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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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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Woo hoo! Xmas in July gifts.....


Boy, oh boy! Have I been spoilt - it is like all my Christmases in July have come at once!  Well, at least two of them!

You might remember that the other day I posted about the parcels arriving:





So, on opening them up, these exciting parcels were inside.....






Finally, after a little bit of squishing, the big day came for opening the presents.  The first set of parcels I opened was from the Overseas Sister Swap, run by Kim from Wisdom with needle and thread.  Well, I found out that my giver was Kim herself and she was oh so generous, as she sent along some RAKs as well!

Now, you will notice that there is a bit of a theme here - cats!  So, let's look at the lovely gifts the wonderful and generous Kim made for me.

What can be in this box?



Oh my goodness, it is a miniature Furio on a sweet tiny jewel box.  Now, I am pretty sure that Kim made and painted this herself.  Thank you, Kim, I shall treasure this always.




Then inside the little black bag were all these very sweet Xmas tags/ornies plus a couple of handmade thread holders - one in a cat-shape and one with my initial stitched over one - so exquisitely detailed.



Now, this parcel was delightfully squishy!


.... and look, a flannel afternoon tea cloth, with, you guessed it, the sweetest cats imaginable!




Hmm, I wonder what is in here?


A gorgeous Angel, of course!


.... and look there is more....


Oh, a sweet pussy cat ornie.


... and one last parcel...

A beautiful flat fold ornament....






... and here are all the presents together, can you see the very sweet kittycat Christmas card as well?   Kim, I do not know how to thank you.  Such gorgeous, generous gifts, you are indeed a special, stitchy friend.  Love you heaps.




Then, I opened my second package.... from Sharon of Lilabelle Lane.



A skein of my favourite Cottage Garden Threads, "Blue Heaven" - gorgeous!  And look at these sweet little charm squares - 42 of them only 2 and a half inches across.


Look at  Sharon's clever use of tape to turn the string into a sort of bunting.


Some honey shower gel - just what I needed, actually, as I was about to run out! lol!


Look, there is more....


Some yummy Lindt chocolate, this went straight to work with me for my desk drawer for when I have that 3pm slump!


 Some great autumnal fabrics....



... ooh, I think that this one contains a stocking....


Yep, I was right!  Isn't it lovely!



Some beautiful bath soaps....



Hmm, how can there be a snowflake in here?


This is how! A matching wall hanging to the stocking, with jingle bells on the bottom.




Wow! Look at this lovely table runner - I just love it, as I am very fond of hearts.  This will match my decor perfectly!

,,,, and here are all the wonderful goodies from  Sharon.....


 Again, Sharon, I do not know how to thank you.  I love all of my gifts and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.  You are a wonderful friend and swap partner.

Thanks also to Kim and Cheryll for being awesome swap mamas!

hugs to you all,

25 comments:

Barb said...

Wow! What a nice swap great pictures. I enjoyed seeing them.

Barb said...

You certainly struck it rich! Wonderful gifts! What a great swap!

Lisa V said...

Oh Wow, you definately got spoilt. Such lovely items you received.

Linda said...

Wonderful gifts Kaye. You are indeed a lucky lady.

Linda

Cheryll said...

Double whammy & celebration for you! And ALL the gifts were gorgeous!!!
Thanks for joining in Christmas in July.. :)

Frances N said...

WOW! You really did hit the jackpot! What lovely gifts! You must feel very special!

Noela said...

Wonderful gifts received Kaye. Hugs....

Bea said...

What marvelous gifts! You really got beautiful items and your pleasure comes through in your blog. Enjoy them all!

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Nice gifts! Beautiful and rich Christmas in July!

Justine said...

Lovely gifts - you have really been spoiled! Looks like these were great exchanges.

marina said...

wow what amazing gifts, they are two special swappers!

cucki said...

Beautiful gifts x

Shirlee said...

Absolutely fabulous packages!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful gifts, Kaye! Enjoy :D

Vickie said...

Wow!!! Such care and creativity. Just wonderful gifts. Good for you Kaye! :)

Maria said...

Sew many gorgeous gifts you received Kaye..

Margaret said...

Wow, that must have been so much fun to open! Such lovely gifts! How fantastic!

retdairyqueen said...

Wow What great gifts

Sue said...

you were a lucky girl, they are alllovely

Jo said...

Oh wow, I think this is better than Xmas

Mii Stitch said...

Fantastic swaps!!! You have received some beautiful gifts

Mii Stitch said...

Fantastic swaps!!! You have received some beautiful gifts

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

This is the third Christmas in July post in a row today! Everyone has received such gorgeous parcels and presents.

Love the cat theme going on in your parcel too.

Raewyn said...

Wow, such a lot of goodies!Your gifts are beautiful Kaye, lucky you! (and good on you making for two swaps!!)

Penny said...

Wow!! So many wonderful items and they were so beautifully wrapped too!

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