31 December, 2013

Final OPAM for 2013!

Now all the secret sewing has been revealed, my December's OPAM is looking good! I finished off with 13 finishes.
A grand total of 94 items for 2013! 
That's nine items more than last year.

Many thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping me motivated. 
I'm looking forward to OPAM 2014!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to more fun and bloggy friendship in 2014!

29 December, 2013

My Santa Sack Gifts for Anna!

 Now to show you what I sent to Anna
 in our Santa Sack Swap.
A project folder.
I used the Stitcher's Alphabet pattern by Michelle Ridgeway and used Cottage Garden Threads "Larkspur". 
Isn't it so pretty!
Inside the folder was a pattern, fabric, 
frixion pen and DMC thread.
A fat quarter bag, thread catcher/pin cushion, 
needle case, scissors and fob.
Candle mat with a spinning candle holder.
Covered hangers with matching shoe bag.
A wall hanging.
I used DMC varigated red for this stitchery.
Mini Christmas cushion, stocking ornament and 
bon bon filled with candy canes.
I really enjoyed putting Anna's Santa Sack together. 
It was lovely getting to know you, Anna and 
I'm looking forward to us catching up soon.

Thank you to Cheryll (Gone Stitchin'
for organising this great swap.

28 December, 2013

Under The Tree and Some Other Gifts!

In our Six Items Christmas Swap, we had to send one gift to go under the tree. This is the hanging I made for Chez.
A low calorie cake stand!
 This is what I found under the tree from Carol. 
A beautiful table runner, along with some coasters, made in my favourite Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Thank you Carol. 
Once the Christmas table topper is packed away, 
I'll be putting this on the table.
Thank you to Tracee at Quilt Kitty Loves Life. Tracee sent me this gorgeous vintage sewing machine decal for my car. I'll have to get the boys to wash the car and then I'll put it on. Maybe I'd better do it myself or I could be 
waiting a long time! LOL!
Sisbabe sent me this gorgeous little Christmas hat ornament. Thank you Sisbabe. My Blogging Friends Christmas tree is getting quite full. I just might have to 
buy a bigger one for next year!
 The boys were very excited when this dvd arrived in the mail. I won it on Anorina's (Samelia's Mum) blog in a recent giveaway. Thank you Anorina.

26 December, 2013

Santa Sack Gifts From Anna!

 Yesterday morning, when Noel took Molly for a walk, he found this extra present in our letterbox. It was from Anna to add to my Santa Sack. Boy, have I been spoilt by Anna!
A gorgeous calendar holder and calendar.
 A beautiful scarf.
Lovely Christmas ribbon which will be great for making my Christmas gifts for next year. A guardian angel car freshener and shopping list.
 The cutest sewing ornament for my sewing room, a pattern, chicken buttons, pretty post-it notes and pen.
 Felt which is great as I am nearly out of it!
 The cutest elf spatulas and chocolate mould.
A Christmas bauble and inside were.....
 vintage buttons, threads and lace.
 Look at this gorgeous decoration. 
Anna has put a photo of Ginger as a pup.
 On the back is when Ginger was older. 
This is going to stay out all year!
A chicken timer and tea towel.
Something to read.
Christmas hand cream.
Anna made me a bon bon and inside was a 
keyring book and book mark.
There was even some candy canes and 
chocolate coins for the boys.
Thank you Anna. You have totally spoilt me.
It has been lovely getting to know you
and being your partner in this swap.

Thanks to Chez (Gone Stitchin') for hosting this great swap.

As this is a very long post,
I'll show you what I sent to Anna another day!

24 December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.
Love from us here at MacDonald's Patch.
Christine, Noel, Mitchell, Austin, Nelson and Molly.

PS. We would like to thank everyone for their kind words
on the passing of Noel's mother. It means a lot to us.

23 December, 2013

Santa Sack Swapping With Anna!

As Anna and I only live 10 minutes from each other, we had organised to meet to exchange our gifts. We had both decided we would like to wait until Christmas Day to open them. Unfortunately, I was then unable to make it. Anna was good enough to drop her gifts to me and pick up my gifts to her so that we would both have them on Christmas Day. We both opened our sack parcels and have put the rest away under the tree.
This is the beautiful bag Anna made for me.
How cute is this teddy!
I love the little Christmas reel and hearts. 
Don't they look lovely there on the hexagons!
All of these gifts are now in my bag. I think Anna forgot how to count! There was supposed to be six presents! LOL!

Thank you for my lovely bag Anna. Now the hard part is waiting for Christmas Day to see what else is there! LOL!
This is the bag I made for Anna. Anna wanted me to surprise her with either a Christmas bag or an everyday bag. 
I decided to make this bag for everyday use but chose Christmassy colours. The red is no where as bright as the photo shows and the jade is a bit deeper. 
No matter how I tried, I couldn't get a good photo. 
You may recognise this Michelle Ridgeway pattern as one I have made before (see this post).
My other presents in Anna's bag, 
at least what fitted in! LOL!