Posts Tagged gift swap

Can I Mention the S Word?

It’s October now – so can I say ‘Santa’?

Do you have lots of friends and family who understand just what a sewing/knitting/crochet addict wants for Christmas?  If you have, you’re lucky.  I find it difficult to make a wish list for my family unless it’s very specific and then that spoils the surprise.

For the third year running,  Sheila who blogs over at Sewchet, has the answer.

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She is organising Stitching Santa again .

In a Christmas nutshell :-

Sheila will partner you with somebody in your category –  you can participate in the one for Knitting/Crochet or the one for Sewing – or you can enter both.  I am!

If you don’t already follow that person’s blog, it is a good idea to ‘blog stalk’ them to get an idea of their likes and dislikes and their taste in general.

You send a parcel containing a gift costing no more than £10 (other currencies shown over at Sheila’s blog) and anything else you think your recipient would like such as little handmade gifts, accessories, notions, etc.

You will receive a parcel in return (woohoo!) which you should put under the tree until Christmas morning even though you might be tempted to squeeze and manhandle it a little

You can enter from anywhere in the World and Sheila will try to match you up so the shipping costs aren’t too bad.

For full details and to register, go over and register on Sheila’s Stitching Santa page here

I entered last year and it was great fun to choose gifts to include in the parcels and to have pressies under the tree that I knew would be themed especially for me and my sewing and knitting habits.

Sorry, I think I put the ‘C’ word in there somewhere as well but there’s only about 84 sleeps left.

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Stitching Santa Goodies

This year I entered two secret santa type blog swaps kindly arranged by Sewchet.  One was the Stitching Santa and the other (because I can’t have too much of a good thing) was the Knitting Santa.  The idea is that you are paired with another blogger and, having read their blogs and sussed out their likes and interests as best you can, you make up a parcel of sewing (or knitting) related gifts for them to put under the tree to open on Christmas Day.  If you have friends and family who don’t sew or knit, this is brilliant as you can be sure of getting some things from somebody who knows what another crafter would want.

First to arrive – so early in fact, I had to hide it away in case I was tempted to tear it open – was my Stitching Santa gift.

Christmas Gift

This came from Susanna over at Pins,Needles and Thread and the festive bag was full to bursting.

Handmade Buttons

Some really pretty handmade, fabric covered buttons ….

Fabric Bird Hanging

A gorgeous little fabric hanging birdie who is swinging from my Christmas tree now….

Dressmaking Patterns

Some patterns to tackle in the new year.  I particularly love the Cynthia Rowley dress and so does my daughter –  I’ve had to hide it from her……

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and, as those of you who know about my year long Fabric Fast will appreciate, some very welcome fabric in various sizes suitable for patchwork and larger projects.

I also have some gorgeous things to show you from my Knitting Santa which arrived on Boxing Day –  not a public holiday in France so the postman could deliver it.  Actually, it was nice to have an extra gift to unwrap the day after.  However, it is my Mum and eldest daughter’s last day here before returning to the U.K. tomorrow so I’ll go and spend some more quality time with them and show you my gifts from SewingNikki in a couple of days time.

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