Wednesday, November 19, 2014

T'was The Night Hop

T'Was The Night......
 
 
Welcome!  Hasn't this been the best hop ever!?  We were to make quick holiday gifts.... gifts that could be made in an afternoon, an evening.... whatever.... only requiring a few hours.  And then we passed those gifts along to an assigned fellow blogger.  I will be showing you what I sent to my swap buddy in a future post.  Today, I will show you the lovelies that I received!!
 
But before the great reveal, I want to thank Marlene of Stitchin By The Lake for organizing all of the participants in this fun hop.  Not only did she have the regular blog hostess duties, she had to coordinate all of us so that we knew who we'd be sending our gifts to and who we would be receiving our gifts from.  Talk about making a list and checking it twice!  (Santa, watch out..... you have some serious competition!)  Thanks, Marlene!
 
And of course, our faithful blog hop coordinator, the mastermind behind all of these blog hops, Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, must also be thanked for her dedication and great hop ideas.  Thanks, Madame Samm!
 
I'm so glad to have you stop by for a visit and see the wonderful goodies that I received.  I have to tell you that I was thrilled with everything that I received.  My wonderful swap buddy was Katherine of Sew Me Something Good.  (I'm thinking she should call it Sew Me Something GREAT!!)
 
The Sarducci's were happy to help with the photo shoot, beginning with the arrival of the little box.  Oh, how true it is that good (great) things come in small packages!
   
 
 
 Here's Hank and Earl, taking out each of the lovely treasures.
 
 
This is a shot of all of my wonderful, delightful, well made gifts.  I just feel so blessed to have been the recipient of these treasures. 
 
 
I'll start with the first little goodie, a handmade gift card.  Can you see that it reads "Meowy Christmas?"  Katherine had written to me, asking a few questions about my likes and dislikes.  Naturally, I mentioned that I was very fond of cats.  My sweet Oliver passed away a few months ago and Katherine chose this wonderful, orange colored cat fabric, the same color as Oliver.  She fussy cut the little cat and put him on the card front. 

 
Next up is a wonderful little drawstring bag.  It's just the best size for carrying so many things.  It's large enough to be useful, yet not so large that it's immense.  Yeah... it's just the perfect size!

 
Now I have a sweet pin cushion to show you.  Don't you love those fussy cut cats?!  She also put a covered button in the center.  Perfect, again!  Yes, I'm going to use the word "perfect" many times as it says it best!

 
And the backside of the pincushion with another fussy cut cat to cover the center button.  And this is what?.... Yes, perfect!

 
Katherine also made the detailed little needle book.  Another fussy cut cat graces the cover and a snap closes the book. Yes, it's a snap with a button look.

 
The next few shots are to try and show the middle of the book and all of the little pages that are inside.


Flipped open, showing the navy pages.....

 
Flipped open, showing the orange pages.....

 
And trying to show you the outside little flaps that contain the pages and hold everything from potentially slipping out of the sides.  And what is this?..... Yup, perfect!

 
And finally, the whole group of gifts again.  Not only did I receive some delightful... and perfect..... gifts, I made a new friend.  Katherine is soft of heart and a joy to get to know.  I'm grateful for the little gifts that she made and honored to have made a new friend.  Thank you, Katherine, you are a dear and as I use these lovely gifts, I will fondly think of you!   
 


I will be posting pictures of the gifts that I made and sent to my swap buddy, Leah from Quilted Delights, in a few days.  I didn't want to spoil her reveal when she posts about the gifts that I sent on her blog day, tomorrow, November 20th.
 
Meanwhile, please continue on your blog hop and visit the rest of the talented bloggers that join me today.  Their links are listed below, as well as links for Thursday and Friday.  Please visit all of the blogs and get some great inspiration for quick gift giving.  There's a whole lot of talent out there in blogland!
 
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Gracie Oliver Arts (That's Me!)


Thursday, Nov. 20


Friday, Nov. 21

53 comments:

  1. Jeanie, you have put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I am just speechless after you singing such praise of me and my handmade gifts. Oh, my.

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  2. Oh what wonderful gifts you received! Looking foreward to seeing what you stitched tomorrow. Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays!!!

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  3. Love, love all the kitty gifts you received - such a nice idea.

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  4. Katherine really did perfect. I love that she really personalized your gift and made practical yet personal gifts. That's what this hop is all about, finding that perfect little gift to show "I care." Katherine nailed it "perfectly." Great ideas.

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  5. Lovely gifts you received! I get a little sad, though, because my cat had the same colors and he passed away two days ago, after having reached the mature age of 16 years.

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  6. You have been very lucky, you recived wonderful gifts and you made great pictures to showeverybeautiful detail. Thank you very much!
    Bente

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  7. Katherine's gifts are lovely and personal and just wonderful!

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  8. Wonderful gifts from Katherine. A lot of fun. :-)

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  9. What lovely gifts you recieved! Very nice.

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  10. Waoh, beautiful gift, so much love in the details, I just love them all!

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  11. you and that other lady( the creepy one) have become one of the same..lol oHHHHH MY I got a bit scared at first look....so many interesting snapshots lol love all the gifts....too funny

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  12. What a thoughtful group of gifts - I love the sweet cat face. It's amazing at how quickly we become friends and how small the world really is when you love to stitch! blessings marlene

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  13. You have a wonderful collection of gifts... and they will be so fun to use! Enjoy the season!

