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.
hooray!!!! so glad you like it :-DReplyDelete
and chocolate? what chocolate?? ;-)
Oh, you were lucky - it's fabulous! Just as I was lamenting the end of the MS swap, here you go enticing me to join another. I am in!ReplyDelete
Ooh, it's lovely - she'd dead clever that Charlotte!ReplyDelete
Wow it was for you!! It is so amazing - yay for you Susan and well done Charlotte!!ReplyDelete
Oh what a lovely tote you got! It's you to a tee! JxoReplyDelete
Wooo hooo. You got a goody. Off to join the table runner swap. was gutted I couldn't join in last year but I was all swapped out!ReplyDelete
Super! What a perfect bag for you. Charlotte, well done!ReplyDelete
I was thinking the last days if you join the swap or not. Great you are in!ReplyDelete
What a lovely bag you got and enjoy the chocolate *gg*
Fabulous bag and key fob - hope it doesn't get 'claimed' by one of the girls and you manage to keep it for yourself! Enjoy the next swap!ReplyDelete
That bag and fob really are very perfect for you! I am debating the Christmas swap, I will decide later today.ReplyDelete
Lucky you, that is gorgeous! Ange xReplyDelete
Beautiful tote and it really is 'you'. The key fob is so cute. Di xReplyDelete
What a great bag! and the key fob .. just amazing! How fun! How did you make the crocheted ornaments? they look great!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful bag and sweet keyfob! And your table runner with ornaments are super beautiful!ReplyDelete
Lucky you, Miss Susan! That tote is perfect for you and the key fob is so cute.ReplyDelete
I am stalking the mailman every day. I'm sure he thinks I am a nut.
What a great bag!! & I love the little camper van.ReplyDelete
Your Christmas items are gorgeous!
Lovely goodies dear. This is where I start ticking them all off and start guessing which is mine!ReplyDelete
I'm not joining in again this year, as I don't want to take on too much before Christmas
OMG the KA sent you chocolate!!! Love the bag and the keyring is fabulous.ReplyDelete
love that tote, you deserve it too.ReplyDelete
ooo lots of lovelies here :) Well done to Charlotte and her rebellious chocolate sending ways :)ReplyDelete
what a fabulous tote, she got you just right!ReplyDelete
Oooh you got a really cool tote :-)ReplyDelete
Glad to see that. Will have to pass on christmas swap, but will watch everyone and might manage to do that tute I promised for the pixel christmas tree last christmas....... (oops)
All I can hear is CHOCOLATE!!!ReplyDelete
It is gorgeous just like you! Well done Charlotte! The keyfob is delicious!ReplyDelete
It's a fabulous tote! And now that H has commented I may have cheated too! Shhhh!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous tote! You lucky thing. And I love your last year's table runner too. Subtle and elegant. Beautiful work as always :-)ReplyDelete
Lucky you, that's a fabulous tote, and well done Charlotte.ReplyDelete
I'm debating whether to join the Christmas swap too, I'm not sure I'll have the time to commit to it..
That is awesome!ReplyDelete
Charlotte's tote is gorgeous and I love that fob - lucky you!! I won't start stalking the postie just yet - perhaps in a couple of weeks! I won't take part in the runner swap although I would love to but I shall watch from the sidelines.ReplyDelete
Lovely bag! As much as I hate to I think I will have to sit this year's swap out. Too much happening. Crap!!ReplyDelete
Lovely lovely bag. Lucky you.ReplyDelete
I think I'll be sitting this swap out also. I'm doing an advent swap with a local friend so that will be my Christmas effort.