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on: December 05, 2011 05:01:32 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by A2K
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I RECEIVED!  Yes, I am shouting!!!!!!!!!!!  Grin  I am so spoiled!  Prepare yourselves for picture overload!

My secret santa wrapped everything up in pretty brown paper, tied with some of LXM's handspun:
(Each package sported a unique trim)

An angel (like my secret santa), birdies (there is another, tiny chirper as well).  And felty green leaves.  
The angel ornament was made in my SS's home town!  
The first package I opened contained this beautiful cross stitch cardinal cup sleeve.

 It was wrapped around this yummy box of chocolate covered sunflower seeds (and other goodies).  

The next package I opened contained three rather unique items:  
A woven wool brooch from Ireland:
 A travel wash and sew kit:  Hilariously cute with button shaped soaps!!!!!!!  
And this funny "Fidgit for your digit"  thing:    I'll let you know if I get any pain relief!  Cheesy  

The next package I opened contained THE CUTEST TEA COZY EVER!  
This is not a great picture of it!  It's a masterpiece of fiber arts!  The body is knitted and contains some of lxm's handspun for the roof.  It has a round door and window (crocheted!) and needle felted garden all around!  It is straight from my pinterest and I love it!  There was a tin of English Breakfast tea (my fave) in a classic double decker bus tin!  I think I will turn this into a pin cushion when I finish the tea, even though it has a slot on top for a bank.  We'll see!  

And finally, I opened a beautiful tea cup and saucer from my SS's collection, filled with a bees wax candle. I am a lover of all things tea and have a collection of tea cups myself (as well as teapots, but let's not go there!).  My SS said one must always be ready for a tea party!  I couldn't agree more!  

Here are some "action" shots!  Grin  
(My teapot, being cozied!  I will try to get a good pic of this tomorrow when there is daylight! -- Oh wait, I leave in the dark and come home in the dark -- never fear, I will get a shot and post it soon!)

Can you guess who my SS is?  (I knew as soon as I saw the tape on the box as I had seen that tape before!  If there had been anyone hanging around my snowy porch, they would have heard me exclaiming with excitement!!!)

Thank you, Secret Santa!  This package made me feel special!  Mwahhhh!
on: November 25, 2011 06:39:22 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by greybird
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My secret santa did a fabulous job stalking me and finding out all my likes!   In case you are wondering about Mikey, this is what the card said about him:

A wee bit of info about your holiday monster minion.  His name is Mikey.  Mischief is his middle name.  Having said that, as long as you limit his sugar intake, he is pretty helpful around the house.  He loves to wrap presents and bake cookies.  If you really need him to lick stamps, he can do that too.   Smiley  I hope you will have fun with Mikey! 
PS  He does not like being inside a washer or dryer!!!


Mikey is 7 inches tall from tip of horn to toe which helps to know to determine the scale of things in the photos.  Here to help with everything is Mikey.  Wink   So let's get on to the presents!   Cheesy

The first thing I opened was this bag!

So cute with all the little birds!  And the lining fabric is lovely and the perfect shade of aqua blue.   Cheesy  And its made out of a lovely soft natural fabric and so big and roomy!   

A stack of seven beautifully knitted washcloths!!    Yes!  I always want more washcloths and white ones at that!   I definitely prefer hand knit washcloths over store bought ones!   Very good stalking, secret santa!   Cheesy   

European Chocolate! 

This is awesome!  I've never heard of this until today and so the hubby and I opened it and sampled it and it is heavenly.   Thank you!   Cheesy

An adorable birdie necklace!  This is so pretty, thank you!  I love the color you picked for him, it makes me think of a cardinal.   Smiley

Beautiful bird note cards!  These are lovely and just my style!   Cheesy 

And owl bunting!!!  So cute!!!   I've been wanting one of these for a while.   Sorry for the slightly out of focus picture.  I was trying to get all the owls in frame.  I'm going to find a place to put these up this weekend.  Cheesy 
Thank you!!! 

Pretty pretty fiber!   All hand dyed.  Cheesy  There is a merino, a BFL and the ball is domestic wool.   Thank you, secret santa!  I love fiber!!!   Cheesy 

And Mikey is showing off the beautifully handspun and hand dyed yarn!  This was such a treat to find when I opened it.  Cheesy  Thank you so much!!!   Cheesy

Everything is so beautifully made and done with such thoughtfulness and attention to detail.  I love and appreciate every single thingl!!  Thank you so very much, secret santa!!!    Kiss
on: December 03, 2011 10:10:02 AM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by Sansa
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Awesome counters. Yay.


