Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas cracker swap

A couple of months ago I entered into a Christmas Cracker swap organised by Tracy at Mad about Bags and my partner was Kimberley at A Creative Chaos  who lives in New Zealand. We exchanged a couple of emails and found out a bit about each other and today my cracker arrived!

All wrapped up in some pretty seasonal fabric

Unwrapped - these were three long strips of fabric - ideal for quilting

Some beautiful ribbon and braid

The felt star was made by Kimberley and now takes pride of place on my tree

 I just love these cute little note cards and envelopes

Look at how tiny they are

A pen and some tubes of glitter

Candy canes and chocolate Santas
(Only three left as Leo spotted them!)

A Kiwi cross-stitch kit

Kimberley tells me this Puteko decoration is one of New Zealand's native birds

A hand knitted dish-cloth
(I've been so wanting one of these as I see them on lots of blogs)

Also in the parcel were a selection of Postcards from New Zealand showing some pretty beauty spots and natural wildlife - a lovely idea and wished I'd thought of that too.

Thank you so much Kimberley I've really enjoyed this swap and hope that any day now your cracker from me will arrive on your doorstep. Many thanks to Tracy for organising this swap - such a fun thing at this time of year.

See you soon x


  1. What a nice swap! You got some beautiful, distinctive things. I hope you have a lovely, peaceful holiday, Patricia.

  2. What a great idea and nice that she chose some typically NZ bit and pieces. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and wish you well for the new year.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the swap, what a lovely lot of goodies kimberley sent you. Thanks for taking part x

  4. Wow Patricia, what a lovely cracker to arrive on your doorstep.

  5. What a lovely gift - full of pretty surprises. New Zealand is a beautiful country. I spent two months on a camping holiday there. I think there is a little bit of a lot of different countries encompassed in those two main islands!
    Maybe you will visit one day!
    Happy days.

  6. Patricia, what a wonderful gift you received! I especially love Candy canes and chocolate Santas, as your Leo! These strips of fabric are pretty and I can't wait to see your new creature.
    How nice to have friends in different countries, Merry Christmas!

  7. A really special gift parcel from Kimberley and a lovely idea to swap 'Christmas crackers' organised by Tracy.
    Wishing you a very peaceful Christmas, Patricia.

  8. What a lovely parcel to receive. Lots of gorgeous things. Hope you enjoy them. :)

  9. What a great idea! Christmas crackers aren't as popular in Canada as they are in the UK. Some people do them, but not many. I think they are a fun tradition, and I love your "swap crackers." Merry Christmas!

  10. what a lovely parcel to receive, I love those tiny notecards too!

  11. So glad you love everything. The bird is a Pukeko :) Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2014!

  12. A really lovely idea, and what a beautiful selection you have received from New Zealand. I bought one of those kiwi cross-stitch book-marks when we went to NZ 3 years ago, and I love it for the memories it evokes. Wishing you all the joys and blessings of Christmas, Patricia. xx

  13. Great Idea Patricia.
    lots of lovely things you have recieved from N.Z.
    I would like to wish you and your family a very Blessed Christmas Patricia.
    Thank you for all your lovely comments left through this year. We have all made special friends. Blogging has added a complete new dimension to my life.
    Sending big hugs.. with love..
    Merry christmas..
    val x x x x

  14. What lovely swaps Patricia. I think its lovely swapping with someone from another country as you get different things and ideas. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas XX

  15. That must have been a big cracker to have all those lovely gifts in........xx

  16. Hi Patricia, what a lovely package . . . I really like that little Puteko ornament. How nice to exchange a little tradition for one country to another. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, your blogging sister, Connie :)


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