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Monday, 4 April 2016

Catching up.....recent swaps

I do apologise to my lovely swap ladies as I am VERY behind in posting some swaps from Easter .
Delays of all sorts have been going on here...no one seems to have much oomph to go or do anything
maybe it's just the way school holidays should be . I do have lists of things to do and yet can't get motivated or stir motivation of any sort in anyone else either. Suggestions of walks on the beach have fallen on extremely deaf ears this morning, the kids even disappeared under the settee quilts to drown me out!!!! I guess it will be another  duvet day... When even the offer of ice creams etc can persuade
then I know when I am beaten !
My dear brother in law remains unwell in hospital , thank you for all your kind wishes.  He has now been moved to a hospital nearer home which helps my sister as she no longer drives and has to rely on public transport or lifts.  He is undergoing extensive physio but so far little progression, ironically the heart surgery itself has gone remarkably well.

So before I go off on another tangent here are the swaps

No 1
The country swap, by Kimberley over at Creative Chaos.I was swapping with Glenda .  A bit of kismet here. Back last year Glenda and I received a handmade ornament from each other in a Christmas anonymous swap and here we were again.  We chatted via e mail and these goodies are what I received from Glenda, all the way from New Zealand
 








A sheep tea towel, diary inserts, tea and chocies 





The tomato sauce holder made me giggle,
can't remember the last time we had a bbq here!
A beautiful bracelet, key ring, purse and hand cream
...just all so lovely


And this is what I sent
as I am a Londoner but now living in West Wales I sent a mixture ...





oops up side picture











I made this scissor fob from London theme charms






I also sent a recent cross stitch magazine, London ribbon,
Postcards, recipe books from Britain and Wales, a Welsh thimble
ribbons and pegs in red and blue and white colours
polo's and pork scratchings!


Then...
Tracy, from Mad about Bags
ran a Stationery Swap

and I was partnered with Tracy herself.

We have chatted back and forth lots of times..

we have lots and lots in common
and have been swappers in the past


This is what I sent








I hand decorated these small pouches with 
a fox pouch I made 
And some bookmarks I decorated with handmade 
Yo yos decorated with beads. 








and a collection of stationery 


And
these are the lovelies I received 
from Tracy




Cath Kidston napkins (beautiful and my favourite)
equally beautiful stationery
All very me in colours and designs








and this beauty
a handmade pouch by Tracy.
I adore it !
Tracy makes such beautiful
gifts.

oh and lots of chocolates too.

To Glenda and Tracy 
Thank you so much for being
Wonderful swap partners.xxx


I also have a Easter swap to post from
Lyn

I will post that next time
as I have only just collected the parcel 
from the Post Office.

Xx







25 comments:

  1. I do hope your brother in law continues to improve.xx

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  2. I'm glad it's not only us that's feeling like that! I said to Paul just this afternoon we really should go out tomorrow! Tomas seems happy enough playing with his Lego and drawing amongst other things. Rachel is away on holiday and Jack is busy revising. So we all seem to be content just pottering. I'm glad to hear that your brother in law's move has made things easier for your sister and I hope he starts to improve very soon. I really enjoyed our stationery swap and I'm looking or ward to using all my bits and bobs. As soon as I saw the pattern for the pencil pouch in a magazine I knew it was perfect for you for our swap. I still haven't posted about my recent swaps either, another job to add to the to do list! Thank you for a super stationery swap X

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    1. Thank you too honey. The pouch is so lovely.

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  3. Beautiful swaps. Hope your brother in law continues to improve.

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  4. you will get there .. the weather is not exactly co-operating with going out .. and they are on holiday xx Glad to hear that things are going well for the family x

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    1. Lovely day yesterday, rain and wind today..never a dull moment weather wise here.xx

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  5. ooOoo! You and the Little Miss must be having loads of fun with your swap items!

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    1. We do love swaps ..they are very addictive and meeting lovely ladies is always wonderful too

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  6. fabulous swap items - I'm pretty sure every house in New Zealand has a tomato sauce bottle like that! Adore the pencil case from Tracy. Thoughts to you with your BIL - must be so much easier for your sister. x

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    1. Thank you honey, Tracy is such a gifted sewer.

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  7. Have a duvet day and when its raining they will want to play in the puddles, its been lovely weather this week so far I do hope they decide a trip to the beach is on the cards, nice swaps :-)

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    1. Shame we shame the weather has turned today but it has been lovely. Raining hard here at the moment so no beach today.

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  8. Beautiful swap gifts, both given and received. A trip to the beach always lifts my spirits even though the weather is chilly

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    1. Thank you Sheryl, been a sunny week but raining and windy today

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  9. Lovely SWAP gifts Dorothy!!
    My partner in Creative Chaos Easter SWAP was Sarah from New Zealand too.
    HUgs and kisses
    Pilar

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    1. It was a lovely swap and fun dear Pilar.xx

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  10. Lovely SWAP gifts Dorothy!!
    My partner in Creative Chaos Easter SWAP was Sarah from New Zealand too.
    HUgs and kisses
    Pilar

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  11. What great swap gifts you sent and received. I love duvet days, but we haven't managed one this holiday yet. 😬
    Enjoy the rest of the Easter break. Hugs xxx

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    1. You too honey, can't believe it is Wednesday already..this break is going too fast. Xx

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  12. You are a really great swap partner sending such lovely things!!! You received gorgeous things too! Glad you have enjoyed! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, I do love swaps, they certainly spread a lot of happiness and new friendships.xx

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  13. My goodness, Maria - what lovely, thoughtful gifts - given and received. I do hope your BIL is better soon. Hugs from the other side of the pond.
    xxx

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    1. Thank you Kim. BIL is still in hospital and still little progress but he is a trooper bless him.xxx

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