Thursday, 1 December 2011

Advent Swap - Day 1

 Hooray! It's December 1st and time to open my first advent swap package......
This is what I found at the end of the drive this morning, the postie had kindly popped it over the gate....

Inside were all these wonderful packages

and also this wonderful handmade felt Christmas tree card.

If you're wondering who sent me all these fabulous gifts it was Sue over at crafts@home, we were also partnered in the cupcake swap and it has been nice to really get to know Sue through her blog and our emails these past few months.....
Now I had to be really patient this morning as I was already on my way out to toddlers with Tomas when I noticed the package and it took all my willpower not to go back indoors, pop Fireman Sam on the TV, stick the kettle on and start unwrapping....
After toddlers we arrived back home and once hungry mouths were fed I opened my box of goodies.
Sue had given me a pick and choose advent so I let Tomas help me to choose the first gift....

Can you guess what it is yet????

Here's a rather awkardly taken picture of me trying it out

We've all had a try of it now and it's definitely a hit in our house.

I've packed away all my goodies in a box that I keep in the conservatory - away from grabbing hands
I don't want to share!!!!

I love swapping especially the advent swap - I know it can be a bit daunting 24 gifts but its such a lovely idea and so much fun!!!

Here's what I sent Sue

I found this tin can idea in a recent magazine and enjoyed making so much that I have had to make one for our house too - just need a few more tins yet!!!

Sue loves ladybirds so I couldn't resist these ladybird tissues - almost too pretty to blow your nose on!!!

I can't wait until tomorrow......

Also over the next 24 days I'm hoping to blog each day about something that I have either made or bought for my conservatory as we decorate the room ready for's one will be the advent tins so far I have made 11 of them, covering them in red and white snowflake wrapping paper and using numbers printed from the computer. Inside are three chocolates, 'tis the season of chocolate for breakfast, and an activity for that tonight we have enjoyed listening, singing and dancing to lots of Christmas Cd's to really get us in the mood for Christmas.....
What will you be getting up to over the next few weeks???  


  1. Wow I love your tin can advent idea! That makes it really special doesn't it! My swap partner has made mine a 'lucky dip' advent... I can't wait for it to get here :)x

  2. What fun advent swap goodies! I love your tin advent, such a fab idea! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am now your newest follower! x

  3. I love the tin idea for the advent calendar - given me an idea for when the grandchildren are a bit older!
    Julie xxxxxx

  4. ooh lovely goodies - am loving the advent swap!! Love the tin can idea - we do a similar hanging calendar with chocs and activities in. Lots of fun! xx

  5. I am going to have to try out the tin can advent next year. I can't believe it's December already !! xxx

  6. Hi thanks for visiting my blog, i'm now following you too. Love your tin can advent idea and that is such a pretty box you have stashed your goodies in x


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