Nettie brought along some of the pieces she has finished. I love when she does that. And she does amazing work. Here is a punch needle piece she did and had framed. The backing is a piece of flannel fabric. Her punching is amazing.
Another piece of hers that is a penny rug.
Some hooking was actually accomplished during the day also, before others arrived..
Joanne is such a fast hooker. None of the hearts were hooked, and I think one of the flowers wasn't hooked. She was trying to figure out what to do with the bird on top. I didn't get another shot of her rug before she put it away. She had quite a bit of background done too!!
People started to arrive and there was a lot of food to be shared. There was another table with desserts on it, but the picture didn't come out.
When we were all done with our numbers, and done swapping, which was hysterical because there were a few items that were constantly changed back and forth, we started to open our gifts.
There were some really sweet gifts. Here are my 3 first...
Candles that needed to be sniffed..
Certainly some extreme silliness to keep everyone laughing.... (if you didn't have sore sides from laughing last night, then there was something seriously wrong)
More sniffing of candles :)
There were some gifts that were TRUE White Elephant gifts....
And Joan's laughter says it ALL.... Of course the owner of the panties took them back lol. There was a sweet necklace attached to the bag. That was the attraction to picking the bag in the first place. No one ever suspected what was inside lol. I just WISH I would have gotten Genny's face when she first peeked in the bag. I think Joanne had gotten it!
This one certainly brought a LOT of LAUGHS as well. I had received this gift last year as a white elephant from Pam in my on line group. I was hysterical when I opened it then.... so you can imagine the laughs it brought when Linda received this one!!!! I was waiting for the right time and place to pass it on, so I hope you are pleased Pam :) Linda kept trying to trade it off, but no one seemed to want to take it home lol.
And the last game of the night was the door prize. Nettie won it.
Then there were gifts I received from other friends. Nettie brought me some candles, and had a box of ornaments that she let everyone choose one. So nice of you Nettie, thank you!
From Sherri.... Her stitching in creating these pieces floor me!! Beautiful work Sherri :)
From my pal Joan.... h is for harris... will have fun with this one, and had to keep an eye on Joanne with that red wool :)
My sweet Santa from Jill... It lights up, so cute!
And my Dear friend Joanne. She told me that I was not allowed to return my gift, so I better like it. How floored I was when I took out the hooked tote she made me. It has my initials on it, so I can't return it. Like I EVER would :) !! Still in utter shock, it's beautiful. And the other gifts that were wrapped inside. I just love santa's...
Linda, gifted me with a gorgeous set of high thread count sheets to go on my bed. She had gifted me for my Birthday a Down comforter that I have been enjoying slipping into every night on these cold, cold nights. I will honestly miss it next Summer! My bed is complete ! Thank you Linda..... I am sleeping soo wonderfully :)
I certainly am sooo appreciative of each and every gift I received. I'm not a good receiver, I'd rather give. I just want to say Thank You to each of you for such wonderful items that will make me smile and think of you, each time I look at them. As I sit here with my coffee and stare over everything, I am feeling so Blessed to have these girls in my life, that I can just cry. Call it hormones, call it whatever you want, but I am soooo touched by the love that is shown in this hooking group. And it's not about the gifts, it's the True caring and support that each one gives to each other.
It's genuine..... it's remarkable....... and I am so happy to be a part of it. It continues to grow in size, which only means that more sharing and caring will continue. More friendships to be made... That just makes my heart smile.....
We had more people sign up last night for the Secret Pal. I can only imagine what this next year will bring. More surprises, more smiles....
Have an awesome weekend ~~~~~