We all know how much gift giving goes on during the holidays among the residents of Blogville. Millie participated in this year’s gift exchange that was organized by Jazzi and her mom and received some great gifts from Pippen at My Life with Scotties. She also sent pressies to Bella of The Royal Coonhounds. We had never met Bella and her sister so we sent an email to her mom to find out what she likes and this is what she said:
Bella is my sweet blue tick. Sadly, because of her early years she doesn’t really play with toys. But she loves treats! Soft treats are her favorite, but really, she’ll eat any of them! She loves curling up in a soft blanket (like a baby blanket) when she sleeps too.
Well I put my thinking cap on, gathered my coupons from Joann’s and picked up the necessary supplies. I decided to make a coonhound sized blankie for her.
Millie gave it her sniff of approval before I shipped it. I embroidered Bella’s name on both sides of it so everydoggie in the house would know who it belonged to. It is all a very soft fleece with a layer of batting in the middle so it should be very comfy to lay on. I love the butterfly print for Bella since she is still coming out of the cocoon from her previous life. According to her mom Bella knew just what it was for. You can read about Bella and her sister opening their presents on their blog. If you don’t know them you should go visit now.
I also included a “Rescue” bandanna for Bella just like the one Millie wore when Lily Belle came to visit. According to her mom Bella will be wearing it whenever she leaves the house. I have to admit that my eyes started to leak a bit reading about Bella opening her presents. What a sweet girl she is and how lucky she is to have her family.
The next bit of crafting was a surprise thank you gift for a fellow blogger. This past summer Lynne from Dip-Dip and the Bridge posted tutorials to teach us how to crochet and started the Blogville Ladies Crochet Society. I had seen the wonderful crochet projects that Lynne made and wanted to learn to crochet too. I was real happy when she decided to share her talents and put up the tutorials.
Lynne had commented on a previous post where I was showing some of the yarn project bags I make that she really liked the Maneki Neko design. Well I kept that piece of information in the back of my mind and when I decided to make a project bag for her I knew that would be the design for it.
Usually the interior of my small project bags have a plain pocket, but for Lynne’s I used a zippered pocket that is also a plain pocket. Millie also wanted to send Dip, Bridge and Elliot some gifts so I made personalized fleece squeaky dog bones for each of them and one with an extra special message.
The reports are that everyone was over the moon with their gifts. You can read about Lynne and the Chi’s reactions on their blog. The biggest challenge with this gift was obtaining Lynne’s mailing address. They weren’t part of the card exchange so I had to be clever about getting her address. I knew that she and a fellow blogger exchanged gifts in the past so I emailed the friend, told her what I was doing and she readily gave me Lynne’s address and was sure the surprise would be great.
The toughest part about sending these gifts to Lynne was waiting for them to be delivered. Since Lynne and the Chi’s live across the pond in England and with the holidays I knew it would take a bit longer than predicted by the post office to reach its destination. I also didn’t want to give away the surprise so I had to wait until I heard from Lynne to know that the package arrived. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I spotted her thank you email.
Thanks again Lynne for turning me into a hooker. As I said before I love putting my heart into hand-made gifts and overall I think this Christmas crafting was a big success.