Envelope Project

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Okay, the camera problem is solved.  Yes, the camera has died, but fortunately the memory card lives on and we were able to retrieve the pictures.  Yay!

What a boatload of presents!  It turns out there were quite a few Christmas gift exchanges at the restaurant that night so we felt right at home!

And here's the loot I received from Donna . . . drumroll please . . .

My, oh my, did I hit the jackpot or what??!!

There were handmade cards and a sweet embroidered snowman to add to my collection.

 There was not one, but two quilting books and a journal.

 Lots of snowmen fabric and lovely blue fabric!

 This little gem features my little snowman guys. Donna sewed snowflake buttons on at the top.  Isn't it cute?

 Potholders, coasters, bag and pinwheels . . . such talent!

 A beautiful cardinal plate with Christmas verse along with two pincushions.

 Aren't these pincushions lovely . . . a little ceramic dog and an embellished canning jar complete with blue buttons.
 Dishtowels, washcloths and lid covers all made by Donna.  I grew up with the lid covers and seeing these brought back childhood memories.  The dishtowels are so sweet and I love the crocheted washcloths.
 Red heart ornament (look closely and you'll see a deer and 2 pine trees), snowman buttons and pins.

And here Donna is opening up the little gifts in the Christmas tree I made for her.  This present was so much FUN to make!  I may have to make one for moi some day.

This is what it looked like finished.  There's a dowel rod at the top with red ribbon ties so it can be hung up.  The branches were stitched with a decorative stitch and then I added gold buttons of various sizes and shapes to represent ornaments.  The idea for this gift brewed in my head for awhile before I was able to sit down and make the vision a reality.  I think it turned out nicely.

Thank you, Cheryll for putting this gift exchange together.  What a treat it's been that my swap partner not only lives in the same state, but close enough that we're able to get together and share a meal and some laughs.  That's been the best gift!

Here's hoping everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  Merry Christmas!!


Cheryll said...

Yippee Joyce. Santa Donna did a fantastic job supplying thoughtful gifts didn't she! You both look like you had a really FuN swap.I'm so happy you joined in.
Merry Christmas to you and your family..your friend and swap mama :)

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Oohh La La - what a lot of goodies - you two outdid yourselves!!!! How absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

Whow Joyce what a beautiful lot of goodies you received from Donna,well done girls.