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Christmas Swap – the gifts


Two weeks ago (although it feels a lot longer) I showed you some wrapped up presents that were about to be posted for the Christmas Swap.


I had an email from Julie a few days ago to say that she had picked up two parcels from her neighbours – the one I’d sent her, and the one she’d sent me! Hers must have got lost in the post and was sent back to her. It’s back in the post and will hopefully arrive some time this week – I’ll let you know!

But now that Julie’s opened the gifts it’s safe to show you what I sent. There were a few rules I had to follow:

  • You should send your swap partner a minimum of three items, a maximum of five. 
  • There is a maximum spend of £12 or the equivalent in your local currency.
  • At least one item – though more if you can – should be second hand, and  sourced from a charity shop, car boot sale, jumble, estate sale, eBay or similar.
  • At least one item should be handmade. If you are not crafty yourself, it’s fine to provide a handmade item that someone else has toiled over instead.
  • And this time, one item MUST relate to a Christmas carol or song. How you interpret this is up to you! 

So, bearing those rules in mind, here are the gifts I gathered and the labels on each parcel:


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

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I didn’t actually make the bells (I’ll bet you’re surprised about that!) but I decorated them with ribbons and added the rustic looking string.


In the lane snow is glistening




 The pattern for these beautiful snowflakes was written by Jane (aka Rainbow Junkie). I loved how they turned out. I added a chain across the top to make them into a garland. Pretty!



A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight


This was a rather tenuous link, but I liked the candle and wanted to include it. And I do think that candles are very pretty to look at (and this one smelled delicious too!) – does that seem like a good enough reason to include it?!

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

 This was the gift that included an element of second-handedness. I found the frame in a charity shop and started by pulling it all apart.


I took out the original picture and cleaned up the glass.  Then I added some background paper and a paper snowflake I’d made out of the page of a book. (I actually got a bit carried away with these snowflakes and ended up with about 20 – they’re so easy to make and look great all covered in writing!)


It was only as I uploaded the  photos that I realised there is a reflection of me taking the picture in the glass – oops!

I had a lot of fun making these gifts and Julie said she likes them too – success!