Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Couple of Days After Christmas


I am so grateful for this time of year and for the things that we celebrate. Without getting caught up in all of the commercialization, I decided to give handmade gifts for Christmas this year. I was involved in a few swaps and had a very fun time with those. I think that I have been very good to wait to open my SSCS gift, until the big day.


On Christmas Eve, I worked from 1500-0500 Christmas morning...a long shift to be sure. Went home to get a very few hours of shut eye and then............................... it was time for................ the grand opening...................but wait............before that.....my SSCS elf was none other than Chookyblue herslef. It seems that my original elf had to pull out of the swap and being the perfect swap hostess, CB took me under her wing;) Something we all need to think about before hosting a swap...what will you do if someone who joins your swap is unable to make it to the finish line???


OK....now for the unveiling...... This is what my SSCS gift looked like all nice and neatly wrapped up when it arrived.....................


..............and inside I found..............

...............by now I was pretty excited because I had waited about 3 weeks to open my gift.............


The Violet Crumble, I had never heard of before....but for the record........it's gone.

Needless to say it was yummy. One of those things that you just can't get enough of.............When all of the wrapping paper was removed .... look what I saw..........

.....a lovely little mini quilt, a kitchen towel, a charm square pack and my yummy Violet Crumble;p





My mini quilt


...............a cute little kitchen towel.............


........sorry about it being sideways............

and my charm pack, and of course, the oh so quickly disappearing VIOLET CRUMBLE . . yum;p


Thanks so very much Chookyblue, for all of the goodies that you sent. They are very much appreciated!


And thanks so very much for offering the SSCS to all of us;)


I played SSCS elf to Kris in Australia. I peeked in on her blog several times to try to find out just what I might make for her. I had never seen Kris' blog, Tagalongteddies (you know the rest), before so I read several of her posts just to get some ideas...Well I found out that she liked teddy bears......hummmm.....imagine that........ I wounder how she came up with the name for her blog. I also found out that she has a wonderful sense of humor, and feel like we would have a blast hanging out together.

Anyway, this is what I used to make her gift.......


...some PINK leopard fur........

...............shinny black eyes...



.....a BLACK VELVET nose............




pink button belly button






before the final stuffing and embellishments.....











.........and after the final stuffing and embellishments.........


...... soaking up the last rays of sun before the snow gets here.....

Again, sorry for the sideways pictures.

I hope that you all have a healthy and Happy New Year filled with lots of love and creativity;)

HAPPY NEW YEAR

to you all!!!









5 comments:

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Karen! Thanks again for my funky bear!! She's (has to be a 'she' in that colour fabric!!) happily settling in to her new home in our spare room amongst the bears and dolls who live there! Thank you for all the other goodies that were in the parcel too - it made for a lovely surprise on Christmas morning! And weren't you spoilt by our Swap Mama! Tee! Hee! Hee! LOok forward to continuing to drop into each other's blogs and cyber chat! Bear Hugs! KRIS
PS Tag Along Teddies is the name of my craft pattern design buisness - because the bear just want to 'tag along' home with you! :0)

Emi said...

-Wonderful gift! Congratulations. I hope you have a 2009 full of blessings, thank you very much for your friendship ...

Con cariño desde COSTA RICA...

Chookyblue...... said...

hey Karen........so pleased you like the goodies I sent you.....violet crumbles are one of my fav chocolates........and what a cool bear to send to the bear queen herself.........thanks for being part of the swap..........

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh how cute it all is Karen. She treated you well.

Solstitches said...

Awwwww, what a sweet little bear you made! She is adorable.
Love the gifts Donna sent you too.

Margaret