CLOSED: Christmas Swap - Show & Tell - Page 1

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

From the number of participants, we're going to have another wonderful Christmas exchange. Thank you so much, LK, for volunteering to Co-Hostess.

These are the options we were given. Choosing our top two wasn't always an easy thing to do.

1. Receive a Stuffed Stocking, either bought or homemade.

2. Receive an Ornament, a decorative Santa, Snowman, or Snow Woman. It’ll be up to your Buddy to choose which one.

3. Receive a minimum of six bows along with a plain wreath, homemade or bought. You as the recipient will be able to change the bows during the coming months and decorate the wreath to your liking.

4. Receive a new decorated Red or Green Garden Trowel or another new decorated gardening tool you can display inside or out. Again, it’ll be your Buddy’s choice.

5. Receive a small artificial tree decorated with traditional or non-traditional items. Non-traditional items could include shells, mirrored tiles, pine cones, feathers, sprays of flowers and leaves, or a combination of these or other items you have in your craft stash or imagination. It’s totally up to your Secret Santa how your tree will be decorated.

6. Receive food or non-food items. A few food items could be cookies, cakes, brownies, chocolates, pickles, and jams. Non-food items could include soaps, potpourri, fuzzy socks, or dish towels. Just for suggestions. Your Buddy will surprise you with their choice(s).

7. Receive a Glass Jar Candle with the scent of your Buddy’s choice.

8. Receive a regional cookbook OR several recipe note cards OR a magazine, new or used, that features Holiday recipes. Again this option will be left up to your Buddy.

9. Receive a mystery gift that begins with First Initial of YOUR User ID.

10. Receive a Large or Small garden flag OR Wind Chimes…your Buddy’s choice.

As always, our goal is to have fun as we celebrate another Christmas together and enjoy each other’s company! Put your thinking caps on, use your imagination, and brighten someone’s day with a box of gifts whether they’re on your Buddy's suggested lists or not.

The value of the gifts you send should be around $20, excluding Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation Number.

Reveal your Secret Santa when you receive your package. Please Priority Mail your package with a Delivery Confirmation number no later than the week of December 5th. If you mail fragile items, please pack them well and insure your package. Keep your receipt handy or D-mail the Delivery Confirmation number you used to either LK or me, depending on which one of us assigned your Buddy.

Please respect your Buddy's privacy and don't post tracking numbers directly on our threads.

We came from here:

Our participants this year are.....

1234dottie / Dottie -- > #2 I love ornaments. Snowmen are my favorite. #4 Any kind of garden tool. #10 I do not have any kind of garden flag, I also love windchimes. Would love to have Surprises.

Bettypauze / Betty -- > RECEIVED FROM 1234dottie
absolutely no preference. Cannot receive plants or food across the border.

Carolyn22 / Carolyn -- > RECEIVED FROM deejay9
I don't like vanilla scented things, but love cinnamon. Would like a stocking stuffed with homemade items or things such as gardening tape and seeds. The other ideas all look good too.

ClanCampbell / Chris -- > #2- I like Santa Clauses best, I guess- really, no preference here
#10- don't really do flags that much, but everyone knows how much I love windchimes :-) (hint,hint) :-)
No allergies, but I don't like food smelling candles (like apple pie, etc) - would rather have something scented like flowers or vanilla (hmm, guess that might be food scented) I once found a victorian rose/vanilla candle that I LOVED.. and they quit making them LOL.

Cris316 -- > Would love to receive any of the items. Numbers 2, 6, 7 or 9 especially.
Allergic to bananas. Love vanilla scented items (candles, sachet, etc)

Crit / Patti -- > #6 is first pick. Second picks would be:
#2 I like snowmen/women
#5 Up to my buddy
#8 I love cookbooks and other people's recipe's that they like
#9 I'm a C. If you opt for cactus, I like unusual hens/chicks, odd cactus like living rock, etc. I'm not especially "asking" for cactus, just wanted to throw that in, in case. It is ALL up to my buddy
#10 Would like to start getting yard flags, but don't have any of the holders that they go on. I also love windchimes.
No allergies. Love food, chocolate, jams and clay thingy's. (hint hint. And that's a C! ) Don't care for cinnamon type scents. Use scentsy warmers more than candles. Like scents like Thunderstorm, Enchanted Mist and Rainforest...or for Christmas Poinsettia Pine.

