I made the decision not to craft many presents this year, mainly due to lack of time. Most of my nearest and dearest received hand baked goodies, which I unfortunately forgot to photograph, but included fruity biscotti, orange and pistachio stollen, chocolate covered fudge, mango chutney and chilli jam. I managed to get most of the baking and making done in one rather manic afternoon, which worked well and took the pressure off a little. This meant I had plenty of time left to make the three stitched gifts I had in mind...
|Apron for a small person|
|Simple lined bag for my Nana|
I was lucky enough to receive some lovely crafty gifts myself, including a lovely package from the Sewist's Secret Santa that I organised. Before I forget, I would like to say thank you so much to everyone who took part and especially those who have sent me such lovely emails telling me how much they enjoyed shopping for their Santees. I can't believe how many people signed up - we had almost 30 in the end. It is great to see everyones gifts popping up all over the blogosphere - so many people did fantastically well with the £5 budget! I hope everyone has received their gift by now - if not please let me know and I will chase it up. So what did I get I hear you cry? This lovely knitting bundle...
I was really touched by the thought that had gone into my gift. My Santa included a note saying that she had been inspired by the polka dot lining on my minoru jacket to put together a little knitting bundle for me to make co-ordinating accessories. The kit included polka dot buttons, yarn and five patterns, one of which you can see in the picture above. I think this is the pattern I will start off with - although I keep changing my mind! So thank you Santa - I love my gift :) And what did I send?? Ah...that would be telling!
I also took part in another swap organised by Vicki from VickiKateMakes...more on this next time. Also I've been lucky enough to be nominated for some blog awards lately - thanks so much to those who nominated me - more on these also coming soon :)
Finally, if you are looking for some inspired new projects or want to be in with a chance to win yourself a late Christmas present, pop over to Mellie's Workroom where Mellie is starting her stash-busting resolution early by hosting a giveaway! There are three gorgeous lots on offer...I have my eye on at least one of them!