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Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas In July Swap

This year I decided to take part in Cheryll's annual Christmas In July swap..... I haven't taken part for a few years so I was excited to be a part of it.
I had a  'Boxing Day' unwrap as my parcel arrrived on the 26th and wow how spoilt was I??!!
Lyn (no blog) sent me the most lovely and generous package...can you imagine my squeals of delight when I first unwrapped this —
"Oh this lady knows my tastes" is what I thought!
Next came this hanging :-) —
But wait, there's more —
I love how the addition of a bit of ribbon and a bell make this into a perfect
Christmas gift!
— and more —
Hasn't this wee guy got the sweetest face?
- and body!
Hmmm not sure where the chocolates got to.......!
Once again Lyn, thank you so much. It really was a lovely set of gifts! I love them all :-)
Even though Lyn doesn't have a blog, she does comment as 'Linny', so if you receive a comment from her, just know that she makes the most beautiful things!

I love these swaps where we send to different people than we receive from. This year I sent to Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches . I was delighted to 'draw' her name as she sent to me a few years ago in a Secret Santa Swap and we have been blog friends ever since.
In my last post I gave you a sneak peek of this wee Gingie (from Michelle's Gingerbread Kisses book). Here he is in the hanging I made for Anthea.

One of the things Anthea made me last time was a 'Round the World' table topper. I knew straight away that I wanted to make her one the same (similar at least) —
The one I made for Anthea
This is a clearer look at the fabrics.
This is the one that Anthea made for me a few years ago :-)
It gets well used every Christmas.
This covered pad completed the trio of goodies I crafted for her.

[These three makes are my three OPAM finishes for the month too :-)].
A very big thank you to Cheryll for hosting this swap. Not many people took part but I'm pleased that I did!!
'till next time, 
happy stitches,


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you received so many nice things in your package especially love the stocking and what is in it

Janet O. said...

You won the holiday swap lottery, Raewyn!! Lovely pieces she made for you!
Funny how chocolate has a way of being absent before photos can be taken. I've had that happen, myself.
Looks like the person that received your package was treated very well, too! You gals know how to swap!


Oh wow--you gals do spoil each other on these exchanges--
I tried a couple years ago--always sent out alot of stuff--but never got much in return so I quit and haven't done any since--
have a great week--
enjoy the moments, di

Karen in Breezy Point said...

wow--what a super fun swap! Everything is adorable!

Fiona said...

Fantastic goodies sent and received.... I love that you both now have similar table toppers...

Mystic Quilter said...

Lucky girl, what a selection of lovely goodies!

Leeanne said...

That's some heafty loot both received and given! So many sweet hand stitched treats.....except for the chocolate of course!

retdairyqueen said...

A beautiful assortment of gifts sent and received
Lucky girls

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Some lovely gifts here, and ideas too!

margaret said...

lovely swaps both sent and received

Lin said...

What a lovely bag full of goodies you received and a beautiful bag too. Lucky you. Lucky Anthea - I have already admired your gifts on her blog but did not realise the significance of the table topper. It is definitely a winner. xx

Julie said...

Beautiful swap gifts both received AND sent Raewyn. I just adore that little christmas mouse peeking out of the mitten. Just adorable. I am glad you seem to have the same trouble with chocolate disappearing as I do !!!

Maria said...

Such gorgeous gifts you received from Lyn and Anthea was lucky to have been sent the beautiful gifts from you...

Anthea said...

Well what a great swap it's been for you Raewyn!
What a gorgeous parcel of gifts from Lyn; I l-o-v-e the bag, that stitchery is so cute...and of course you know that I was just thrilled to receive my swap gifts from you, it's given me a lift after a tough few weeks! xx

Needled Mom said...

The swap gifts are really wonderful - both coming and going.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow....all adorable. I can hear the sleigh bells ringing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn such beautiful gifts both sent and received xx

Karen S said...

Gorgeous gifts both given and received. These are fun swaps to join.

linny said...

It was a pleasure to make all your gifts, I really enjoyed sewing them for you.
So pleased you liked everything. I've made a few of the mice & love seeing how each one turns out.

loulee said...

What wonderful swap gifts to give and receive. It's nice to be able to payback to someone who gifted to you previously.

kiwikid said...

Beautiful gifts both ways Raewyn, love the little mouse too.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh those are lovely gifts! You will both treasure them for years to come! xx

Cheryll said...

Lyn always makes the most wonderful gifts. I'm so pleased you liked this swap.
EnJoY the gifts... xox

KaHolly said...

You ladies treat each other so well! What lovely, inspiring gifties!