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December 28, 2009

Gifts for others & myself revealed!

Hope you have had a lovely Christmas spending time with your family
and enjoying this festive time of year.
I thought I would share with you some of the gifts that I made for others
and myself....

1. A star biscuit Christmas Tree that I made for a lucky dip draw
It was given to one lucky lady that usually meet at my place
on a Tuesday... we had a lovely Christmas lunch together and had lots of fun.
We exchanged gifts - secret santa ones of course,
and also enjoy some very yummy food.

2. A bag I made for my Advent swap partner on the forum.
I actually did not swap with this lovely lady...
Trish was the angel to send to another and I sent the advent gifts to Trish
I really enjoyed making this bag.... a Moda Bakeshop pattern

3. Another bag from the Moda Bakeshop for another Advent swap partner
This time it was for Natalie....
I really enjoyed making this bag too and used a charm pack
'Objects of Desire'
beautiful colors and a great bag to use for shopping...

4. This is the reindeer that a dear friend Judy showed
us how to make at our Tuesday craft morning..
I finished this reindeer off and started another for next year..

I received some lovely gifts for Christmas from swap partners and
my darling family, also some beautiful gifts from very dear friends.
I will show them in the next post.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I had been sewing / cooking this last month
before Christmas for gifts...
Did you receive any handmade gifts?
Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x x

December 24, 2009

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!

It is almost 9pm on Christmas Eve and we are preparing for Christmas Day.....
the presents are wrapped and under the tree.........
the table is set ready for the morning......
DH is outside in the dark putting together a swing set for the girls......
I have just put the lollies on the gingerbread house and
will then get the cinnamon scrolls ready for baking in the morning......
the carols are on the TV and the candles are burning......
The girls before they went to bed sprinkled the reindeer food on the grass
and I have to draw the reindeer footprints outside on the concrete
driveway once it gets a bit later
( a tradition my neighbour started with her boys and now withmy children).....
the Christmas cake is iced and the trifle is made.....
I love the serenity of the Eve.... a calm waiting for the excitement of the day ahead....
The birth of Christ... a time to celebrate and reflect on what God has blessed us with.....
I want to say a BIG THANKYOU to you all
for a wonderful year of friendship....
your comments have blessed me so much
do drop by next year for a cuppa and a chat...
I have some wonderful things in store for you!


I want to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year
Hugs and Sweet Blessings
Dawn x x x x

December 09, 2009

Snowflakes!

Snowflakes were at our house today!
handmade ones.....

Today the girls and I did some Christmas craft...
I had picked up these - do it yourself - decorations
from Spotlight a few weeks back and
today we decided to make them ....


Firstly we sorted the beads out into there order and size.....
then we had to concentrate while trying to feed the little beads onto the wire

the end result is 3 beautiful little snowflakes to hang on the Christmas tree
one each and one for a friend..........


Next we decorated some Christmas cards ourselves....
Gingerbread houses.... complete with lollies and little men... he he...
not edible though....LOL

Ooh I wonder who this is for...someone beginning with R
the special little person will get this in the mail next week..
so look out if your name begins with 'R'
and your little and sooo special...he he

Hope your having a wonderful week.
Don't forget there are some wonderful
Christmas advent ideas over here!

Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x x

December 03, 2009

Bags, Fabric, Threads and a Magazine!

Here are some Itty Bitty Poochy bags
I made from the Moda Bake Shop for my daughters birthday party...
Lollie bags with little things in it for girls....
they look like a little handbag...
so quick and easy to make and they were a hit
you could make them in Christmas fabric for little gifts...might do that!


Yesterday I received my delivery from Hancocks of Paducah....
such yumminess and free postage
(join for newsletters and email notification of deals)
I purchased, 2 Rounerries charm packs, 2 Glace charm packs
2 Astor manor charm packs, 2 birdie charm packs ( so sweet for a new baby)
and also 1yd of Mill House in fabric...
plus some more things that I can't show, cos that is for Kris Kringle's..

Then today I went to Spotlight... for their sale....
I received in the mail a voucher for 40% off.. well sort of...
If you spend $100 you get $40 off the total...
that equates to 40 % off... I found it hard to stop at $100.
There was the new range of DMC veriegated threads in stock...
I bought 5 of the pearl ones... to try on some stitching designs coming up...
also I purchased some flat fats ( fat quarters) and some fabric,
some wool wadding and some ribbon flowers.


then I walked over to the newsagent and bought the latest
Homespun with a quilt in it by Kellie from Don't Look Now
and some other yummy designs..
I am going to sit outside in the sunshine with a cuppa
and read and browse and dream for a little while..

Enjoy your Day!
Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x