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Hand-made gift exchange

I recently participated in a Handmade Gift Exchange sponsored by Craftaholics Anonymous.  This is a twice yearly event.  I always enjoy having an excuse to make something fun for someone and I get a fun package in return.  I was paired with Julia “Scrappy Jewels” for the exchange.  This is the first time I haven’t been able to peruse a blog to get an idea of personality, so instead I perused a few of her Pinterest boards.  I found a ruffled apron pattern and knew that was my gift to make since she loves pink frilly things.  This is the apron I sent to Julia.  I’m glad she loves it.

I wasn’t super thrilled with how the waistband turned out and would probably do it a bit different in the future, but all in all, it was a quick, fun project to make.

I was thrilled with the gift Julia made for me.  I told her that I didn’t have much decor for my beautiful mantle.  It is beautiful wood flanked by built-in bookcases on both sides and has wood paneling above.  This is the focal point of my family room, and sadly it is a very overlooked part of my decor.  Mostly it provides storage for whatever we decide to stash there.  I have started hanging some printed banners for different holidays, but that’s about the extent of my actual decorating, other than my nativity displays for Christmas.

Now I have no excuses, at least for the month of July.  Julia sent me these beauties:

A stenciled burlap canvas and mini pennant banner.  She says this is the first time she’s worked with burlap.  I think she did a great job.  They look great to me!  I love the canvas since I like to think the heart is stamped approximately on my Nebraska home.  Over the past several years, this has truly become “home” to us.  I’m not normally a fan of chevron, but I like it when it’s positioned vertically rather than horizontally on the banner.  Who knew?

If you’d like to participate in the next gift exchange, you can sign up here for a reminder email.

Secret Santa gift exchange

Secret Santa for Bloggers, brought to you by Boys Oh Boys Reviews, Giveaways and More

I participated in the Secret Santa for Bloggers gift exchange coordinated by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys.  For this exchange, you sent a small gift to someone and also received a small gift from another blogger.  I opened my mailbox one day to find this package from Amanda at Dragonflight Dreams.

Amanda did her research well and sent me an apple ornament to add to my apple collection, a Texas Bluebonnets thimble to add to my thimble collection, a tiny little penguin pin that The Author immediately adopted for her penguin collection, and one of her big recipes since  I “have a lot of mouths to feed.”  Oh, and I can’t forget the lovely hand-stitched card (I’m guessing this was created by Torrie of Free Spirit Reigns, from the identifier on the back.)

Thanks so much, Amanda! I loved discovering a new blogger.  You must check out Amanda’s shop.  She creates her own screen prints.  I know my older girls would love several of her designs.