Wrapping Up 2009

12/25/2009

Thank you to all my wonderful friends for taking part in this year's exchange. You've outdone yourselves and I hope you had a wonderful time unwrapping the magic each day during this holiday season.




A heartfelt thank you goes out to Lisa Ryder for kindly pitching in and providing all the beautiful photographs of the gifts each day for our blog. It was a huge help and you did an amazing job. Thanks Lisa!



Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday and a new year full of creativity. Thanks for stopping by!!

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On the Thirteenth Day of Xmas...

12/24/2009

...Penelope Harris gifted us with this handy monogrammed sewing kit. It has everything you'd need to do some quick sewing or repairs-needles, threaders, thread, floss a tracing wheel and more!



She made the cover from vintage shirting fabric she found in the UK, cardboard and felt which she button stitched all together. She hand embroidered our initial on the front. The pages inside are also made from felt and are embellished with ribbon. She added a button and elastic closure. I am sure we'll all be using these kits! Thanks Penn!



Technically, there is no "day" 13 of Xmas, but gift #13 is the present we opened on the day everyone else was opening our gift. I came up with this extra "day" to ensure that no one had a day where they didn't have something to enjoy. Thanks Penn for being our magical #13 this year!


*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Twelvth Day of Xmas...

12/23/2009

...Ruth O'Connor wove her magic with her crochet hook and this beautifully intricate verigate snowflake ornament was the result.


She stiffened the snowflakes and added crystals, beads and ribbon to hang it by. I can't imagine how long these took her. They are so delicate! Thanks Ruth!



Join us tomorrow for our final gift!


*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Eleventh Day of Xmas...

12/22/2009

...Lisa Ryder made this delightful mixed media mini canvass! I love miniature art and this is a wee treasure!

Can you image a whole bunch of these 2 x 3 1/4 inch masterpieces grouped together on a wall? I can! Wouldn't that be fun?! This might be the beginning of that collection! Thanks Lisa!


*Photo by Lisa Ryder

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On the Tenth Day of Xmas...

12/21/2009

...Jeanette Jansen added more bling to our collection with this pretty skeleton key necklace. She added some beads and findings to the top and strung it on ball chain.



We are going to be some stylin' girls! Thanks Jeanette!


*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Ninth Day of Xmas...

12/20/2009

...Jennifer Conway put her doll-making skills to use and came up with this fabulous lady for our gift.





The top half of the doll is made from paper. The body is a piece of tea dyed linen and she embellished the skirt with gorgeous lace and added some beautiful buttons as well. The body is perfectly weighted with batting and sand so it can stand up on it's own. She made a couple different styles of her doll, with different faces and embellishments. What a great gift! Thanks Jennifer!

*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Eighth Day of Xmas...

12/19/2009

...Liz Smith knitted us these pretty Noel banners in deep red, patriot blue, light grey and sage. The letters were cut from taupe felt and she added coordinating buttons at the top as well.

This is a really cool idea and a fresh take on making banners. I hung mine on my tree! Thanks Liz!

*Photo by Lisa Ryder

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On the Seventh day of Xmas...

12/18/2009

...Maria Lamb made us this playful stone tile tic tac toe set. One side of the tiles has her joyful watercolour artwork...



...and the other has the X's and O's. This will be great fun on family game day and when not in use, a beautiful piece of art to admire. Thanks Maria!


*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Sixth Day of Xmas...

12/17/2009

...Misti Ko (Dawn Livera) made this wonderful string of handstamped prayer flags for each of us. She also included her zine which talks about the tradition of prayer flags, how to make your own and online resources to check out.


Misti has invited us to string our flags up in our own yards so we can enjoy them all year long. What a great way to start the new year! Thanks Misti!
*Photo by Lisa Ryder

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On the Fifth Day of Xmas...

12/16/2009

...Lelainia Lloyd created a cell phone cozy from Basiv Grey fabrics and a sneauxman cellphone charm out of frosted glass beads.

Isn't he precious? Fun, from the frozen north!



*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Fourth Day of Xmas...

12/15/2009
...Tara Finlay made this sweet ribbon and paper charm. Each one has a different fragment of text, so it's unique. What an amazing piece of work!


She wrapped her packet with a length of recycled sari silk fibres and I think I will string my charm onto it. Thanks Tara!



*Photo by Lisa Ryder

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On the Third Day of Xmas...

12/14/2009


...Barbara Atwell gifted us with this amazing paper pixie, mounted on a vintage wooden child's alphabet block. See the Santa in the balloon?





She always comes up with such creative ideas and this one is a gem! Thanks Barbara!



*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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On the Second Day of Xmas...

12/13/2009

...Kathy Strittmater created this lovely textured copper and silver pandant for each of us. She did a beautiful job hammering "imagine" into the metal and I love the silver heart charm dangling from the bottom.



Woo Hoo! We are off to a wonderful start. Thank you Kathy!
*Photo by Lisa Ryder

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On the First Day of Xmas...

12/12/2009
...Amy Huff gifted us with this fabulous doubled sided soldered pendant. I love the glitterery accents!


The reverse side has a snippet of vintage book text. What girl doesn't love a little bling for the holidays? Thanks Amy!

*Photos by Lisa Ryder

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Parade of Presents, Magical Number 13

12/11/2009


Why 13? Well the secret is that I came up with a "spare" gift so that on the day when everyone else is opening yours, there's a gift for you to open!


We don't reveal what magical #13 is till the very end because it needs to stay a surprise for everyone! The ever-clever Penelope Harris has the honour of making that gift this year.

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Parade of Presents, Day 12

12/10/2009
Aren't these gorgeous? They are the creativity of Ruth O'Connor, for day 12!

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Parade of Presents, Day 11

12/09/2009
Yummy bundles, all the way from Lisa Ryder in New Zealand will tempt us till day 11. We can hardly wait!

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Parade of Presents, Day 10

12/08/2009
Ringing the holiday season on day 10 is Jeanette Janson with these wonderful musical parcels.

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Parade of Presents, Day 9

12/07/2009
These beautiful bundles came to us from Jennifer Conway. Can't wait to see what they hold on day 9!

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Parade of Presents, Day 8

12/06/2009
The travelling gnome has made his way from Liz Smith's house, across the pond to our homes. See what's inside on day 8!

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Parade of Presents, Day 7

12/05/2009
What delights has Maria Lamb prepared for us? We;ll have to wait till day 7 to find out!

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Parade of Presents, Day 6

12/04/2009
Dawn Livera (Misti Ko) wrapped her gifts ala Nick Bantock! We'll see what lies within on day 6!

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Parade of Presents, Day 5

12/03/2009
This is Lelainia Lloyd's pile of presents all ready to go for day 5!

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Parade of Presents, Day 4

12/02/2009
Tara Finlay gifted us with these little beauties! Her gift will be revealed on day 4 of our exchange.

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Parade of Presents, Day 3

12/01/2009


This not-so-plain brown wrapper is our gift for day 3, from the clever Barbara Atwell!

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