I always enjoy this swap that Cheryll hosts each year. There were a few rule changes this year to make things easier with the mailing. My partner this year was the lovely JoAnne at The Patriotic Quilter and I had lots of time to browse her blog to get some great ideas as to what to send her. And she stalked me too -- and did a terrific job of it, too.
First I grabbed some Hot Chocolate in my Santa Mug (not in photo as I was afraid I would knock it over and spoil things) and this tin of GREAT cookies. My dear friend Sheila sends me these from NC every year - she lives around the bend from them - OH SO GOOD!!
This was the 'sack' - I LOVE buttons and look at them and all the pockets on and in this bag is perfect. And not overly Christmasy, so I plan to use this as my new Guild bag - I'm VP and need to carry lots of stuff, so this is perfect.
Pockets all around the inside and a draw string top - I love this and plan to show it off at the January meeting.
And all the goodies!! Which to open first? I went from the smallest to the largest. I thought my furries would be happy to help - but they are napping.
The bag of nuts are native grown/packaged Virginia (where JoAnne is from) and I will be taking them with me when visiting my daughter's family on Christmas. A sweet tree on a vintage play block - and she found the letter 'V' for me - and buttons on it too. I actually saw something similar at a local show and thought how cute - now I have my own personalized one. And the pincushion - that is going into the bag so I have it when we do little projects at guild meetings.
Thank you, thank you, thank you - JoAnne notice on my blog that I LOVE Mary Engelbreit - note pad and little journal, cute baking cups (these are just too sweet to bake in), and the great iron carrier that opens to be used as an ironing pad. Oh, I need this! A guild member loaned me her pattern for one of these, now I don't have to make it. AND I have one in ME fabrics!! Drool!!
A sweet little sewing kit for sewing machine care - perfect for my new machine. My favorite color is blue - look at those FQs!! And JoAnne hand dyed these herself - extra special. These will have to go into a very special project - they need to shine.
Thank you JoAnne for so many lovely and thoughtful gifts and to Cheryll for hosting again.
It looks like a very Merry Christmas,