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Kitty Quote of the Day

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank You No. 2 - Secret Santa Christmas Swap

The Secret Santa Christmas Swap run by swap-muma Chooky Blue is always wonderful and this year lived up to every expectation. This is a round robin swap so I only knew who I was making for & not who was making for me. It ended up being a very exotically international affair for me this year!
I was in awe to see on my parcel that my partner that made gifts for me was Martine from Bizzy Martine all the way North in Belgium! It's quite amazing to think I now have beautiful gifts in my home that were stitched especially for me from all the way in Belgium - wonderful!
My first parcel to open was the Christmas decoration & Martine has made me the sweetest Christmas kitty, waiting by the tree, maybe for Santa Paws to come.... Purrfection I say!
My Christmas day presents were just as lovely, including a gorgeous snowman stitchery on a table mat. I have to admit to a bit of a soft spot for snowmen (ironic given our Christmas weather) and fabric with mittens on it. I really should live in the Northern hemisphere & have snowy Christmas every year. It is on the 'bucket list' to experience a bunch of winter Christmas's in the years to come. Look at my packet of fir tree biscuits too - all the way from Belguim - I think by now it's a little obvious that I can't believe I have gifts from Belgium!!! Thank you Martine, I love my stitchery gifts & they will be a part of every years Christmas decorating from now on. xx
Now this years swap was truly an international affair and there was purrs all around when Mia, HB & I found out our swap partner to send to was Florence & Princess Nounouche! Don't tell Mia but I think HB is a bit smitten by the beautiful French Princess.
First there was a decoration for Florence. I know she loves our Aussie designers so this stitchery by Gail Pan from the book Sew Gifts was perfect for this swap.
We had a family conference and after many meows it was decided the Princess could not be left out either so a decoration applauding her beauty was made and a little frame decoration filled with a picture of her and added too.

For the Christmas present I made up my favourite angel block with stitchery embellishments, adding a sleeve so Florence can use it either as a wall hanging or table mat. I love that sparkly Michael Miller white fabric, perfect for a background for an angel.

For a few added bonuses I added some Christmas fabric and a couple of Aussie patterns too. They were all wrapped in gold & white Christmas owl fabric & ribbon. A big sigh of relief and haha to Mr Australia Post when the parcel came in at 498 grams too!

Naturally I was very happy to hear that Florence & the Princess loved their parcels. So big thanks to Chooky Blue on organising another wonderful Christmas swap. I think it might be time for a cup of tea & a sampling of  Belgium fir tree.....

Happy stitching
Tracee xx


  1. Yes ! We have been spoiled Nounouche and I !!! I LOVE so much your angel !!
    Do you know I've met Martine at our European quilt market last september !!!!
    How wonderful !!
    The Chookyblue swap is the best one !!

  2. The decorations you sent are beautiful. I'm not surprised at all that Florence and Nounouche love them so much. I hope you're having a lovely Christmas.

    Take care,
    Susan in Texas

  3. Hi Tracee,
    I loved making your presents!!!
    Love, Martine

  4. Lots of lovely gifts all round. I like those Princess Nounnouche items.

  5. Beautiful gifts sent & received. Hugs,xx

  6. Gorgeous gifts, Tracee. Don't you just love it when the weight just comes in under the 500gms!

  7. Gorgeous gifts Tracee...
    Happy New Year to you too! :)

  8. Lovely gifts, gorgeous
    Cheers, Anita.

  9. Lots of gorgeous gifts at your place, the little cat decoration you made is so cute! Happy new year to you!

  10. Lots of beautiful goodies there Tracee, enjoy them all.

  11. Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to another year of seeing all your wonderful sewing Thank you so much for my gorgeous gift. I'll be blogging about it soon.Hugs to you and the kitties


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