a dutch online dollshouse community called Het Kladblog held it's annual Sinterklaas Swap party last night. (check the wounderful site of Josje if you want te read more about Sinterklaas and the traditions that come with it) Almost all the participants (over 40!) were online and opening their presents one after another. It was hectic but a whole lot of fun. The oooo's and aaaah's where numerous ;-))
A big part that makes the joy of Sinterklaas is in the drawing the name for whom you have to make a present. The recipiant doesn't know who the maker of the gift is. Finding out who it was, is lots of fun afterwards. Hint, tips and the style of the present all help to reveal...
Me for instance left my zipcode on the back of the enveloppe. In case the mail couldn't deliver they, at least, had the return to sender option. And... my swap-child could use it as a hint ;-)) I believe she's still in the woods, but she doesn't read here haha.
On the ticket I had drawn was the wish for something in pastels, or the opposite; bright colored toys. This is what I made:
Last night, when I opened the enveloppe that my mysterious maker had sent me, i felt somewhat ashamed. In it were not just one or two wrapped up gifts.... no, there were nine! Yes, 9! Ooh my, outrageous, soo many, and all were waiting online for me to unwrap them... I felt in a hurry, but didn't want to rush... imagine that the siccors would cut into what was in it... carefully I unwrapped and this is what I got:
First was a towel, edged with lace, some soap, sponge and a lovely bottle of bodylotion. Then came a kite with colorful tail, a poëziealbum with a sweet handwritten poem, three lovely childrenbooks, a toyhorse on a stick (great detail on the tail!!), a rattle, a bear made out of wool, and a nice box with transparant lid inwhich lay a small doll in a lace dress. And finaly a cuddletoy in the shape of an elephant.
But the fluffy elephant gave it away... I remembered toys alike done by Petra. So with all my hart I want to thank Petra for her outrageous number of presents. Knowing she has astma and that her energy levels can drop from time to time I value these as a big gift. Thank you soo much Petra!