Random December stuff

Oh. Why hello again. I’m back and I survived the week of holiday-parties/recitals-bonanza. Barely. (I fell asleep on the couch last night at 8:15 while watching Elf with the family.) 
So not a ton of new stuff to share today, but here is a little wool work-in-progress that I started, oh, 4 years ago. I found it the other day when I was digging through my wool to make more Allsorts ornaments. I’m determined to finally finish it this year. (This is the pattern.) It’s been nice to have a little handwork project to carry around, but I’ve misplaced my red thread half way through the Merry Christmas, so I’m feeling stymied.  Grrr. 

I also received some very nice post this week.  These goodies came my way from my swap partner. They looked so cute all wrapped up. And I loved that red and white zipper pouch. So scandinavian looking to me.

Here is my fabulous haul, thanks to Amy at The Needled Fig. Thank you again Amy! One the bottom right is a sweet sewing pouch/needle book. Just what I really needed! (Maybe now I won’t loose my red thread when I really need it.)

And speaking of Scandinavian, my wonderful Norwgian friend sent me a little surprise package for Christmas. Also included, but not in the picture because I already ate it, was a tin of mackerel in tomato sauce. I LOVE that stuff. (I know you think I’m crazy).  But look – it was gone even before I cracked open the chocolate = proof. I think the 4 smaller chocolate bars are to share with the kids, but I may hide them and keep them for myself. (Not really, but the thought has crossed my mind. 🙂 Takk Julie!!

And finally another sweet surprise. (Christmas surprises are even more fun these days, because when you’re the mom, they’re extremely rare.) This one from sweet Trish of Notes of Sincerity.  A handmade scarf! I love it and it looks so great with my gray coat (and it covers the missing button that I need to sew back on = pathetic). Trish and I have been blogland friends for a while now and in October I got to meet her in real life at the Sewing Summit.  It is so much fun to meet virtual friends in person. Thank you so much Trish! Trish has a cute etsy shop and sells these beauties, so if you’re looking for a special gift or one for yourself, you might want to check them out.

And finally, one of my other favorite parts of the Christmas season: Mint Truffle and Candy Cane Hershey kisses. I still can’t decide which I like best.  I guess I’ll have to keep eating them to help me make up my mind.

Finally: December Giveaway winners are posted! Many, many thanks for your kind comments, your reassurances that I’m not the only one who feels slightly frenzied right now, and reminders that the Christmas calm will come. 🙂

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    December 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Ohh, you lucky lady! What wonderful friends you have. That scarf looks great and smashing with your coat.<br />I cannot relate to the mackerel thing at all, but those chocolates sure do look yummy! 🙂

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    December 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I could never eat that-it&#39;s Holy Mackerel you know. (Said with tongue firmly in cheek) 😉

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    December 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    What lovlies! And I swapped with Trish a little while ago… my granny square scarf is adorable! Enjoy your goodies… I love it all!

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    December 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    i&#39;m on my second bag of the candy cane ones! (i ate three last year) i actually squealed when i saw target had them out right at thanksgiving. love that scarf and all the other goodies!

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    Char @ Crap I've Made
    December 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

    The mint truffle are way better for eating, but the candy cane make cuter cookies.

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    Katy Cameron
    December 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Aww, what lovely gifts, glad you were able to get some Christmas surprises. Now, I&#39;m doing a redwork embroidery at the moment for a present, and I went a bit overboard on the red thread buying, so I&#39;ll just start stuffing it down the broadband cable now, start looking for the end, oooh, say, tomorrow? ;o) Seriously, I&#39;d post you some, but it wouldn&#39;t arrive till some time in

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    December 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Well, I was going to say Congrats on all the wonderful posties, but, I&#39;m thinking we need to talk. The fact that you went for the mackerel in tomato sauce <i>before</i> the chocolate is very disturbing. Very. <br /><br />But, you make such beautiful stuff you&#39;re forgiven. 😉

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    Archie the wonder dog
    December 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I hope you find your red thread soon! Love all your Christmas surprises and swap presents!

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    The Hunter's Prize
    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I couldn&#39;t resist the Hershey&#39;s Kisses in Peppermint either! I even had the bag of Mint Truffle as well, but then I found the Cherry Kisses and I had to put one back! Hopefully, I can get a few more bags before they are all gone again!

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    notes of sincerity
    December 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Oh Amy. I am glad that you love your scarf. It was so fun creating it especially for you! :o) I remember you saying that red is your favorite color.<br />Wishing your family a very Merry Christmas! much love. Trish

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    December 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I saw your stocking tutorial on u-create and I am hosting a Christmas series on my blog and would absolutely LOVE it if you would share this tutorial with my readers! My blog is embracingmessy.blogspot.com if you&#39;d like to check it out. If you want, you can email at embracingmessy@gmail.com.<br /><br />Thanks! <br /><br />Kelsey

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    December 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    lots of fun holiday stuff. the scarf is awesome! wish I had time to make one. have a lovely christmas!

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    Julie K. Rennesund
    December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    So glad you are enjoying it all, and the mackrell :)You are great

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    Nanette Merrill
    December 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    scentsations and swankies? love them! I wanty

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    December 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thoses candy cane Hershey kisses are a tradition around here!

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