These are so cool.

Hunger games charm bracelets for my dd. It's her newest thing.  Grin

A wholes set of Sakura themed jewelery, which I adore.

Another beautiful pendant

The Piece de resistance, this has been wisted forever.

There is one more item but that will probably give it away for sure, so I will post it later.

Thank you tomy sneaky Secret Santa. I love it all.
on: December 08, 2011 08:08:25 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by ptarmic wumpus
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One more package to guess at! I finally rescued my package from the management office:

Feline assistants help to open the box o goodies!

Pile of presents!

Kahlua helps to unwrap (actually, he just has a thing for ribbons)

Cute little tardis! This will be going on my tree as soon as I get one!

Linen kitchen towels with painted ferns, perfect!

A lovely wreath with felt flowers for my door:

And a big Cthulhu buddy! Love his curly tentacles!

There is even a present for my cats:

Kahlua has already christened these with drool...

Thanks so much, secret santa swapper!!  Kiss
Can anyone guess who they are?  Wink
on: November 26, 2011 11:31:15 AM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by loves2experiment
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Ready for more pictures of the goodies I received from my super secret santa?
Well, I must say that she's a nifty ninja stalker and brilliant crafter...everything she made for me is p-e-r-f-e-c-t!  Shocked

A patchwork purse!  I adore all things patchwork and I love purses.  This is so well made.  I will have the best purse come Spring 2012!

My secret santa knows that I'm a nerd by trade, so she sent me a couple of cute chemistry-themed fabrics from Spoonflower.  Nerdelicious!

And this was what smelled so divine when I first opened the box...lavender scented felted soaps!  I'm partial to anything lavender...and did I mention that this smells soooo good?

A gorgeous wet felted scarf that is dyed in gorgeous hues!  I can't wait for the weather to get cold enough for scarves because this will be a favourite this winter Smiley

Pretty nesting fabric boxes!  I've been wanting to make some for myself...oh, for the longest time Tongue  I'm stoked that someone finally made these for me.  They will be wonderful for storing WIPs in my craftroom Cheesy

A trio of well-detailed, dimunitive felted houses that are just perfect in every way...I love them!

Fiber! Fiber! Fiber!  Rovings dyed with natural dyes (walnut, brazilwood and weld).  The colours are amazing!

And last but not least, choccies and the wonderful resist-dyed cotton fabrics and trims that were used to wrap some of the goodies (which I intend to save and re-use or sew something cool with) Smiley

on: November 29, 2011 08:05:10 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by alteredmommy
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I've been feeling under the weather the past couple of days so what could be better medicine than to tear open some shiny packages!  Wow secret STS santa, you have sent me a ton of awesome!!   Please excuse my pictures, the winter light is not so awesome these days...
First I opened the cutest trio of crochet ornaments, a Jack skelly, a cute gnome and a heart

Then a fabulous green leafy scarf and some anatomical heart magnets!

Awesome scrappy, sparkly leggings (I am wearing them still, so warm!) and a gorgeous apron!

There was also a bag of Lindor truffles....was Wink  Thank you so much for the wonderful goodies Secret Santa....now I know who you are and you know who you are, how about the rest of you!?!
on: December 03, 2011 04:09:40 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by underthemountain
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Hehe, you guys are good.  I was Sansa's SS.  Smiley  The stitch markers were straight off of Kate's wists.  You use the ring with the right row number on it to keep track.  There are 2 of each ring size so that you can go up to 99 rows with either small or large needles.  Smiley I had lots of fun crafting for her...so many fun things to try.  Smiley

ORB, I have no guess, but I love that lace banner.  

Ok, time for you guys to guess my SS.  We were ROYALLY spoiled by our SS.  Here are some shots of delight as Lana opened our gifts.  Smiley

Lana loves her goodies!!  Smiley  She started with the tinest package and was delighted to received this awesome little bear.  

The next one had his daddy.  Lana thought the other soft package was the mommy.  I was wondering what it was when she squealed.  Turns out it was Totoro mitts.  Smiley

Lana made a bed for the bears (recycled from part of the wrapping) and I wanted to show you a closeup of the beautiful mittens!!

There were wonderful goodies for me too!
A lovely knitted hoodie for Nara!  The colors are soo beautiful!  Nara wants to give you a big hug!!  Thank you SS!!!  

2 wonderful amigurumi books.  Eek!!  I feel so spoiled!!!  I can't wait to start on the kitty!!

