Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Checking In & Christmas Mail!


It's OK!! You can call off the search parties! I'm not lost or MIA ... just flat out trying to meet a deadline and juggling all of the pre-Christmas busy-ness ... you know ... the same thing EVERYONE is doing at this time of year! :0) So I thought I'd just better check in with you all so you know I'm still here and reading about your exploits via RSS Feeds and a few quick blog hops, even if I haven't had time to leave comments.

Now, I can't show you photos of the project I've been working on with the deadline, but I CAN tell you it's a bit exciting, as it is a project to be published in "Handmade" magazine in the new year. We really are spoilt here in Australia with such wonderful craft/quilting/stitching magazines on offer! I've been hard at work in my sewing room to meet my Friday deadline and this afternoon got stuck in to tackle my "FAVOURITE" part of designing (NOT!!) the instruction writing. So, I'm on the home stretch and hope to get back to my Christmas stitching on the weekend ... AND catch up with all my blogging buddies, of course!! :0)

And while I've been slaving away in the sewing room, my postie has been making a few stops at my front steps to deliver yummy Christmas parcels - I've been VERY spoilt!! Before I show you what has been winging it's way to me, I'll confess that all Christmas gifties are being opened immediately and not kept until Christmas ... but I have a REALLY good excuse ... err ... I mean ... reason!! We're going away to the beach for Christmas (the house-sitter/dog-sitter is booked!!!) and since we only have a little two-door Ford Festiva hatchback ... there is NOT going to be much room to pack, so any gifties that arrive before we go will be opened, 'ooh-ed' and 'aaah-ed' over and the givers thanked. That's MY story and I'm sticking to it! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Right ... the first surprise to arrive via the postie's usual gentle delivery ... NOT! ... was from Deb. Do you remember in the middle of winter when I was complaining about being cold? (with 40 degrees recorded here today, that seems a loooong time ago!!) I commented that my fingers were a bit frosty when typing and perhaps I needed to find some rainbow coloured fingerless gloves. Well ... the Lovely Lilly Linda sent me a lovely blue pair of fingerless gloves that helped keep my fingers warm and now ...


I have a RAINBOW pair as well to keep my fingers warm! Thanks Deb! Aren't they lovely and cheerful!! Now, even on the cloudiest, coldest day, I'll have a rainbow ... and toasty warm fingers! Tee! Hee! Hee!

The second parcel to arrive was a bit exciting too, as it had this sticker on it ...


Ooooooohhhh!! I was pretty sure it had to be my SSCS parcel!!! How exciting!! It was from Shiree in New Zealand! And when I opened it up I found ...


Ooooohh!! How spoilt am I!! A wonderful little bag with a Christmas bear stitchery that I'm going to use as a pretty storage spot for all my gifting bits that get lost - sticky tape, ribbon, gift tags, Christmas Cards etc - so that whenever I go to wrap a giftie ... I know where everything is, in it's pretty bag! And there was a gorgeous Christmas cushion/hanger with a couple of angels - must be Shiree and me! Does one have a slipped halo - that would be ME! :0) And I don't know if you can see it well in the photo, but Shiree also popped in a cute "Noel" Christmas tree ornament that looks like it was made from candy canes. Thank you so much Shiree!! I feel very spoilt indeed!

Now, there was a couple of funny things happen to Shiree and I during our SSCS venture. The first happened when Swap-Mama Chookyblue first sent out the names of our swap partners. Shiree thought she'd try to trick and tease me a little by sending an email under a different name ... but my email program recognised her address from where we'd emailed each other during the OPAM Challenge sign up etc and it TOLD me it was from KiwiShiree! Tee! Hee! Hee! THEN ... poor Shiree had a little hiccup in her very organised plans to get swap gifts out on time while in the middle of moving house. She was incredibly organised and had all swap gifties ready well before their due postage dates, then somehow, they accidentally got put into one of the boxes packed for their big move! OOPS! After frantic searching failed to reveal the whereabouts of said packaged, poor Shiree then had to RE-DO all her gifties!! So, she really does deserve an extra pat on the back, I think. The funny part is ... when I was doing my blog hopping to collect the end of month finishes for the OPAM Challenge last month, I read the post on Shiree's blog where she explained that her swap gifties had been misplaced ... not thinking that it involved me at all! :0) So I hope your swap partner spoils you rotten, Shiree - at least you'll have a head start on NEXT YEAR's Christmas swaps! Tee! Hee! Hee!

