I did attend our annual sampler guild's Christmas party. It was a very nice lunch with lots of wonderful surprises. There is a general ornament exchange and a secret stitcher ornament exchange for those that participated in the year long secret stitcher program. It is on the day of the party that secret stitchers reveal who they are. One of my good friends, Marsha was my secret stitcher this year. She really sent me some wonderful things. Below is the last thing she gifted me with for December. I was floored when I opened my package and saw the chart with all the threads. Talk about being spoiled. Unfortunately a couple of my good friends could not make the Christmas party this year and were missed terribly. Marsha has some good pictures from the party here including a great picture of Linda in her Christmas headband and picture of some of us (including me on the right side on the end). Lisa also has some good pictures here and here.
The Christmas party committee had some wonderful gifts for each of us this year. We each got a stitched snowman jar with candy inside. A packet of charts, some threads and the cutest little notebook for our stitching bags. I also won one of the door prizes which contained a thread holder, some threads and a $5.00 gift certificate to Wasatch Needlecraft (a new to me online store).
I also received some wonderful gifts from my friends.
From Marsha (aka my secret stitcher) we received a cute basket, WONDERFUL smelling votive, mint tin and overdyed floss.
From Lisa (The Inspired Stitcher) we received a Whitman's tin (yes there was, key word on was, chocolate in the tin), threads and chart to make a fob and pin cushion to go inside the tin.
From Linda (my birthday buddy - we share the same birth date) I received this super stitched pillow. I just love the way it is finished.
And last but not least from Patti. Patti found these glass salt cellars in an antique shop over the summer. She stitched each of our initials (over one and very tiny) and put them into the cellar as tiny pin cushions. She even included a tiny counting pin. How amazing is that. That whole thing is probably about silver dollar size or maybe a little smaller. I just LOVE it.
I have some wonderful friends and I am surrounded by such talent. I am very proud to call them all my friends and look forward to yet another year of friendship, laughter and fun with each and everyone one of them.
Thanks for sticking it out for this long post.