Thursday 1 January 2015

Santa Sack Swap 2014

I had the pleasure of swapping with Shez of Enjoying Life.  And for the first time ever, it was a swap with someone I'd actually been blessed with meeting face to face - what fun that was Shez!!  (Psssttt .... Can't wait to see you again in March!!!)

First up, the items she blessed me with ...

Since we've both previously received/have sacks and stockings we decided we'd make a bag each and she made this gorgeous little bag to hold the rest in.

A set of her darling kitchen towels (t'was my one request - can you blame me?!!! *wink*) 

 A darling 'Life is Beautiful' stitchery wall hanger which works perfectly with the pink walls we have in our bedroom (oh, yes, I still share a bedroom with my little one *smiles*)

A beautiful necklace that I've already worn out twice. I don't normally wear silver-toned jewellery but this is just gorgeous - and not heavy in the least!!

A fun little snowman to hang up next Christmas season

Such a charming face ...

And a Christmas mug with some yummy drinks and candy canes to warm my belly

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!  Me was muchly blessed!!! ... Oh, and she also blessed my daughter with a delightful book and a few little sweeties (both which elicited some delighted cries!!).

Though I seemed to have forgotten to take a photo of the items I sent to Shez, she shared a photo of them on FB and her blog, so I thought I'd borrow one with everything in it to share here ...

  • A bag which combined an extended version of the 'Tis The Season' bag with one of Jenny Reynold's free stitchery patterns
  • A gorgeously soft cream scarf using a new-to-me stitch 'broomstick lace' (pattern link can be found HERE); 
  • A necklace made with blue river stones (I believe ... can't quite remember, it was so long ago I bought them); 
  • Some gorgeous 'French lavendar' scented soap made by one of my favourite handmade soap makers up here in Darwin 'Sari soap' (she's online HERE);
  • A set of two darling little doilies (pattern found in an old 1980s crochet magazine I was lovingly gifted by one of my old music teachers recently; and
  • A couple of lovely thick (I have two layers between the fabric sandwich - one of heat resistant Insul-Bright  and one of a normal quilt batting) pot holders.  The first uses a paper pieced (my first) Circle of Geese quilt block (I can't remember where I downloaded my pattern from but you can find a pattern HERE on the Craftsy platform).  The second was a Snowman block, minus his arms, eyes and buttons, for which I followed Lori Holt's directions, shared on her IG account  (directions began from this post).
  • The sweeties you must always have (in my opinion, lol) in a swap - this time, malteasers and a large candy cane).
  • And I wrapped the gifties (apart from the bag) in fat quarters of Shez's favourite Christmas fabric range by Annela Hoey, Cherry Christmas ... so 5 FQs with ribbon & ric rac to secure.
I've participated in this swap the past two (I think) years and enjoyed putting together the presents immensely ... though I must admit that my studies (I've been doing a Cert III in Education support which I should complete in April ... potentially followed by a Cert IV) got in the way of getting this swap together early enough to send on the appointed day.  Thankfully I managed to get it in the post and it arrived the day before unwrapping so phew!! BOY did the Lord answer my heartfelt prayers that week!!!!!!! ... I do so hope I will be able to participate again this year - it is such a fun swap to be a part of!!


retdairyqueen said...

Lovely gifts both sent and received
Iam lucky enough to have a snow man from Shez too

Anonymous said...

HI Larissa it was so much fun swapping with you my friend and I will treasure my gifts ,you are so talented,see you in March my friend.xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely Larissa....enjoy the beautiful blessings.
Enjoy getting back into your studies. Well done!

SuperMomNoCape said...

Such beautiful gifts you both made and gifted each other with!

And I am smiling a big smile because when I clicked on the link to the broomstick lace scarf, it took me to my own pattern. What a cool feeling that was!! Thank you for making my day!

Unknown said...

Wow such beautiful and creative swap gifts! Lucky both of you x

Tips said...

Lovely gifts you showe to us. Many greetings from Germany.

Melody said...

Lovely gifts sent and Shez always puts together great parcels

Seema Singh said...

Hey, Lovely Gifts! Keep Sharing!

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