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Handmade Swap Gift

I signed up for Elizabeth Anne Design‘s Holiday Swap. These were the parameters that Cyd and Ami setup:

All gifts are to be handmade and accompanied by a recipe that either relates to the gift or is in some way is special to you at the holidays. The term “handmade” can be creatively defined to suit your skill level and time availability – for some of you it might be an ornament that looks like Martha herself spent hours laboring over it and for others it might be a bakery box filled with brownies. It’s entirely up to you! Gifts need to be mailed no later than December 15 (earlier please – I suggest December 1 –  if your swap buddy lives across an ocean from you) and should be accompanied by your name so your new friend knows who sent them their favorite gift of the season. We’ll do this Secret Santa style so no one will know who is sending them a gift until it arrives. Fun, no?

As luck would have it, my swap partner was Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. I have to say I was a bit intimidated since the lovely Mrs. Dragoo is a woman of discerning taste. I decided to use some of my newfound sewing skills. I found this great book for newbie sewists.After careful thought, I decided to make a craft apron for Amy to use in her many crafty and creative pursuits. I headed to Ikea and found the perfect fabric.

I borrowed a friend’s sewing machine and went to work. In my excitement, I forgot to photograph the process. {Not to worry, I made another apron and will blog it later.} Here is what I mailed.

Holiday Gift wrappedHoliday Swap Gift, Craft ApronI failed at reading directions because I forgot to send Amy a recipe. When I find a good one, I’ll need to send it her way.

Julia received me as a swap partner.  She sent me a recipe and a batch of delicious granola. It was so good that I neglected to photograph it. I was really bad with the camera this holiday season.

Delicious Granola

photo by Julia H.

I guess the California livin’ has really gotten to me because I really, really enjoyed it.  This swap inspired more handmade goodness.  More to come…