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A bloggers Christmas gift swap.

My most anticipated present to open this Christmas was without a doubt a well wrapped parcel I recieved in the post.

I took part in Janet’s ‘Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap’ which she has organized in the past too. I’m glad she decided to do it again this year.

Janet who blogs at Words that can only be your own made sure that everyone was randomly given a name of someone also taking part to buy for. I ended up getting Janet herself.No presure there then! :))

The aim was to be thrifty with your purchases.Find or make little gifts. Look in charity shops etc. Here is what I got Janet.

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I made her a teacup candle ( I can’t sew , but I can make candles! ) as she likes vintage treasures. I also purchased a couple of cute and Christmassy brooches made by talented craft fair friends and luckilly Janet loves this time of year so a birdie tree decoration went in the box too. Finally I found a book of short stories by feminist authors from a second hand book shop in my home town. I think they went down well.:)

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I too recieved a package in the post and above are all the lovely goodies that it contained! I was delighted when I saw that my parcel was from Louisa.Her blog Duck In A Dress is another of my faves. 🙂

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Louisa really did her homework as all her gifts were so thoughtful and I love them all. She truelly spoilt me! Look at my beautiful Cath Kidston mug and Christmas card.

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There were edible Christmas goodies galore too ,including a tasty selection of baked goods from her local farm shop Farringtons.

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There was even a mini bottle of prosecco to wash them down with. And my goodies came with Alice in Wonderland ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ tags.

My favourite item from Louisa is without a doubt this childrens book from 1949 called ‘Plant and Animal Ways’.

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It is packed full of gorgeous wildlife illustrations.Its an American publication and chapters include ‘Slippers and Sliders’ ( about snakes!), ‘Monkey Manners’ and ‘Fiddle Heads, Fronds and Ferns’. 🙂

Thanks to Janet for organizing the swap and Louisa for my fab pressies. X

A Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap. :)

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When Janet from the blog Words That Can Only Be Your Own posted about the annual Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap she started last year , I couldn’t wait to sign up. It sounds such a fun and festive idea. I knew I would enjoy putting a box together for my recipiant Kate ,who is a new Mum with a love of vintage and reading among her interests. Janet asks that your box should be all about hand made and thrifty finds and the suggested price be around the £12 mark. I couldn’t wait to get started. 🙂
I’m not terribly good at the whole handmade malarky but as I frequent the odd craft and vintage fair with my Mrs Tibbs Teacups stall , I am in a good position to hunt down some pretty things. 🙂 Here is what I put in Kates box.

A Christmas Spice fragranced expresso cup candle. I found a set of two mustard expresso cups at a vintage fair and thought they would make adorable candles. I think it has a cozy retro look.

A festive felt Christmas Pud brooch made by the lovely ladies at Juniper Spools . I had to purchase myself one too…..they are so cute.

A darling dove decoration, perfect for the tree. My friend Lisa has a tile company Tile Productions and makes gorgeous tags and coasters with any spare material left over.

A copy of Truman Capote’s ‘ Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ which I found in a second hand book shop.I loved the film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It does differ from the book though…so I would love to know how Kate finds it.

A pretty bow brooch pinned to a Bo Peep playing card. I like to sell vintage brooches atached to these nursery rhyme cards as they’re quirkiness always attracts attention.:)

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I wrapped everything up in this cute Christmas paper and sent it off in a well wrapped shoe box. The lovely Stag card is handmade by Claire at http://www.folksy.com/shops/realicoul/

My parcel has arrived too. I am very very tempted to open it but I have been very good and placed it under the tree. Can’t wait for Christmas Day.:)

I will of course do a follow up post on the contents of my present then.:)

Cath Kidston does Bird Print.

Being a bit of a Bird Nerd I was feeling chirpy cheerful 🙂 when I came across all the lovely birdy print on the Cath Kidston website. Here are some of my favorite feathered finds.

Garden Birds Dress £65
Garden Birds Dress £65
Garden Birds Large Paris Tote £65
Garden Birds Large Paris Tote £65
Little Birds Minilite Umbrella £22
Little Birds Minilite Umbrella £22
Garden Birds Wallet £28
Garden Birds Wallet £28
Little Birds Tablet Case in a gift box  £35
Little Birds Tablet Case in a gift box £35
Little Bird Bangle.
Little Bird Bangle.
Bird 3 tier cake stand £30.
Bird 3 tier cake stand £30.
Loving this ~~ Blue tit Jumper £65.
Loving this ~~ Blue tit Jumper £65.
Bird Tea for One set £25
Bird Tea for One set £25
Garden Birds leather strap messenger bag £45.
Garden Birds leather strap messenger bag £45.
Garden Birds Cushion £24.
Garden Birds Cushion £24.

Which are your favorites?