Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Deep Breaths MaryAnne.............

A little while ago I signed up to a Christmas Swap hosted by Jo from French Knots, after I'd done it I had shivers thinking oh my - what have I done!! This was my first swap where I had to actually make something and what appeared to make it worse was that my partner didn't have a Blog so it was quite hard to try and do something not having a clue as to what she actually liked - although we did swap some quite lengthy e-mails.
MaryAnne ( my partner) recieved my swap first ( which I forgot to take a pic of altogether ) and then a few days later I recieved mine. Now at this point I know that MaryAnne is going to be nervous , she has been waiting for this post with trepidation ..

When I opened it the first thing out were these gorgeous crackers , there are actually 4 of them



beautifully wrapped, there is even the strip that makes the crack noise inside along with what sounds like more goodies. These have been put on the tree awaiting our Christmas Eve carpet picnic.

Next were these 2 little felt bags



You can guess who these are for..... Inside the bags were these little guys



How cute are they and beautifully stitched. MaryAnne did say that they weren't quite age appropriate for Baby G and I could maybe cut the bell off --- erm I don't think so. They will be placed higher on the tree until he is age appropriate.

Next out of the package were these amazing figures, to gauge the size baby Jesus is in half a walnut shell and I just could not get a decent picture of him no matter how hard I tried .. but believe me he is tiny and is in a little cape just like Mary and Joseph and just look at the little donkey. MaryAnne tells me that the nativity idea is a Waldorf one. Two of her children are starting at Waldorf school next year.



I've just realised that I haven't taken a photo of the chocolate biscuits that she sent... that is probably because I have hid them on the top shelf of the cupboard as Hub was trying to pinch them. They are called TimTams and will stay on the top shelf until Christmas - fingers crossed.

Last but not least is this little lady, a Waldorf doll. Her dress is a pale pink needlecord and her hat is a pale blue chenille - least I think its called chenille and she is so soft. Can you believe this is the first one that MaryAnne has ever made?



Just look at her gorgeous face and curly hair - so sweet. I have called her MaryAnne after her maker. Mary also happens to be my mams middle name and mine is Anne so a good choice I think.



I feel quite honoured to have a Waldorf doll made especially for me. I'm never very good with words but I do so really appreciate what you have made for me and my family - thank you so much MaryAnne

Now you lot reading my Blog...... should MaryAnne be nervous about having me show all her goodies on my Blog - No and secondly all those who think she should start her own Blog say AYE.

And on my crafting front I've made these wristwarmers , guess what everyone is getting for Christmas.

18 comments:

Adrienne said...

Everything is just lovely but I have to say I am in love (and awe) of the nativity. WOW. That is something for sure! You lucky duck!

Dancin' Puffin said...

How many wristwarmers??!! You've done so well! MaryAnne definitely should start a blog - I say AYE!! I started mine in April and haven't looked back. I love the community it creates. I liked the little felt elf comment that Baby G will have to wait until he is age appropriate :) x

lou said...

I love all of your goodies!

I say AYE to MaryAnne starting her own blog! :o) xxx

Carol said...

AYE...aye...aye!
All those bits are so lovely and as for that doll, I love her bestest.
Wonderful swop.
Carol xxx

LizzieJane said...

Wow, what a bundle of goodies came to your house, everything is just wonderful. I agree MaryAnne should have her own blog, I bet she has lots to share.
X

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Wow - what gorgeous goodies you received!! Love the little doll - so sweet. You will enjoy the Tim Tams - full of chocolatey goodness - you wont be able tos top at one.

French Knots said...

Oh what wonderful surprises! Get blogging MaryAnne!
The doll is amazing as is the nativity set.

Simone said...

You received some lovely things Lisa with so much thought and care put into them too. Well done on all the wristwarmers you have made. I think AYE to MaryAnne starting her own blog too. You can never have too many bloggers!!!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Hi:
Thanks so much for dropping by my little blog. I am so glad you like my new backsplash. It is wood panelling, or wainscoting I guess you could call it. It was pine panels painted the same cream white as the cupboards.

The paint is a special kitchen paint that has laminate in it to resist stains etc. My carpenter just painted several coats along with the cupboards.

Good Luck,

Lisa
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Jelly Wares said...

What gorgeous gifts.... I agree with you, she should definitely start her own blog!!!! Great work on the wristlets too BTW...

Jodie :)

maryanne said...

Hi Lisa-thank you so much for the lovely post and thankyou to your lovely readers for their kind comments.I am getting my breath back now and my kids loved seeing this-:öh mum you've got to start a blog now!"

Edward is going to help me email photos of your gorgeous swap goodies this weekend (see how blog-ready I am-I can't even do that on my own!), so you can show those off too.I have them on my dresser where they look just so sweet.
Well done holding off on the TimTams-last night I even raided my chocolate supply for the childrens' Advent calendars.Is there anything to which I will not stoop to obtain a fix, I wonder?

Rachael Rabbit said...

Congrats on your first swap where you have to make something - see it wasn't that bad was it?? But naughty naughty you for not taking a picture of what you sent ;-)

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a lot of lovely goodies! I'm not surprised you were delighted - and I think you've expressed it beautifully!

Lucy x

sarahmurray said...

What wonderful treasures! Her Waldorf doll is precious. And I am in love with the felt Nativity. Loving those wrist warmers! x

Alison Boon said...

Aye to Maryanne starting her own blog, what talent she has. Good for you showing us the delightful things she sent. We have TimTams over here and they are good.

mellyandrosie said...

ooooh, how sweet is that little nativity - just adorable!! I wish I had joined a Christmas swap this year, it looks so wonderful!!

Kellie said...

What fantastic things!!!!! AND you got Tim Tams!!!!! Man you are going to love those!!!!! Try using one as a straw with a cup of coffee ... yum!!!!! :)

Suzie said...

wow wee... yummmy swap....