My Stitching Santa Parcel 2017 – Part 1

This year I joined in, once again, with Sheila over at Sewchet’s infamous Stitching Santa.  I am greedy so joined in both the knitting and stitching versions.  I haven’t yet received my package from my knitting partner but, if she is reading this, I imagine you might have sent it to my husband’s office in the U.K. and he left on the 21st to come over to France for Christmas but it will be safe and sound in his desk drawer and will be with me in the second week of January.  Sorry about that but I was trying to save you postage and it backfired – if indeed this is what has happened, I speculate only.

So Christmas came around again and it was time to torment my dogs with silly outfits (there was a hat too but she wouldn’t countenance it!)…………..

…………..get summed up by my daughter on a t-shirt – how well she knows me………….

……….and receive a parcel of goodies from a like-minded sewing person.

This year Sheila had tasked Rita who blogs at Rita’s Design with what to put in my parcel and what an excellent job she made of it.

Love these two little fabric buckets Rita made for me – excellent for the sock project I’m working on at the moment.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist dipping this into a mug of hot milk.

A selection of coordinating fabric squares which will be great for a patchwork project.

These fabric pieces have peel off paper on the back revealing a sticky surface which I can imagine would be useful for covering notebooks or similar projects.

Some sewing spool fabric from Barcelona and some floral fabric from Hungary – and, as Rita lives in Germany now, this is a truly cosmopolitan parcel 🙂

A generously sized key holder which Rita made from a traditional Hungarian fabric which will certainly come in very useful.

Look!  She even made me a rubber stamp with my name on it.

I absolutely adore this little nativity scene inside a seed pod.  Apparently. Rita’s friend creates these little Christmas ornaments and it will certainly be brought out year after year to decorate our tree.

A side view in case anybody can help me identify the pod.

Last, but certainly not least, my own personalised, beautiful drawstring bag for putting my ‘smalls’ in when I’m travelling.

I was cheered up immensely by my parcel from Rita this Christmas and send lots of thanks to both her and to Sheila at Sewchet for organising us all once again.

Off to heat up a mug of hot milk now before somebody else discovers my chocolate spoon.




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  1. #1 by Jo on December 28, 2017 - 14:10

    Such wonderful gifts, I absolutely love the nativity scene inside the seed pod, isn’t that lovely? What a great t-shirt your daughter bought you and your doggy looks so cute and festive. I’d knitted socks for everyone for Christmas and I didn’t want Archie to be left out so I bought him some. I didn’t think for one minute that he’d keep them on, but he did.

    • #2 by tialys on December 28, 2017 - 14:51

      Bless him – he obviously realises he’s in a family where socks are important. 🙂

  2. #3 by Postcard from Gibraltar on December 28, 2017 - 15:36

    What a delightful parcel, that nativity scene is just adorable 😊

    • #4 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:24

      It is isn’t it. I must try to find out from Rita whether her friend sells them anywhere.

  3. #5 by M. L. Kappa on December 28, 2017 - 16:18

    What fun! Looove the tee shirt 😂💕💕

    • #6 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:23

      She knows me too well 😉

  4. #7 by The Snail of Happiness on December 28, 2017 - 16:20

    Again – a parcel of wonderful things. I’m still amazed at the time and effort that has gone into putting all these together.

    • #8 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:23

      It’s such a fun thing to do though isn’t it? I expect we’ll be signing up again for next year won’t we 😉

  5. #10 by sew2pro on December 28, 2017 - 18:36

    Wow! Such generosity in these gifts.

    • #11 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:20

      I think it’s a good opportunity to make little things for people you know will appreciate some hand made goodness and also – maybe – to reduce your fabric/wool/haberdashery stash just a little bit.

  6. #12 by Trisha on December 28, 2017 - 20:33

    Great gifts, such a cute nativity in a seed pod!

    • #13 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:19

      I was a lucky lady.

  7. #14 by nanacathy2 on December 28, 2017 - 22:39

    Such lovely gifts, the seed pod s incredible.

    • #15 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:19

      Isn’t it? It will join my box of baubles to be brought out every year – lucky we always have a very large tree.

  8. #16 by katechiconi on December 29, 2017 - 05:12

    I think my favourite bits are the laundry bag and of course the chocolate spoon. It’s a lovely varied selection of cute things, and that seed pod nativity must be absolutely tiny!

    • #17 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:18

      The little figures in the nativity are 3cm high – cute isn’t it? I must use my chocolate spoon soon otherwise my daughter will have spirited it away.

  9. #18 by Born To Organize on December 29, 2017 - 08:28

    What a charming little seedpod ornament. All the gifts are lovely and what a fun tradition these Secret Santas around the globe. I’m definitely going to join in next year. I love the idea of planning a gift for someone I’ve never met, by scouring their blog.

    I know this must be a challenging Christmas for you with your Mum recently passed. I’m glad to see you smiling and making the most of things. xo

    • #19 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:17

      Thank you Alys, I know that my Mum wouldn’t have wanted anybody to be miserable at this time of year so I’m trying to stay positive.
      You must join in with the Stitching Santa next year – everybody has fun with it and I don’t know what’s better, putting the parcels together for somebody else or receiving one.

      • #20 by Born To Organize on January 6, 2018 - 02:39

        I am absolutely committed to doing Stitching Santa next year. Thanks for encouraging me.

  10. #21 by claire93 on December 29, 2017 - 12:59

    that Tshirt is the best gift ever ^^ A shame you’ll have to translate when you wear it out, for all your French friends lol

    • #22 by tialys on December 29, 2017 - 17:14

      It might be best if I don’t 😉

  11. #23 by Adrienne on December 30, 2017 - 15:50

    My first visit here: what a beautiful blog full of so many projects! Happy New Year!

    • #24 by tialys on December 30, 2017 - 16:40

      Thanks Adrienne and a Happy New Year to you too.

  12. #25 by magpiesue on December 30, 2017 - 20:56

    What a great bunch of gifts! The ornament is darling, and the ‘smalls’ bag is a treasure. Sew many goodies!

    • #26 by tialys on December 31, 2017 - 10:37

      It was a lovely parcel to open on Christmas morning 🙂

  13. #27 by Kim on January 1, 2018 - 15:44

    A fabulous parcel – and that tree decoration is darling!
    My parcels were brilliant again. I will blog them soon. I think Sheila is a real treasure for organising this again as it must take a significant amount of time 😃

    • #28 by tialys on January 2, 2018 - 11:28

      She is – I bet it’s like herding cats.

  14. #29 by wybrow1966 on January 12, 2018 - 09:57

    How lucky you were – took part in this swap myself, for the first time, and loved it! The little nativity scene is so sweet!

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