Saturday, January 2, 2010

More Christmas

I know…I know… Christmas was over more than a week ago and it’s now 2010, but I needed to share the gift exchanges from the party.

We always either make or buy the same gift for everyone.  We used to make them, but as we’ve gotten older busier we seem to take to local stores or the internet for our purchases. 

This is what I got for everyone.

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Patty got each of us these adorable snowman pictures.

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Cathi gave us each a treenware bowl with a berry ring and candle.   (you might want to click on the picture to get a better look)

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Marsha MADE these adorable little quilts and also gave us the little wooden Christmas tree that I’m holding.

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and lastly but not least, Janet gave us these ca-ute plates.GG Christmas 2009 042

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And how old is she?

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Third times the charm.   By the way…that’s Patty, our resident comedian!

So, then it was on to our Secret Santa gifts.   We draw names earlier in the year and keep our eyes and ears open for hints from our “person”. 

Patty drew my name and made me this adorable snowman that she framed.   It was too big for me to get on the plane so I’ll have to pick it up the next time we drive to Calif.   I was so bummed because I really wanted to take it home!

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Marsha got this gorgeous treenware bowl with berries and a candle from Cathi.

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Janet got this wonderful snowman and quilt that Marsha made for her.   She was quite overcome with emotion. 

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I gave Patty some spools, sheep, a wool penny rug kit, and a stitchery pillow that I got from Karen at Farmhouse Woolens.

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Here’s a close up of the pillow.  GG Christmas 2009 059

And Cathi got all this loot from Janet.   Janet made the darling gingerbread wall hanging.  (her own design).  

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We also got stockings but I didn’t get a picture of them.   I think we were just so wound up that I forgot.  

The party lasted until the wee hours of the morning.  I think it broke up about 2:00am.   We have so much fun.  laughing, eating, sharing gifts, eating, playing games, eating… LOL   I think you get the picture.  

Thanks girls…I love you all!

Hugs, Anne


Kathie said...

wow what a great Christmas party! Love all the gifts and smiles on everyones faces tells it all!
The Believe plate with the snowman on it that Janet gave I actually emailed Karen to see if she was selling those when I saw it in your pictures! I just love it
can you ask her where she bought them? I would love to buy one! As you know I am a fellow snowman lover!
Love the pillow you made too!
very cute , perfect with the red bird!
wonderful memories for you
Happy New year!

Country Prims said...

I can't think of anything more exciting than having a party like that! The gifts are so amazing-such a lovely idea! Happy new year! ~Shazy x

Kaaren said...

A special day with special friends. It sure looks like you all had a blast...not to mention the most thoughtful and generous gifts that you shared.

Stephanie said...

Lovely gifts from treasured friends. That pillow is too cute. I keep my snowmen collection up through January. P.S. My husband wore an Oregon Duck sweatshirt and I had on my Ohio State Buckeye shirt. :o)

Crispy said...

What bunch of lovely presents. How fun to spend time with your buddies. Maybe the picture was made too big so she could display it for a littl while LOL.


Hillcresthome Prims said...

Woo Hoo, What a great time you girls had!! What GREAT gifts also. It sure is nice to have a party with close friends like that!!!

Hillcrest Home Prims

Screen Door said...

I'm completely jealous.....but not of the gifts (but I'd take 'em-- they're completely awesome!!!)I'm jealous of your group of friends. How wonderful to have a group with similar interests.... Happy New year...

Cindy said...

Appears as though when you gals get together, it's laugh til our side aches, giggle til you cry and have good old fun.

What wonderful photos - cherished memeories.

How long have you all been getting together? It's wonderful.

Vonna said...

Oh wow! What gorgeous gifts and fabulous friends :)

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Holy Sa-moly girl! I am just blown away by those awesome gifts. You girls all have wonderful taste. I did especially like the gal with the upside down snowguy - guess it didn't escape your attention either! Looks like a very fun group.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

What a great time! Yes, you are so lucky to have a group of friends that just love the prim look, everyone's gifts are just fabulous, the quilts are just beautiful:)


Annie said...

Again, I say...I could be someone's best friend...if anyone wants to adopt me! lol
Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Anne.....I agree with the others....not only are the gifts fabulous but the friendships are
I might add that the big crowd at my DD's house was very, very happy with the outcome of the Rose Bowl Game!


Lori said...

Oh my gosh! It sure looks like a great time was had by all!

paulette said...

Fantastic gifts!! I loved everything!! Thanks for sharing! Isn't it nice getting together with others who share the same interests as you! Have a wonderful NY!

MARCIE said...

So much fun looking at all your cute gifts and all the decorations. How nice you could be with your friends. And those cut grandkids too!

deb said...

What fun prim goodies you all them all look like you have so much fun together!!!!!

Kris said...

What a nice gathering, and fun gifts!!! I'm sorry your Ducks didn't quite pull out the win. I was rooting for them.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you were able to make it down for your girl friend party in CA. What fun and lovely gifts. I would love to have a source for that little bundle of candle lights that Marsha gave her secret pal. I have one of them but would love to find more..Louise

Candace said...

What fun, Anne! I can see why getting together every year is a must!

Brenda said...

Now that's what I call a party! Woo-HOO!

WoolenSails said...

Looks like a fun party and lots of great gifts.
Lots of beautiful work and talented ladies.


Anonymous said...

Hi! Love following your blog...I can always count on wonderful 'eye candy' projects & info. Cheers to you and your friends for the New Year.
One Question:
Where did you get those ADORABLE SHEEP???? I would love to purchase a few. thanks!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It sounds like fun, and what wonderful gifts. I love the idea of everyone getting the same thing for each lady in the group. Have a wonderful New Year!

Kelli said...

What wonderful gifts you all received! I just love reading your blog - your pictures are great an give me inspiration for new projects. Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

What a wonderful, wonderful group of friends. It's so great that you all have stayed so close even though you don't all live close together. What a fun night and great gifts!

Kim D. said...

Happy New Year!! Looks like you gave and received a lot of wonderful gifts with friends. Thanks for sharing. I'm love snowmen so enjoyed your photo's.

Marge said...

Wow! What a fun party! So...can you get some store names from your buddies so that we can buy our friends some of those goodies? I love many of them, especially the "Believe" plate.

sea gull lighting said...

Sounds like so much fun!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Great gifts you all got Anne. I love it all. I like the idea of everyone getting the same thing.
Hope your New Year is off to a great start.

Jacquelynne said...

Looks like so much fun- I would have loved to receive any of those wonderful gifts (you all have such good taste!)

Christine said...

Awesome gifts. I LOVE the stitchery pillow you made.