I put it down thinking that one day I might give it another look, but nope, that's not happening...
So....I'd like to offer it to one of you.  You can have the whole package.  The chart, fabric, threads, even the stitches I already put in place.  It's yours to do with what you wish ~ continue my stitches, start your own (there is plenty of fabric), change colors ~ whatever your heart chooses.
Just leave a comment here if you are interested.  If there is more than one, I'll draw a name sometime next week and get it off to the lucky person!
The fabric is 30ct WDW Putty and the threads are CC English Ivy.
Catherine ~ Bramblewood Stitches

Thank you Dawn!

Have you ever had one of those weeks and then you go to your mail~box to find just the pick-me-up you need?
I was more than thrilled to have met Dawn through an exchange.  We found that we had attended the same university and even graduated in the same year!  If only we had met back then, we would have been stitching friends for a long time ~ but we have fast become email friends, and who knows, one day, perhaps we can arrange a meeting.
Anyway, I love what she sent to me!  Thanks so much Dawn!!
Oops....sorry, can't get the picture to flip!
I should be getting some goodies together in the next few weeks to surprise a few of you.  So, keep stalking, I mean watching, your mail!
Catherine ~ Bramblewood Stitches

wonderful RAK from Anne to mouse :)

Hi every one :) I received a lovely package in the post yesterday from Anne :) a beautifully stitched (in a gorgeous reddy plum colour) wee pillow and edged in a ruffled silk ribbon to match .... and some gorgeous smelling tea which I will be sampling soon along with some bells some lovely pink ric rak and a piece of backing fabric with stars on :)
It really made my day , thank you soooooo much Anne :)
before opening of the wee pillow:)

lovely card with it too 

close up .. simply beautiful :)
still drooling over it and its all mine heheeh :) love mouse xxxxxx

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dear Dawn

Thank you for the lovely RAK you sent me, I really do like LHN "Winter Plaid" and hope to fit it into my stitching this year.
Thank you also for the lovely extras you included.
Stitchy hugs

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

RAK from Lesleyanne S

The gorgeous Bliss Fairy arrived at my home this afternoon too!  It was sooooo nice to get something other than bills :)  I really love this Fairy and can't wait to stitch her.  My Daughter is thrilled and thinks she is beautiful too!

Thank you again Lesleyanne for sending her to me.  I will enjoy adding her into my rotation too :)  I'll add a pic in tomorrow as the battery in my camera has died and is re-charging.

RAK from Jodi

A lovely surprise arrived for me today from Jodi :)  I LOVE this design!  The chart is from my wishlist, I will look forward to stitching it soon.  Jodi also sent me a sweet little heart charm and some lovely ribbon.  Thank you so much Jodi for cheering me up......I was having a bad day, so it arrived at a perfect time!

SORRY forgot my details

Hi ,stupid me forgot to tell you my e mail and blog address so here they are...  my blog is very out of date but am hoping to get it up and running soon.

Hi I'm new here

Hi I'm new to this blog,  (although I have known Angela and Lisa V for some time but lost touch )so thought I'd introduce myself, I'm Eileen, married, with one married son and one 7 year old GD. I have been stitching for about 20 years on and off.  I like so much to do with stitching to much to list but here's a few, I use aida and 28 ct EW I have a thing about buttons! designers I like are Primitive Hare, Prairie Schooler, most Halloween charts, any bird charts, I like stitching ornaments all year round.
Other interests are swimming, bird watching, knitting and crochet. I run a cross stitch group on Yahoo, and a knitting group at a Arts Centre near me. I live in Hertfordshire UK.
Look forward to getting to know you all in time

Monday, February 4, 2013

Thank You Jodi!

Hello Everyone,

Can I just say we really have a great bunch of ladies on this board who inspire me. Everyone has been more than generous with their RAK's. I can't tell you how honored I am to be making so many new friends. Thank You everyone for making this so much fun.

Today I got a wonderful RAK from Jodi. Jodi sent me some backing fabric, gold trimming she found in an antique store(I love going to antique stores), The Sampler Girl pattern Every time a bell rings(I can't wait to stitch this one up), Some bells to go with my pattern and some scissors in a case.

Jodi, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This package was so sweet. I love this pattern and I can't wait to use those bells. The fabric is perfect and I all ready have some projects in mind. The gold trim is beautiful and I love that it came from an antique store. The scissors are perfect and the case will be used. My husband will be so happy when my scissors stop falling to the ground every time I go to stand up. :)

Hugs and Happy Stitching!

Two RAK's Mailed Today!

Finally I put together the packages and am mailing them out today!! I hope that the post doesn't take too long!!

Onto stitching my next two :D Who it will be no one will know!!



thank you dear dawn

aww i am just so happy for my lovely gift...
i just received it from dawn..
look at the lovely bag she made for me with my name on..i just love it so much..i will always treasure my sweet bag..and there are very cute pins are tuck inside the cutie bag....
and look at all my cute goodies..i love everything so much..
thank you dear friend.
i love you
big hugs cucki x

It's On It's Way

Today I posted out a RAK to a member.  I sent out a chart that was on someone's wishlist.  I had finished with the chart and decided that it needed to go to a new home.
So keep an eye out in your mailboxes and look out for a white padded envelope from Australia.
Is it heading to your house?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mar Bek Charts

I was wondering if anyone is interested in these two Mar Bek charts?  I have had these since I was a teen and only stitched the Baroque Angel.   

Let me know and I will drop them in the mail for you!!

I've Been RAK'd!!

Yesterday I received a RAK in the mail! The lovely Carolyn sent me the sweetest BBD chart and threads to go with it. I love the little card she sent too!

Thank you so much Carolyn for your lovely RAK!!!

Thank you

 WOW, can't believe what Mr postman brought me today , I have a lovely RAK, from Dawn

 Just love this chart the needles the hot chocolate  and the needles thank you for your kindness this really is a fab blog. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Big hugs to all.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Two more RAK's on their way!

I just got back from mailing two more RAK's.   Hope the recipients enjoy their goodies! :)

Another chart book

Looks like the last chart book is your's Angela , so here is another one , if any one would like it , a very nice booklet with such cute children and makes great Birthday gifts for children. If more than one, names in the hat, have a great weekend all.

Happy February.

Hi everyone , here is a Birthday RAK sent out too mouse.


Free design by The Sampler girl.

Also would any one like this chart booklet 
Winnie the Pooh Seasons by Debbie Minton.
Let me know if you do if more than one into the hat we go.