Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I always like receiving mail (if anyone wants a penpal, I'm your girl) and yesterday the best kind arrived, a parcel just for me. I partcipated in Christina's ornament swap and my first ornament arrived from Jen. The package contained the cutest knitted mitten ornaments and some lovely vintage bits and bobs. Now I think that this is Jen's blog but I could be wrong but if I am, that's ok because I like this new to me blog just fine.
Knitted mitten ornament
My mailbox was busy again today, it is that time of year I guess. This year I took part in a Christmas card exchange and this was the first of my four cards to arrive. All the way from the UK.

 I was quite excited because although everyone else in the house has an advent calendar, I have never had one. The girls have three each, one homemade, one with the little chocolates in it and one cardboard sticker one. Tom has two (19 isn't too old apparently), a Star Wars LEGO one and a homemade chocolate one and Tim has one which I made with envelopes holding little chocolates and a note for an activity for each day. Tim's is the best, it has things like back massages, facials and other pampering goodness (no wonder he likes this time of year).  So now I have my very own advent card and I have opened up 5 windows on the most gorgeous houses, I just want to step right into the card. It really doesn't take much to make my heart sing.

Not much to look at here but I am committing to making presents for my nearest and dearest family members. They do read this blog from time to time so I can't give too much away or the all important surprise when they unwrap will be missing. But with a bit of stitching, painting and even some drill wielding, they should look like gifts in next to no time. Fiona is talking about handmade Christmas gifts every Wednesday so I am linking up there today. I have much to do for my handmade gifts so I best get cracking before school finishes up for the year.

I hope your letter box is filled with good things today too.


africanaussie said...

oh what a lovely idea - I will have to look into some of those swaps next year.... What is inside the windows of your advent calendar? It is so beautiful..... It looks as though you will be busy

Becc said...

cute little mittens!
so clever, hope we get to see the finished gifts, maybe after xmas so the surprise isnt spoilt?

Tania @ Out Back said...

Those swaps sound like a lot of fun!

Gorgeous advent calendar :)


Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

Love the mittens they are so cute. Thanks for linking up, I am looking forward to seeing any other gifts you make.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Lovely presents Tracy