Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Decoration Swap Goodies

Quite a while back I signed up to a Christmas decoration swap organised by Hookin' With Laalaa. She paired me up with the lovely Twinkle Star of Twinkles, Tutus and Twirls blog. We sent each other several messages about likes and dislikes and agreed a theme. My theme for making was 'pink' and Twinkles star's was 'traditional'.
So the weeks passed and soon I received a message to say my parcel was ready and winging it's way to me! I quickly finished the last of my bits, wrapped them all up and posted them off. When Twinkle Star's parcel arrived the excitement was HUGE! ...and so was the parcel! (Twinge of doubt at this point - will my goodies be good enough?)

Twinkle Star had put so much love and care into the choosing, making and wrapping of every single gift, I was really quite overwhelmed.

My first parcel was the decoration itself...

A beautiful twig wreath wrapped in red organza ribbon and decorated with wooden hearts, and poinsettias and the letters FP - fluff pot! There were also some other letters and spare pegs, MC for Merry Christmas and JF for the Johns Family!

Two packs of assorted fibres which I can't wait to use with my felting.

A beautiful handmade necklace and brooch.

A sweet little birdie decoration (bagsied by Lulus for her room!). I LOVE the curly ribbon on it's head!

A gorgeous felt stocking from John Lewis (so spoilt - big twinges of 'oh no, I really should have tried harder' now).

Some yummy nibbles. I'm not sure that chocolate dipped marshmallow on the spoon will make it to a cup of hot chocolate!

A scented candle and santa playing cards.

A winter pamper kit filled with an amazing selection of goodies.
I'm looking forward to snuggling up on the sofa and wearing those fluffy socks!
And finally a HUGE box of thorntons chocolates - yum, yum!!!

Now I am really feeling very inadequate! I did put a lot of thought, time and care into my gifts but I'm not sure they are going to live up to Twinkle Stars superb efforts. I want to say a massive thank you to Twinkle Star for being such an amazing swap partner and an apology for my tardiness in replying to emails. You've been a real star!

Hope you are all enjoying your week. I'm very excited as we are decorating our tree tomorrow! I think I love the festivities more than the children!

Becky x 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Reindeer In the Woods

We took a walk in the woods today. It was blustery and grey, the kind of day that blows the cobwebs away and makes you feel all refreshed and ready to cosy up in front of the fire.

Little Mannie discovered a makeshift seesaw made from fallen logs...

Lulu demonstrated her climbing skills...

And I spied reindeer in the woods...

leaping over logs...

rubbing their antlers on the soft moss...

prickling their noses on the holly leaves...

It was magical!
Becky x

PS Mr FP carried the bags!
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