This year I decided to try a couple holiday swaps. It's so much fun to create for others and to see what such talented people create and send you!
I must say on Christmas morning Tracy made me feel a bit inadequate. Here are the lovely items she sent me (the rules of the swap were something chocolate, some fabric bits, something heartfelt/homemade and something unexpected):
I loved everything but this little planner/calendar book was my absolute favorite! It is beautiful! I could never be this creative with paper (so I appreciate all the more).
I have already started using it as a little planner to keep me organized this coming year!
Here were some other handmade items. The fabric basket is so cute and a new charm pack is always loved and cherished here.
Look - my makeup bag even came well stocked!
Then these pretty dishes (and handmade card) - what can I say? Other than how does Tracy know I have an obsession for pretty dish ware?
Some pretty blank cards.
A cute little friend book.
And candy wrapped so prettily and a holiday planner for next year!
All I can say is THANK YOU so very much Tracy! The gifts were lovely, beautiful, awesome. My new 2011 planner keeps getting looked at repeatedly (hopefully I don't fawn over it too much). I hope to use it as a very special planner this coming year but will share with you all what that may be later in January.
This is what I sent to Tracy:
A little homemade pocketbook full of Burt's Bees mini's. (Tutorial found at Noodlhead)
This little lamb - hope he found a good home! He was a Little House Needlework ornament.
Some yummy chocolate - Chocolaterie Stam is a big deal in this part of the state. They make amazing chocolates (they also sponsor a candy division in the Food Department at the Iowa State Fair).
And some fabric tidbits. Some vintage and some Christmas (modern and more traditional). I really hope my swap partner liked her gifts - she really went above and beyond with such sweet, lovely little gifts.
Also - I participated in the HoHo Holiday Swap by GenX (&Y) Quilters.
Here is the ornament I sent my partner:
And my little ornament that was waiting in my mailbox when I returned from New York:
Clark has confiscated it for his tree.
Hope you all had some nice little surprises as well!