Parcels in the Post

I posted my Holiday swap parcel this week, it’s heading off to Spain and I’m hoping the  recipient will enjoy the contents as much as I enjoyed putting her parcel together. I love getting “real” mail and this time of year I don’t need any excuse to rootle through my address book and write cards and letters to far away friends. Luckily lots of you feel the same and Emma and I have been thrilled how many of you have joined our Handmade Holiday Swap. I took a look at Dawn’s blog today and was quite overcome by the gorgeous things she has made for her swap partner Heike.

I have spent most of today baking and cooking in preparation for a night in with “The Girls”, I can’t think of a nicer way to spend my time than creating beautiful things for others and I hope the ladies appreciate the goats cheese tarts, venison casserole and creme brulee!

I’ll share the recipes with you later this week, at the moment I’m struggling to type on the teeny tiny keyboard of my Samsung notebook as my lovely laptop (bought a few many years ago for my 40th Birthday!) has finally given up the ghost!

Oh – and 1st December means  I can finally open the first door of my advent calendar. The teen has her chocolate filled felt number (complete with mouse nibbled edges due to an attic invasion), but for me you can’t beat the excitement of a tiny picture hiding behind a numbered door!

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  1. heikeknits

     /  December 1, 2011

    Your gifts look lovely in their pretty paper and will you let us see what is inside? Wish I was coming to your girls night in as those nibbles look delicious. Dawns parcel blew me away!!!! and I just hope she likes hers when it arrives hopefully tomorrow. See you soon I hope x

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  2. Tracey Todhunter

     /  December 1, 2011

    I’ll show you what’s inside in a day or two, just want to be sure Charlotte won’t be peeking! I rarely need an excuse to bake and you’d be welcome here any time :) Thank you for taking part in the swap. T xx

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  3. Please send me any leftovers – what a delicious menu!! Look forward to seeing what is in the parcels. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to take part, but I just had too much on the go making stuff for my sales table.

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  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  December 1, 2011

    I loved reading about what you made for the fair, really inspired me to make and create a real handmade Christmas this year.

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  5. Ali

     /  December 2, 2011

    OOh how exciting!! can’t believe its December already! Your parcels look fun!
    Cool advent calendar! Your cooking sounds yummy too! Looking forward to seeing the contents of all the parcels that are flying around the world!!
    Ali x

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