Thursday, December 29, 2011

Swapping Santas Part II... or It is Better to Give Than to Receive

They say it is better to give than to receive, and I had tons of fun making little goodies to put in the Santa bag I sent to Pauline in the UK, who was my Santa Sack partner in Cheryl's Santa Sack Swap.  I wasn't nearly as creative as Pauline was, though (see yesterday's post here) since all of the items I sent were Christmas themed.  After I opened Pauline's packages, I wondered what I was thinking, but I guess I really didn't think about it, and just went with Christmas-y items.

So, here are some of the things that were in Pauline's packages:

This was the first installment of packages for June, July and August.  I knew with the wedding coming that there was no way I would manage to send anything in August or September.
A smocked Christmas Tree ornament

Some note cards and some ink and stamps - I really liked the polka dots - reminded me of fabric!

And a 12 Days of Christmas pinny and some fancy pins

A decorated dish towel - useful, at least, I hope...

And a pot holder - the quilting was a bit of an experiment, as I remember, but fun!

And a 12 Days of Christmas "scrap vomit" pillow.  It actually has another name, but that one seems to stick with me - wonder why?
Oooh, here's one that isn't Christmas themed.  This is one of my 1-hour totes.  You can find the tutorial on the sidebar if you want to make one.  And - I have a little secret about this tote...  I'll be able to tell you more soon.

I think there were a few of these crocheted snowflake ornaments in there...
And a Flurry Christmas Tree Skirt

And a pair of Flurry Christmas stockings

And a Flurry Apron

And honestly, I don't remember what else.  I certainly wasn't as creative as Pauline.  She has a photo or two on her blog

Pauline, thanks for being a great partner.  I absolutely loved what you sent to me.  I hope you weren't disappointed that your sack was so Christmas oriented.  I guess I just wasn't thinking anything but Christmas.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in the New Year!


  1. I was absolutely blown away by your gifts - I felt like the best Xmas Hostess in Yorkshire and I am sure we will treasure them and use them in years to come - my family now refer to them as " things from your Amercan blog Friend" so thank-you best wishes for 2012 Pauline

  2. WOW...I'm with Pauline...I think your gifts were fantastic. Very Festive...perfect for a Xmas swap!
    HaPPy NeW YeaR :)

  3. Oooh what a fabulous selection of goodies! No wonder Pauline was delighted!

    Happy New Year to you x

  4. Great gifts...enjoy all your presents.


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