25 May 2013

2013 Anniversary Meet with Needles 'N Crafts - Fabric House Challenge, Gift Exchange and Goodie Bag - Part Two

In Part One I told you about my contribution to this year's Needles 'N Crafts Anniversary Meet.  Now it's time to show you what I received from the other members who attended.
Note:  I say 'other members who attended', because technically I attended, although briefly, even though I'm in the U.S. and the Meet was held in Malaysia...  How did I accomplish this?  Via Skype!  It's become a 'tradition' over the past few years; I call the host, or one of the other members who brings a laptop to the Meet, and I get to chat with each person there!  It's been wonderful to have that one-on-one time.

The hardest part for me about the Meet is having to wait for my Gift Exchange, Challenge project, and Goodie Bag to be sent out to me.  Since the package is coming from Malaysia, there is the mailing time, as well as time spent in Customs, that I must patiently endure...  And it's agony!!  But, eventually, finally, the package arrives, the mail lady stops her truck at the end of the driveway, I tackle her, she comments on my receiving a package all the way from Malaysia, and ultimately I make my way into the house to tear the package open, and savor its contents.

All of this was in the box, and that's just the beginning!
Each one of these packages and bags had yet to be opened... sigh...
My Gift Exchange/Fabric House Challenge partner was Usha!

She'd cricheted a doily, and a pincushion with matching house needlebook.  I love the pineapple pattern on the doily, and the colors on everything are so vibrant!  Thank you Usha!!
Sabariah sent all these goodies, souvenirs from a recent trip to Turkey:
Thank you Sabariah!
Radha made a nice soft scarf using hairpin lace crochet:
Thank you Radha!
Faizon sent these beautiful batik paintings:
I must consult with my framer how best to show these off!  Thank you Radha!
Nik sent me a needlebook with matching drawstring purse, and a gorgeous red caftan:


Thank you so much, Nik!
MW sent me some green tea that her son had gotten during a trip to China:
I made a small pot of tea, pulled out one of my small teacups, albeit a Japanese teacup, sat back and enjoyed a nice cuppa!  Thanks MW!
Then it was time to lay out all of the items from the Goodie Bag...
Radha made a biscornu for each one us, based on our likes and tastes, Sally made a heart-shaped origami box with several more hearts inside.  There were a few items that were house themed, like the keychain from Bee Ee, a package of buttons with a house, a postcard that was hand painted with a house on it, pincushion, the house tape measuring kit that I'd contributed, and even some candy!
I've already eaten the Milky Way candy bar that was included, and I think it tastes better than the American version.  It tasted like it had more cocoa in it... even hubby liked it better than what we get here.
This was like Christmas in May!  The creativity of our members is just amazing!
Some other blogs that you can check out about the 2013 Anniversary Meet:
I'll edit this list as I get links from other members on their blogs...
I'm already looking forward to next year... and at the same time dreading what MW will come up with for the Challenge project, lol!!
The next Exchange on the 'roster'...??  A pincushion exchange!  I'm off to go do some more stitching on that now.  Who's my partner?  Sorry, you'll have to wait for me to blog on that later this year as it's a secret who my partner is...
Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Diane,
    I am glad you enjoyed the package!!
    BTW, the fabrics are Malaysian batik, while the others are from Turkeye

  2. Gosh, so many lovely gifts! How awesome! :D