So I've signed up for a swap. It's a Christmas stocking swap run by the awesome Selina from Selina's Vintage. The stockings are due to be posted by early November. So in my typical style, I've signed up and pushed all thoughts of it to the back of my mind. After all, there is heaps of time.
On Friday, I wandered down to my mailbox and was perplexed to find a parcel in there for me. Puzzled, I looked to see who the sender was. "Nup! I don't know who this person is." I thought. Who would be sending me a parcel from New Zealand? I didn't order anything from anyone in New Zealand......
Imagine my delight when I excitedly ripped open the parcel and found that it was my Christmas stocking.....and it was filled with lots of other handmade goodies! Yay! Christmas has come early! This gift was the work of the amazingly talented Sarah from Red Gingham. The time, thought, and love that has gone into the making of the Christmas stocking and each of it's contents astounds me. Here is someone who's taken the time to visit my blog to learn about me so that her gift was nothing short of perfect. Red is my favourite colour and I do love gingham and polkadots passionately too.
The Christmas stocking is double-sided. One side is Sarah's favourite red gingham decorated with a doily and lovely red buttons......
....the other side is pretty festive patchwork and has been decorated with a "A" just for me :)
....and then there were the prezzies! Check these lovelies out:
The clear packets with the blue ornaments and chocolate coins were a present for Jayden and Corey - from Sarah's girls :) How sweet!
All the other little prezzies were so prettily wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon with handmade embelishments. Inside the wrapping paper were these beautiful things:
1. a red polkadot pincushion;
2. a super cute felt birdie tree ornament;
3. an ADORABLE roll for storing my crochet hooks;
.....here it is opened out. Sarah, until now my crochet hooks have been stored in a snaplock bag! I feel very posh!
The best thing about all of these presents is that they were handmade by Sarah. I feel incredibly lucky that she spent some of her time, energy and talent making all these goodies just for me. Thankyou so much Sarah.
Finally, this is the card that came with my presents. The beautiful artwork is by Sarah's clever daughter Molly. Thanks Molly :)
As well as being astounded by Sarah's talent and kindness, I'm also astounded by how organised she is!
I have no idea what I'm going to make for my swap recipient (who isn't Sarah, by the way) but I'm inspired to get started now.
I am a very lucky girl. I have "met" some amazing friends through blogging. Being involved in swaps is such a fun way to spread some kindness through the blog community. And who doesn't love "happy mail"?!
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