And lastly this wonderful sentiment!

I can't tell you how happy you've made us Secret Santa!!!  Thank you and happy holidays!!!  Smiley
on: November 29, 2011 10:11:33 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by nilmerg
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I recieved my secret santa a couple of days ago, and since you had all opened yours, I decided to open up too!!!!
Here are the wrapped goodies:

First I opened the smaller gifts:

They were some 2.5" squares for my i_spy quilt and a leaf bookmark (I read all the time, but I have a terrible habbit of loosing bookmarks!
Then I opened a big one:

I have a huge hoopla wall , so it is great to add another. My secret santa is not usually a hoopla participant so she wasn't sure how to finish the hoop, but I don't mind as I might steel the cool green hoop as my working hoop and put on a simpler wooden hoop!
Then came my absolute favourite:

A hoopla project bag. I've already used it on a recent outing with the family. The design on top is embroidered and is inspire by my pintrest too  Grin

Mrs Santa included the hoop, and I have my scissors and threads already stored in there.
And the back so you can see the great blue and yellow material she selected.

Also hidden inside the hoopla project bag were 2 more packages containing the buttons and the cool insect buttons that are pictured above.

Thank you so much to my secret santa. Can you guess who made all this?
on: December 05, 2011 06:25:55 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by xladyluckx
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Get ready to drool....got the MOST WONDERFUL package from A2K!!!! Sorry for the delay in posting these up, been a bit of a rough week with my allergies. One thing I don't do well is knit, so I have a huge appreciation for the level of awesome and skill here..see below! Thank you so much for a beautiful package!!!

Beautifully wrapped with a useable belt as the ribbon! Genius!!!

So stoked beyond words...a felted skull purse!!!

Detail of the skull and design...soooo cool!

Inside View of the purse!!!

Matching zippered bag with a notepad!!!

Adorable felt snowman ornament!

She also sent a rad travel coffee mug with a skull on it! I took it to work, and still need to take a pic!!! It's in use!! lol. Thank you so much A2K, you rule!!!!!!!
on: December 03, 2011 02:24:02 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by oneredboot
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I just received a wonderful package from my Secret Santa! 

Here's a shot of everything, including some fun extras, a tree-shaped cookie cutter and patterned journal! 

A LOVELY garland made from vintage doilies!  This has been on my wist forever and I was so delighted with this!  This one is going up in the living room this weekend!

Front and back of a patchwork bag--I love the neutral colors!

...And two great little fabric bins with vintage doilies, and a super-cut mug rug!  This little mini-quilt is so well-made.  What talent!  Smiley

This is all very much my style--Thank you so much, Secret Santa!!  *wink*wink*   I'll post later about who it is (you know who you are!), but for now, any ideas who it might be??
on: December 11, 2011 05:25:55 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by A2K
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Here are some better shots of my tea cozy from AM!  I just love this!

These shots give you the true colors involved.  I had to photograph a couple of my favorite pots, too!  Cheesy
on: December 08, 2011 12:11:31 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by craftaddiction
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Here are the pictures of what my secret santa sent. I won't put who my secret Santa is incase anyone wants to guess. I can't believe how much she sent.

A cowl, fingerless gloves, a scarf, note cards, dishcloths, sachets (smells amazing) and some vintage aprons.

A hoopla and 2 towels (already in use)

The quality of work on everything is amazing.

on: December 03, 2011 10:03:14 AM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by Sansa
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on: November 07, 2011 03:12:34 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by ptarmic wumpus
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Post your loot here! Please do not reveal your secret sender until Dec 1 or later.

Signup thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391216.0

blue : sent
green : received
red : bad! contact organizers asap!


atusko's group:
Crafty Vixen Ho! Ho! Ho! -> Christmas Cracker -> Cindy Lou Who am I? -> Susie SewFlake -> Ms. Craftina Kringle -> Figgy Pudding -> Crafty Vixen Ho! Ho! Ho!

ptarmic wumpus' group:
Undercover Elf -> Santa's Stockings -> Mrs Claus -> HoHoHoMerryCrafty -> Christmas Stockinette -> Undercover Elf


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on: November 22, 2011 03:58:48 PM 
Started by ptarmic wumpus, Message by alteredmommy
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I'm trying hard not to open before Dec 1....but had to at least free my packages from their postal wrappings.  in case they needed to breathe or something Cheesy

Shiny!!  with some selvedges in the front (thank you partner, I can definitely use those!)

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