I wanted to add about this exchange to my previous post, but had some problems uploading the photos - so here we are! :)
NNC always seem to be in a swapping mood - and this year there won't be less swaps - it seems! :) Last year, when I joined NNC, I was too late to sign up for the popular Valentine's Day Exchange. This year I didn't want to miss participating!
The exchange was a secret one; I didn't know who will send me the gift before I received the parcel in the mailbox. Suspense!!!
I didn't pay much attention to that boring brown, padded envelope when DH came back from town and said: "here's a parcel for you"! I was busy sewing and "decided" it must be the Homespun Elegance patterns I purchased before Christmas that had finally arrived. Later in the day I was going to open the parcel and first then I noticed it was from Maria (no blog) in Portugal!
The Valentine's Day Exchange "headmistress" Margaret :)) (no blog) did not allow us to open the gifts before midnight - 00:01 (February 14th) in our respective countries! Not even allowed to have a peek!! :)
I was too tired that night to wait until midnight, so the first thing I did in the morning was to open the brown padded envelope - and look what was inside!
Two transparent hearts with lovely tatted hearts inside, one has tiny beads too. 3 skeins DMC floss, a pen, ribbon, small jewelry box containing two small heart charms, a cute card. I forgot adding a view card and leaflet from Portugal that was enclosed too.
Aren't the hearts cute?!
My partner is Diane (no blog) from the US. I decided to cross-stitch a card. It is embellished with pink Mill Hill seed beads around the heart, which is not very visible on the photo.
I made a mini-quilt too. :) The colors did not come out as they should be; too dark. It looks like the border is black or dark gray, actually it is green.
I also added some local tea bags - hope you like it Diane! :)