The dreary and cold days of January are made more blessed by time with friends. They help to break the monotony of sunshine's lack and short days. Because families are so busy during the holiday season, our community quilt guild decided to hold their Christmas party in January.
Twenty-one lovely women gathered for lunch and a homemade gift exchange. Names were drawn months ago and everyone has been busy stitching or crafting something special for the one whose name they drew.
Karleen and I were no exception. She made a beautiful "house" themed table runner for her exchange partner while my crochet hook was busy with handmade dishcloths and a long, sashay scarf. I also packaged up a selection of the handmade soaps I've been mixing up this month.
We opened our gifts, one by one, with many oooooo's and awwwwww's from everyone! Such talented women! And they are so generous with their talents.
This gift is inside this beautifully embroidered gift bag. The group members with machine embroidery machines can really create some stunning things!
Someone made this little flower pin cushion. Isn't it cute?
I love the little ladybug.
A machine embroidered Christmas table runner is loved and appreciated by Judy.
Karleen received a soft and flowing infinity scarf in purple and a lovely floral table runner.
Everyone had a good time.
Sharing and conversation is always fun!
The time ended too soon. But the opportunity to spend time together added sparkle to the week! And yes, you can be sure that I added a touch of "tea" to my exchange partner's gift. An ample supply of tea in a pretty crafting mug should be serving her well for awhile. Plus, I included a book about quilting --- just so she'd have something to read while she sipped her tea.
Tomorrow I will share pictures of a few more of the items that were created and gifted at this exchange.
What happened in your world last week to give you a little "sparkle"?