Tuesday 27 December 2011

So Very Spoilt

We had a really lovely Christmas this year.  Whereas normally everyone comes to our place, this year we did the driving.

Firstly, we visited Mum and Dad and had morning tea with my side of the family.  Mum had the fine china out, which was made it special.

While we were there I opened my SSCS Parcel from Karol-Ann.  Yes, that is where the being spoilt started.

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Karol-Ann made this gorgeous folded hexagon bag.  Her stitches are so very tiny.  Just beautiful work.  The handles are also gorgeous and quite unusual.  I know it will have lots of use.  There is also  a cute mouse pincushion, little notepad and quilt block key ring.  Thank you so much for spoiling me and thanks to Chookyblue for going to all the trouble of coordinating the SSCS.

The next reason that I am so very spoilt is the result of a squishy parcel all the way from the Isle of Man.  Loulee has been busy sewing too. This is what arrived.

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A scrummy table runner in nice rich colours.  I have just the spot for this little beauty.  If you look closely, you can see something sitting on the runner.  Here it is a bit closer.

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I saw some brooches made out of Manx tartan when we visited the Isle of Man in 2009, but was unable to track down the lady to buy one.  My intentions were to  buy one this year when we were over there, but time just got away on us.  You can imagine what a thrill it was to receive this from Loulee.  She must have had a little inkling that I liked these.  Thank you so very much.

After we left Mum and Dad’s we headed to Mick’s sister’s place for lunch.  We ate outdoors under the big shady trees.  You couldn’t have had a nicer day for it.  It wasn’t too hot, there was no wind, flies or mozzies, the food was delicious and the company enjoyable.

Then we drove to Mick’s brother’s for afternoon tea.  This time I was the giver of something handmade. 

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Yes, the gift I finished at the last minute for my sister-in-law.  I love this pattern for a shoe bag out of Anni Downs’ latest book “Some Kind of Wonderful”. I think I’d better make one for myself as well.

Then it was home for a very quiet evening.

By the way, this is what I sent to Judith in the Netherlands for her SSCS gift.  A bag from one of Anni Downs’ patterns and a Christmas table runner.

Gift - Jannimary

I also had fun  overing a tape measure, which turned out rather well.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day and that you were also very spoilt.


manda said...

Oh my, you were spoilt!! I love that tartan brooch! And that hexagon bag is just gorgeous! Looks like Judith got spoilt too though! And your SIL!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I am with Manda......your gifts are lovely Janice and I do like what you made...

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful gifts sent and received in the SSCS.....it's always lovely to have a surprise under the tree.........and what a great surprise..............thanks for being part of the SSCS once again..........

Lovely runner from Loulee.......the shoe bags are great I need to make some..........

Judith said...

I still love everything very much. Thanks for spoiling me.

sewkalico said...

So pleased that you like you liked your gift! You made beautiful gifts too. The SSCS really is a wonderful swap and I do enjoy being part of it.

Stina Blomgren said...

Oh so many wonderful gifts.. but I must say when I saw the tartan rose.. my eyes widened a bit...;O)) My ancestors comes from the Isle of Man... and wow it would be just wonderful to own one in my own tartan colours!! :O))