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

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thank You No. 3 - Santa Sack Swap

At this rate I'm still going to be thank you-ing until Christmas in July. Today my thank you are to my swap partner Julie from Jewell's blog for the Santa Sack Swap.
This is a mammoth Christmas swap where you send 6 items plus the sack, stocking or fabric wrapping of your partners choice. I left it open as to the  wrapping and Julie made me a Merry Christmas drawstring bag filled with the 6 or maybe it was 12,13,14,15 etc presents inside. The little wooden 2013 heart ornament is gorgeous & in the pic below is also a metal cat phone holder and a knitted wash cloth in Chrissie colours. The phone holder I better put to use quick smart. It was charging lying on the desk beside me but HB decided he wanted that spot so he kicked it on to the floor & is now lying beside the keyboard purring in his sleep.
The list just goes on & on. There is the beautiful Christmas fabric runner, the ribbon decorated tea towel & a stitchery decorated tea towel and a Christmas book.
A Christmas fabric apron, a gorgeous silver cat dish & look at the vintage spoons been made into garden tags - sweet!
Gorgeous hand made cards - multi talented! What a handy gift.
Most of the gifts arrived in this gorgeous Christmas suitcase and the final present is a kit to make a Christmas quilt.
This is an ingenious idea for those like me don't enjoy & aren't the best at cutting lots & lots of fabrics. It shows the block on the front, instructions on the back & inside are all the pieces ready cut, just jump on the sewing machine & go. Julie makes up these kits & sells them on eBay so talk to her if you need an awesome gift for a new or time poor quilter like me.
So thank you Julie, awesome swap! Thanks as well to our swap-muma Chez from Gone Stitchin for all her hard work organising us all.
Now on to what I sent to Julie. There was this big Christmas bauble table runner.
A felt candle mat & this gorgeous china dove candle holder from  my friend's online shopping meca The Chic Nest.
Two stitchery decorations and a Felt Christmas Decoration book.
Two Christmas platters.
Some festive tea towels and a big, big, big note pad!
And an essential box of these.....
Julie asked for her Santa Sack to be useable fabric so most of the pressies I put into a decorative box with ribbon & two were wrapped in a nice big piece of cream & red Christmas holly fabric & red ribbon.
So another excellent Christmas swap! There's still many more thank-yous to come...
Happy stitching
Tracee xx


  1. What a lovely swap! How many of these did you participate in?

  2. Lovely gifts both and and received

  3. Such lovely swap gifts....lucky you Tracee!

  4. What a wonderful array of gorgeous gifts..there must have been much excitement on. Christmas morning.

  5. You received lots of wonderful gifts in all 3 swaps Tracee. It will be like xmas all over again once you start putting them away! EnJoY your playtime! :)

  6. Sew many gorgeous gifts sent and received.. enjoy them all Tracee.

  7. Waow ! an other great swap !!

  8. I'm glad that you liked them and I was very happy with what you sent me. I really enjoyed this swap and will look out for the Christmas swaps again this year.

  9. Lovely gifts and....oh absolutely need
    the box of essentials. I get that.
    Cheers, Anita.

  10. Wow there has been lots of wonderful gifts at your place. I love the things you have made, all gorgeous!! xx

  11. I love the idea of the tablerunner with the baubles on! Simple, yet so adorable! Happy New Year from a fellow Secret Santa :)

  12. I love the idea of the tablerunner with the baubles on! Simple, yet so adorable! Happy New Year from a fellow Secret Santa :)

  13. Hi Tracee - wow i am all agog looking at the collection of gorgeous Christmas swap gifts you've received! Some amazing talent & thought there. You will have sent away some of our lovely WA Christmas sunshine when you mailed your gifts to their new homes, well done. Happy 2014, my friend x


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