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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Christmas in July swap - the gifts I gave....

As you know from my last post I received lots of Christmas bounty in the two Christmas in July swaps I took part in, but, of course, I gave to two people, too.

Firstly, I made these gifts for Anna (no blog), who despite being assigned to me in the international swap actually lives only a few streets away and as a result of the swap we have renewed our friendship (we had met once briefly before for a coffee but then life sort of got in the way).  How lovely is that?

The first gift was a stitched cushion finished with a lovely flannel Christmas fabric.

Gift 2 was one of these sweet Christmassy bunnies. (the one on the right).

... and Gift 3 was The Snowflake Tree, I was so pleased I found that I had the perfect frame in my stash - how lucky was that?

... and here they are, all wrapped and ready to go.

My second Giftee was Asta from Yarns from my Sewing Basket.

The first gift was a tin with an embroidered Noel wreath on the top.

Gift 2 was another Joy cushion but finished with a different Christmas fabric.

... and lastly, Asta also received a Christmas Bunny (the one on the left)

So, another successful Xmas in July swap is over.

Thanks again to Cheryll and Kim for organising the two swaps.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Woo hoo! Xmas in July gifts.....

Boy, oh boy! Have I been spoilt - it is like all my Christmases in July have come at once!  Well, at least two of them!

You might remember that the other day I posted about the parcels arriving:

So, on opening them up, these exciting parcels were inside.....

Finally, after a little bit of squishing, the big day came for opening the presents.  The first set of parcels I opened was from the Overseas Sister Swap, run by Kim from Wisdom with needle and thread.  Well, I found out that my giver was Kim herself and she was oh so generous, as she sent along some RAKs as well!

Now, you will notice that there is a bit of a theme here - cats!  So, let's look at the lovely gifts the wonderful and generous Kim made for me.

What can be in this box?

Oh my goodness, it is a miniature Furio on a sweet tiny jewel box.  Now, I am pretty sure that Kim made and painted this herself.  Thank you, Kim, I shall treasure this always.

Then inside the little black bag were all these very sweet Xmas tags/ornies plus a couple of handmade thread holders - one in a cat-shape and one with my initial stitched over one - so exquisitely detailed.

Now, this parcel was delightfully squishy!

.... and look, a flannel afternoon tea cloth, with, you guessed it, the sweetest cats imaginable!

Hmm, I wonder what is in here?

A gorgeous Angel, of course!

.... and look there is more....

Oh, a sweet pussy cat ornie.

... and one last parcel...

A beautiful flat fold ornament....

... and here are all the presents together, can you see the very sweet kittycat Christmas card as well?   Kim, I do not know how to thank you.  Such gorgeous, generous gifts, you are indeed a special, stitchy friend.  Love you heaps.

Then, I opened my second package.... from Sharon of Lilabelle Lane.

A skein of my favourite Cottage Garden Threads, "Blue Heaven" - gorgeous!  And look at these sweet little charm squares - 42 of them only 2 and a half inches across.

Look at  Sharon's clever use of tape to turn the string into a sort of bunting.

Some honey shower gel - just what I needed, actually, as I was about to run out! lol!

Look, there is more....

Some yummy Lindt chocolate, this went straight to work with me for my desk drawer for when I have that 3pm slump!

 Some great autumnal fabrics....

... ooh, I think that this one contains a stocking....

Yep, I was right!  Isn't it lovely!

Some beautiful bath soaps....

Hmm, how can there be a snowflake in here?

This is how! A matching wall hanging to the stocking, with jingle bells on the bottom.

Wow! Look at this lovely table runner - I just love it, as I am very fond of hearts.  This will match my decor perfectly!

,,,, and here are all the wonderful goodies from  Sharon.....

 Again, Sharon, I do not know how to thank you.  I love all of my gifts and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.  You are a wonderful friend and swap partner.

Thanks also to Kim and Cheryll for being awesome swap mamas!

hugs to you all,
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