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Santa Sack Swap 2016 – My Gifts from Pauline

Santa Sack Swap 2016 – My Gifts from Pauline

I’ve been meaning to post this since the end of December but life has a way of interfering with one’s best laid plans.

In this post, I showed you the gifts I made for my Santa Sack Swap 2016 partner, Pauline who blogs at Phoenix Heirlooms.

Wait until you see all the lovely gifts she made for me. I felt so touched by the thought she put into each handmade gift.

She used some really beautiful paper to wrap them all in!

Pretty wrapped gift from Pauline

That package sat under the tree for days, tempting me to give it a squeeze and a shake! But I was very good and didn’t peek at all.

The paper was just too gorgeous to throw away, so I very carefully opened the package so I could save it.

The first thing I saw when I opened it was this equally gorgeous quilted Christmas tote:

Large Christmas Tote Bag made by Pauline

I love the fabric that Pauline used! She couldn’t have known this but that blue is a pretty close match to the blue I’m using to decorate my sewing room/office.

At 13″ tall x 16″ wide X 8″deep, it’s a nice roomy tote. Currently I have a knitting project in it but I think it will be great for overnight trips.

I’m also hoping to go on a quilt or sewing retreat sometime this year and it would be perfect to take along any projects I want to work on.

Inside the tote, I found these shiny silver packages!

Silver wrapped gifts from Pauline

I want to be able to say that I very carefully opened these and saved the paper too. But I didn’t.

After seeing the tote, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside those packages!

To say that I was overwhelmed by Pauline’s generosity would be a major understatement!

All the gifts from Pauline opened

Now for some close-ups!

This beautiful Christmas table topper took pride of place on our dining room table for the rest of the holiday season.

Quilted Table Topper made by Pauline

If you check out her blog, you’ll see that Pauline does amazing machine embroider.

She must have read back through my blog and found out that Poinsettias are my favorite Christmas plant and that I love birds because she made me this beautiful set of tea towels.

Machine embroidered tea towels made by Pauline

She also made this lovely candle mat with matching coasters. Dave was so touched that Pauline included one with his initial on it.

Candle Mat and Coasters with Initials made by Pauline

She made not one, but two zippered pouches.

First there was this larger blue one, that I’ve added extra pens and pencils to before putting it in the writing tote I take to writers’ meetings. Someone has always forgotten to bring a pen with them. Now I’ll have extras on hand to share.

Larger zippered pouch made by Pauline

The second, smaller one, is the perfect size for me to use as a take-along project pouch. I’ve added some hexie papers, 2.5″ fabric squares, as well as the needlebook and tiny pincushion she made.

Now they’re ready to pop in my bag when we go on road trips across the border.

Small pouch, needle keeper and pincushion made by Pauline

These cozy, fingerless gloves will be great for days when the temperatures have warmed up a bit but are still cool enough that you need something on your hands.

Fingerless gloves made by Pauline

Look at all the different machine stitches Pauline used to create the cover for this small journal.

It is currently in use as my gratitude journal. How could I not think of things to be grateful for when I’m writing in something so beautifully made!

Mini Journal - machine embroidered cover made by Pauline

And on top of all those lovely handmade gifts, Pauline added these extras!

Quilt patterns and knitting accessories from Pauline

Hmmm… there doesn’t seem to be a close-up photo of the chocolate. Well… you probably don’t need to be told what became of the chocolate. 🙂

Here’s one more photo of all the gifts she sent me:

All the gifts made for me by Pauline

As you can see, Pauline really did spoil me!

Thank you so much Pauline!


And thank you Cheryl for all the time that you put into organizing this swap every year!


If you’d like to save some of these ideas to make for swaps you might be taking part in, please click on the Pinterest button under this post.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Gifts from my Swap Partner Pauline


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  • Mary
    January 24, 2017 10:59 am

    Each of those gifts is beautiful. You were very spoiled!!! She did such a great job on the swap.

  • Patty Guilbault
    January 23, 2017 8:30 pm

    What beautiful gifts you received, I was wondering if it’s possible to get the patterns for the Christmas table topper and the candle mat.. what lovely gifts to make for my wonderful family and friends..

  • Rosemary Foley
    January 23, 2017 8:52 am

    wow !! such wonderful gifts !!! that is really a great idea for a swap, I like it !!! you have wonderful ideas !!!! I really like the bag !!!! 🙂

  • Jenny Benton
    January 22, 2017 10:45 pm

    What a wonderful assortment of beautiful gifts – you were very lucky indeed!!!

  • CathieJ
    January 21, 2017 8:09 am

    Those are wonderful gifts. I love that bag.

  • Rachel
    January 20, 2017 5:01 am

    My goodness, what a wealth of wonders! So many lovely things to use and delight in.

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