Tuesday, October 9, 2012

RAKS and Birthday Presents

What a great two days for a stitcher!  First, I'd joined a group on Facebook that planned to do a group HAED RAK between October 24th and October 31st.  Called the All Hallows Exchange, the idea is that anyone who joined would both give and receive a Heaven and Earth Designs chart from their wish list.  Well, with the HAED Columbus Day Sale in progress, the organizer asked if anyone would want to go early and test it out. Lots of us chose to do so, and she assigned givers and recipients in groups of six.  Kind of like passing the love, #1 gave to #2 who gave to #3 who gave to #4 who gave to #5 who gave to #6 who gave to #1.  This is lots of fun and still going on.  I received Foregone by Marta Dahlig from Jen Bell and gave Witchcraft, also by Marta Dahlig to Michelle Davis.

HAED Foregone by Marta Dahlig
HAED Witchcraft by Marta Dahlig

Next came a totally unexpected RAK from Liz Dewis as an early birthday present.  She sent me Flight of the Lynx by Josephine Wall.  I just had to say thank you, so I sent her Mini Feeling Better from her wish list.

HAED Flight of the Lynx by Josephine Wall

HAED Mini Feeling Better
by Maxine Gadd

I have so many beautiful charts to stitch, and tonight my birthday gift from my husband arrived.  Shortly after 6:30pm, the postman rang the doorbell and delivered my Mark 2 Floor Stand from Hearthside Craftworks in Calgary, Canada. 
Mark 2 by Hearthside Craftworks
In less than half an hour, we had it unpacked and assembled.  I have a few things to re-arrange in the living room and will need to baste my WIPs on the new scroll rods, but I will definitely be stitching up a storm this coming weekend.

My birthday's actually not until October 24th, but I think I'll be forgiven for using it right away.  Don't you agree?  I can even use this with my recliner.  It will be such a joy to stitch with this one.  The first piece to be mounted will be HAED's Angel with Iris by Nadia Strelkina, a WIP which is almost 1/4 completed.


  1. Congrats on the great gift you picked out... I mean that your husband bought you! It looks great and I can't wait to hear about how you like stitching on it!

  2. What a wonderful husband. Those charts are awesome. Happy birthday for later in the month.

  3. Hi Theresa,
    What fun ... giving and receiving charts like that (and especially when they are HAED :-). Two beautifull pieces!
    What a sweet friend and husband do you have, giving you two beautifull charts and a floor stand! Enjoy!
    Kind greetings,

  4. I hope you have a lovely birthday and enjoy your new charts!

  5. The Rak event has been a lot of fun - we must have been in the same six people as Michelle Davies Rak'ed me! :)

  6. Great charts, Theresa...and YES!! I definitely agree that you HAVE to use your present!!! :D

  7. Great choices both sending and receiving for the HAED exchange. Hope you're enjoying your birthday pressie!

  8. Such great HAED charts that you gave and received! The floor stand is a wonderful birthday gift. Of course you should use it ASAP, even if it's not your birthday yet!

  9. What a great birthday gift! Nice exchange and RAK, too.

    Happy (early) Birthday :)