"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Friday, December 31, 2010

An apron swap, and a farewell....

My partner in Fee's Advent Swap was Carol from the wonderfully talented Narromine Quilters group
I've shown you previously the wonderful gifts Carol sent me through the days of Advent, but today I want to show you the *big* gift Carol made for me. I opened it on Christmas Eve night...
 
I was so blessed by Carol, and I am sure you can see why! Such pretty, perfectly stitched blocks, and all bordered with my favourite fabric range of all time - Rural Jardin. Carol - you know me so well!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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These are some of the things I gave Carol over the 25 days of Advent...
 
 
...and this is the main gift I made her that she opened on Christmas Day. :-)
A pincushion, needlebook, and wrist cushion from this pattern by Janelle Wind.
I used some lovely Verna fabrics. 
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Another bit of fun this Christmas was the apron swap between my sweet Gum Tree Designer sisters!
Joy, Fee, Dawn, Vicki, Judith, Vikki & I all had our names drawn out of a hat by Blossom for partners, and a deadline was set for the aprons to be made and posted. You saw the gorgeous apron Fee made me HERE, and now I can show you the apron I made for Joy!
Here she is modelling it for us...
We Gum Tree girls all have a nickname for each other, and I think most of you know Joy's. I stitched it on her pocket inside one of my Shabby Roses blocks. :-)
I love this photo of Joy - she really IS her name - JOY !
This swap was a special one for us girls as late this year Vikki left us in order to focus more on the needs of her family, and today Judith retires to embrace a new direction. 
Both ladies are sisters-of-our-hearts forever, and we miss their presence among us, but are blessed to call them friends always.
(Judith's farewell blog post on Gum Trees can be found HERE, and her own blog post HERE)
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It is New Years Eve here, and the house is so peaceful and quiet, just some beautiful worship music in the background. 
May God's hand be upon you this coming year, and may His love and grace bless you each and every day!
Tomorrow is a new year, and with it comes the start of new things with Elefantz.
Drop by soon to see what they will be.
God bless, and hugs!!
Jenny
xxxx

24 comments:

Dolores said...

Good health and happiness to you and yours in the coming year.

Elyte said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful year with us. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and all your family.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a fun year it has been Jenny. Wishing you a very Happy and blessed New Year!

creativedawn said...

Happy New Year, Jenny...
To you and your family...may God keep you in harmony, good health, love and happiness always.

Yes, I'll be back to see the on-goings. You can count on that!

hugz
Pam

Maria said...

What really beautiful gifts have been sent and revieved in your Advent Swap with Carol.
Thank you for sharing your lives and loves through your blog all year. I've enjoyed reading all your post.
Happy and healthy 2011 to you and all your loved ones.

Jo in TAS said...

Carol posted to me in Marie's Xmas Swap, her work is gorgeous. We have both been blessed by a sweet stitcher. Love the apron you made for Joy!
Happy New Year to you and your family
Hugs
Jo

Cyrielle Lemeunier said...

Que de superbes cadeaux pour cet échange ! Je te souhaite une bonne année.

Very wonderful gifts for this swap. I wish you a Happy New Year.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lots of gorgeous gifts Jen...Carol is one very talented lady...love what you made for Carol...Joy looks very cute in her apron....Happy New Year to you and your family Jen...I hope 2011 is a good year for you all..xx

Janice said...

Have a very Happy New Year Jenny. You have had a lot of fun with your Advent Swap. Beautiful gifts.

DIAN said...

Happy New Year Jenny.

Maree: said...

Beautiful Gift....Happy New Year Jenny.
cheers

Pam said...

Hope you have a happy and healthy new year Jenny. Thanks for all the pleasure you have brought over the past year.

T's Daily Treasures said...

A treasure trove of sweet little gift items in the advent swap. Gorgeous handmade gifts are always the best kind to give and receive. I enjoy seeing the creativity of others through blogs such as yours. Very inspiring! Happy belated anniversary. And wishes for a healthy and happy new year. Tammy

Stephanie said...

Lots of handmade goodness. Wishing you a creative, healthy, and very happy 2011.

rjbmom7 said...

Happy New Year, Jenny!

I am looking forward to stopping by and seeing what the new year brings here at your beautiful, creative blog!

AnitaS said...

I wish you a very happy New Year.

Sheila said...

Happy New Year Jenny and thanks for all you share with each of us .

Lone Jakobsen said...

Hello Sweet Jenny

Happy Newyear to You in Australia - We here in Denmark havent made it past 24.oo yet, but in about 6½ hours from now it will be 2011 here to.... The forecast for tonight here i DK is, that it's going to be wery windy outside, so that will put a stop to many people - The dont go out when the wheather is bad. Im looking very much forward to follow your lovely blog in the year to come - I hvad found a lot of joy in making your blog one of my favorits to read....
And of course all the magnificent patterns I did bye from you - lots of them are waiting still to be made - But I only have two hands though..... (smiling) wish I had four sometimes.
Happy 1 January in Australia to you all. Hope you have had a wonderfull evening.
Happy smiles from the cold Denmark
and Lone

Melody said...

God bless and hugs to you too, Jenny. Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

vernagrace said...

Thanks, Jenny, for all your words of wisdom and your inspiring works that you so love to make and share.
Happy New Year and God's blessing to you and your family!

vernagrace said...

I just noticed the time that shows on the comments is actually Australian time, It is 6:34 pm Dec 31, 2010 here in Canada, you are away ahead of us and already enjoying the new year. It is so wonderful to be able to correspond with the other side of the world and learn so much, even things like time change!! Blessings to all!!

Allie said...

Your gift from Carol is gorgeous! A blessing indeed. And I love what you made...that apron for Joy is perfect...Jenny, my prayer for you is blessings in abundance for this coming year, for good health and peace and joy. May God bless you and yours richly through His grace!

Dawn said...

Happy New year Darl... Love the new Header looks so you!... such nice gifties from Carol too... gorgeous table runner.. so nice... Joy looks fab in theat gorgeous apron you made her too.
Many Hugs Dawn x x x

alice said...

Happy New Year Jenny!!
I have loved reading your blog all through 2010 and I look forward to 2011. You really are an inspiration.
L,A-