My Secret Santa is a Squirrel !

I hope your Christmas is going well, we had a lovely day yesterday when my mum joined us for lunch and today has been a quiet sewing day, so a pretty perfect break really!

I’d been eyeing up my basket of Secret Santa presents all weekend, we stagger present-opening through the day, so I knew I wouldn’t be opening it until after lunch! It’s a tradition I’ve carried on from my own childhood. Our children had stockings on their beds with little presents in, they always had a satsuma and a £1 in the bottom! They then had to get dressed before coming down to the lounge to open their presents from us together. Presents from everyone else waited until after lunch, when I was little we had to wait until after the Queen’s speech! I think staggering the presents helps to spread the excitement through the day, it also means that children don’t think everything comes from Santa, only the stocking came from Santa!

After lunch we all sat down for presents and I could finally open all those little presents from my Secret Stitching Santa! Firstly can I say a huge thankyou to Sewchet for organising Stitching Santa each year, it’s great fun and I appreciate all your hard work planning it.

I opened the card first, my Stitching Santa was Shirley from Squirrels Knitting Conquests, she had put together a wonderful array of gifts, she has obviously been having a good look around my blog as she has chosen perfect gifts for me…

…two lovely co-ordinating fat quarters, wonderful sewing themed fabrics,  I think they will be perfect for a sewing accessory, I’ve got a couple of projects in mind….

…a metal sewing gauge, I’ve wanted one of these for ages, they’re great for spacing buttons.

…a needle minder, I’ve only just discovered how useful these are and if, like me,  you have several projects on the go, you definitely need more than one. This one is like a mini chocolate doughnut covered with sprinkles!

A Christmas cross-stitch kit and hoop, I’ve really got into cross-stitch smalls over the last couple of months, so I’ll enjoy stitching this one ready for next Christmas.

A notebook, which will come in very useful next year when I try and get myself a bit more organised!

A box of Scottish shortbread. I have to confess this is already opened and sampled! A finger of shortbread goes so well with a morning cup of coffee! Shirley is from Scotland and shortbread is a Scottish treat.

Then came the extra special presents, the hand made ones…

…an appliqued and embroidered Christmas mug rug, this will be great for my sewing room, plenty of room for my cup of tea and a finger of shortbread.

…a zipper pouch. I love the design of this, it’s like a big mint humbug shape, so it will fit a surprising amount in.

But the best present of all is a bag, a tote bag. Shirley has stitched a tree on the front with dozens of individual leaves, all from different pretty fabrics, there’s a bird button sitting on a branch and she has embroidered Stitching Santa 2017 in amongst the branches too. I just love it,I really appreciate the time it must have taken to make it, all those leaves… It makes a lovely memento to Stitching Santa. I think I will use it to take my sewing things to Embroiderers Guild each month.

Thank you so much to Shirley for my wonderful presents,  I’ve not only received a lovely present, I’ve found a new blog to follow, your blog may be just what I need to inspire me to get back into crochet 🙂


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to My Secret Santa is a Squirrel !

  1. katechiconi says:

    What a lovely load of swag! I think the bag is my favourite too; the other goodies are lovely, but this is so personal and made with love.

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  2. Deb says:

    Love the mug rug! Never thought to open gifts throughout the day…that would be fun!

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  3. Kate says:

    What lovely gifts! I love the bag, it’s beautiful!

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  4. That bag is amazing and I love the design of the ‘humbug’ pouch… I’m tempted to look for a pattern.
    I’m just stunned about the amount of work that our secret Santas have put into all the gifts. It’s so lovely to see everybody’s presents over this week.

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  5. Catherine says:

    I love your tradition of not opening everything at once – a great idea! And you have definitely received some really lovely gifts.

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    That bag will be the envy of your group, a super selection of gifts.

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  7. tinaor says:

    Wow! How lucky you were. All very nice and thoughtful but the bag – wow wow wow!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    What a great time you had opening these gifts! Your secret Santa did a marvelous job! I love the humbug shaped bag, so perfect for you, and the tote is so unique, a great project bag!

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  9. What a fabulous parcel! That bag’s gorgeous 😊

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  10. sqyrrel says:

    You are very welcome Crafty Creek. I had such a fun time looking over your blog and trying to decide what to make. I’m so thrilled that you like the gifts and I hope you get a lot of use out of them. I think I might make myself one of the tree bags, in the New Year as it was a joy to make.

    All the best for 2018

    Shirley (squirrel) xx


  11. Anna says:

    What a lovely gift! Love your tradition of not opening everything at once, ours get opened far too quickly, although the boys do know only stockings come from Santa!


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