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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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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Christmas in July swap - the gifts I gave....

As you know from my last post I received lots of Christmas bounty in the two Christmas in July swaps I took part in, but, of course, I gave to two people, too.

Firstly, I made these gifts for Anna (no blog), who despite being assigned to me in the international swap actually lives only a few streets away and as a result of the swap we have renewed our friendship (we had met once briefly before for a coffee but then life sort of got in the way).  How lovely is that?

The first gift was a stitched cushion finished with a lovely flannel Christmas fabric.

Gift 2 was one of these sweet Christmassy bunnies. (the one on the right).

... and Gift 3 was The Snowflake Tree, I was so pleased I found that I had the perfect frame in my stash - how lucky was that?

... and here they are, all wrapped and ready to go.

My second Giftee was Asta from Yarns from my Sewing Basket.

The first gift was a tin with an embroidered Noel wreath on the top.

Gift 2 was another Joy cushion but finished with a different Christmas fabric.

... and lastly, Asta also received a Christmas Bunny (the one on the left)

So, another successful Xmas in July swap is over.

Thanks again to Cheryll and Kim for organising the two swaps.



Bea said...

Kaye, those are lovely gifts you sent. I'm a sucker for pillows even though my 2 cats usually make more use of them than I do, so I love the 2 you made. Great fabrics! The bunny ornaments are adorable. Great trim for the box and you couldn't have found a more perfect frame.

Christine M said...

Lovely swap gifts, Kaye. I love your new header.

Linda said...

Your stitching and finishing is awesome Kaye. Your partners are very lucky.


Margaret said...

Lovely gifts you made! What a fantastic Christmas in July swap!

Frances N said...

Lovely gifts! You have been busy creating beautiful things! I especially like those precious bunnies! It's pretty funny that your international partner is close by! ha

Vickie said...

So that is what you have been up to! That frame for the snowflake tree is absolutely perfect!!

Barb said...

So many wonderful gifts!!! I just love that snowflake tree! Plus the frame makes it just perfect!

Annette-California said...

WOW What beautiful gifts you made. Love your finish on the tin. I have lots of tins:) Great idea Kaye.
JOY pillow is amazing - all that gorgeous embroidery took time & love. Well done!!!
love Annette

marina said...

love all your gifts made Kaye,
the snow tree looks gorgeous and lovely to see the christmas bunnies. they are so versatile.

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

Two lovely exchanges there, the snowflake tree is my favourite of them all.

How funny that you were paired with a neighbour, and how nice to renew a friendship too.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Amazing gifts! I'm sure both ladies loved them :D

KimM said...

Absolutely stunning! You are an amazing elf!!

Penny said...

You did such a lovely job with all of the gifts!! I'm sure there were a couple of very happy ladies. :)

Stitching Noni said...

Your stitchy gifts are wonderful - I love them! :o)
And the gifts that you received are amazing too :o)
Hugs xx

Shirlee said...

Beautiful gifts my friend : )

Brigitte said...

Both packages you sent to your exchnage partners are just awesome. Wow, what an exchange! And how cool that one of the packages went to a stitcher living not far from you.

shez said...

Hi Kaye what lovely swap gifts and i love the story of old friends reacquainted,enjoy your day my friend.xx

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