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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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Monday, 27 July 2015

Christmas in July Swap.....

..... Each year for the past few years, I have taken part in two Christmas in July swaps, an Aussie one run by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' and an international one run by Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread.

I have sent off all three sets of my gifts (pics in my next post) and I have received the two Aussie swap parcels (and opened them) and I am just waiting for the overseas one to come - it will be a lovely surprise when it does come.

So, without further adieu, here are my lovely gifts  (I can tell you, I have been wonderfully spoilt!):

The single parcel at the back is from Julie and the three at the front are from Ilene.


So, I opened Ilene's first:
See the gorgeous ornaments she used as tags?


The first parcel from Ilene contained this gorgeous stitched table topper and some yummy heart chocolates in a sweet heart tin (if TraderVic is lucky, I may share some with him - lol!)



Furio approves!


Inside the next parcel were some lovely Christmassy handtowels - just perfect for my kitchen.


The third parcel had two lovely wall hangings - a christmas tree and a snow man.  Thank you so much, Ilene - lovely gifts.


So, then Furio had to help me open Julie's large parcel. Imagine my surprise when I found it was full of lots and lots of goodies!


Gorgeous button present tags, a little friendship book and some christmas ribbons.

A cute reindeer.


A christmassy thread catcher (or chocolate bowl) plus an apple and rhubarb scented candle (now how did she know I had been making apple and rhubarb compote yesterday?).

More Christmas ribbon.


A christmas apron - perfect!


oooh, what is inside this tin?


Some crocheted wash clothes and...


... some cat salt and pepper shakers, oh, I love them, Julie.

They are perfect with my little dutch girl and boy and my thimbles (and can you see Henry Viii) lurking in the background?).

Julie and Ilene, I cannot thank you enough for your lovely gifts, I feel so spoilt - I just love them all.


hugs to everyone,

22 comments:

Christine M said...

You were certainly spoilt, Kaye. So many lovely goodies!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

What great gifts!

shez said...

Wow Kaye you have lots of wonderful goodies there,these swaps are so much fun xx

Bea said...

LOVELY gifts! No wonder you were feeling spoiled.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow what fabulous exchange!

Barb said...

What lovely gifts!!

Linda said...

Awesome gifts Kaye.

Linda

Michell said...

Very nice gifts

butterfly said...

Great exchange by all wonderful goodies.

Vickie said...

Oh these are very, very nice gifts Kaye.

KimM said...

What lovely gifts, Kaye!! (And I love Henry spying in the background).
xxx

Nurdan Kanber said...

While northern hemisphere is getting that much hot, I just want to skip the time to Christmas!

Your gifts are remarkable Kaye ♥

Kate said...

Ooh, such pretty gifts!

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

Wow, you really did have a great Christmas in July. Lovely gifts.

Nanette said...

Wonderful gifts for you!

Frances N said...

Wow! Lots of fun and pretty things! It really is Christmas in July!

Justine said...

What lovely gifts! It's always special to receive handmade items from other crafters.

Mii Stitch said...

Wow!! Lots of wonderful handmade gifts for you!! Definitely feels like Christmas on your blog today :)

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! What wonderful Christmas in July gifts you have received! They are all just so beautiful :o)
Hugs xx

Sarah in Stitches said...

Ooooh, look at these goodies! They're awesome. Enjoy! :D

Brigitte said...

Wow, lucky you for receiving such a haul of wonderful exchange gifts.

rosey175 said...

That is an amazing assortment of gifts! Love love love the little S&P shakers. Glad you had a good Christmas in July. Did TraderVic receive any of the chocolates? :)))

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