Chiara (over at the grey tail) and I decided to have an exchange, and this was the one rule: one item had to be cross-stitched and one had to be made using any other technique.
So, first, the cross-stitching: This is a freebie from the Kreinik website. I
stitched it up on beige 14-count Aida using DMC 4240, which I think is very dramatic. I finished it off as a pincushion with black backing fabric, and attached a tiny silver "made with love" charm to the corner. It's not exactly cross-stitching, I know, but I love how it turned out!
Second, the "something else": Chiara loves the organic, the natural, the sustainable. I picked up a pair of TOMS shoes some time ago, and with every pair they give you a TOMS flag, which I've never found a use for. Now I have! I turned it into a completely hand-sewn, zippered pouch. (If you've never heard of TOMS shoes, learn about them here - it's a great initiative!)
I included Athena's Needle's "Mughal Elephant Stitching Accessories" chart, a couple of buttons for the biscornu in the chart, some Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads, and lavender-scented soap made from camel's milk. Here's Chiara's picture of the whole package:
In return, Chiara has completely spoiled me:
She made me a Broderie Suisse piece (the little scissor fob with the beautiful white stitching - the other side of it has multicolored stitching) and a beautiful pin pillow with stitching-themed buttons.
Then she included the kit for The Snowflower Diaries' "Under the Pear Tree" (she emailed me the PDF file earlier, which I still need to print out), and a signed (!!!!) chart from Nikyscreations.
There was also a Nikyscreations pumpkin pin pillow, a pair of DMC scissors, some adorable buttons, a pre-finished heart for cross-stitching, a tin of tea leaves, and a bag of sweets. I love it all soooooo much, and can't wait to play around with all these goodies!
Thanks again, Chiara! :D
PS This is your last chance to enter my second-year blogoversary giveaway! Drawing will be on Sunday, the 2nd of February. If you haven't entered yet, you can do so here.