Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Friend via 12 Days of Christmas

Hello my dear friends.  Is your weekend going well?  I'm having a great time babysitting my little grandson while his parents are taking a little break.  My little granddaughter hasn't yet warmed up to Grandma and Grandpa so she is with her parents.  Either way, we will all have a fun weekend.  And, since there's no school tomorrow, we can extend our fun times!

Before Christmas, I joined in with Jo's Through the Keyhole 12 Days of Christmas Swap.  It was my first time taking part in this swap and I was not disappointed!

My swap partner was Tracy over at Mad About Bags.  She is a super talented person who loves to sew.  Each of the participants shared a little about their hobbies and likes.  Tracy hit the nail on the head as the gifts she sent me were amazing!  First up was this beautiful Downtown Abbey book that I just love.  (I received a companion book to this edition for Christmas, too).  

She was very aware of my love of cats and sent me this lovely little framed picture of an adorable cat.  And, look at the cute cat fabric!  It will be perfect for a future project maybe for my little granddaughter.

It was a joy each day to open a gift.  I love anything Victorian and the writing paper and notebook were perfect.  I was overwhelmed when I opened a pencil set from the Victoria and Albert Museum!

 And, the excitement kept going, day after day.  Look at this beautiful Victorian pin.  Along with some yummy candy and tea.  I'm displaying the little heart ornament on my teapot lid to remind me of this special time.

Tracy zoned in to my love of knitting.  I have never had proper stitch markers and now look what I have!  Along with a Downton Abbey coaster.  On day 12 I opened up this beautiful, perfectly crafted knitting bag with the Downton Abbey fabric!  I was thrilled beyond words. 

It was such a pleasure to get to know Tracy.  And, I thank you many times over for sending me such heartfelt gifts.  Tracy loves to take part in swaps and hosts many of her own.  Please take a minute and visit her site as you won't be disappointed.   

I really feel I have made another new friend through blogland.  There has been a bit of doom and gloom lately in some of the blogs I read and I feel that my own world of blogging needs to be uplifting.  Yes, we all have problems and the world has problems.  But, I like to look on the positive and start each day anew.  Thank you dear Tracy for the chance to meet you and for all the beautiful gifts you made especially for me.

For all you knitters and crocheters out there, I have some wonderful new yarn/thread to share with you hopefully next time.  Santa has been good to me this year.  Have a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you when you have a chance.

With my best wishes,



  1. What beautiful and very thoughtful gifts you received, it was an excellent swap for over Christmas wasn't it xx

  2. What wonderful gifts to receive. I can't wait to see your yarn.

  3. Thanks for letting us enjoy seeing what your thoughtful swap partner sent you, Pat...lots to encourage your happiness in the days ahead! I am glad you have had a grand time this last week, too :) Sledding is still happening in our yard. xx

  4. You received some wonderful gifts. I've been partnered with Tracy in a swap in the past and she really is a very generous swap partner. I love that cat fabric and the project bag is beautiful. I think you do make lots of new friends when taking part in swaps, that's another great thing about them. Thank you for joining in, I'm so pleased you had fun with it.

  5. What lovely things to have received!! Tracey is a great swap partner. I am sure you will enjoy the things you received.

  6. It's very nice to have good blogfriends, I even have met a few from very far away (Australia, Canada) I have already forgotten about Christmas it was not so nice this year.

  7. What wonderful gifts that all seem perfect for you. Blog land is great for meeting new people and sharing interests. Enjoy all those lovely gifts.


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