Sunday, December 11, 2011

MY SECRET SANTA & TAG SWAPS!

My goodness! Are you ladies (and gents!) as busy as I've been this past week, getting ready for Christmas? On top of regular life, and dog sitting Bentley, it's been very tiring - but a good tired!

It was so exciting to receive two tags and a Secret Santa package this week! I'll start with the tags.

The one on the right is from Linnea of Neabear and B'Daddy's Nest. The one on the left is from Wendi of Soul Delights. Such beautiful details on both of them! Linnea made hers double-sided, too!

I was surprised when Wendi also sent along a redwork towel and a hand-made tote bag! And, also a Ghiradelli chocolate bar! ;) Thank you, ladies!
Again, sorry for the poor photo quality. It breaks my heart that I can't afford $100 to buy a new camera. Would you believe my printer/scanner is down, too? It just won't turn on - don't know if it just needs a new power cord or if it's something more serious. As you all know, a camera is vital to blogging! But, I'm the type that can make do and carry on!

Now, on to my Secret Santa gifts! I joined the Secret Santa Soiree this year. I received the most wonderful gifts that were tailor-made for me!

In the background is a folded square tablecloth made from red bandanas! I absolutely love it! Look at that scrub brush in the center ~ her dress is the holder! Ingenious! Three vintage Hitchcock mystery magazines - I can't wait to dive into those. At the bottom is a beautiful card of a teacup with cherries on it, and a (real) teabag inside! To the left of that is a pair of vintage red-capped S&P shakers with cherries painted on them - I squealed with delight when I saw these! Beside the scrub lady is a most wonderful hand-made pillowcase of a sunbonnet girl with a cherries print skirt. I'm going to hang it like a dishtowel! On the case is a (not-hand-made) tag of sunflowers that says Sunshine on a Stem. I like that saying! Right above that is a juice glass with a cherry on it - perfect!
The rest of the items in the pic are pretty gift bags and ribbons that these items were wrapped in. My Secret Santa wrote little notes, one for each item - I enjoyed reading these so much, it was a nice personal touch! I tell you, I couldn't have picked out better items for myself - well done, Secret Santa! And you know what? My S.S. didn't reveal herself! But, I know who she is! ;)

15 comments:

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Very nice assortment, but I'm wondering how you know who sent it? Did you do a little detective work? It's so much fun seeing what everyone is receiving as I make the rounds. I'm still trying to figure out who sent my package. Do you know anyone in Colorado?

Coloradolady said...

Oh. Sue. What fantastic gifts! Your tags are so sweet too!! I bet it was a lot of fun opening up those packages!! Merry Christmas!

Neabear said...

I am glad you like the tag! The tree part is from an old Christmas card. I have saved Christmas cards and trimmed them down to the part I would like to use. Discovered they are great to add to tags! I need to do my post. Loved the tag you sent me too. I have it hanging in my kitchen right now!

~Linnea

DearHelenHartman said...

So cute! The tags are terrific too.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What great gifts and tags! I have been super busy but I'm trying to slow down a little and 'enjoy' the season. hugs, Linda

C. Joy said...

How do you know? Just enough clues or did you have her fingerprints checked? Just being silly, I'm trying to figure out who mine is - I have an idea (she's left a clue or two). At the same time I know there are clues in my box to help my SSS figure out it's me... This is fun, isn't it?

Denise :) said...

What a sweet Secret Santa you have! How did you figure out who it was?!? :)

LV said...

I finally got my box mailed. Trust the person receiving it likes it as much as you did. No doubt they follow your blog, to found so much to your liking. I like surprises.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I got my card from Hope in the UK yesterday and again I forgot to take a picture of the ones I sent her

Janice

Susie said...

Wonderful gifts from your Secret Santa! Someone was paying attention to who you are! It has been so much fun. I just received my gift and I can't wait to take pictures and blog about it.

Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

Betsy said...

The tags are so cute! I think I'm missing out on a lot of fun. Maybe that will be one of my New Year's resolutions to join one of the swaps I see!

Cathy said...

Great gifts A+ to your SS.

Cathy said...

Great gifts and I love those tags.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I will be posting on today's Rednesday post

Also I want to say thank you for doing this all year long and having the swaps, I have really enjoyed them

Merry Christmas

Janice

Susan said...

It looks like you did well in both swaps!