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Sunday, December 21, 2014

One on one Christmas swap with Cheryl…

 

Cheryl and I have been doing a one on one Christmas swap for about three years now and Cheryl has never disappointed me with what’s she’s selected to make or send in our swap and this year was exception….Cheryl has gone all out to create the most wonderful parcel but I’ll let the pictures do the talking and you’ll know exactly what I mean!

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here is my adorable elf having a bit of a sunbathe, isn’t he just gorgeous!!! Love him Cheryl!!!

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here’s a close up of his face, Cheryl does such amazing detailing with her dolls faces, look at that shy grin, who wouldn’t fall in love with that smile he’s now sitting on my dresser watching the world go by Smile

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But wait there’s more Cheryl also included this very Christmassy stocking which said “no peeking” well I couldn’t resist having a quick peek and found a beautiful bottle of fabric covered buttons hiding inside it. Cheryl also included a hugs ’n kisses pattern with the two cottage garden threads needed to stitch it up, I can’t wait to start on this one! I also received this gorgeous glittery Santa box filled to the brim with yummy lollies which I wont show you as I’ve already eaten quite a few being the little piggy I am at this time of year LOL.

Thank you Cheryl, I soooo love our one on one Christmas swaps and I have to say I’ve already started to plot and plan for our next swap for Christmas 2015 and because I know we’re so alike I have a funny feeling that Cheryl is doing  exactly the same as me LOL Smile

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My gifts to Cheryl were a snowman cushion because I know snowmen are one of Cheryl’s favourite characters for Christmas decorating so a snowman had to be in her parcel somewhere……

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I also included a snowman bag and filled it with a few smaller parcels to tease her….

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Here is a picture of all that I sent her minus the little parcels as I forgot to take a photo of them before wrapping them up DUH! but if you go to this post on  Cheryl's blog as  Cheryl has more photo’s of what I sent her there.

Thanks for being such a fun swap partner Cheryl and  I can’t wait for our next Christmas swap and hopefully we’ll be able to exchange them face to face at the November Mill Rosie meet up in 2015 if possible Smile

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day five, six & seven…..I’ve been very spoilt by Sharon these past three days! and FNSI Results…..

 

I finally got a chance to take a few photo’s of the beautiful gifts I’ve been opening from Sharon in our FHF Swap for the past three days and to say I have been spoilt is an understatement!

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Day Five:

Two Mistletoe Lane charm Packs

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Day Six:

A gorgeous Gail pan Christmas wall hanging

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Day Seven:

My very first honeycomb in one of my favourite fabric ranges “Midwinter Reds”

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A close up shot of them all together totally spoilt rotten by Sharon! Thanks Sharon I’m having a ball opening each and every parcel Smile

I’ll also try and do another post very soon on another gorgeous swap parcel that I’ve finally been able to open I just need to take a few photo’s before I can do this so keep an eye out for more fun surprises in the next day or so.

I also participated in Friday night sew in last night and managed to finish a bit more on one of the  embroideries I’ve been working on and below is a picture of them Smile

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One more to finish of and I can finally get around to making up this cute wall hanging and pop it into my Christmas gift basket for next year….yes I’m already thinking of Christmas 2015 and this years Christmas isn’t even over yet LOL what can I say except I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Days two, three & four….. the fun continues

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Day two saw me opening this gorgeous carry basket, I’ve long admired Sharon’s baskets since my sister Anne picked one for the Mill Rosie lucky dip at one of our meetings this year and now I have my very own in gorgeous Midwinter Red fabrics!

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Day three I opened this very weighty parcel and out popped these yummy smelling vanilla candles MMmmm I love me some candles!

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Day four I opened up another parcel with this beautiful crochet hook organiser inside, so, so, so me!!! I’ll be putting my most used crochet hooks in this very fancy pouch and it folds up beautifully for easy carrying with my crochet projects. Sharon certainly knows the way to my heart!!

Thanks Sharon I’m feeling very spoilt and can’t wait to see what number five parcel will reveal tomorrow Smile

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I’ve been spoilt!!!

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I closed my eyes this morning and rummaged under the Christmas tree to select my first parcel to open from Sharon  who is my FHF Swaps partner and I wasn’t disappointed!!! Look at the gorgeous project pouch I unwrapped.

