Sandi always puts herself out and creates something special - so although this year we went to the local hotel (rather than her place) for lunch - and it was very good - she still manged to amuse us with some games and crafty activity.
First up - we formed teams of 3 and had to wrap a ball - set up and decorate a tree with a set list of decorations. All within 7 minutes. Just getting the tree out of the box and all the branches extended was time consuming!!
Of course at the end there were prizes for everyone... Silly game but fun.
She also made up a giant photo frame and brought along a box of props for us to use.
Our craft activity was to make a little decoration - Sandy brought along the mug shapes and the adornments - I chose to make this one.
Although we have a "Secret Santa" swap - a lot of us also give a small gift to everyone - here is my collection....
My Secret Santa swap buddy was Norreen - and she was mine - an easy swap!!!
This year we each put a fat quarter in a brown paper bag with an idea of what we would like....I left mine til the last minute and grabbed a yellow bali - and asked for "Something sewing related"...probably not very helpful for Norreen - but she rose to the challenge and made tme this lovely sewing folder - she added a lovely stitchery and some gorgeous purple bali.
It is great and will be used for a project I have almost started!!
Norreen put in a fat quarter of a lovely blue floral - a tricky blue - but one day when I was out and about - I found a great stripey fabric that went with it. Norreen had asked for a bag or a zippy pouch...I settled on the zippy pouch and added a few things....how much can you get out of a fat quarter??? I used the fat quarter for both the front & back of the zippy pouch so there wasn't much left - not even a 2.5" square. As well as the zippy pouch I made a scrap bucket, a needle case, a scissor holder and fob, a pin cushion and a mug coaster.
Alison is the chief coordinator - Madam President - for the group - she needs to coordinate with the hall admin people and attend yearly fire drills, so we thought she deserved a gift. We made up a box of Moscato and some treats (chocolates, nuts shortbread etc) and I made her another of the mini wall hangers that I've been making lately.
Oh - and we had two birthday girls too - that all got a bit overshadowed but they each received a lovely bunch of fabrics.