Friday, December 18, 2015

Five on Friday

Joining up again today with Amy of Love Made My Home and her world-famous Five on Friday!!

Today I'm going to share five things that have really brightened my days recently in the lead up to Christmas. There has a been a flurry of giving and receiving through the mail the past few weeks! All of which has been between fellow bloggers. I've also received some surprises from my son, who is a real sweetheart at times even though he can drive me to distraction at others ;)

One ~ Gifts received:

Through my card & tea exchange group, we've had lots of fun with the little gifts to accompany our cards. How cute are these little gifts that came through the mail! Colouring page (I enjoyed working on that during a Christmas special!), embroidered goodness, and sparkling snowflake delights!

Tea wallets, gift tags and lots of new teas to try!

Daily planners, knitted tea pouch and crocheted snowflake!

The best part about this card exchange is that we all live in Canada, but are spread far and wide across the entire width! From Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. A few of us are very close to each other. Now that we have got to know each other a little better, I do hope that we can meet up together sometime next year.

Two ~ Beautiful cards:

I've received lots of cards from blogging friends this year too. Quite a few of them were handmade. I know we all have our preference for displaying cards. My parents used to have all their cards on top of their baby grand piano. I have a few on my buffet until I get the Christmas decorations out. Then I find it better to tape them all to my kitchen window.

Three ~ A few gifts sent out:

These are the gifts I put in the card exchange. My second try at paper piecing which worked up much quicker than my first try. I did these assembly-line fashion which really helped.

Four ~ A gift from my son:

My teen son surprised us with this metal reindeer he made in welding class. I quite like the simple design and the rugged look of it. I just think it needs a little wreath of green around its neck and will try to make something up for that on the weekend.

I also received a "re-gifted" gift from my son. He gave me a metal heron that he made in welding class a couple of years ago, but the head broke off last year. I've been asking and asking him to take it into school and reattach the head. Today, that finally got fixed and he gave it back to me all together again. I love this piece and put it in his pond garden in the summertime. It's his own design.

Five ~ A little gift to me from me!

While browsing through some stores last week, I came across this cute glass cookie jar. It has a ceramic top and I just couldn't put it back on the shelf. So home it came even though I really shouldn't have. I like glass cookie jars because you can see what's inside them ... in this case, nothing :(

Thanks for stopping by today!

Merry Christmas Everyone!



  1. Such lovely things you have been sending and receiving and swapping with your tea friends! That really is so nice isn't it! Lovely to see all of your pretty cards as well! Thank you for joining Five On Friday and making it a great thing this year. I so appreciate it! Happy Christmas! See you again in 2016! xx

  2. Nice group of five, really like your son's work.

  3. The reindeer is adorable Wendy, your son is talented - great heron too.
    It has been nice sending and receiving with the CATE group and it would be nice for us Ontario girls to plan a tea outing next year.
    Merry Christmas.

  4. Your gifts made me smile, Wendy. I agree with Judith that we should try to arrange a tea outing next year. Merry Christmas!

  5. Such a lovely card and tea exchange. Your display of the treats received is like eye candy. Ahhh... I love this time of year and all the pleasures one can squeeze into a little envelope or find therein.

    Wendy, wishing you a beautiful weekend,

  6. Such cute little surprises that you have received in the mail, Wendy! I love the pieced Christmas trees that you made, too. The welded reindeer and heron are wonderful keepsakes from your sons. I just love hand-made gifts - so much heart and soul goes into them. I hope you get some tasty surprises to put in your sweet cookie jar, too! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Wendy! xo Karen

  7. I've not seen a tea wallet before, Wendy. love at first sight! Especially when it comes with new teas to try.

  8. Some beautiful cards and gifts. Yours sons work is stunning and I am sure will be treasured. I too love the idea of a tea wallet I have never come across one before.

  9. What a beautiful selection of gifts and cards. And I just love the things your son has made. Great designs!

  10. Hello, wonderful gifts and cards. I really love the cute reindeer from your son.

    Have a happy weekend. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. Lovely gifts and cards received and sent. I love your metal reindeer and heron.

  12. Lovely gifts and festive things to treasure and enjoy. I love the metal reindeer and the heron. Happy Christmas:)

  13. I love tea wallet what a great idea! Some lovely gifts you have received.

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  15. I messed up...sorry! These are wonderful received and given gifts! Loved seeing all these small treasures. Hope you have a great Christmas!

  16. So many wonderful things. I just love your son's little reindeer. So cute! And your quilted tree coasters are really lovely! Crocheted tea pouches -- that is definitely on my list of things to do. :) Happy holidays!

  17. Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I like the cards on the kitchen window, you can see them more often and enjoy the message of joy they were sent to mean!

  18. Gosh your son is so very talented, I love both of those pieces. I don't blame you for not being able to leave that cookie jar, the top is beautiful. Have a very merry Christmas xxx

  19. What a beautiful coloring job you did on the poinsettia. Mine is still blank. Coloring while watching tv is a great idea. Love the metal pieces from your son. Merry Christmas!

  20. Your son's work is so amazing! I love the simplicity of the designs too! Your paper piecing blocks look fantastic!! So creative! I like the cards against your kitchen window and you got such wonderful gifts. The snowflakes are beautiful! I am sure you will do something really wonderful with the cookie jar. I would have brought it home too :)

    A Very Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    -Soma xx


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