Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas decoration swap

I was delighted to be able to participate in the Christmas Decoration swap organised by the lovely Marianne, over at Ladybird Diaries.  I was partnered with Jane - also very lovely! - over at Plain Jane.

Participating in the swap was very exciting for me as I love Christmas and making decorations.  My parcel from Jane arrived today so let me show you what she sent me!

 
A lovely handmade card in a very cleverly sewn envelope - I might have to borrow that idea Jane!


Four very exciting packages wrapped in tissue.
 

A lovely candy cane - which will make a great stirrer in my hot chocolate! and a little crochet star and cinnamon stick - Jane obviously knows that I am getting into my crochet.
 

A very cute vintage style sewing kit.
 

And finally! A lovely little peg angel!  She wasn't sure about travelling in the post, but she is happy to have arrived!  She will go very well on my Christmas Tree, as I am going all gold!!

Thank you Jane for all of these lovely things!

I know that Jane has received her package from me, so let me show you what I sent her!

 
A felt heart, initialled with Jane's initial.


A crochet button Christmas Tree.
 

And a slightly taller one!
 

You can see the height difference.
 

And a cheeky little robin!
 

I hope that Jane likes them!

So, Christmas is swinging into gear!

Amy

59 comments:

  1. Oh my Amy, such beautiful Christmas makes. thank you for sharing them with us.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you Irene, Jane made some lovely things didn't she. xx

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  2. all look lovely I love make things for Christmas:))xo

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    1. I will be looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations Gloria! xx

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  3. You were both very creative and generous in your swap! :)

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    1. Jane makes such lovely things doesn't she. I had fun making the things for Jane, especially the trees! xx

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  4. What lovely gifts all round! :) Chrissie x

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    1. It has been! It was fun making things for someone else. xx

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  6. Oh Amy I'm so pleased that they turned up unscathed - I was imagining all sorts of mishaps befalling little miss peg! Glad you like them - it was really good fun making all the bits and pieces.Our school is right in the middle of an Ofsted inspection at the moment (boo - hiss) but your lovely decs have all been photographed and almost ready to publish - just need to wait for the big 'O' to be over so that I can concentrate a bit better. I have sent about five emails now as replies to your gmail account - do you think I might be being put in the Spam section? Keep warm x Jane

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    1. So glad that you like your decorations Jane, and so delighted with yours, little angel is just fine, she is sitting on the coffee table and being very well behaved! Not sure how long that candy cane will last though!! It is looking at a pretty short lifespan.

      Hope that the inspection goes well and that you can get back to normal soon.

      No, I checked the spam. I had a proposal of marriage, an offer of £15 million for the use of my bank account and several other dodgy suggestions, but nothing from you! No idea where your messages are going. So sad. Never mind, we will just have to do comments instead and see if they turn up!

      xx

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  7. Hi friend!!! I just love the idea of a hand sewn envelope! What a neat idea and so many outstanding little gifts to admire!! My favorite are your tress!!!!! They are adorable and I think that something like that for the beans would be so neat!! This exchange is such a great idea...I have to get in on this next year! I think your angel will be so cute on your tree! A very happy day to you!!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thank you lovely Nicole, you say the nicest things. I'm sure that your beans would love sewing some buttons on to Christmas trees! The sewn envelope from Jane is such a great idea isn't it. xx

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  8. Awh, how lovely! You're both very creative. I love the little felt robin, Amy! xx

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  9. So cute, you can't have too many peppermint sticks for hot chocolate, and I adore your Christmas trees, love the different buttons on them :) xx

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    1. Exactly Cheryl! You can't have too many candy canes. Glad you like the button trees. xx

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  10. Hi Amy, what a nice swap between you and Jane! I love your crochet trees with buttons...soo cute. I might just have to use this idea if you don't mind!
    Hugs, Shari

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    1. Feel free to borrow the idea Shari! I can just imagine some of them on your tree, all in white. xx

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  11. Hello Amy
    Doing this swap has been such good fun, looks like both you and Jane have had good fun being creative and sharing the Christmas joy with each other. The candy cane would not last long here either xxx thanks always for your visits and lovely words of encouragement xox Penny

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Penny, and for your lovely comments too. The swap has been lots of fun hasn't it! It is amazing all the different ideas that everyone has come up with. xx

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  12. Oh gee....love that Heart and Robin....
    Very... very... nice Amy....
    How fun to be involved with so many lovely gals, eh?
    Enjoy the rest of your evening♥
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It has been lots of fun Linda, a little nerve racking making things for someone who you have never met though! Hope you are having a good week. xx

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  13. Such wonderful decorations. I think my favourites have to be the peg angel and that cute little robin. I remember making peg dolls when I was a child, I don't think I ever did that with Eleanor, what a shame.

