Friday, July 25, 2014

the highs & lows of life | Christmas in July - received :)

My Christmas in July Swap - organised by Swap Queen, Cheryll, from Gone Stitchin - arrived on what turned out to be a very sad day for me ...... my father passed away most unexpectedly on Monday night.

RIP Dad - June 1933 - July 2014

The last few days have been quite busy organising the funeral and being with family, but I did promise myself some quiet time to sit and open my parcel.

We had to make 3 handmade items with something off the following list:

C...  Candy Cane OR Candle OR Christ
H...  Holly OR Heart
R...  Reindeer
I...    Inspirational word/s 
S...  Santa OR Stocking OR Snow Flake/s
T...  Tree OR Three wise men
M... Mouse OR Mistletoe
A...  Angel
S...  Snowman OR Star 

I was absolutely flabbergasted on what I found when I opened the packages from Marina,  :)

Inspirational words - such exquisite stitching :)

christmas tree - (close up) love the little presents

reindeer & Santa - love this placemat

Thank you so much to Marina, your workmanship is just beautiful and you have chosen the most perfect fabrics :)   I now have a new bloggy friend to follow and be inspired by :)

I realised when I was unwrapping these packages, that I had forgotten to indicate on my packages exactly what categories my items relate to :)  I guess, when my partner opens them, I will be able to let her know .......... oops :)

Huge thanks to Swap Mum Cheryll for organising yet another wonderful swap :)

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.


  1. A bit of stitchy love for you at this sad time. Marina's work is stunning xx

  2. Hi Cathy I am so sorry to hear about your very sad news,my heart goes out to you and your family. I love the beautiful gifts you have received from Marina,sending big hugs Cathy.xx

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss, I hope opening your goodies provided a little distraction from what is going on. I am so glad you liked the gifts. I enjoyed making them for you.
    Now I can visit your blog without having to be a stalker.

  4. Cathy, I am very sorry to read about your father. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Marina made you some beautiful gifts. I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs......

  5. I'm sorry to hear your new, Cathy. Marina has sent you some lovely gifts. Everything is beautiful. I've realised reading other people's blogs that I didn't list my gifts either.

  6. Sorry to read your sad news,sending you lots of hugs..
    Marina has made you beautiful gifts

  7. I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing... very sad time I know. and my sincere condolences...
    Marina does amazingly beautiful work..... I'm sure they will be lovely in your home at Christmas...

  8. I all went as well as it could for your Father's funeral and that some wonderful memories were shared. Thinking of you.

    What beautiful gifts you received. Love the christmas tree...such a clever idea.

  9. Lovely gifts received Cathy... and again I'm so sorry for your loss.
    I took the liberty of signing you up on the Christmas in July blog "link up party"...just so everyone would come over for a visit. :)

  10. A sad loss, take care. Beautiful presents, such a joyous thing opening presents.

  11. It's a very hard to for you to even enjoy opening presents. Hope you get through this sad time knowing you have lots of people thinking of you and wishing you the kindest thoughts. Lovely gifts

  12. It's very sad to hear of the passing of your Dad, my condolences to you and your family. You have received such lovely gifts from Marina, I hope they will bring you a spark of happiness in the days to come.

  13. so sorry to hear about your thoughts are with you and the family...........


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