Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Decorating & A Swap

Wow it's really a busy time in blogland with all the swaps & sewing that's going on... I wonder when some of you ladies get any sleep! It's such a great way to share friendship, beautiful creations & be in the Spirit of the Festive Season...

And speaking of swapping, I've recently done a Christmas swap with my lovely blogging friend, Maria... we agreed on sending each other a small wall hanging... & look what Maria has sent me:
And some very gorgeous extras too... good thing our evenings are still cool, so I can enjoy the drinks!
Maria I really enjoyed our little swap, & more importantly I do so appreciate our friendship xx

Oh dear, I have just gone to find a pic of what I sent to Maria, but it seems that I didn't actually take any, oops! But there's a pic here at Maria's blog in case you'd like to see.
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On the weekend I finally got around to putting out some Christmas decorating...
I thought a lovely change would be to put up what I call our 'honeymoon Christmas tree' instead of our big 8-foot one. I call it the 'honeymoon tree' because we arrived back from our honeymoon at a time when only the smallest trees remained in the one department shop we had in our town at that time - so we bought one, along with the only remaining decorations, which were rather a daggy offering. The little tree stands at just 104cm, & this year is standing proudly on a tall cabinet in our family room - but with happier deco's on it!
Don't you just love this little guy?!
 
I didn't realise just how many Festive candles I had, so I'm going to be very disciplined this year & use them, rather than adding to what I already have! And that's hard to do, being the confirmed lover of candles that I am...

My small opportunities to sew or stitch are currently being taken with sewing the bind for my TTS & I've negotiated with mrHS & mr14 to make me a simple hanger for it. Golly it seems this last stage of finishing this project is taking so long, but by hook or by crook it WILL be on the wall soon!!

17 comments:

shez said...

Hi Anthea wow love what Maria sent you and also what you sent her,such gorgeous wall hangings ,yes the friendship we find in blogland is awesome,cant wait to see your TTS finished,hope you have a lovely day my friend.xx

Lisa V said...

Ooo I love the wallhanging, what a cute design.
You found a great little spot for your pillow, I'm so happy that you love it Anthea.

Maria said...

I went and checked out what you made Maria... beautiful items, both given and received :-) Love your Christmas decorations...some lovely stitchery items there too!

Fiona said...

Great mini from Maria and I love the one you sent her too.... your decorating is looking really pretty...
Hugz

KERYN B said...

Gorgeous mini Maria did a top job. Love your decorating..

Kate said...

Anthea, lovely mini quilts received and sent. I like your honeymoon tree and the story behind it. Your Christmas décor is lovely.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful mini from Maria. I love your decorating and also love how you came by your smaller tree.

sunny said...

You and Maria are both so talented, and both made wonderful swap gifts. It looks like you're just about ready for the big day! I love the long narrow cross stitch.

Maria said...

Oh what a lovely post Anthea. Love the cushion Lisa stitched for you and your Red work Wreath looks great. Mine is still in its package.....

Wi also didn't take a photo of mine mini. Have copied it from your post. Hope that was ok??

Helen said...

Love your wallhanging and all your decorations look beautiful . That's the beauty of blog land you make wonderful caring friends.

Sharyn T said...

Such a lovely mini from Maria.Great decorating too Anthea. Sharyn:)

Ondrea said...

That wallhanging Maria made for you is lovely. Love your Christmas displays with lots of handmade things. Making things for Christmas makes it even better. Now I need to pop over to Maria's to see what you made for her. (I often forget to take pics too hehehe.)

Sisbabestitches said...

Such a gorgeous mini made by Maria! Lovely fabrics :) I love your understated decorating, it all looks very handmade and festive :)

Lin said...

Lovely wall hanging from Maria - as was yours to her. It's lovely to get decorations out every year, sadly mine have not seen the light of day for 4 years as we have been going away - maybe next year. xx

Pinnylea Creations said...

Very cute mini you received. I like your honey moon tree xx

marina said...

well done Anthea on finishing your tis the season, I love the fabrics you have used!
Maria's hanging is adorable.
you are both crafty wonem!

Katherine said...

Lots of beautiful christmassy things shared!

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