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    1. The robin is cute isn't he. My hubby was very disappointed when he found out that he was for the swap - the robin, not hubby!! - hubby wanted to keep him but I wrestled him away!! xx

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  14. Wow you have both made some amazing decorations. I really love the pretty peg angel Jane made for you and I am sure you will love her for many more years to come. Your trees Amy is so gorgeous with all those lovely buttons, what a wonderful idea and as for mr robin, well he sure is a cutie!! Well done and what fun. Have a lovely day xoxo

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    1. Thank you Hannapat. I had thought of crocheting some decorations for the trees, but they were too small! So I thought that the buttons would make good baubules instead. xx

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  15. I am so glad you enjoyed doing the swap Amy. Both you and Jane have been very busy and have made! given and received such gorgeous things! A big cheer for handmade!
    Marianne xx

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    1. Thank you Marianne for organising this swap, it has been lots of fun! My little angel from Jane is just waiting to undertake her christmas tree duties!! xx

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  16. Beautiful swap decorations.......love the peg angel.....so sweet.

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    1. Thank you Kim, and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again. xx

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  17. What a lovely swap and a great idea.

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    1. Thank you Suzie, it has been lots of fun. xx

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  18. Such great ideas from both of you! I will have to join in the fun next year!!

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    1. I hope that you will join next year Jilly, you would really enjoy it I am sure! xx

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  19. Amy, I love those given and received. Isnt it lovely getting parcels from like minded blog friends in these swaps?

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    1. It is so lovely swapping things and getting a parcel in the post is a real treat isn't it! xx

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  20. such lovely things Amy. Oh my goodness, I had the exact same sewing kit in my house as a child in England!! That was a trip down memory lane to see that.

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    1. It is lovely when things trigger happy memories Julie! xx

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  21. CUTE! I think my favorite is the christmas tree ornament.

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    1. Thanks you for stopping by Erika and for your lovely comment. I hope to see you again. xx

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  22. What a great swap. You've both made such lovely xmas treats.

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    1. The little angel that Jane sent is so cute isn't she! xx

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  23. Such gorgeous Christmas gifts. Deb x

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    1. Jane made some lovely things Deb, and I had lots of fun making the things for Jane! xx

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  24. What a fun swap you had! Such great ideas from both you ... the cheeky robin is very cute! Wendy x

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    1. I think I said above Wendy, hubby was not impressed that I was giving the robin away - he wanted to keep him!! xx

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    2. I never seem to have time to participate in swaps - if only! - so I love to watch the exchanges between swop partners unfold on other folk's blogs. Such sweet things you both gave and got :)

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  25. How lovely to see such sweet swap gifts! Both you and Jane made lovely things.......and handmade is the best!
    Happy weekend!
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen. Handmade is so much fun isn't it! Hope that you have a happy weekend too. xx

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  26. Wonderful decorations, I'm really enjoying the Christmas swaps that I 've joined in for the first time this year. I love the crochet trees. Happy weekend to you! xo

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    1. Thank you Elaina, glad that you like the trees. I am looking forward to seeing your swap things! xx

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  27. Your felt and crochet decorations are gorgeous, the robin is such fun. Jane's angel with ric rac hair is lovely too.

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  28. Thank you Fiona. The hair on the angel is great isn't it - so creative! xx

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  29. I loved this swap and received lovely things and enjoyed the sense of community. Thanks for always dropping by my blog. jo x

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    1. The swapping is such a lovely idea isn't it Jo! xx

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  30. Those crocheted trees adorned with buttons look so cute and very doable! Excellent idea. Hugs,Angie***

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    1. The trees really are easy Angie, Chrissie at her lovely blog Chrissie Crafts has a great pattern for crocheted trees and then just sew buttons on! Have a go. Thank you for stopping by, hope to see you again. xx

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