Dec 12, 2006

12 Days Exchange

Day 12
My 12 Days partner is..... *drum roll, please* .... Misty!! On the 12th day, I eagerly opened my present and found the cutest Christmas card and a biscornu! I don't have one of these. Thank you so much, Misty.

Just what is a biscornu and what do you do with it, you ask? In the world of needleworkers, there's been a recent flurry of biscornu discussions. Biscornu is a French adjective and means having an irregular shape with "horns", bizarre, and complicated. Although an adjective, it has acquired a noun-like use which describes the eight-pointed tiny cushion. Biscornus are typically used as pincushions, however the French word for pincushion is "pique-aiguilles". In addition, they can be used as an ornament if cording is added. Alternately, a basket or bowl filled with biscornus makes a great centerpiece. How's that for a definition?!

I really like the pretty blue Misty picked out for this biscornu.

Day 11
I opened a squishy package to find the fuzziest pair of socks I have ever seen! Had I not been getting ready for work, I would've put them on right then and there.

Day 10
Ohhh, today I received a stitchy gift from my 12 Days partner. The package contained two needleroll charts. Yay - I've been wanting to do these. Thank you!

Day 9
I'm getting a bit discouraged! Every day, I feel up the package and mentally guess what's inside. Do you think I've gotten any guesses right? Nope! I must not have inherited *that* gene my sister and my father possess. Life is not fair, I tell you!

Today, my 12 Days partner sent me the cutest Christmas tin. What's inside, I wonder? Then I say to myself: "Self, open it and see!" So I did. It was filled with a large variety of flavored teas. Perfect for my snack stash at work, and the tin is SO festive! Blogger is acting up still, so I'll post a pic later.

Day 8
It's hard to believe we're already eight days into this exchange! This morning, I opened up my present and found a stitchable mousepad. :)

Day 7
Over halfway through the gifts! Today, my surprise present was a tube a Udderly Smooth hand lotion. Perfect for winter stitching weather!

Day 6
Feeling up the package before opening it, I thought it was going to be stickers. To my surprise, I received a Buscilla Brass Stitchables bookmark with a rose design around the edge. It's great! Thank you!!

Day 5
OK, I was bad. I opened this present late, late, late (Did I say "late"?) on Day 4. Inside were 2 packages of cocoa in two yummy-sounding flavors: Mint and Caramel. I've never had either of these so I'm looking forward to trying them out!

Day 4
I opened my package and found 2 pieces of hand-dyed evenweave and 1 belfast linen - all 32ct.

They are called: Silweaver Coral Chiffon, Silkweaver Solo (one of a kind), and Zweigert Belfast Linen Light Sand. What a wonderful gift for Day 4!

Day 3
My neck was bothering me very early this morning, so I figured I may as well just get up. It wasn't even 6am yet! I opened my 12 Days gift and what did I see? Two star ornaments, as cute as can be.

Day 2
I woke up bright and early this morning and after letting the dog out, I opened my second gift. On Dec 2, my 12 Days partner gave me:

Two skeins of Weeks Dye Works floss in the colors of pistachio and marigold. Aren't they pretty? Thank you, secret partner. They're wonderful!

Day 1
With all the snow "excitement", I almost forgot! I'm participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Exchange with the Cross Stitch Crazy group. It's a secret exchange where you get 12 little gifts that are numbered in the order you're suppose to open them. One gets opened each day, for 12 days. On Dec 1, I got to open my first present!!! Here's what my secret 12 Days partner sent me:

It's been a LONG time since I've had Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. Yummy! I love these things!! Guess what I'll be munching on tonight while watching movies?


Megumi said...

Ooh, someone has good Jelly Belly jelly beans are awesome!

I'm impressed by the snow pictures! Wish we'd get some out here in NC! :)

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Those have to be the best jelly beans around! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm yum. Save me some of the buttered popcorn ones!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh yummy I LOVE jelly bellys!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mmm, I love jelly belly's! Very pretty colors of floss. Nice gifts! But I want to know how you almost forgot to open day 1?? That's inconceivable. LOL

Carol said...

Your 12 Days of Christmas exchange looks like great fun!

Cindy said...

What lovely colors! I am sure you will enjoy them Jelly Beans! Yummy!

stitcherw said...

What a fun idea. Jelly beans are so practical, as you can eat them when you stitch and your fingers don't get messy, and the floss colors are so pretty. I'll enjoy seeing what other goodies are in your 12 days exchange.

velda said...

What lovely gifts! I love the stars

Anonymous said...

Very nice so far! I am enjoying the 12 days exchange so much.

Your snow is gorgeous, I am very jealous.


Anonymous said...

Very cute ornaments.

Anonymous said...

Your gifts are great! What a wonderful idea this is. What group are you doing this with?

Mary Ann said...

Very nice gifts!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty fabric!

stitcherw said...

The linen is lovely, my favorite is the blue. Any idea's what you might do one them yet?

Anonymous said...

Ohh those fabrics are making me hungry. They are very pretty. Have fun with them.

stitcherw said...

I've only had the mint, but it is delicious, you'll really enjoy them.

AnneS said...

What an awesome idea having a 12 days of Christmas exchange - and what lovely treats you've received so far :)

Anonymous said...

Oh that bookmark is very cool!!!

Cindy said...

More awesome gifts! Love them all!!

Anonymous said...

Cool bookmark! That's not what I was imagining when you described it. And I love Udderly Smooth lotion. Wish mine was in a squeezable container. I always end up getting it under my fingernails when getting it out of the container. Yuk!

stitcherw said...

I really like the bookmark. I haven't seen that style before, only the fabric ones, it should be really neat done up. Do you have any ideas of bookmark patterns you'd like to do on it?

Barb said...

The 12 days of Christmas exchange sounds like fun. Enjoy your daily gifts!

quiltorstitch said...

What a fun idea, those are some cute gifts you got too :D

I'm pretty new to blogging, I love the things you have done, they are lovely :D

Anonymous said...

Very cool mouse pad!

stitcherw said...

The mousepad is very cute, what a fun pattern to stitch.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those do look like they are incredibly sock softs. Enjoy them when you get to put them on.

Shelleen said...

great little gifts that you are getting.
I cried when I read the No Santa Clause story. What a wonderful story.

Anonymous said...

Those are such awesome gifts!

stitcherw said...

What great 12 day's presents they all were, she put a lot of thought into those.

valda said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog to see what you received each day from your 12 days of Christmas exchange. What a great exchange. She gave you some wonderful gifts! I also enjoyed seeing what you received for the RAK. Stitchers are the nicest people! Congratulations on your A in Ecology!