A busy busy elf

That's how I've been lately, very busy! I've been working a lot on Christmas things, both for swap partners and for family. But I can share a few of the things I've been working on now as some were for an advent swap and have been opened.
Something to brighten the evenings
This is a candle jar that I decoupaged with red tissue paper then added small tatted snowflakes. There was also a candle tucked inside. I had never done decoupage before I started adding a little bling to my shuttles and now I can think of so many things I could do with it. In fact, I have all kinds of things in mind for Christmas gifts now that include a little decoupage. Now if I only have the time!

A little sparkle for my partner to hang on the tree.

Napkin rings to add a little Christmas cheer to the her table.

A stocking for the mantle with a little chocolate inside!

I had such fun thinking up all kinds of things to send. It couldn't just be snowflakes, I needed a variety! I'm hoping she's having as much fun opening them as I had putting them together.

I have also received some wonderful gifts in return. These are just a few of the great gifts I've opened so far.
Kooly the Koala
This is a Kritter Craft Case from Clover. Isn't it cute?! It's a semi-hard case that will be just perfect for a tatting project.

A little something to dress up my dish soap!

A dishcloth, a notepad and a size 12 crochet hook

And today the cutest hot pads!

This advent swap has been so fun! There is talk of doing this again next year and I am seriously thinking about it already! I will certainly start making things much earlier, though: )

In the midst of all this crafting I've also been trying to find time to put up my Christmas decorations. The tree is up but not decorated (it's one that already has lights so it doesn't look too bare) and that's about it so far. Maybe this weekend...

Speaking of decorating, did you hear? Sharon has won Isdihara's decorated chocolate box contest? If you haven't seen Sharon's box you definitely should check it out. Check out all the others, too, the links are on Ambitatterous, Isidhara's blog. There are some very cute decorated chocolate boxes! This was a fun competition. Congratulations, Sharon! You had an awesome entry.

I'm enjoying English Teatime tea this morning that was in the box of gifts from my swap partner. I'm fortifying myself for another busy day of playing elf. I have a long list of things that I would like to get done before Christmas though I keep telling myself if I don't get them done it won't be the end of the world - no sense in stressing over doing things that should be fun!

Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas season. Take a little time for tea and tatting, and maybe a little time to reflect on the reason for the season.

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