Lija (from Stitching in Crosses and More) and I decided to have an exchange, the one rule being that it whatever design it was, it had to be stitched on a colored fabric (i.e., not white/beige). So, here is "Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful," a little cutie that can be found on the Sue Hillis Designs website. I stitched it on a pale blue 14-count Aida, finished it off as a flat hanging, with a lace ribbon and black fabric, and attached a little silver Christmas tree to it.
I also included a couple of charts, an embroidery hoop, Charles Craft Hopscotch fabric, and some tea from Yemen. As usual, completely forgot to take a picture of it all!
It's a gorgeous Big Ben bookmark that she designed herself! I adore it, it's so beautiful! She also sent me some hand-dyed fabrics (with notes on what they were dyed with, which I think is so cool), wooden buttons, some gold charms, a Cross Stitch Crazy kit, a booklet of cross-stitch designs, a Cornish tea towel, and a book by her favorite author, Paulo Coelho.
I have been completely and utterly spoiled! Thank you, Lija, I love it all - ESPECIALLY the bookmark!
Lots of love,