Friday, 5 December 2008


Wow what treasures Mandy sent to me.

Such a pretty stocking filled with some gorgeous treasures.
Look at the pretty little chandelier, 2 gorgeous French themed magnets, a stamp, 2 yummy smelling soaps, a lovely canvas print, a crocheted doily and 2 magazines.

Blogger keeps turning this picture around!!!!
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I didn’t want to open them as they looked so pretty.


Here is the Vintage Christmas Stocking and goodies I sent to Mandy – Pearl Maple. I have followed a beach theme with the decorations that are with Mandy’s stocking – even a couple with an Aussie theme to give her a laugh. I made the Vintage Christmas Stocking from my Grandma’s Vintage Damask Table cloth – it must be about 90 years old, I also used vintage chenille from my childhood bedspread – not quite 90 years old but probably 40 years old. I trimmed it with shell from a necklace and some little beads. I got Max to cut out some dolphin, beach hut and fish shapes for me to paint and glitter. I love how they turned out and did some for myself too.
Click on the photo to see the Santa's and stocking in more detail

How cute are these thongs/flip flop decorations. I so love these beach Santa’s, especially the Santa under the tree.. The shell decoration is so soft and pretty. Mandy has lovely white and cream throughout her home so I tried to keep things in her colour range - hope she liked them


He has finally been sent to a rehab centre – still can’t stand or walk so he has some work to do. Only problem is it is a 2 hour drive away so I will probably only be able to visit once a week or a fortnight.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my Dad.


Pearl Maple said...


Glad that you enjoyed the little treasures in the vintage stocking swap.

We both have had some challenges this year but working on the stocking for you was a little bright light. The stocking and trim was from a vintage cast off tablecloth and while cutting out the shapes and salvaging trim I really got to appreciate the fine hand stitching that some other woman years ago put into creating a trim for her table. Got me to wondering, how was the previous seamstress day, did she so take to a bit of handicraft to take her mind off of everything else that was going on in her world?

Hope Christmas brings good news for you and the family. I have finally washed the last of the mud out of the house so that it is nice and clean enough to show off your delightful stocking. The thongs are the cutest thing, so perfect for a hot summery Christmas in the tropics.

Thanks for participating in the swap.

Unknown said...

So glad to hear that your Dad is well enough to move on to a rehab center! That is PROGRESS...YAY!!! It looks like both you and your partner did very well on your swap! Both gifts are just lovely! Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

Unknown said...

These beautiful treasures and that gorgeous stocking are lovely. I am glad to learn that your Dad is better and on the road to recovery.

Blessings, Karen

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Lori said...

Great swap goodies, love the flip flops! So sad this year I couldn't do any swaps, but next year can make me anticipate them with joy! Love,Lori

Lori said...

Great swap goodies, love the flip flops! So sad this year I couldn't do any swaps, but next year can make me anticipate them with joy! Love,Lori

Country Wishes said...

Everything looks lovely, the flip flops are just gorgeous. Glad your dad is on the mend..

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison,
Wow you are a clever cookie! Love the stuff for the swap.
I am keeping your dad in my prayers, hope you & Max are well.
Sarah xxx said...

Dear Alison

Heartfelt thanks for the lovely kind words of support and sympathy during my step-father's illness and passing.

It is of so much comfort to know there are 'friends' all over the world who care.

p.s prayers for your Dad and youxo

bluemuf said...


lovely stockings and special treasures.

I will still be keeping your Dad in my thoughts and prayers and also you and your family.

Hugs Karen

Debbie Egizio said...

Alison, these ornaments and stockings are fabulous.

I'll be keeping your Dad in my prayers for continued healing.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love your swap...such lovely items!

I'm glad to hear your dad is doing thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Anonymous said...

Alison, your Swap items look Gorgeous!! LOVE them all!! Glad to hear that your Dad is doing better and especially good news this time of year!!
Take care and have a wonderful Chrissie!!

Gail McCormack said...

Loved your swap goodies Allison

So glad your Dad's out of hospital. The draw backs for us living down here on the Peninsula, hopefully he's got a phone or mobile phone and you can ring him every few days. I bet they get him up and walking in no time!

No you can't borrow Ellie, she's needed here! There'd be no decos if it was left to me...hope you get yours done this weekend

We'll catch up one of these days

cherished*vintage said...

Oooh I love what you received and gave in your stocking swap. Those little flip flop ornaments were so cute! Take care.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a pretty package! Hope you get some decorations up this weekend. It really will make you feel more Christmasy:>)

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Alison,
I'm glad to hear your dad is in rehab now, if only it was closer to home.
Loving what you created for Mandy and loving the haul of goodies you received!

Lisa Kettell said...

SO much wonderful Holiday Eye Candy here!
Love it all!
Magic and Joy!

Tutti Chic said...

Alison~What wonderful goodies!Let me add a prayer here for the speedy recovery of your dad. Hope he gets better every day at rehab! :) Chris

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