Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christmas in July Gift from Manu

I have now heard from Manu that she has received my swap gift, so I can now share with you the wonderful items I have received from Manu and the items I sent to her.

The Christmas in July swap was organised by Jazzi and the idea is to use recycled or found items so your only cost is postage.

Today I am just going to show you the items I received from Manu.

This is the first time I have ever entered anything like this and I wasn't disappointed. I was a little nervous on entering the swap but Manu is such a lovely swap partner and very easy to correspond with, especially with the help of Google Translate. I was so excited when I received a parcel in the post with stamps from Italy on it. I knew it was my swap gift from Manu and I couldn't get inside quick enough to open it. I think I just about trampled the dogs as I rushed in the door.

On unwrapping the parcel there inside was a beautiful little 'book' box with flowers, hearts and butterflies on it. Wrapped around the box was a ribbon with a lovely little flower arrangement. The box in itself was a wonderful gift and I am sure I can create a little scene to go inside it.

Along with the box was a lovely little note from Manu saying:
"Carissima Sharee, I send you this little thought hoping it will be to your liking. I looked at your blog often and love the precious things and you have a nice taste in your choices. And I was very pleased a swap with you. A warm hug. Manu"

On opening the box this is what I found:

 Box and contents.
 The most beautiful little towels edged with lace and with fine embroidery on them, including an 'S'. Such a lovely personal touch.
 A game of Ice Cream Opoly. Manu must have known I'm rather fond of ice cream! It is complete with mini money, game counters and a little dice. The box is even divided into little compartments.
 The most gorgeous fabric picture of Peter Rabbit's mother mounted in a frame that Manu said she made of resin.
 Two wonderful cushions and a dainty pair of floral slippers.

I had seen Manu's lovely cushions on her blog site and I was thrilled to receive two cushions from her. They are beautifully made and have the most beautiful little decorations on the corners and each is finished off with a little bow. As a surprise she used images of art work by my sister, Karen Panton, on the cushions which makes them even more special. I've sent a photo of the cushions to my sister and she thinks they are great. I think she is hoping one of the cushions might find a home in the Selina Rose Gallery.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this swap and it is lovely to have hand made items from another miniaturist.

How lucky am I? Thank you Manu.

A big thank you also goes to Jazzi for organising a great swap event.

In the next day or two I will write about the items I sent to Manu.

Manu -
Jazzi -


  1. Un precioso regalo, y la caja muy original.
    Un abrazo.

  2. Привет!
    Поздравляю! Замечательные подарки!

  3. Congratulations on your beauiful gifts from Manu, Sharee, enjoy it all! All miniatures are made for you with love, that is fantastic!
    Hugs, Ilona

  4. Congratulations on your wonderful gifts from Manu. Everything is gorgeous. It is great fun to do swaps and such a pleasure to have items in our houses made just for us with love. Enjoy your beautiful treasures.
    Hugs Maria

  5. Cara Sharee, hai presntato molto bene i doni che ti ho inviato. Mi fa piacere che tu li abbia graditi e un grazie di ♥ anche a te!
    Un abbraccio, Manu

  6. Ooh aah! How lucky are you! Personalised gifts! I bet your sister is just chuffed about those cushions. I agree about the box - what a score!So very happy for both of you to have joined in and made new mini friends across the globe xxx

  7. Thank you everyone. The swap was a great experience and I will certainly treasure the items received from Manu.

  8. These gifts are amazing.
    Greetings, Faby