I haven’t made much in the way of preparations for the coming of Christmas. I made a dress, went to a Carol concert, and saw Ted in a nativity play. Kit was dressed as an angel but not behaving like one, so Esme is removing him from the scene.
However I did I sign up to join lovely Sewchet’s Secret Stitching Santa some time ago. I didn’t hear anything, and I was so busy with work and family, sewing, blogging and just living that Christmas preparations were more or less limited to opening the Advent calander with the kids. I vaguely noticed other participants were blogging about what they had made, sent out or even received. I wrote to Sewchet and she sent me the details again, which seemed to have been lost in inter-space. She also, so kindly, offered me home made goodies to include in the parcel!
Then I got home and discovered a parcel had arrived for me. I was so behind with Christmas that I still didn’t click. I thought it was something I had ordered – some muslin, or indigo dye.
So I opened in parcel in a desultory way. This is what was inside!
Want a closer look at the lovely card Secret Santa sent me – with a sweet, encouraging message and details on the contents?
In the end it worked out fine. I had a homemade item or two; one of my covered books, and a piece of hand dyed fabric from my indigo dyeing course. If I had had to make up something specifically I would have struggled. This year all my family are getting vouchers or cash.
I included a nice piece of stretchy Italian lace (the blogger I am sending this to loves knits) that Linde gave me, and a pattern that I think will suit her. I carefully wrapped it all up and included a card. As you can see I was not lying when I said I was not ready for Christmas. The wrapping paper and card are in some of my favourite patterns, and I love summer florals too, but not a reindeer in sight. I did look up where my giftee lives and I could have dropped it off on my way up North to see my Mum. But I thought that a living secret Santa might have been too much of a shock. I took it to the post office and hopes it arrives in time!
I will show what I got once Christmas actually arrives (not long now!)