Saturday, July 25, 2009

Christmas from Across the Pond!

I want to send a HUGE thank-you to all of you who commented on yesterday's post regarding the quilting of my Halloween stitchery! I'm overwhelmed with gratitude over the many wonderful suggestions! I have decided what to do, and if time permits, I will have a finished, or close to finished, wall hanging to show you early next week!

My Christmas In July package arrived yesterday! My secret swap partner is Melanie of Jelly Bean Angel2 in England! I love reading Melanie's posts - she is a great armchair travel-guide for this Anglophile and a very creative gal!

Here are her packages, all nicely wrapped in Christmas paper!

Below are some of the gifts (they wouldn't all fit in the picture). Look at the Victorian crazy-patch stocking - it will surely hold many wonderful gifts from Santa on Christmas morning!
Here is the fellow that wouldn't fit in the first photo - Father Christmas!! I adore him - his beard is made of strips of white fabric and his jacket is all hand-stitched of felt! So much excellent work went into his making! He will take center stage at Christmas! Melanie even wrote that she hoped some of these gifts would make it to the Squash House for December - I had a tear in my eye when I read that - thank you, Melanie!
Here is a close-up of the inside of the needle-case. There is a piece of felt on the left for needles and the hearts are all pockets for various sewing notions! It also has the most wonderful scent to it - almost like a winterberry!
These are the coasters - arent' they cute? Melanie also suggested they could be hung from the tree! Her embroidery is perfection!
Check this out on my model - Mr. Squash! It's a Santa with a buttonhole at the top and bottom so you can button him to your shirt during the holidays! How clever is that!
And finally, she included a Finnish Tonttu - or fairy, from none other than our friend, Ulla! Ulla didn't know who Melanie's swap partner was and I know she was quite surprised when she found out it was me!
Next post I'll reveal what I sent to my Christmas In July partner! So many thanks go to Linda and Stephanie for hosting this fun swap!

18 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh boy did you receive some wonderful gifts! I love the needle case! and of course all the other fun things!!

Purple and Paisley said...

holy cow...melanie sent you awesome gifts! she is so thoughtful! wow...

Darlene said...

Awesome package of goodies! Enjoy.

Ulla said...

Melanie is so talented and she really gives a lot of thought when choosing presents. I also think she has more hours in her days than usual people. - I didn't make the tonttu, only sent it to Melanie from Finland.

Julia said...

Just found your blog while blog hopping! Love the Christmas goodies you received - especially the Father Christmas rag doll - love your Halloween stitchery too:0)

Stephanie said...

Melanie is a fantastic lady and an amazing stitcher! Lovely gifts--Santa is just darling!! How serendipitous (is that how you spell it) that Ulla included a darling little gift and it was coming to you.

Jackie said...

What wonderful gifts! I think the idea of hanging the coasters from your tree is a great one. They're too beautiful to use as coasters!

Can't wait to see what you do with your Halloween stitchery!

cockermom said...

That is so cute! I love the Father Christmas, and that needlebook is way too neat!

Kaaren said...

Melanie was my partner in the pincushion swap and I can certainly attest to her marvellous talents.

What beautiful gifts, Candace.

Now who whs it that said Christmas comes only once a year? NOT!

Linda said...

Such beautiful gifts, and how cute is that Santa doll? So glad you enjoyed the swap. It's been fun watching everyone unwrap their parcels.

Melanie said...

Hia Candace, boy am I relieved that everything arrived. Why does it always take a couple of days longer than you expect?

So glad you like everything. You gave me a marvellous brief to work to, so I tried to get everything to fit it.

Messy Karen said...

nice goodies from Melanie. such a treat to have a Father Christmas made for you and so handsome in his green coat.

Mel said...

How fun!! Mr. Squash should go pro at modeling! I love the needle case!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Don't you just love mail and what fun things you received, cute cute cute. Mr. Squash did a great job of modeling.

Hugs - Karen

Lisa D. said...

You got some wonderful goodies! Lucky girl!

Carrie P. said...

Sweet. That little button Santa is so cute. Now you are all set for Christmas!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So cute Candace. Gets you sorta in the mood to face that Christmas sewing!

May Kristin said...

You really got lots of wonderful gifts from Melanie!