Cville_Gardener / Carole -- > #4 and #10
I don't care for santas, elves, reindeer, angels, stockings, holiday ornaments and so forth. We don't put up a big tree.
Not allergic to anything but not wild about a lot of overpowering scents. Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus are my faves.
Do like small decorated trees (the funkier, the better), yard art, gardening items of all kinds, mobiles, stained glass, dark chocolate, soup fixins, pastas, and coffees/teas (especially organic).

deejay9 / Susie -- > RECEIVED FROM Cville_Gardener
I Would love any of these #2, #3, #6, or #9 but truly anything for my new home. Love rainbow colors. I have a small white tree so I have my hands up for Mini oddball ornaments for my tree from any one :) Love crafty people.

froggies_girl / Julie -- > My preferences are #6, 9, 1, 4, or 5 (I'm collecting New Orleans Saints items and their team emblem, the fleur de lis). Hyacinth, paperwhites, or other bulbs are fine. Buddy, I'm putting specifics but I'll love whatever you send. And I'd love a book that the children and I can record favorite Christmas traditions. Can be handmade or bought.

FruitOfTheVine / Susan -- > I'm picking #9 and #10 but would be just as happy with Surprises. Also love dark chocolate, jarred candles, and homemade jams or jellies. Don't send me a, and I can't stand Chocolate Covered Cherries.

happgarden / Joyce -- > #2 and #9 Anything is ok with me. I am traditional bright red/bright green/and white Christmas person. Love surprises & homemade jelly.

irisluvr0252 / Debbie -- > RECEIVED FROM ClanCampbell
Sorry, I can't pick just 2! #2, 6, 8, 10...out of these 4 I think I would go with #2 and #8 but would definitely be happy with anything my buddy chooses!

jab91864 / Julie -- > I will be easy, whatever my buddy wants to send. No allergies or major dislikes.

joeswife / Debra -- > Surprise me.

lizrainey / Liz -- > #6 and #10 -- No rose smell, no coconut or cheese.

mandy97 / Mandy -- > RECEIVED FROM taters55
I think I'd like #6 and either #1 or #8 - buddy's choice. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but do enjoy fruit and cinnamon scents.

Mud_Elf / Kris -- > First choice would be # 5. I would like the mini-tree as it can be our Christmas tree for this year. I would love a cowboy or beach themed one.. The cowboy is for the long suffering Ralphie. My second choice is #10 as I can always use more yard art.
Need to say we are in a tiny place so any types of scents over power us so no candles or anything like that PLEASE. And we are on restricted diets so food is out too.

purpbutfly / Cindy -- > I would rather be totally surprised. Let my buddy decide what she wants to send me. No candles though because I make candles myself. Would like to have a butterfly tree.

ridesredmule / Char -- > RECEIVED FROM jab91864
#5 and #9 and #10. I can't stand smelly candles. I'm not a candle lover. Can't even go into one of those perfume places. Lord help me around those cinnamon brooms that almost take my breathe away.

Robynznest -- > #2 and #6. I love snowmen. I am allergic to oranges and most citrus fruit. Even the smell of an orange makes me sick. Other than that I'm pretty easy. A snowman and loads of dark chocolate will pretty much make me a very happy camper.

rouxcrew / Joy -- > #6 and #9

taters55 / LK -- > No specifics, just what ever my buddy wants to send.

warriorswisdomkathy / Kathy -- > #10 (would adore windhimes, hint hint) #5, if possible a traditional (it's been 5 years since I've had a tree and most of my lights and ornaments were aquired by my daughter and family. Love various Santas and or #6. I didn't see anything about any elves, if my trade partner has one to spare that can dig and plant I would forever be grateful.

This message was edited Dec 3, 2011 4:44 PM

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Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

To make it easier for all of us to keep up with what our Buddies have requested, I consolidated our lists and guidelines into the one post above. It looks like a lot of reading, but really isn't if you zone in on your secret Buddy.

This message was edited Nov 24, 2011 7:23 PM

(susie) Hastings, MI(Zone 5a)

Just got home from bingo No Huge win tonight but did get my money back & had a good time :)

Susan I Have a twin bed not much room out here for anything bigger :) 0
would you believe my neighbors are starting to put up xmas lights already so i think tomorrow i will try to find room to put up my tree out here. for right now i need to go lay back up early with daddy so jim can go hunting . so you all have a great evening .

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

Hi everyone.. got y buddies stuff all together, now to get it boxed up.

My college girl has been after me to get her another handmade quilt, I got all daughters quilts about 6 years ago from some Yoder ladies who were selling them for a charity thing, they love them, I have two small ones my college girl had someone on Facebook make, but they are really lap quilts..
my grandma and great aunt effie were in the newspaper once for an article on the quilt tops they made for charity, they made over one thousand quilts in one year.. don't know how they did that.. oh wait, they didn't work full time, I forgot.. :P~

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Time is moving right along. I've got my bud's things together too. Woohoo! Fun! ^_^

I have many of my grandmother's old quilts. She was my very favorite person in the world. In fact, she gave me a handmade quilt for our wedding. DH's grandmother gave us two feather pillows with handmade cotton duck covers and stuffed with freshly plucked feathers. Forget the fancy dishes and silver. The older generation was sooo practical and I loved it. :)

This is not a quilt ... it's a sampler that was made by my great-great-grandmother who was verrrrry old at the time.

