You may remember me telling you about the #stitchingsanta swap organised by Sheila at Sewchet. You could opt in to either a knitting/crocheting secret santa, a sewing secret santa or both. Then Sheila matched us all up. What a fabulous idea, and what an organisational nightmare it must have been! Thank you so much Sheila. 🙂
The idea was that the goodies wouldn’t be opened until Christmas Day. My first parcel arrived well before then, which was lucky as the trip to Western Australia was going to get in the way. It came from Joey who blogs at littlebackdogsa. You might also like to follow this link to see why she calls her blog Little Black Dog.
Imagine my delight to see this parcel arrive at the door, all the way from South Africa!
Inside were lots of individually silver-paper wrapped presents. I am very easy to please, and anything wrapped in paper delights me!
Her card said
I am your Stitching Santa buddy, all the way from Johannesburg, S.A. I had so much fun putting these gifts together for you. I tried to keep it South African, but with your love for plants and birds as part of the theme. I hope you enjoy them
Joey’s instructions were to open one present each day leading up to Christmas, which was good because (a) I wasn’t going to be in Melbourne for Christmas and (b) I am terrible at not opening presents!!
I can’t remember the order in which I opened them, but I do know which was first, because I was blown away by this spoon and knife set. Look at those beautiful patterns!
There were a generous number of threads, chosen to suit my palette of colours! They will certainly be used over the year.
There was some tape. I am going to use the lacy one on a project that my Mum is working on. I think she will love the extra zing it gives her work.
Tapestry needles ~ Yay! I needed some with different sized eyes, and these have their own little house to be in. How did she know?!
A very cute coin purse….
and some South African chocolates and biscuits. These got eaten on the trip over to WA! Yum.
A note pad and pencil, because Joey must know that lists are the backbone of my life.
And there is more. Are you blown away by Joey’s generosity, because I certainly was, and still am. Here is a set of cards with a beautiful lacy pattern cut out of them, (I love writing letters), as well as a notebook (I love notebooks!). Of course the notebook has a Cape Town post mark, proteas and, I presume, South African birds.
Finally, some more South African themed goodies….two placemats, again adorned with proteas, and a bag that will be perfect on my walks.
Joey’s thoughtfulness and generosity is amazing. I can only hope that she had as much fun organising the gifts as I did opening them. Many, many thanks Joey. xxx
Her card was a postcard of the Ponte Tower. The photo was part of a project that is dear to her heart, and you might like to take a look. iwasshotin joburg 🙂 is a project where former street kids are given disposable cameras and encouraged to photograph their world. You can see more at iwasshot
Now, I did say that there were two parcels coming my way. The second was also a delight to receive, but it is a story for tomorrow.