OK ... so that was really the only parcel I was expecting before Christmas, so imagine my surprise when the postie dropped off ANOTHER parcel TODAY!! Hmmm ... what could it be. Well, in the words of the Playschool song ... "There's a BEAR in there ...


And what a GORGEOUS little bear it was too!! This little cutey is from Toni at the Red Boot Quilt Co. We chat back and forth and, since we're both designers, encourage each other through the instruction-writing phase of designing! :0) (Hmmm ... is there ANY designer out there who actually doesn't mind the instruction writing phase, I wonder?!?!) Now Toni has been showing photos of her lovely little bears for a while now and I've commented on how darn cute they are ... and now she's sent me one of my very own!! I really AM spoilt, aren't I!! And she knows me too well, since she's chosen some yummy red and white spot flannel to make this cuddly character from. And look at his lovely little snowflake buttons - bet he's wishing for a bit of snow to cool him down in our heatwave weather. I've decided to call my new little critter "Cranbeary" for a few reasons. One ... he's the colour of cranberries. Two ... Cranberries are a perfect match with Christmas turkey and he's arrived just in time for Christmas. And three ... Cranberries are sweet and I looooooove them in a fresh salad and "Cranbeary" is sweet and ...well ... I won't be putting him in a salad, now, will I, that would just be silly! Tee! Hee! Hee! Thank you Toni!!

PHEW!! Now that I've let you know that I'm not MIA and how spoilt I've been, I think I'm going to go and find a nice, cool, icy glass of something refreshing. Hope you're having a great week and feeling spoilt too! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

13 comments:

Debbie Lane said...

What can I say? I saw the gloves and thought of you...Unfortunately for Scott, Phil saw his gifties and thought of him, so I have no explanation for them! I do believe u are getting VERY spoilt, but since u deserve it, I have only best wishes for you in that regard! We will be away for Christmas too...hopefully I can catch u b4 then to do a Merry Christmas catch-up.:-)

Tim said...

Hi Kris, oooh I just love Cranbeary bear, he is soooo cute! and I'd be right in thinking that you don't really need the toe or finger warmers right now, but I am sure you will put them to good use in the winter time! Have fun on your holiday, and Merry Christmas to you and Geek Boy!

Tim said...

Hi Kris, Tim didn't say anything (altho I am sure he would wish you Happy Holidays also, I just jumped on the lappie and forgot that Tim was logged on! Shiree

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hey Kris,
How spoilt are you!
Ah, you deserve all those special gifts.
I like your excuse about opening your pressies early, yep I'd be sticking to that one to.
Looking forward to seeing your surprise in Handmade.
Hugs,
Anna

Janice said...

You are having a lovely lead up to Christmas with all those beautiful gifts. I felt so much for Shiree when I read of her dilemma on her blog. How exciting to be published in Handmade next year. You're becoming a regular. Keep cool.

Judy S. said...

Gosh, Kris, your postman must have a well-beaten path to your door! Love the polkadotted bear. Glad you're not MIA; it is a busy time of year though, isn't it?

Kerryanne English said...

What a lovely week you are having Kris. All those gorgeous gifties!!

I want a photo of you wearing Deb's fingerless gloves - just those beautiful bright colours would warm you up.

Hope you are being good and writing up the 'destructions'.
Hugs & jugs,
Kerryanne

ittybittyandpretty said...

i am always amazed that someone so talented and featured in magazines talks to me! lovely gifts you have received, lucky gal
xxrosey

toni said...

You're so very welcome Kris, you've been so kind and supportive. xxx

Mistea said...

Well I gotta love your Cranbeary - lucky he didn't get misplaced in his travels! You have received some lovely gifties - I just say I can't be trusted to wait until Christmas - no further excuses needed. Enjoy the beach - you'll need all that water to keep cool. Have a good one! Oh and I got my Homespun today and you were smiling out from the pages there, too.

sandra said...

Hi, I'm Sandra, one of your SSCS partners... I was worried that you might have not received my e-mail thanking you the gorgeous angels you sent to me and the main gift to be open on 25 Dec... Well, if not, thank you for being my partner and for doing nice gifts for me. I also thank you the nice comment you left on my blog! I can see that you have also received lovely gifts!
Hugs for you and "teddies"!
Thanks again!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hi Kris, love your bear...so cute...good luck with the pattern writing...bit tricky....look forward to checking out what you have made for Handmade..hugs lyn

Maria said...

Hi Kris. Thanks for the nice gift! I immediately wanted to sew Santa Claus, but considered that it is almost Christmas, I would rather sew my Christmas gifts first! Hugs Maria

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