Remember how I joined the Santa Sack Swap and received this awesome sack from Jo in Australia??
|Such pretty purple paper!!|
Well, Friday was finally opening day!!!! WooHoo!!! The rules said we could open our gifts on Friday the 18th or we could wait until Christmas day. Never one to follow the rules, I decided to open one a day and spread out the cheer!
On Friday I opened a box of my current favorite tea. It was the perfect timing as we had finally gotten cold weather and would have 2" or 3" of snow by Saturday morning!! I'm not going to tell you that it's currently 54F/15C which is unheard of for December in the lake effect snow belt region of Western NY.
On Saturday, I opened this gorgeous little wall hanging! Jo found on my blog that I like to collect coins so it has a vinyl cover to the jar and she included a complete set of Aussie coins. I gushed about this all day while working at the LQS and I'm sure I drove a couple people nutzo.
|The google eyes make me laugh every time!|
On Sunday I opened this hilarious mug rug. I swear Jo must have had conversations with Zorro - the little stinker - since he loves to steal anything that's mine. This already has a proud home in my quilt lab.
On Monday I opened yet another package to reveal the choco tray, hand stitched ornament and money notepad! I hope to make 'roo chocolates for the family. My dad's stepmother was 100% Aussie so his step-siblings have a real connection to anything Aussie.
Yesterday I discovered two dishclothes. Can you see the S on the square washcloth? They are almost too pretty to use...
And last, but not least, today I opened this adorable notebook and cover. Jo was brave enough to make clamshells (yeah, I've not been that brave!) and they are little cats with pointy ears and more google eyes! I often use sticky notes to jot down quilt ideas for future or current projects but I think I'll keep them all in this journal now!!
Jo is such a talented artist - her FMQ and hand stitching were fabulous and did you notice she color coordinated everything to my fav colors??!! I had such a good time opening my gifts and it definitely made this stressful time of year so much more relaxed.
PS - check out what other people received here!