Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Stitchie Swap is in the Mail!

The Stitchie swap is in the mail! Yahoo! I was able to mail all the envelopes on Monday morning, Feb 3rd. You should be receiving your art swaps this week - or perhaps next week if you live outside of the US. When you get a chance, please let me know that you received your package. You can leave a comment here or send me an email. :o) Thank you all for participating!

I'm considering a couple of ideas for a future swap, but haven't made up my mind quite yet. If you have any suggestions that you think would make a good creative swap please let me know by email or a comment here. I hope to decide and organize a new swap by the end of February! I will announce it with a due date of perhaps the middle of May.

Swapping the Stitchies!

This swap was not difficult to do because there were only 18 of us. A smaller number reduces the confusion! I have often had 35-55 in the past! I did create a system of making a list on paper and trying the swap exchanges out first that way, before actually swapping the items. Then I use my paper list to keep me on track as I physically swap the items. I do try to swap something for you that I think you will like. Of course, this is subjective, but has worked well in the past with happy participants! I almost always swap 1 for 1 -like, if I swapped with Laura, she would get one of my pieces and I would get one of hers. It can make for a nice email exchange later and maybe even the start of a new friendship! I think only once in a huge swap did I swap the pieces randomly.

Suffice it to say, I hope you enjoy your returns. Any comments or suggestions, please leave a comment below, or email me if you rather. Have a great day. I hope your mailbox is smiling for you soon! Lenna

Thursday, January 30, 2020

All the 'stitchies' have been received!

Yes! All of the entries that will be here for the Feb 1st deadline are in my hands! Note: A few people had to drop this swap . . . I do understand that life happens! It's okay for whatever reason, no worries please. I want to thank you for letting me know, so I wouldn't worry if your stitchies would make it here on time. Now, I can get started on swapping these out, early!! I plan to begin tomorrow, or Saturday, and should have them in the mail to you early next week.

It has been quite enjoyable for me to host again and I am so glad I dusted off the Creative Swaps blog after 3 years and put it to use again. If you enjoyed and would like to participate in the future, let me know either via email. You can find my email via my blogger profile or my website, and both are linked in the sidebar of this blog. I want to thank all of the lovely participants who left encouraging comments for many participants in this swap. So kind of you, so encouraging, and you make me feel very proud!

Yours Creatively, Lenna

Myfanwy Hart: Stitchie Swap!

From Myfanwy in the UK, 3 beautiful Stitchies created with hand dyed fabrics and thread. What a joy to receive! Myfanwy also started participating in my swaps in 2007! This is her 3rd creative swap :o)

Thanks so much for the extra hand dyed fabric & threads you included, Myfanwy. 
I cannot wait to use them, so inspiring! 

Joanie Hoffman: Stitchie Swap!

From Joanie in MD, 3 wonderful stitchies flew into my mailbox today, yay! I'm quite partial to the stitching & beading that Joanie did, great job. Wow, Joanie has participated in my creative swaps since 2007 and this is her 10th swap!!

Thanks so much Joanie!! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Barbara Warrick-Fischer

From Barbara in NY, we have 3 wonderful Stitchies in honor of the Asian Lunar New Year :o) This is Barbara's 3rd creative swap!

I love all the variety and different approaches everyone uses to answer the swap call. Thank you so much, Barbara!! 

Just a few more days till the swap is closed. I am wishing & hoping to receive the remaining 3 swaps. Please let me know if you can, if you will not be able to make it. 
Thank you & no worries please! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Barbara Johnson: Stitchie Swap!

I have here some awesome stitchies from Barbara Johnson in IL. I love the fabrics she used and her stitches! Oh my goodness, this is Barbara's 10th Creative Swap!!!

I just love Barbara's fabrics and the small rainbow stitches! 
Barbara wrote and said she enjoyed the swap and hoped that I would be doing more in the future because she missed them!!!
So sweet.
I am definitely thinking about it. I missed doing them too!

Cynthia Zdanzukas: Stitchie Swap!

I have received 3 wonderful stitchies from Cynthia, who lives right down the road from my old house in Canton, CT. In fact, she used to come to classes with me at my studio in the last house we had in CT. :o) Cynthia created on a theme of "winter white" and everything she used is vintage from her stash -even the threads!! Take a look:

Thanks so much, Cynthia. I am so glad you enjoyed working on the swap. 
Can you imagine this is your 14th Creative Swap?!!! 
Beautiful Stitchies, beautiful swap art! hugs, Lenna

Monday, January 27, 2020

Pam Gonzalez: Stitchie Swap!

Here are Pam's Stitchies. I love the variety of stitches she employed. She also made an extra one for me! Pam lives in IL and this is her 4th creative swap.

 Thank you so much for participating Pam and thank you for your note. I am so glad you enjoyed the quiet time you had creating these. xo

Paula Farrington: Stitchie Swap!

:o) From my friend Paula, who lives in Florida and the Bahamas, we have 3 stitchies for the swap and an extra one for me, thank you sweet friend! Paula had one of her paintings printed onto fabric by Spoonflower and used the colorful fabric as the background for her stitchies . . . so cool.

SO lovely and colorful!! Plus, Paula put a very cute sticker on her envelope:


and enclosed this!! 

Thank you so much :o) 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Linda Freeman: Stitchie Swap!

From Linda in WA, a stunning mail art envelope (thank you!!) and 3 stitchies for the swap, plus an extra one for me. I think they are all so wonderful . . .

I so appreciate all the good work you are all putting into this swap.
It warms my heart!