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  14. What a wonderful collection of gifts! Happy Holidays.

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  15. The Sarducci's crack me up, but they definitely did a great job of showing off those sweet gifts from Katherine. Wow...she made some PERFECT gifts for you!

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  16. Really like that needle keeper. Went to her page to see if she listed the pattern but had no luck. Will be waiting to see what you made.

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  17. H and E have great hats...love them!! and your gifts are beautiful...love those orange kitties!!

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  18. Beautiful projects! Love your models too!!

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  19. Very nice gifts, and so sweet to think of Oliver. :)

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  20. Oh my gosh, you have the a way with showing off your gifts! I love it. Kathrine sent you a fabulous little box of treasures!

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  21. Those cats are so cute and Katherine did a great job showcasing them! My favorite is the bag... I love bags! Merry Christmas, Jeanie!

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  22. Jeanie, The gifts you received are wonderful. So thoughtful as well. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  23. Love the gifts she sent you. love. love. love.

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  24. Love the detail in the wonderful gifts that you received. So very thoughtful. Looking forward to seeing the gifts you passed on.

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  25. I simply adore the cat giftees you recieved from Katherine..(a mouse CAN appreciate wonderful cats don't you think?). And totally agree...this has been the most amazingly fun hop!
    But....the "Sarducci's"....OMGOSH....they are a HOOT! So totally unexpected...(if they have helped you before, I must have missed them because they are anything BUT unforgettable)....they are the 'Vanna White' of blogland I'm sure! I'll admit it...I was all alone...sitting in the dark with only the light from my computer screen when I first saw them....and I almost FELL out of my chair laughing. (Thankfully the Spouse was at the other end of the house or I surely would have awakened him...as it was...a few sleeping cats were startled and made quick get aways)....I laughed so much I couldn't even type a comment then...so I'm back now. Can I ask...
    "Sarducci"...is that a family name? I must learn their history...oh...the Spouse is here...I must stop now and show him your pictures!

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  26. I had to come back....the Spouse loves your post too! I completely forgot to mention that I also LOVE your mouse at the end......Spouse and I are still at home 'sick' (we've never been sick at the same time and our dear cats are comforting...but honestly they can't cook or tend to our needs)...this post was the best medicine!

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  27. Oh my! What sweet gifts you received from Katherine. And how thoughtful she was to include the cat like your very own. That was really very special. Your helpers are a hoot. Thank you so much, Jeanie, for sharing.

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  28. Your gifts that you received are fabulous! I love the fussy cutting of the cats.

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  29. Beautiful gifts received. Katherine did make purrrfect!
    Looking forward to seeing what you have made, too ... :) Pat

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  30. Such thoughtful cat themed gifts,they are sure to bring a smile amd sweet memories too. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. That cute little needle book would be an awesome "quiet book" for little grandchildren needing something to do to keep them occupied during "Big" Church!!
    Merry Christmas
    Gmama Jane

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  32. The gifts you received are so very sweet and beautiful ... thank you so much for sharing today :)

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  33. LOVE your gift, just sew pretty and coordinated! Thanks for a fun post. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Cori

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  34. Lovely gifts that you received, love all the fussy cutting. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Great gifts from Katherine. I love that sweet kitty fabric. Too cute and all that she made with it is wonderful.

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  36. Love all the great gifts your received from Katherine.

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  37. Your bag, pincushions, they are all adorable. I like your little green guys showing every thing off. Cute!

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  38. Your gifts are just plain PEFECT!!! I love the idea that it was all coordinated and so useful. The fussy cutting Katherine did was perfect - especially on that adorable pincushion. Perfectly lovely. lol

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  39. Santa Katherine was certainly busy! And the gifts were purrfect for you!

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    1. Doris.... your comment didn't come to my email and I wasn't able to find your address. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by. Katherine certainly did make perfect (purrfect) gifts for me. I was blessed!

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  40. I would say your just got your stocking stuffed! What fun!

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  41. Such fun gifts! I love how you took photos of all the gifts so creatively! ;)
    -Brittany

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  42. Katherine did a purrfect job of getting you totally!!! She really made adorable gifts for the swap...but the best gift is the new friendship you have with her!!

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  43. You are so lucky to have the Sarducci's to help with your photos! They are so cute. This gift set is WONDERFUL! How fun that there is so much fussy cutting.

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  44. What a sweet grouping of gifts. I love how they coordinate.

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  45. Love the gifts you received. They are all so cutesy and matchy. Just love. Can't wait to see what you made your swap partner. Have a Merry Chistmas, Jeanie! Almost forgot, love the cartoon at the bottom, too funny!

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  46. oh, these gifts are just PURRFECT for you.

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  47. Hi Jeanie! I am glad I I waited until today to look at your post because I liked seeing what you made. I really like the ten minute table runners!

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  48. Love the gifts that you received and your table runner is fabulous! What a great idea.

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  49. Beautiful gifts from Katherine...I know she made your heart sing!! Happy Holidays!!

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  50. LOL....those green things did a great job of showing off your gifts from Kathrine ! And what thoughtful gifts they are...I know you'll treasure them with her interpretation of your sweet Oliver.

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