Over a year ago I discovered Sheila’s fantastic blog called Sewchet. I’ve been following her creative activity ever since. She came up with this great idea: a Secret Santa gift swap for creative bloggers. Unfortunately in the first year it was too late for me to sign up but in 2016 I was really careful not to miss out! And I am so glad that I did sign up!
I couldn’t wait to find out to whom I will be making presents and as soon as I received Sheila’s email with Anne’s name, I checked out her blog right away and I started to think about present ideas. A couple of days later I was already at my sewing desk making the presents.
Anne lives in Australia. She is fascinated by nature and creates very unique and wonderful paintings and drawings. She is crazy about feathers which I could understand after seeing her art work.
My main present was this fabric basket for her. I came up with this idea because I had to ship her parcel from Germany to Australia, so I didn’t want it to weigh too much. Other then that I thought feathers are very delicate and to store them Anne could use this soft basket.
I stenciled a white mag for her with a pretty feather motif. I am most certainly not as good as Anne at drawing but hopefully she will appreciate my efforts! I took several trips to local fabric stores hoping to find something with feathers on them but instead I found these beautiful yellow-gray fabrics. The yellow one has kind of a feather motif and the grey one with the daisies are just lovely. I hope Anne thinks so too and she will be able to use them for a sewing project! I also made four coasters with festive pattern, and a key holder from felt. I was going for a feather look again but it might look a little more like leaves. They are also part of our beautiful nature, so I think Anne will like that too!
The crochet angel was made by a friend of mine, I purchased it from her because Anne also knows how to crochet and I thought she’d appreciate something crochet-related. Unfortunately I don’t know how to crochet but who knows, I might give it a try some day! On the other hand the luggage tag was made by me. I read on her blog that Anne likes camping. In case she decide to maybe fly somewhere, this luggage tag could be handy! The hot choco spoon is a local delicacy and I love it, too! We live at the border between Germany and the Netherlands and this great idea comes from the dutch. It is a wooden spoon with chocolate at the end of it and you have to stir it into a big mug of hot milk! “Apfelstrudel” is actually a German cake made with apple and this spoon in particular tastes like this cake. So this one hot beverage represents a little bit where I send the presents from.
I packed them all up nicely in a small shoe box and shipped it very early to Anne because she is so far away and I didn’t want her to miss her parcel at Christmas. Hopefully it arrived in time and she enjoys the presents!
Now onto my parcel that I received from Ali. She is an always smiling woman from England who plays Golf in her free time and of course sews and does crocheting! Check out her blog here, you won’t be sorry!
When I signed up for this Secret Santa swap I asked Sheila to give my Stitching Santa my parents’ address in Hungary because we were going to spend the Holidays with them. So my parcel arrived there in time, a couple of days before Christmas, only we didn’t. My Husband had an emergency operation (on his elbow and he is all right now) before Christmas and our trip got cancelled. But our lovely friends who made it to Hungary for the Holidays were very kind and they brought all of our Christmas presents back to Germany for us on Friday (6th of January). Finally I was able to open my parcel! I waited so long! And I also kept myself away from Ali’s blog because she already posted about her lovely presents! That was the most difficult part but I made it!
Now let me show you all the great things I’ve received!
Ali wrote a message onto the bag for “Rita’s Mom” and instructed her to open it and put my presents under the tree. Only my Mom doesn’t understand a word in English! 😀 But my Husband put the parcel under the tree, I found it heartwarming anyway. And the boys were curious, as well!
A very nice card was attached to it with some help to crack the “wrapping paper code”. Which one was self made and which ones were bought. The whole family stood around me as I opened them one by one and I was so excited, as only a child can be!
I received a couple of sewing patterns: two for me and one for the boys. I will most definitely try all tree of them! I love the designs of the dresses and the boys just always need more pants! Plus the sewing pattern for the boys is in German which will be a good practice after my latest German lessons!
There was a little piece of fabric with animal prints, which is adorable! I don’t know yet for what but will use it for sure! Our little one is learning the names of the animals, so anything I make from it will be for him.
The reusable swatch kit was something that I’ve never seen in my life. It took me a minute or two to figure out what is it but then I thought what a practical thing that is!
The Sewing Magazine is also very thoughtful! I need a bit more time to read it through but my Husband and I spotted the same page at the first sight, so there is a future project hidden in there, too!
Eight pieces of flowery fabric, two embroidery threads, a heart shaped Christmas ornament which already hangs on the tree by the way and this is not all! Ali was very generous: She bought me a magnetic wrist band to catch the needles while sewing. It is a very cool gadget!
There was also a spool of a great tape saying “Make amazing things”. I love to use ribbons and tape, so probably this one will be put to use very soon.
Ali included a Yorkshire tea for me which was really good tasting! It’s already gone!
She also made three things for me: a zipper pouch from a Liberty cotton fabric. As you probably know by now, I love the blue and white fabrics and this one even has bicycles and cars on it! One can never have enough zipper pouches; this one will find its place in my purse! As I opened this particular present, I noticed right away that Ali used her new overlock machine. Well done!
She hand stitched me a small needle keeper with embroidery scissors attached to it. I think it will be put to use when we travel between Hungary and Germany: those long hours in the car can get pretty boring when I could be also sewing!
I have a big collection of scarves. I like to color-match them to my outfit. If you remember my post about the dish towels, you might notice that I have a thing for color-harmony. Any I did not like the lila/violet scarf I had previously but Ali made a wonderful crochet scarf for me instead! It is a bit short but I don’t mind it. Look how beautiful it is:
The Tunisian crochet hook is the only one present I don’t know how to use because I have no clue how to crochet. Yet. The thought of it has already crossed my mind and I might give it a try this year!
When I was done opening all the presents, me, my sewing desk and even the heads of my kids were all covered in glitter thanks to the wrapping paper…
I don’t know if we will ever get rid of that but I don’t care much. It keeps me reminding of Ali and the great love I received through her presents! Thank you so much!