Monday, 6 January 2014

Past & Presents......

I know it's a bit late in the day to be talking about Santa but...... he rocks!   


Before I show you the swap gifts he brought me I really must apologise to Sandy my Secret Santa from Chookyblue's SSCS  for not posting sooner to show you all the gorgeous Christmas gift she sent me.   To Chookyblue too..... believe me I don't break rules... as a rule!

I was so happy on Christmas morning when I opened my main parcel from Sandy and found this gorgeous stitchery....
 

I totally love it!!    I've had my beady eye on this design for ages but never got around to actually buying it.  It seems that as well as being a talented needlewoman Sandra is a mind reader too.    It is not going into storage till next Christmas it's going to be a year round resident on my craft room wall.  Actually the cute reindeer ornament isn't being put away either it will have it's own special place where I can enjoy it every day. 

I did remember to get the little pincushion inside the pouch into the photo too..... I forgot that when I showed you the ornament earlier.   Brain dead eh!

Thanks again Sandy for all the beautiful gifts you made for me..... you are a star!!  

Now I can show you what I made for Jenny in the SSCS swap.......


Jenny likes to crochet so I sent a project tote and a crochet hook organiser along with her ornament.  I'm thrilled to bits that she likes her gifts too.

I swapped Christmas presents with my friend Leanne too.    Here's what she made for me....


A string of really pretty bunting in colours that I love.   A super cute little Santa wall hanging too.  Love him! Bet you can guess that he's not being put away till next year either.


Leanne made me a gorgeous sewing roll too.... love the stitched flowers... and the inside......


packed with more gorgeous goodies.  Super new applique needles to try out.  Pretty ric rac and buttons too. 

Thanks Leanne...... you are a real star too!    

Here's what I sent Leanne......


A hexie tote....


and a storage roll for needle packets.... or any stuff of choice that will fit inside....


Love this little pattern.

I'll pop back soon to update you on the goings on in Stormy Scotland as soon as I can get my act together.

Hope you are all having fun and that 2014 brings you all the very best that life has to offer....

Hugs
Josie




21 comments:

marina said...

lovely to hear from you Josie,
hope you have had a wonderful festive season. With all those gorgeous gifties going backwards and forwards I am sure they made you smile.
Of course my favourites are the hexie projects :)

Susan said...

Christmas has been a fine affair at your place. So many lovely gifts. Sandys stitching is beautiful, love that little ornament, and the set you made for Jenny is gorgeous. Love how you adapted the stitchery for the hook book (I don't crochet very much but I do have a lot of hooks.....maybe I need one of these). And you know I love your hexie bag and roll. The single hexies inside are such a pretty touch.

Anita said...

I love talking about Santa any time and no wonder you wanted to talk about him too - the gifts are lovely. Cute works.
Cheers, Anita.

Debbie said...

I love your gifts you made for you swap, can you tell me what patterns you used for them. I wish I had someone so clever making me lovely gifts. Stunning!

Helen said...

Happy New Year lots o beautiful gifts both ways. Love the sewing roll.

Cath said...

Such beautiful gifts both received and sent.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Lynda said...

I LOVE the hexie bag you made for Leanne. You received beautiful presents too. Christmas is so wonderful and the internet has made it so much more enjoyable.

Jeanette said...

Lovely gifts sent & received. Hugs, xx.

shez said...

wow josie what gorgeous gifts both sent and received,lots of awesome girfts there,thankyou for sharing,its like a mini exhibition,have a lovely day my friend.xx

Noela said...

Beautiful gifts sent and received. Hugs....

FloS said...

Gorgeous gifts received and sent !!!
I wish you wonderful new year !! with all the best for you and your family !
Florence

margaret said...

didn`t you do well some lovely gifts both sent and received. Here in Leeds we seem to be missing most of the bad weather fortunately

Grethe said...

Gorgeous presents all together!
Aren`t we lucky having Christmas every year :))
Happy New Quilting Year 2014 to you,Josie!

Elizabeth said...

Love the hexagon tote - where did you get the pattern as I'd love to try hexagons. Beautiful fabrics too. Such wonderful swaps to from some very clever stitchers

Shirley said...

Wow, what a lot of work and effort goes into these swaps and you have given and received some fabulous presents. Xx

KERYN B said...

Well what a wonderful load of gifts you received. The goodies you sent were also amazing.

Kindred Quilts said...

Oh my! I enlarged all of the pics in this post just to drool over every lovely gift, both given and received!!! Happy New Year Josie!!!

Charlie and Wendy said...

The gifts you received are lovely and the ones you made are just gorgeous. I think anyone would be thrilled to receive a gift from you with your amazing stitching! xx

Anthea said...

Whoh! Josie what a feast for my eyes, all those amazing Christmas swap gifts you sent away & those you received too! Well Done. x

Quilting Moesje said...

Very nice and sweet gifts :o))
The hexagonnetjes are "pretty" too on the sewing roll !

Best wishes ...
and
Greetings,
Simone

Sonia said...

I love seeing my gifted runner in your images it makes me smile to see it being used well.
love and hugs for another year Sonia