Friday, December 27, 2013

... and still more swap gifts

I took part in three Christmas swaps this year and have been very spoilt by my lovely partners.

This was my 4th? 5th? year of taking part in Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap; it's always fun. The international swaps are particularly special I think because they seem to make this big wide and often troubled world smaller and friendlier - but then all swaps (and swappers) are special too. I love stalking blogs and choosing patterns and changing my mind umpteen times about what I am going to make and knowing that people who are making things for me will be going through the same process.

This year I made gifts for Dagmar in Germany, who was fun to make for. I can't show what I made her as she hasn't posted yet, but I was tickled pink when she sent me a 'thank you' gift of one of the fabric postcards she makes. We have had some nice emails back and forth too. Dagmar's blog was new to me but now I'm an avid reader; she makes some amazing things and as a keen traveller has been to many amazing places.

I've already shown the Christmas decoration Grethe in Norway made for me - and how about this table runner as my 'under-the-tree' present. I love it and it looks so good on my coffee table. Thank you so much, Grethe.

 .Maria sent me so many goodies in the Santa Sack swap organised by Cheryll. I kept two for under the tree, tucking them away in the giant Christmas stocking she made for me. Don't you love that little red hen - I certainly do. And how nice to have another Christmas table runner. Maria, you were such a great swap partner - thanks heaps.


And these were the lovely handmade pillowcases from Sharni in Maree's 6 items swap - now looking gorgeous on our bed. Sharni sent me lots of lovely things which I have already displayed in a previous post - and it's thanks to her that my collection of handmade Christmas ornaments has increased dramatically.



I've been in touch with all my partners and they know how much I appreciate their kindness. It IS  a small world after all!

8 comments:

shez said...

such gorgeous pressies Jan your new runner looks great on your coffee table.xx

Annie said...

Jan, that all looks so lovely...lucky girl. Maybe I'll join more swaps when I retire!

Susan said...

Lovely gifts Jan. I agree, the international swaps are especially enjoyable. But it's also nice just making for other stitchers.

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Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lots pf spoiling at your place as well Jan...enjoy

Grethe said...

Love the look of my table-runner at you coffee table :))So glad you like it!
Happy New Quilting Year,2014,Jan!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Happy New Year Jan, love what you've received. All so pretty.

Chookyblue...... said...

lots of great swap gifts received.......thanks for being part of the SSCS 2013........