Have you heard of The Handmade Gift Exchange that Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous put together? It is such a fun idea and I decided to join in the Holiday 2011 Edition. After signing up, you are paired with someone for a handmade gift exchange. Each person receives one other person's contact information and mailing address and then it is up to you to get to know that person and make something for them!
I was partnered up with Mary Katherine who blogs at Mathews Family Happenings about crafting, decorating/renovating her home, and her wonderful crazy life. This woman has some awesome talent! She is not only a wife and mom, but a singer, music teacher, theater director, and actress too. Plus she blogs! She has got to have some serious time management skills!!
It was fun to "meet" a new blogger and challenging to figure out what to make her. I read through her blog and stalked her on Pinterest as well as looked for ideas among her Etsy favorites. I finally decided to try my hand at embroidery and made her this dish towel. Isn't it cute!?
I printed off the free pattern from Wild Olive and followed her simple directions. This cupcake requires only 2 different stitches, so it is a perfect beginner's project. Since I had never embroidered before I followed these thorough instructions for making the backstich and these for the french knots.
I also sent each of her kiddos a package of Reindeer Noses. I'll be back later with pictures of what she sent me!