Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last card of 2009

Here's my last card of 2009! My Step-Father has a birthday on the 2nd of January. The family always goes out to brunch on the 1st to celebrate both our birthdays, and I always make him a card. Here it is!

My friend Marg will recognize this card style, because  she made me a card very similar to this for my birthday! I liked it so much, I copied the style and made one for Noel. Happy Birthday Noel!

Days 10-12

Sorry this has taken so long! I dropped my camera on Christmas Day - broke the lens - unfixable - AAAAAHHHH!!!! Had to buy a new one. Took ages to figure out how to load the photos to the computer. But here we are now, and if you haven't seen these on someone else's site already, here they are!

Day 10 pressie was from Carol A. Absolutely stunning!


 Isn't this gorgeous?

Thank you Carol!

Day 11 was me, here is what I sent to everyone:

A Steampunk Christmas doll!

I hope everyone liked it!

And this is what I got from Mary-Beth

Beautiful!!! Made from a coaster. Great idea!

Thank you Mary-Beth!!

And finally, day 12, a giftie from Kristie

What could it be?

It's a Tea Book!!! This is so wonderful! I'm going to take it to school with me and use it for my lunchttime tea break! Yay!

Thank you Kristy!! 

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the 12 days of Christmas Swap. Can't wait for next year's!!

DH and I went out for my birthday (Jan 1) dinner to Red Lobster tonight. Very special for us because DD is allergic to lobster, and this is the only time we go! The meal was delicious - shrimp, crab, lobster, with scallops for the appetizer. M-m-m-! Waiting for the kids to come home from their dinner so we can have MORE shrimp!! 

I wish for everyone to have a wonderful and loving night tonight, and for an incredible 2010! Let's make this the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Days 5-9

Sorry for the delay! It's a busy time of year! So to catch up, on Day 5 I opened Kathleen's giftie:

 A beautiful little necklace - on a Scrabble tile! I love dragonflies so this is perfect!
Thank you Kathleen!

Day 6 is from Jane H:

Coasters! I love them!

Thank you Jane!

Day 7  is from Beth A:

Another tile necklace -this one has my initial! Love it!

and she used the "L" tile!

Thank you Beth!

Day 8  two for Day 8, from Linda H and Sue B!
Linda's giftie:

This cute little bag! It is a very interesting triangular shape - very cool!
I just may have to keep my change in it - perfect!

Thank you Linda!

and Sue's giftie:

an angel magnet with my initial! Awesome!! I love it!

Thank you Sue!

and today's - Day 9 - also had two gifties, from Suzanne C and Joanne R:

Suzanne's first:

a beautiful metal ornament!

Looks gorgeous on the tree!

Thank you Suzanne!

and today's last giftie is from Joanne:

Beautifully presented necklace!

the front. . .

and the back! Love it!!!!

Thank you Joanne!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 4

Here it is Day 4 already! Two to open today!

First from Wanda H:

 I love the bird stamp!
 Isn't this gorgeous? It's made from Grungepaper 
and feels like thin leather!

 Inside are these beautiful cards

 -double sided no less!
Thanks Wanda!

And the second giftie is from Daphne D:

This is so-o-o-o beautiful and soft! A cell phone/i-pod holder!

Thank you Daphne!

Day 3

Day 3 already for the ByHand Yahoo group swap! Today's giftie was from Wendy K:

A beautiful quilted beverage holder!!
This is absolutely gorgeous and will be great to hold those Starbucks cups of Cafe Americano!!

Thanks Wendy!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Again, we get 2 gifties today!  Here is the first one from Jane S:

Inside. . .

A lovely paper bag book that I can fill up with something fun! This will be fun to play with, thanks you Jane!


A giftie from Carmen G

A shaker Snowman Ornament! So cute!!

Mr. Snowman is very happy on my tree!
Thank you Carmen!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 1!

Today is day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Swap at the Byhand Yahoo group! What was really fun is that several of the gifties were doubled up this year so more people could play - more goodies for us all! So we got 2 gifts today! I forgot to take photos of the gifts before unwrapping, I will do that tomorrow - too late now!

Here is the basket, filled to the brim!
The first giftie I opened was from Ruth C

This is so beautiful! I love it, and know just where it's going to go!
Thanks Ruth!

The next one was from Judy L

Wow! A felted tree with a star - gorgeous!
Thanks Judy! 

What a great way to start the 12 Days if Christmas!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

It's Back!!

The Byhand Yahoo group is having it's annual 12 Days of Christmas Swap, and of course, I'm taking part again! Just sent my last 8 parcels out today, and 1 to my DD - it's a surprise for her - she doesn't even know it's coming!

Our tree this year, we pulled up our dingy gray shag carpet and found beautiful wood floors beneath! Makes SUCH a difference. Look to the right of the tree and you see. . .

This is the basket of Byhand gifties that have arrived so far. . .

and these went out today. I sent the first nine 2 weeks ago to the States.You'll have to wait until day 11 to see what I made!

I am ALMOST finished with my current journal, will post in a day or so as soon as it's done. Will start my NEW journal tonight, as I just finished reading The Shipping News and I need to do my page. Started reading The Nanny Diaries - I need something light hearted and fun after The Shipping news! So I will be back in a few days!