I’m very impressed Sharon as you’ve managed to combine the two things I don’t like working with plastic sheeting and the dreaded zips! Now I have my own personal project pouch and to top it off Sharon has made this beauty with my favourite fabric designers Bonnie and Camille ooohhhh I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Thanks Sharon you’ve made my day Smile

Today has also found me finishing up my November and December Charming Stars blocks that I’ve been sewing along with Terry I didn’t get a chance to even look at making any blocks for November as I had quite a few swap commitments I wanted to concentrate on but now they’ve been done and posted off I thought I’d better get a move on and finish a few more blocks before the New year arrived.

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Row one done and dusted……

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Row two done and dusted…..

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Rows one and two finally sewn together, now to start on making up the blocks for rows three and four SmileI’m hoping to at least get this top to the flimsy stage before 2015 but we’ll have to wait and see what I can accomplish while on my holidays over my Christmas break….

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DONE!!!

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Finally finished my niece’s 21st birthday blanket, all wrapped up and ready to give to her in January next year Smile

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here it is in all it’s glory, I’m quite pleased with how this one turned out and can’t wait to give it to her Smile

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and here is a close up of the squares…..another one of my to-do list now to get started on finishing of  my hubby’s ripple blanket for his birthday in June Smile

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Woooo Hoooo Look what arrived for me!!

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My lovely swap partner Sharon's  parcel landed on my doorstep today!!! Woooo Hoooo only three more sleeps and I can start opening one a day…….. well all except for the white wrapped one I’ve been told under strict instructions from Sharon that this one is to be opened on Christmas day Smile Thanks Sharon, I know it was a huge effort to get this box of goodies off to me and I really appreciate it and hope you’re feeling much better Smile

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday Night With friends Results….

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Friday night saw me heading of to work for the Children’s Christmas party so I started my night of early by working on my niece’s blanket during the day. Three final blocks were sewn together and are now waiting to be added to the rest of the blanket then decision time on how I’ll be edging it Smile Below is a picture of the blanket ( two rows ) with the final three blocks waiting to be sewn on later this weekend to form the third row.

Details of the block:

Name: Willow block

Source: 200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans

Designer: Jan Eaton

Blocks completed: 225

Yarn used: Bendigo Woollen mills 4ply Luxury

Colours used: Baby blue, Delphinium, Lavender, African violet, Iris mist and edged with Ghost

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I’m hoping to get a chance to pop over to Cheryll's blog and check out what everyone else got up to last night, it’s always much nicer when you know someone else is stitching beside you  Smile

Monday, December 1, 2014

Santa’s on his way too…… I Can’t tell you it’s a secret!

 

These parcels are for my  secret swap partner for our FHF Swap which I finally managed to post of today

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I’ve added a couple of extra parcels to make up for my tardiness in delivering these to Santa’s sleigh so I hope my swap partner will forgive me Smile

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Santa Sack swap, Parcels received,parcels sent, lots happening here….

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these gorgeous parcels arrived in my letter box yesterday from my Santa Sack swap partner Dasha and one of them had a sticky note attached to it telling me to open it, well I’m not going to argue with being told to open a gift!!

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This beautiful Santa sack was inside this parcel, Dasha's done a lovely job with the applique and it’s already stuffed full with the rest of the gifts waiting for our swap mumma to tell us when we can open them Smile

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These are the gifts I sent of to Dasha which she’s let me know have arrived safe and sound at her place after a little detour to her neighbours house .

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I also posted of a couple of parcels whilst at the post office picking up my parcel from Dasha, this one went of to…….….well you really didn’t expect me to tell you did you Smile

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I also sent of this parcel but you’ll also have to waitl to find out what’s inside these packages….come on Christmas don’t be late!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday Night Sew In Results…..

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Friday night saw me sewing two more blocks together for my niece’s 21st gift, nearly at the halfway mark now…..

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This close up of the blocks shows the colours as they appear in real life. I’m really hoping my niece likes this blanket when it’s finished or it just may have to come back home with me as I’ve fallen in love with this colour combination and I don’t even like purple LOL  Smile