This final package required very little from me in terms of the necessary elements of the swap. Just some yummies for their tummies and a blanket. But because I'm me, I didn't feel that was a suitable way to wrap this up. Yes, I baked the cookies, but I bought the blanket and I wanted something handmade (other than cookies) to be included. And I'd had plans for Debby from the very start, I wasn't about to let her down now! (or at least let down myself and my expectations for this final package)
So on to the goodies. First of all, I really wanted to send a handmade picnic blanket. I had expectations for that wonderful teapot and Dr. Seuss fabric I talked so much about. All I needed was one more coordinating fabric, and fabric for the backing and I'd be set to start. Oops, did I forget to mention that I was sort of obsessed with getting Mom's shawl done at this point? Yep, every moment went to that beautiful shawl. It didn't leave a lot of time for sewing. Let alone making any sort of blanket. So instead I found a little blanket that reminded me of summer and being outside. This blanket is super soft and cozy, with little delicate flowers adorning the top.
HERE, you can read more about my day with these cookies. I chose a classic Spritz cookie. I've had a Pampered Chef Spritzer gun (I don't know if that's what it's really called, but I like the name) for a few years now. For the last couple years, my sister and I have made Spritz cookies in the shape of Christmas trees, wreaths and snowflakes. Colored green and red and yellow for Christmas and sprinkled with...well...sprinkles. :) They're yummy and fun to look at! The feeling of fall was setting in, the leaves were starting to change, the weather getting cooler. Yes, I had Fall Fever and I couldn't resist. Picnics remind me of summertime, not fall. But I HAD to make these Spritz cookies in the shape of Maple leaves. I couldn't resist. The minute I found the design, I was pulling the ingredients from the cupboards (never mind the fact I didn't plan to actually make cookies that day)! So here they are, in reds, oranges and yellows. I crossed my fingers when I sent them through the mail. I HOPE Debby & her family were able to enjoy whole cookies and not just crumbs!
I had all this wonderful fabric to use since I didn't make a picnic blanket. And like I said. I'd had plans for Debby since the beginning. I got to work making a zippered notions pouch to match the project bag. I deliberated for a long time about whether to put Dr. Seuss on the outside or inside. On the outside, it would blend with the inside of the project bag, and then it might be hard to see with everything filling up the bag. But if it was on the inside, it would be just like the project bag, and I like to shake things up a bit. You can see the final decision for yourself.
Etsy shop. :) I don't have much more to say other than I love this. I'll just show you too many pictures, and smile. :)