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!