I recently took part in my first exchange, from one of my groups i-love-cross-stitch.
The exchange was to include a cross stitched bookmark, a couple of skeins of floss, and a pre-mixed drink. You know tea, lemonade, margarita :D Well seeing as Oz has some very strict quarantine laws and I didn't want to end up on one of those 'Border Security' television programs, with my parcel being sniffed out by a sniffer dog, I asked my swap partner to leave out the pre-mixed drink.
Look at the wonder exchange, by partner Heidi sent me... Oops my partner was Terri... Sorry and thank you.
A lovely bookmark, of course, five skeins of lovely summer coloured DMC floss, a key chain, and fridge magnet. Now that is what you call going over and above the call of duty.
Now for what I sent Heidi, I also opted not to send pre-mix drinks, because, well they were hard to find here, so I sent two bookmarks.
One a complimentary chart from Papillon Creations
The other Australian Wattle.
I dyed the linen, with Parisian Essence, instead of coffee or tea, it was a suggestion from one of the girls at my local LNS. It was so easy. I just kept adding a few more drops until it was just a little darker than I wanted, let the linen soak for 20-25 minutes, quick rinse, then ironed dry while the material was still damp.
The floss included was Australian from Dinky Dye, over-dyed silk, the golden/orange is called Outback, and the green/grey Kakadu, after one of our beautiful national parks in the outback.
Oh I also included chocolate, you can never go wrong with chocolate.
I really enjoyed the exchange and now that I have done one, look forward to doing more.
LiBBiE in Oz