Sunday, December 27, 2009

....................Secret Santa and Celtic's Christmas Exchanges!

Hi everyone! Whew, it has been a busy last few days. Christmas celebrations with friends and family and after Christmas shopping! I can now reveal my Secret Santa recipient was Karey Solomon. I tatted her a little elf, which she has named Flannan.  I know he will be happy in his new home! Here is a photo I took of him... and you can see what she has written about him on her blog
here .

My Secret Santa was Carol Lawecki and she did spoil me! Look at what she sent!

Here is the kit and kaboodle. A lot, right? Here are the details.

First off, my FAVORITE! When I opened this I burst out laughing I loved it so much!  She had taken Jane E's bride and groom pattern and revamped it into Frankenstein and his Bride. Do you believe that? She made a little dungeon background, added a tatted bat and spider, complete with glittery web, and created a Halloween tatted scene for me. Check out the little bolts in his neck! heehee! And look at all the other beads. Just great.

ok, there is more. As you can see in the very first picture, there is a heart shaped bag. It is to fill with rice and make a little heating pad. How clever and pretty with glittery butterflies. I will have to try this soon, as it has just turned cold here recently. There is also my Avon polar bear stocking which you did see before, but 'bears' repeating. Photo buttons you fill with your own photo, or in my case, I will most likely fill with tatting! Pretty vintage Lily threads in mauve and blue.. nice...
 Here is also a yummy dark chocolate bar, Halloween confetti (little spiders and bits), a Mary Englebreit Christmas notepad and sunflower notecards. If you look closely, you will also see Halloween colored beads by Deb at DS9 Designs

 And check this out. This gorgeous dragonfly pin, which I  had to grapple away from my Mom! I told her she could wear it occasionally, though. Beautiful HDT by Heather The Tarnished Tatter in Halloween colors. I secretly yearned for this, and now I have it! There is also a little tiny shuttle made by Heather. So cute.  And, this pretty flowery tin. Last, but certainly not least, the Christmas card she sent with this lovely tatted snowflake. It is called "Kira's Star" by Birgit Phelps. It is done in a thread with icy blues and purples. I don't know the name of the thread, but it is very pretty! Thank you so much, Carol!!!! I love everything.


Sherry Townsend and I do Halloween and Christmas exchanges, and yet again, I was so spoiled!  Here is the ornament I sent her. It is Chriselda Christmas Witch! Complete with Halloweeny hair and Christmas colored hat and outfit. I hope she likes her!
Here are all the things she sent to me!

Ta da! This adorable cross stitch which she showed on her blog, and I drooled over!

 I think it is so sweet! I haven't decided yet how I am going to finish it, with a tatted edge or put into a booklet cover or what, but I love it. She also sent these great crochet hooks. So fancy! My sister was a little jealous when she saw these.

 And, since I recently started knitting, which you can see some of my stuff on my knitting blog,  she sent me a ton of knitting supplies.
I love wooden and bamboo needles, and she sent me all of these!
 She also sent more of the Lizbeth threads in colors I adore.

There is also HDT by Sherry Pence in the blue/purple shades. Lovely, my favorite colors. She also sent the cute little Halloween batty sticker cutouts.

And, oh, the yarn. Yummmm, such lovely raspberry ice creamy looking color, enough to make a shawl. Wow! I am estimating there is at least 800 yards or maybe more. So pretty, I will have to find a really great pattern to make with that. I totally love the things you sent, Sherry!!!!!!!!!!

I was truly flabbergasted at the wonderful exchanges I received this year.
 THANKS SO MUCH to Carol and Sherry, you are great DemiSantas!!


Stephanie said...

Wow! Look at all those great gifts. You really made out like a bandit! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010, Carol!

Unknown said...

WOW! Sherry and Carol both spoiled you! I absolutely love LOVE LoVe the christmas elf you made Karey! That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! You are so very talented! LUCKY Karey!!!

JB said...

Triple WOW!!!! Both the Christmas witch and elf are adorable. Love them both. Nice picture of the Frank and his bride too.

Carol Schockling Lawecki said...

OOHHH I love the Witch and Elf ornaments you have made for Sherry and Karey!! You are so creative!!

I'm so happy you like the SS package I sent you. I truly enjoyed putting it all together for you. The most fun was in tatting Frankenstein and his Bride. I knew you would get a kick out of that. I just altered Jane Eborall's Bridegroom and Bride pattern. It was fun to do!!

I would like to mention that the Rice Heating pad comes in handy at night, when you go to bed and your feet are cold. Just heat it up and put in your bed by your feet. Oh how toasty your feet will feel.

The stocking is from Avon and the HDT thread is by Heather The Tarnished Tatter. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

battatter said...

Oh, yeah! I am a lucky girl this Christmas!
Thanks so much for the compliments on my Witch and Elf ornaments. They were fun to do. I used the 3D tatting method for the heads, but if someone know how to crochet, they could crochet the heads. The arms were just basically block tatting in a circle, and the ball was covered with my tatted ball ornament pattern, but any would do. I did put pipe cleaners in the arms and legs so they could be posed.
I didn't even have time to make myself one, but I am planning on it!!

Bonnie said...

By the looks of this you had a very good Christmas.
Flannan and Chriselda Christmas Witch are super cute. You are very talented.

My 3 D Tatting