impromptu Christmas project and a swap

My parents were in town visiting last weekend:

grandma and grandpa visit
I showed them some of the things that I was working on and it occurred to me that I should make them some sort of holiday related gift for Christmas.  Unlike me, they are very into decorating their house for the holidays.  I am still on a little bit of a triangle kick and I had so much fun working with Laurie Wisbrun's Brrr! fabrics last time that I thought I would include those in a table runner.
brrr christmas table runner
It ended up a little bit wide (I think the finished size was 20x42") so I added some sleeves to the back in case they wanted to hang it instead.  I am going to send to them a little early so they can actually use it for Christmas, so it is headed for the post office today.  

Last week I received a package from Caitlin in our Wish Circle swap.  She did an absolutely fantastic job making something that I love and she sent along some beautiful scraps.  Thank you so much Caitlin!
wish circle swap gift received!
For the swap I had Kirsten, who is a mother of 3 little boys who lives in Oklahoma.  I was very excited when I saw her mosaic and decided to make her a big tote bag lined with my favorite Farmdale print (she said she loves turquoise and Farmdale, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with that).  I have already shared the exterior of the bag:
triangle tote
a little sneak peak . . .
But I didn't want to share the interior because I knew it would be a giveaway:
wish circle swap bag lining
I feel so grateful to be a part of this wonderful group of women.  Every time I participate in a swap I am completely amazed at what people can create and the time and effort that is put into making something for someone else.  


  1. The runner is super cute! I love those little peeks of polar bears in there.

  2. i love your christmas tree runner, it would look gorgeous hung on the wall too!!
    Jessie, xo

  3. I love. love. love the runner you made for your parents!!

  4. Love the tree runner...I see ornaments! The triangles on that tote are gorgeous!


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