I have said it before, so I am repeating myself, but when you are a swap mama you focus on making sure that everyone is participating in the swap correctly and happily. You tend to lose track of the fact that someone in that group is making for you.
I didn't have to think about this much as Mouthy Stitches winds up to its final postal dates, because my tote has already arrived - and it is a fabulous! Made by my very own bloggy friend, no other than Charlotte, who can be found blogging (and perving) away at Displacement Activity. She is ultra talented and super funny.
I could have taken a photo of the beautiful wrapping and all that, but needless to say I had ripped it off before I thought of that. I have the mentality of a three year old at Christmas sometimes! But who wants to look at a pile of ripped up tissue paper when they can look at this instead?
Does Charlotte know me or what?! Rainbow colours, text fabric, hand stitching and she even pandered to my camper van fetish. But Charlotte and I agreed that we wouldn't mention the chocolate in case Hadley came and confiscated it - and besides it wasn't a swap extra, it was a thank you for being a swap mama and my friend gift. Honest! Charlotte said so.
So a huge thank you to Charlotte for hitting the nail right on the head for my likes. I appreciate all the work you put into this hugely.
On the subject of swaps, some of you might remember that I ran the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap last year about this time. This year I decided that life had thrown too much at me to do round two, but the lovely Kirsten - Gemini Stitches - has offered to step in as surrogate mama and run it instead as she said she enjoyed it so much last year. Because some of the participants will have received a tablerunner last year, this year everyone can specify if they would prefer a tablerunner or a wall hanging.
If you are interested then there is a sign up thread here. Kirsten is looking for a quick turnaround so sign ups close on the 29th of October and partners will be assigned by the 31st. Postal dates are between the 26th and the 30th of November. Interested? Then go put your name down. I have. I can't run a swap right now, but it would seem very strange to not participate in my own group. Here's what I made for my secret partner last year.