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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Spoilt rotten....


.... that is me!

I have such lovely blogging friends, I am so very lucky and blessed.

First of all I was involved in this year's Santa Sack Swap run by the best swap mama ever - Cheryll - who paired me with the lovely Melanie who is a true kindred spirit.  As you all know, 2013 has been an astonishingly difficult year for me and my family, with many stresses across many areas of our lives, culminating in the passing of my Dear Mother on the 25th November.  Throughout these past few months both Melanie and Cheryll have been so understanding about my inability to cope with this swap properly with the marvellous Melanie even offering to send her gifts and for me not to bother. Well, as you can imagine, I was not comfortable with that idea and I did send her a parcel although, unfortunately, I had to "outsource" everything (as we say in the publishing industry) and nothing was made by my fair hands, which, of course, is what I really wanted to do.  But I know that Melanie understands and I hope that she loves all the gifts I chose for her.


Well, here is a blow by blow of my gifts from Melanie.

The parcel arrives:

Inside is this gorgeous tote (just right for work) with lots of parcels inside:






A lovely table runner in one of my favourite colourways - purple - just perfect for the "floor" of my natitivity set - it really ties it together.




A sweet Xmas ornie showing "naughty" Furio stealing a pressie!

 Two very special thimbles for my thimble collection.  Melanie wrote:

"The thimbles were mine (I'm a Yorkshire lass, my husband proposed under the clock tower in Thirsk). I thought maybe you might like them for your collection."  Now, how thoughtful and kind is that?  I will treasure them always, Mel.


A clever little sewing book with my name specially stitched on the inside:


and look Furio makes an appearance on the outside!


and these are the goodies inside - aren't the mini threads cute?

... and look at this special felt flower-covered change purse - so vibrant and pretty.



Here is Furio again - this time he is masquerading as a pincushion - trying to be helpful maybe?


A colourful Christmas bunting set:



... and there is more - a Christmas mug rug and matching teabag caddy (these will have pride of place on my desk at work):

... and some Lindt chocolates (they didn't last long, I can tell you!):



and lastly, this beautiful stitched card:


Thank you, Melanie, I could not have asked for a better or sweeter or more understanding swap partner.

Love you heaps, oh kindred spirit, Merry Xmas,

hugs, 










19 comments:

AnaCristina said...

Merry Christmas!

shez said...

how lovely thats true xmas spirit.xx

Christine M said...

Melanie has sent you some gorgeous gifts Kaye. How special to send you those lovely thimbles for your collection. Merry Christmas. Hugs, Christine xx

Margaret said...

What lovely gifts indeed! Merry Christmas!

Jules said...

Beautiful gifts! Merry Christmas!! And here's to 2014 looking much brighter.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful gifts! I can't believe she made all that herself, it's all perfect. Enjoy! :D

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

What an amazing parcel!You deserve it!AriadnefromGreece!

gracie said...

Lovely exchange.

Vickie said...

Wow! What fabulous, special gifts for you.

Catherine said...

Such sweet gifts ~ all so perfect for you! Hugs....

Linda said...

What an awesome exchange Kaye. You are indeed very lucky.
Looking forward to our SAL's next year.

Linda

Blu said...

What wonderful gifts from Melanie!

creations.1 said...

A lovely sack of gifts - bloggers are truly wonderful people!!

Noela said...

Gorgeous gifts Kaye. I can see why they made you so happy. Hugs.....

Marilyn said...

What nice surprises.beautifully made.how thoughtful...

Shirlee said...

Very lovely & thoughtful gifts!

Meari said...

Lovely gifties! So sorry about your Mum. My condolences.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a lovely exchange, she really is a thoughtful person. I think she has the true spirit of an exchange, thinking of things which will mean alot to the recipient (and their cat!)

Stitching Noni said...

I love the gifts that you received in your exchange! They are all really lovely and so thoughtful :o)
Happy New Year - I do hope that 2014 is a much happier and less stressful year for you and the family.
Hugs x

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