Sunday, 28 December 2008

The generosity of friends

I just thought I'd finish off the year by showing you how generous my bloggy friends are.

At the end of November, a few of us Midlands crafters had a meet up at Ikea in Nottingham. There was me and my DD, Apryl (MeridianAriel), Sam (IncyWincy) plus her DD, Kerry (Pennydog), Amy (LucyKateCrafts), Katy (I'maGingerMonkey) and her DS, and Lyndsey (EthelandEdnasTearoom).
I received a couple of surprise gifts whilst I was there.

Firstly Katy gave me a lovely smelling candle in a tin, a roll of ribbon, and a little handmade stocking filled with chocolates.

Then Lyndsey (who I met for the first time that day) gave me a fab little organza goodie bag. In it was a origami folded paper box, one of her fab embroidered Christmas Tree hanging ornaments, some tiny red pegs, 2 lengths of ribbon, a bobbin of thread, a few chocolates and my name spelt with scrabble tiles.

DD even received a little embroidered denim drawstring bag filled with chocolate coins.



Not long after the meet, Kerry said I should submit my Christmas Ornament Swap Stockings into the Crafter...oo! Christmas Decoration Challenge. Not thinking much of it I added a pic and was shocked to find that I made the final 3!!

The other 2 finalists were Lyndsey's Christmas Tree Decorations and Izabela's (Knit and Crochet) Crocheted Trees.


The next stage of the competition was for the members of the forum to vote for their favourite. And you could have knocked me down with a feather when I WON!!! The prize was a £20 Amazon voucher so I'm going to have great fun choosing some books on quilting.


Thank you everyone who voted - you really boosted my confidence.


The final gift was sent to me by my friend in the west - Megan (MaximumRabbitDesigns). She had entered the Folksy Angels Christmas Decoration Competition - where the brief was to make a decoration from recycled items or items from your craft stash - no buying new supplies!


She did fabulously well with her paper angel and unknown to me sent it with a couple of items I bought from her!! (If you haven't already seen her Button Christmas Tree hop over to her blog - seeing is believing as it's FAB-U-LOUS!!)


The Angel has now settled in well with our Christmas Themed Russian Dolls (another thing that Megan is mad about!!)

I also wanted to thank all the crafters who have have been my swap partners over the year. I finally totted them up and I was involved in 15!! (This didn't include 2 fabric swaps or the mini quilt I still have to make for Lucy (LucyLocketRecycledHerPocket) - I haven't forgotten honest!!)


I received truly great gifts from Australia (twice), Spain, America (twice), Scotland and various locations in England. I hope that you all loved what I sent to you!!


Although I missed my first Bloggiversary, I shall hit 100 posts sometime in the first few months of 2009, and a customary giveaway will be in order. As I don't have a "signature" make - I'd love some feedback on what you think would be a popular prize.


Finally, I hope you've all had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the Hogmaney celebrations and the arrival of 2009.

1 comment:

  1. lovely post... its been a great year of meeting people and becomming friends through some brilliant swaps....

    I don't know what you should give away... I'm not terribly good at making choices but maybe something quilty... or maybe something plushy or.. um I don't have a clue.. I'm not much help.

    hope you have a happy new yeat!