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Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Secret Santa had Very Busy Fingers!

The gifts are opened and the children are busy playing with all their new toys. Christmas was a wonderfully joyful time in our household yesterday, and will continue until January 6th when we un-decorate and return things back to ordinary. The last gift I opened yesterday was from my Secret Santa, Australian Rachel of Four Wise Monkeys. Rachel is quite the stitcher and spoiled me terribly with lots of beautiful handmade things.

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThis is what greeted me upon opening the pretty paper package that had been waiting under my tree since its arrival two weeks ago. I recognized those birds! I remember seeing them on Rachel's website a while ago and admiring them.

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThis lovely wall hanging is the first thing I looked at, and the more I look at it, the more I see in it. The detail is quite amazing and all the stitching is perfect!

Take a look...you can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Secret Santa gifts from Rachel

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThis star is filled with French Knots! Wow!

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThe big red heart hanging from the moon, and the red trim along this angel's collar and hem are also French Knots.

Secret Santa gifts from RachelA wonderful thought for this time of year, and throughout the new year too!

Secret Santa gifts from Rachel

Secret Santa gifts from RachelAnd here's Rudolph complete with red nose, leading the way!

Secret Santa gifts from Rachel

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThis is one tall tree!

Secret Santa gifts from RachelTwo little Christmas love birds!

Secret Santa gifts from RachelThen there was this fabulous bag...how did Rachel know I like bags? Maybe I mentioned it here once or twice? Don't you just love the fabric she used?

Secret Santa gifts from RachelAnd check out the button hole stitch around the flower petals...perfect!

Secret Santa gifts from RachelI love the ric-rac trim around the top of the bag. It's lined with pretty fabric too! Just my kind of bag and the perfect size to tote a project along.

Secret Santa gifts from RachelUnder all the other handmade loveliness was this Melly & Me pattern for the cutest little stuffed bears, Bonzer and Beaut.

What a package! Didn't I say that Rachel spoiled me? Now you can see it's true!

Thank you once again to Rachel for all the beautiful gifts of stitchery, sewing, time and talent. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated!

And another thank you to Chookyblue for hosting this swap again. It's a lot of work for one person to undertake so that all of us can make new friends across the world and share our talents with each other.

Happy Stitching!

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