Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Blessings

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the spirit of Christmas were to last the whole year long?  I feel as though that is what’s happening in my life and what an incredible feeling it is.

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On Christmas Eve day, I went to the post office to check for any last minute mail before the BIG day and there were 2 packages waiting for me.  The first I will share with you today and the other I’ll save for my next post.

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My dear friend Robyn hosted a Christmas Ornament Swap with the simplest rules ever…send just a hand made ornie and that’s it! 

Ros was my partner and although it took almost a month for her parcel to arrive from the UK, I was able to hang her lovely ornie on our tree just in time for Christmas.

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Ros sent me a gorgeous bluebird ornie, hand stitched with gold thread and with a golden tassel.  She also included some wonderfully different floss that I’m anxious to use in a future project.

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In my thank you note to Ros, I mentioned that I had hung her ornie on the highest bough of our tree.  Thank you again, Ros and a special thanks to Robyn for hosting the swap.

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I also took part in Chookyblue’s Secret Santa Christmas Swap.

I showed you the wonderful gifts that I received from my partner Carole here and these are mine that I sent to Donna (Chookyblue), who also happened to be my swap partner.

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We were to include a hand made Christmas ornie as well as a hand made, Christmas-themed gift of our own choosing.  I made a woolen sheep ornie and a hand stitched and hand quilted mini quilt called “A Christmas Wish” by Cinderberry Stitches.

Thanks again to Carole for her over-the-moon gifts and to Chookyblue for hosting the swap.

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Christmas Day has come and gone for another year, but the spirit of the season continues.  Stay tuned!

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

18 comments:

Lurline said...

Oh, Kaaren - I can't agree more - we must keep that spirit going - I try to embrace it every day of my life! Your gifts are just gorgeous!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Sharon said...

Karen I have to agree also....it would just be awesome. Your gifts you received and gave are just wonderful....I too feel very blessed....

Sharon

paulette said...

Hi Kaaren!!
I love your new HEADER - very nice!!
And your Christmas swap gift-LOVE IT!! And the blue bird of Happiness is perfect on your tree...How lucky are you!! You must have been a good girl this year!!
Have a Happy New Year!!
Paulette

Cathy B said...

Wonderful gifts, both sent and received.

Merry Christmas Kaaren!

Sherri said...

Wonderful gifts! I also agree that the Christmas spirit seems to linger year round in blog land where so many random acts of kindness take place every week it seems!

Pat said...

Lovely gifts both sent and received. Blogging friends are the best! I love your new header too!

Shiree said...

Yes Kaaren, - I agree - Christmas truly is the most amazing time of the year, and it would certainly be wonderful if the spirit of Christmas could go on every day of the year! Your gifts are very lovely, enjoy them!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Swaps are such a good way to meet wonderful people. The bird is beautiful.

stitchinfiend said...

The Blue Bird of Happiness is beautiful such a wonderful colour and that thread is stunning. What a lovely gift you made for Donna. Handmade gifts are just the best. DH doesn't understand it though....LOL. Love you new header too.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, the bird ornament is so pretty. The floss is pretty too.
You always make such pretty things.

Patty said...

I can't agree more, we should keep the Christmas Spirit going. What did Scrooge say... " I promise to keep Christmas in my heart everyday of the year." some thing to that effect. Love your litte gifts, precious.
Peace,
Patty

Janet said...

How lovely to see the wonderful swaps around blogland. I love the bird and the stitchery and ornie you made is wonderful. Love the sheep! We're still feeling the Christmas spirit around here.

Judy C said...

Yes let all try to keep the Christmas spirit. Love your gifts and love your header pic.
I just plain love looking at your blog, lol.

Chookyblue...... said...

oh I am the luckiest person as I received that beautiful stitchery you made and the gorgeous sheep ornament............just perfect.......thanks so much........

Maggey and Jim said...

Hi Kaaren,
Just love that little blue birdie.. it is exquisite.. Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
Maggey

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I've never swapped, but I sure enjoy reading and seeing photos of what you send off and what you receive Kaaren - absolutely wonderful!!

Siobhan said...

Kaaren, I love the sentiment--trying to keep Christmas in your heart all year long. I wish we all could! I love your gifts--wow. I am also bowled over by your blog header pic--I love it!!

lightingtheweb said...

I just found your blog and have to tell you I love it.