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Blackshear, GA

Oh wow...1906, is that when she made it?? That looks great to be that old. Very nice!!

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

WOW! Love that sampler! 1000 quilts in a year? How many ladies were sewing them?

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Thanks. I don't think I was too clear about that. Yes, she made it in 1906. At first I thought it was a child's sampler, but I believe she made it for one of her children. She was born sometime before 1850.

The material has held up remarkably well considering it had gotten no special treatment, although my great-aunt probably had stored it in a cedar chest and that helped preserve the material. The silk is very fragile and shredding but the rest is just fine.

(Cindy) Auburn, CA(Zone 10a)

Hi Ladies,

Been busy making candles, 86 all together now working on some Trash to Treasure goodies. Sure hope my buddy likes homemade things because that is what she will be getting hee hee ^_^

Anyhoooo here is a sneak peek at one thing I made: Hummingbird Feeder from baby food jars

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(Cindy) Auburn, CA(Zone 10a)

Here's a side view and you can see my Brug in the background it has about 6 buds on it. I'm hoping it will bloom before it starts freezing here

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Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Very nice ... both the feeder and the Brug. ♥

(Cindy) Auburn, CA(Zone 10a)

Oh yea and here is a pic of some of the candles I made

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(susie) Hastings, MI(Zone 5a)

oh so pretty sure wish i could do candles all i can do is smell them can't burn them . that HB Feeder is also a cool idea :)
just waitig for jim to get back here so i can go put up my xmas tree & lights :) won't be much under it but I can enjoy the festive lights ;)
here he comes down the road so back later today .

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

All you ladies with the heirloom quilts be sure and have them labeled, we forget, our kids forget, or no one thinks about it until it is too late. There is nothing sadder than to have a quilt handed down and no one know for sure who made it. The simplest way is just take a scrape of material (that has been washed), then get a pigma pen, write down as much information as you know and then just tack it with thread to the back of the quilt. If you do a search on the internet there are a 1000 ways to label them, or maybe you quilters can tell us a simpler way. I did receive an old quilt from my Father-In-Law that was handed down thru my Mother-in-laws family, but DFIL had no idea who made it, zero, zip. I did a lot of investigation, I contacted the DMIL's family and we compared quilts that they had received and was lucky enough to find the same material used in two quilts, so we can only assume it was made by my MIL's Mother....but we will never know for sure. Good things to include if you know, who made it, who it was made for, when it was made, and anything else you might want to add.

Here is more detail on the subject.

Blackshear, GA

Speaking of mom made both of my children one. She cross-stiched different things that related to each child...(what they were involved in or liked. etc.), dated them and then sewed them together. In the middle she put their full name, birthdate, how much they weighed at birth and the date she completed it. She still has them....I will have to ask why she never gave them to us. I had forgotten all about them until you all brought it up. Thanks.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Good reminder, happ. My great-aunt wrote the information on an envelope flap and pinned it to the back. It's still there. She was the great one in her family for "labeling" everything. ^_^

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Don't leave that pin in the quilt too long, or you will have a permanent rust spot in it.

Ocean Springs, MS

I am so sorry. My mom is still in the hospital. She is continuing to experience atrial fib daily. The docs have switched her meds and still trying to get her stabilized. Between her, taking care of her plants and animals, and my own things, I barely have time to breath. Mom is in good spirits; really wants to come home. But they have to get things stabilized before they will release her. I hate her having atrial fib. Last year, we had quite a scare when she had one and her heart rate dropped so low it would set off the monitors. Don't want that to happen again.

FOTV, please let my buddy know that I will be out of town from Nov. 25 - Dec. 10. Going to NC, then to Deleware, then to New York, and finally New Jersey. My second trip to New Jersey since August. Anyone wanna know why? Gotta guess!!!!!!!

I love you all and will mail my buddy's box as soon as I get home on Dec. 10. If I can get it all together, I will mail it next week, but maybe I'll find something on my trip that I'll want to include. Be back in touch as soon as possible.

love to all, julieanne

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

The pin has already been in the sampler since the date she wrote the note ... 1957. LOL. Just adds to the charm of the history for me. ^_^

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Poor Elfie was lost... she just found the page,,, now settling in to her corner to finnish up her little swap gifts,,,, heehee....

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Julie, that is a lot of traveling! Are you going with cash in your pocket for the casino's?

Ocean Springs, MS

Yay! Thank the Lord that Moma got to come home today! She is in good spirits and is looking forward to her visit with me tomorrow morning for coffee. I am going to make pumpkin muffins for her as a surprise! So blessed that she is home.

Buddy, I found some beautiful things to make you something special! I'm so excited about it!

Has anyone ever planted lettuce (salad) bowls? I am giving a presentation in Febrvuary on "salad bowls" and would appreciate any advice, links, and suggestions.

