"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowflakes from Spain...

Kate introduced me to Amanda and her blog Crafty in Med in Spain for our Snowflake Exchange.  I have been enjoying getting to know Amanda through her blog!  Even though we live so far apart we have much in common, including a great fondness for Winnie the Pooh :)

Amanda sent me a wonderful package full of treasures including a letter and three of these snowflakes!!!

She wrapped her gifts to me in this great Christmas tree fabric tied with pretty green and gold ribbon.

Amanda crocheted the wonderful holiday tea cozy that fits my favorite teapot perfectly!  And she made a cute little Christmas tree I have perched on my tea tray. and a yellow bell that ((( rings))) that I have hung on my tree. And besides all of that she generously sent a heart shaped pin cushion/ sachet with 3 golden heart pins.  She also sent lace, and ribbon, and sequins and embroidery thread, and magnets, and soap, and a little Ceraplat [plate] along with a tile and Senorita made in Spain!
My granddaughters and I have already used some of the pretty ribbon Amanda sent to make an orange clove pomander using Tina's tutorial to deliciously scent the air in my room.

The bell that (((rings))) that Amanda made for me is very much admired by me and members of my family!  It is  right at home with the stars and Teresa's hearts I crocheted, the three snowflakes Amanda sent, and the other treasured ornaments that my mom and children made or were bought to help us celebrate Christ's birth.

The lovely crocheted Christmas holly  tea cozy Amanda made for my favorite tea pot fits it perfectly!  It  helps keep my tea warm, and  it is a delightful reminder each day that generosity, creativity,  comfort and joy abound even when loss and tragedy are keenly felt.  Thank you, Amanda, for each and every item you sent to me.  I look forward to more bloggy sharing of our lives in the days ahead :)
Thank you Kate for organizing a Snowflake Exchange for us and introducing me to Amanda!  I am trying to not have angst about how loooooong it is taking my gifts from Oregon mailed on December 6, 2012, to arrive in Spain...
It must be time for prayer, another cup of tea and some more rows of crochet and knitting :)

xx from Gracie


  1. You lucky girl! What neat gifts from so far away! You deserve them all as you're so sweet.
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Nice!!!!
    Thank you for your sweet words on my blog post Gracie!!!
    xo Kris

  3. Such a nice Christmas surprise and you deserve every single one of the presents. I'm so glad you are enjoying your Christmas time. :)

  4. wow! how lovely! I am really enjoying watching everyone reciving their swaps! It has been lovely! Amanda has spoilt you as well .... and rightly so my lovely bloggin friend! xxxxx

  5. Gracie what a lovely Festive Package, that is all so you! The beauty really is in the detail at this time of year isn't it...the sights, the smells, the sentiment. xxx

  6. What gorgeous gifts! I enjoy watching all the swaps happening even though I rarely take part because I'm so busy. Your tea cosy is just perfect!

  7. I am so happy that you and Amanda found each other and that your swap was a success. Such lovely present, you must be thrilled. Blogging friends are the best!
    Hugs to you,

  8. That Tea cozy is just the cutest!

  9. What a lovely package of gifts. You are a very blessed lady. I'm so happy for you and excited to see you and Teresa in a few weeks.


  10. Hello Gracie,

    So very pleased you like what I sent you.....and I love to see its all being used. Is that a glass teapot I see??' The crochet snowflakes and other ornaments look perfect on your tree.
    Crossing fingers your parcel arrives soon.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

    1. Yes, I purchased the clear glass tea pot at a local tea shop, and especially like the candle warmer that helps keep my tea hot!
      Hope you are having a happy day, Amanda! xx from Gracie

  11. Hello Gracie such lovely gifts you have received. Something good in the midst of the tragic happenings going on. Love Anne x

  12. Hi Gracie...so happy that you and Amanda have become blogging friends. I to am a follower to her blog and she does make some amazing things. You are so lucky to receive some of her items which makes things so special this time of the year!
    Hope you are enjoying your blanket!

  13. What beautiful gifts! Enjoy:)

  14. I love your tree with all of your meaningful, handmade ornaments. You seem to have found such a treasured community of friends near and far to share your love of blogging and crafting.

    I also wanted to say thank you for your very thoughtful comments on my recent posts regarding the shooting in Connecticut. Your words were both kind, and wise. I am comforted by your calm, resound strength.

    Best to you,

  15. Oh Gracie, that is a wonderful parcel, and how great it is to see you making use of every single thing in it. I'm so happy for you. (And I think the chances are very good your parcel will reach Spain by Christmas.)

  16. Your tree's looking lovely Gracie, it's so nice to see hand made decorations on it :) Merry Christmas! x

  17. What a lovely parcel of treats from Amanda! I love the tea cosy! How lovely that you are enjoying all the sweet gifts. I think your parcel will be there soon so try not to worry....the postal service seems to speed up suddenly as we get nearer to Christmas, at least that is what happens here :)
    Enjoy a cosy peaceful week, Gracie.
    Helen x

  18. What a great parcel to receive! The tea cosy is fantastic and the snowflake is adorable :) Your tree looks wonderful with the new additions too. Hope you have a lovely week x x

  19. What a lovely gift your received and how useful the material used to wrap it will be at Christmas too.


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