Thursday, July 4, 2013

Christmas in July 2013

Welcome to Christmas in July 2013 with its theme of a Strawberry English County Picnic...

Come in to my garden to celebrate with us...

Place your present under the Christmas tree and have a peek at our picnic buffet table...

When the evening is over, the members of my quilt group take home some wonderful handmade gifts from their secret partner. All with a strawberry theme...

My own partner had to be spoiled with a couple of items as I could not decide on one so made them all...

...a little strawberry pincushion...
...a crocheted strawberry drawbag...
...embroidery scissors with a strawberry fob...
...felt scissor holder...
...a strawberry mug bag to carry to work...
...strawberry sweets and tea added in for good measure...

It was a wonderful evening full of laughter and wonder of seeing such creative strawberries. What I look forward to most each year is seeing how the ladies create things based on my given theme. Each time, they seem to outdo themselves once again. I feel privileged to host this group of women! Last night was a memorable evening once again.....

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  1. I love reading about your quilt group gatherings! Looks like a wonderful time!

  2. We sure had fun! I had to explain today, why a normal girl would have a Christmas Party in July.... Well after looking at me, they skipt the word ' normal' LOL! The strawberry gifts where made from warm hearts, and given with warm hands. Let's do this again, in say about 160 day's or so??

  3. Wow! You have some creative ladies in your group. I totally agree with Jackie's comment.

  4. Glad you all had so much fun!

  5. Everything looks just wonderful. The buffet, the tree and the gifts. What a fun time.

  6. Looks like it was a lot of fun, the strawberry themed gifts are all gorgeous

  7. Wonderful strawberry gifts you made for your partner. I love to hear about your quilt gatherings with friends.

  8. Christmas in July what a fun idea. Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you found me at my new place.

  9. I followed you as you made your gifts and kept making one after another,she was spoiled. The gifts all look really nice. It's fun to see what they come up with.
    Looks like you had a lot of really nice food too. I know how much work this is but also how much fun you have coming up with your ideas. Good job Miss Pickle the Elf.
    Love you, Mom

  10. Wonderful, to celabrate christmas in july! Friends, food and homemade presents.. sounds perfect!

  11. Heidi, thank you so much! I was the one being spoiled (spoiled rotten)I love all the gifts a lot.
    I loved being part of the Christmas in July party, with all these lovely lady's. It was so much fun, they are all special and fun.
    Looking forward to our next meeting. Lots of excitement going on.

  12. Looks like a fun evening and some lovely gifts. I remember with fond memories of the evening I spent with your group and how generous they were with there gifts to me. I still have them on display.

    Hope you are well.

    Hugs and stitches,
    Hazel c UK

  13. What a perfect theme for this time of year and everyone has interpreted it so imaginatively. Your gifts to your partner are absolutely lovely :-)

  14. Such a cute theme for a Xmas in July picnic ;>)
    The strawberries are gorgeous and I LOOOOVE the bag, too!



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