Saturday, December 27, 2008

The best laid plans and a swap

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their families and that Santa was good to you. We had a great Christmas with Emma and her mommy and daddy. My mother and brother weren't able to make it here because of the weather but hopefully we can get to California or they can get up here soon.

I had intended to continue my decorating tour long before today, but I'm sure you all understand how plans can go astray. You're all probably sick of looking at Christmas decorations, so I won't go overboard with tons of pictures. Here are a few snippets of what things looked like. Maybe next year I'll be a bit more organized. Hahahaha!

The little quilt is a Jo Morton and I made 2 of them during my "power sewing". The little plate is one I won as a door prize at the party in Calif.

I also won the little snowmen sitting on the red cabinet.

I made this doll quite a few years ago when I was selling crafts in a Christmas boutique.

So, there you have it! Merry Christmas. But wait....that's not the end of the post!

Karen and I did a swap and my package arrived on Christmas Eve, but it was snowing so hard we didn't go to the mailbox that day(we have cluster boxes at the end of the street), so I didn't get it till we took a walk on Christmas Day.

Oh boy...cute wrapping!
Hmmmm, interesting....some greenery.
And a neat black bowl!

Oh my! Look at these darling little pillows.
And this mat is absolutely gorgeous.

And look how wonderful it all looks together.

She also included this adorable snowman plate.
And some Quilter's chocolate! What could be better than all of this? And on Christmas day to boot! Thanks Karen for all the goodies. I love them all! You're an awesome swap partner. Oh and one more thing...
I got alot of comments asking what pattern this is. It's called "Five Cent Fairy Garden" from Kim Diehl's book, Simple Blessings. The pattern is on page 83. I actually made 2 of them during my "power sewing". One for me too! ;-)


Quilt Hollow said...

OMG Anne....everything is simple gorgeous and to die for! You are one lucky gal....and Karen has really spoiled ya good!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Well isnt that Karen something?? She did a great job on the swap. I love it all. It is soooo dang cute. You deserve it all Anne. I just know you do. LOL!!!
And did you say Christmas was OVER??? Please say you did.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

BEAUTIFUL projects and decor! Just lovely :o) I love the snowman runner :o)

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Just beautiful, love the candle mat Karen does such beautiful work:)

Candace said...

Anne, you just have a sixth sense of how things go together - everything is beautiful and Karen's goodies are so adorable!

Living on the Spit said...

I always get so excited whenever I see that you have posted!!! I love looking at your work and your beautiful decorations and such.

Just lovely and what an inspiration to us baby quilters.


Linda said...

What a great swap - it is so neat when you get a complete gathering like that!!

I was soooooooo tired yesterday but it was the day Dh could help me undo Christmas so I just plowed through. Today I crashed!

Lorraine said...

Anne..your decorations are wonderful...thanks for the tour!! Your gift from Karen was lovely....those little pillows were too that she sent everything you needed to put it together....greenery and all!

Joan said...

Lovely gifts you received.
Love your decorating

Connie W said...

I enjoyed the photo tour of your decorations. Those little pillows are so cute and I love that quilt on the wall.

Carrie P. said...

I love your decorations. The gift from Karen is so nice too.

Karen said...

I very much enjoyed seeing photos of your Christmas decorating!
You received a wonderful swap gift. The greenery was a bit puzzling at first but then I saw what a wonderful addition to the bowl of little stitchery pillows.

Carol said...

Oh what wonderful, wonderful gifts...that Karen is that mat. Your decorations are just the best!

Mary Ellen said...

OMG...I love everthing. What pattern did you use for the snowman pillow?

Faye said...

What a great swap with Karen. Very pretty all put together. What a cute little snowman pillow. What pattern did you use?

Stephanie said...

What awesome swap gifts! I can see how perfect they'll fit into your gorgeous home.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

All your decorations are so heart-warming! Love your snowmen. Karen swap is perfect for you, a bowl of cuteness! Happy New Year!

Suzanne said...

Everything is wonderful! Love the little pillows and the Kim Diehl quilt. She is supposed to be coming out with a new book in April - I can hardly wait!

Lisa said...

wow that's a great swap. I love it all.