Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Christmas In July Stocking Swap
Stephanie and Linda sponsored a Christmas In July Stocking Swap among their blog friends, and I was so pleased to be asked. The swap was set up in a round-robin fashion, so I sent my items to Gai in Australia and then received a lovely package from another Australian, Fiona.
I was so happy to receive a Christmas Bag full of handcrafted items from Fiona. Inside I found this lovely hand-embroidered, quilted tablerunner. Check out the close-up above. Just beautiful with the perfect cozy colors of a wintry Christmas with a little bit of shine in the fabrics. Most special to me, though, is the hand embroidery, and redwork, too! My most favorite of needlearts and especially the most appreciated because it takes such time and effort.
The little embroidered ornament and handcrafted mittens will be perfect on my blogger-swap tree. My collection of blog swap ornaments is growing now that I'm going on my third year of sharing ornaments with my blog friends. A little koala pin to remind me of Australia and some other treats rounded out a great swap package! There WAS a bar of Cadbury white chocolate, but it didn't make it to the photoshoot, hmmmmm.......
When I received Gai's name as the person to whom my items were going, I pretty much knew right away what I would create. Since blogging around the world, I've been sort of fascinated with a summer Christmas for Australians.
I decided to go with the Merry and Bright fabrics I picked up last year and create a "Cool Yule" package for Gai, since the sun is shining and everyone is talking about the heat that time of year down under.
I LOVE the stocking. I sure wish I would make those items for my home! I included an embroidered ornament and some South Carolina sweet treats, too.
You'll have to stop by everyone's blogs above. They are all so creative, and I'm always very grateful to have bumped into you fun people through blogging.