Here are the gifts all ready to be "exchanged" - we had lists & had a name drawing, that way we got something we wanted (or at least I hope we did!).
Nicole had my name & look at this great basket filled with all kinds of goodies she gave me - fat quarters & ribbons in reds & browns, a bag of really great assorted buttons, a little box of Mrs. Fields chocolates, some cording for finishing, a lovely pin pillow that she stitched just for me, and a big ol' box of Whitman's in a collectors tin - a beautiful tin that I had never seen! It's all just wonderful!! Thank you again Nicole! :-)
Here is a better pic of the pin pillow - isn't it pretty?!?! I *think* she said the thread is Raspberry Parfait - whatever she used, it's great & I'm thrilled with it! :-)
INSERTING IMPORTANT FOOD INFO HERE (lol) - OMG, you should have been here just for lunch & all the goodies that were brought! For 7 of us (and Ray had to eat too! lol) we had so many goodies it was unreal. MOST of it was homemade - by Nicole, Karen, Faye & Lynn. I'm sorry to say I just bought a cheesecake sampler & sodas - (and hey gals, I had a couple of bags of chips & forgot to get them out of the pantry!) LOL I guess it was all that other food taking up the island.... ;-)
Faye always does something clever with her ornaments - look at the tree charm on the back of this one - I love it!
And her packaging is also out of this world - I had the first one open before I thought to take a pic of it.... but she makes really cool tags (so does Karen btw) and uses neat bags & ribbon.
Next up is this pretty ornament from Karen! She does neat packaging of her ornaments as well. I need to take lessons from these two gals! ;-) I love the fact that Karen's initials & the date are on this one. I wish I had taken pics of all the ornaments - but of course, the camera batteries died before I got a chance. If you visit their blogs, you might see pics of the others....
And Karen brought each of us a gift she made - she made the Christmas crackers & inside were fobs - all were different - the pkg & the fobs. I got a Santa - isn't he cute? ;-) There was a reindeer, a penguin, and a few snowmen. ALL were really, really cute! Karen, I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I put the cracker & the fob on my tree! It looks really cute btw! Karen is very creative and comes up with some really great things. She does lots of beautiful cards & she *collects* lots of great things for her projects. I know I heard the word "hoard", but if you use it, it's not hoarding! ;-)
And Karen brought me a gift too - a beautiful spun glass Nativity ornament - isn't it pretty? I love it! As you can see, it's already on the tree... along with all the rest of them!
I had a wonderful day with these super ladies - and I'm looking forward to doing it again soon! Thanks for stopping by - and Happy Stitching!