Friday, 1 January 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello 2016!


I hope you have all had lovely Christmas and New Year celebrations!! We were away for Christmas visiting family on the island of Jersey which, is a Channel Island situated in the Channel between England and France.  As you can see from the photograph above, Christmas Day was a lovely day and, even if the sea was only 11 degrees centigrade there were still some brave souls swimming..... 


Including members of our extended family.....


I didn't join them..... someone needed to take the photographs!! Well that is my excuse!


We got back a couple of days ago which, is when we opened our family gifts.  Among the gifts I received were two beautiful swap gifts both from the Southern Hemisphere.  The first was this beautiful bag from Leanne.


It features a pretty embroidery panel and the bag was filled with a needle book, some lace, a mini charm pack and some lovely bits and bobs to eat and drink.


Thank you Leanne, I loved everything and shall enjoy making use of them during the course of the year.



This is the wall hanging I sent to Leanne in return and I also included a few little 'extras'.


I also received this fabulous wall hanging from Dawn




It is such a lovely design and the colours are beautiful! Dawn also included some lovely variegated threads which I shall enjoy using along with some delicious treats!


Thank you Dawn, they will all be treasured.



This is the wall hanging I sent to Dawn in return.  There were a few little 'extras' for Dawn too!


I was also lucky enough to receive a couple of other sewing related gifts.... a cross stitch pattern from my Sister in Law which I shall enjoy stitching....


and a cute personalised sewing journal from my eldest daughter so that I can record details of my projects during the coming year..... I have lots on my list to make!!


I will be continuing with the TAST Challenge when it resumes later in January and, I have also signed up for the CQJP Challenge 2016 as well as joining Katrin for the Hasenbach Challenge for the first time! It will be fun to share all the projects with you as they go along.

I wish you all well for 2016 and I hope you have lots of exciting projects ahead!!  I will share some of my other projects for 2016 another time.... this post has already been too long! 


26 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too, Christine. You received some lovely gifts. xxx

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  2. Such lovely gifts going both ways! Happy New Year!

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  3. Liebe Christine,
    schöne Geschenke hast du erhalten! Ich wünsche dir und deinen Lieben ein gesundes und kreatives neues Jahr!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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  4. Wonderful gifts you made and got! It is really fun to be in swaps! I look forward to see what you will make for the Hasenbach Challenge.
    Have a wonderful new year, hugs martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! It was fun to participate in the swaps and I am looking forward to the Hasenbach Challenge.... I have not paper pieced before! Christine x

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  5. Waving here and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
    What a lovely thing to do on Christmas Day, yes very wise - taking the pictures lol
    Some wonderful gifts there to enjoy too, lovely!

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    1. Thank you Lyn! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and my very best wishes for 2016! Christine x

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  6. Happy New Year Christine, what lovely gifts both sent and received ! Looking forward to seeing what lovely things you create this year .

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I am looking forward to some new creative challenges! Hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you! Christine x

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  7. You really raked in the goodies Christine! Happy 2016 to you!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I was very lucky with my lovely gifts! Hope 2016 is a great year for you! Christine x

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  8. Sewing themed gifts and chocolate - what more could a girl possibly want?! Happy new year!

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    1. My thoughts exactly Mary Anne! I have been very lucky! Hope 2016 is a good one for you! Christine x

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  9. How fun to get all those wonderful goodies! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I do feel extremely lucky! Hope 2016 is a good year for you! Christine x

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  10. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your exchange gifts. They are all fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I was very lucky, they were delightful gifts! Hope 2016 is a great year for you! Christine x

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  11. Happy New Year Christine, I'm so pleased you liked the gifts I made, you received some beautiful gifts in return.
    Gosh such brave souls going for swim, it looks freezing there.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I loved my gifts and will treasure them! The sea was very cold and we have some very funny photographs! Christine x

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  12. Cheers to the New Year and hopes for lots of Sewing time. Looks like you were Sew loved at Christmas time : ) Sweet treasures to brighten your 2016. Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! I was lucky to received such beautiful gifts! Best wishes for 2016! Christine x

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  13. Quite a bit different to our hot Christmas down under, but I'm sure with family and friends it was a great time. Loved my Christmas pressie from you so very much, it was a highlight under the Christmas tree.

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    1. Yes, I have often thought how different it must be to celebrate Christmas in the Summer! So glad you liked your gift I loved mine too! Christine x

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