I'm going to bed for the night. Sweet dreams and love to all.


Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

How I wish I'd never used the Wedding Ring Quilt my Mother made for me in the 1980's, long before I ever thought about being married, and another favorite she made was a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt she made for hubby. Both are in my cedar chest and have seen better days. I'm still kicking myself when I cleaned out her house that I didn't take at least one of her Cathedral Window quilts.

Tell me more what you mean by growing ' salad bowls" and which tender greens you're interested in trying. You ought to be able to grow a variety of lettuces, Arugula and a Mesculin mix from seeds under a grow light, like I'm going to try over the Winter.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

My 'Bright Lights' Swiss Chard is still going strong. Love it. ^_^ Any chard is a good cool weather crop. And flat-leaf parsley. Makes a great addition to a salad bowl. ^_^

Northern Michigan, MI(Zone 5a)

My Christmas package is almost ready to go out, waiting on one more item to arrive then I need to wrap.

Just popping in to touch base and catch up a bit on the thread, been working extra and haven't had much time off lately.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!!

~Julie =0)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving, all! ^_^

Lafayette, IN(Zone 5a)

I need one more item to put in my buddy's box and then it can go out......hoping I can get it on its way this week and beat the deadline this time!


(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

My box is packed, and ready to be picked up tomorrow. My buddy should get it this week end or early next week.

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Mine just needs to be packed, and that requires me thinning out some of what I am sending. Darn it. I will just have to keep the extras!


Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Geez, you gals are on the ball. Had a busy week-end away and thought I might find a few things to include but didn't. So that means I'm back to square one and need to get on the ball.

What's on everybody's Thanksgiving menu?

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Were going to try and fry a turkey, then all the trimmings to go with.

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

We had ours last weekend so that the boys could be free to eat with their dad this week. We fried a turkey (of course), twice baked sweet potatoes, carrot casserole, brussel sprout and cheese bake, dressing, gravy, homebaked rolls, and homemade cranberry sauce/relish. Made a pumpkin cheesecake which was cut in tiny slices but was so good. Had everything done way ahead and just had to pull out pans from the fridge and pop into the oven. Guys did the turkey, sat around and visited for the 30 minutes it took, then we all visited in the kitchen while my oldest dismantled it and everyone fought over the skin.


(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

here is the email I sent out to family:
Due to the Good News that Sherry and Alex will be joining the family for this wonderful day of giving thanks,
the Meal will not begin until 1 ish. They won't be getting in until that time, and I am sure we all want to wait for them.. Anyone can come early, and the menu is this:
Two Bottles Asti from Joe
Smoked Turkey from Jon Jet BBQ
Baked Chicken ( Stuffed with Dressing) and Noodles from Debra ( in honor of Great Aunt Effie)
Pork Butt Roll Special from Joe ( New Recipe that Kicks A**!)
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmellos from Debra ( in honor of Charles)
Watergate Salad from Debra ( in honor of Pauline)
Hashbrown Potatoes from Paula
Cinnamon rolls from Paula ( these kick a** also!)
Cranberry salad from Paula ( in honor of Pauline)
Green Bean Casserole from Dana
Relish Tray from Tom and Dana
Corn dip from Rose
Bud light Lime from Charlie
Two pumkin pies from Karin
Baked Wheat Bread from Joanna ( the baking queen)
Large Multi flavors cheese cake
Pecan Pie
Fruit Pie ? ( from Joanna) if she can get them done

If there is something missing, please add it to this list..
Thanks for being part of our family..

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Goodness, I'm drooling just reading that, Debra. What a feast! ^_^

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

WOW is right, turkey, chicken and a pork roast! You said 1, I think I can make it by then! ^_^

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Yep, me too, LK. See ya there. :-D)))

Kiowa, CO(Zone 5b)

Sorry, busy as usual. Will be shopping for goodies, thinking Friday. Still planting, another 250 iris in in the last 3 days, getting close to being done with that chore and then on to others. Trying to get things together for a kitchen remodel, hoping to get started mid Dec. Going to my daughters for Thanksgiving. I will be making dressing, cranberry relish and my fav.: whipped creme fruit salad with bananas, marishino cherries (full jar), crushed pineapple and marshmallows, yummmm! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Will be mailing out soon. Kathy.

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Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

What a houseful and a delicious feast you're going to have, Debra!

Had to chuckle, Kathy, when you're ever going to be finished planted Irises. Bet your gardens next Spring are going to be a spectacular site :)
Even more so than the smidgen of them we've seen. Don't tell happ about your abundance of

Pittsburg, MO(Zone 6b)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May God Bless you and keep all of you safe. Thank you Lord for all these good people and thank you Lord for all service men everywhere, including all our foreign friends.

Love you all.

hayward, CA

wishing you all a happy thanksgiving

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