Depending on the country in which you are celebrating the tradition St N's feast day, the 6th of December, is also a day where children are given presents (in the same vein at Santa visiting children who have been good all year) as, among other groups St N is the patron saint of children.
|St N and Santa : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas#Central_Europe|
It just so happens that my partner comes from one of the Central European countries, that he doesn't 'get' gift giving at Christmas times but loves this tradition, and that St N's day also happens to be his Name Day (another long story for another day). So when I saw this swap I wanted to join, I thought about how busy I would be around this time, how many other things I wanted to be making over the last few months and how it might make me really stressed, and then I joined anyway.
It was only a small swap, 14 people and most were from America, as seems to be the case in Flickr swaps. But the person I was making for happened to be the Swap Mama, from Germany.
Which meant a few things,
1. I couldn't post sneak peaks - Anything I showed my partner would instantly know was for her.
2. I had to make a decision if I was going to go with the Christmas (St Nicholas American style) theme that was developing or make items I thought my partner would like, not necessarily Christmas-y, which was my understanding of her original plan for the swap. Her inspiration email helped a little, as did some of her early descriptions for the swap.
I decided to go with a mix of Christmas and everyday, with the focus on everyday.
So this post is pictures of what I made, for my partner to see. As there was a slight mix-up with the addresses I couldn't post until the last minute and with the distance and the Christmas mail is probably a few weeks away. Hopefully these pictures will deliver some excitement during the wait.
The first item is a decorative reindeer, from a pattern by Melly & Me.
Hopefully he or she can adorn an area and watch over the Christmas festivities. As my partner has young children I left off the buttons for safety and made the horns a little shorter for durability.
My partner also suggested something for the sewing corner, and I came up with this mat to protect the table from the machine vibrations.
It has this cute vintage tape fabric for borders on two sides, and plaid style straight line quilting on the machine surface.