Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

I have treasure I have!!!

I do!! I do !!

 And indeed that is true I have treasure two fold!   However first things first !!!

 and for those of you who do not hold these same beliefs.... no matter ......because I believe to wish someone Merry Christmas is synonymous of wishing you peace and happiness. 
May this be so dear bloggers ,
Feliz Navidad
 Bon Nadal, , Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar, Joyeux Noël, Froehliche Weihnachten, Shub Naya Baras,  Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Buone Feste Natalizie, Feliz Natal, Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun and Nadolig Llawen.


I have treasure in the form of the wonderful swap parcel contents I have received from
Louise my Christmas Cracker swap partner at ButtonsandBebes.
She has sent me some lovely choccy treasure among other beautiful things:

Just look at how much you can get in a homemade Christmas cracker:

Beautifully neat presentation:
photo sent to me by Louise

It is all so smashing,buttons galore and vintage buttons at that,a beautiful brooch which is made by Louise herself,go here to see more and Louise's shop. There are little charms,sparkly bits,little silver hearts and a Christmas pud charm,ribbons too.

Can you see the Christmas pud?  I love it!!!! The fabric is amazing too! There's a postage stamps piece and a nautical piece. I am already thinking what I can do with that fabric. Louise also sent me a charming letter and a christmas card with  Frightfully British Let's brew up fridge magnet ....I so like to receive typical Brit things like that.

As I forgot to take photos of what I sent to Louise she was kind enough to send me a pic of the contents of the Christmas cracker I sent to her.

 I tried to add as much variety as possible as Louise makes brooches and kiddies hair accessories.
  • some herbal tea and a crocheted mug cosy
  • embroidery silk
  • three different pieces of fabric ,two Christmassy and the other chiffon
  • buttons of course
  • fantasy clips and pins
  • ribbons
  • a mini christmas crochet sock with bells
  • a little lace fan brooch I brought off a friend's stall
  • flowers
  • and I think I put in an Alicantina fridge magnet but I don't see it here...did I forget it???  Yikes!!!....tch!!!

 and now I must fly as I have a lunch class to teach

  Amanda :-)


  1. Buon Natale Amanda!!!
    Love, xxxxxxxx Ale

  2. Have a lovely Christmas Amanda.. x

  3. Have a lovely Christmas Amanda. :)

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family dear Amanda!..Such a lovely Xmas parcel you received there full of crafty treasures!
    See you in 2014,
    Susan x

  5. Fun!
    Merry Christmas to you as well

  6. Feliz navidad to you and your family Amanda. Your crackers looks fab I'm glad you both enjoyed it xx

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family Amanda.

  8. Great Cracker swap!! Have a lovely Christmas and New year Amanda and family!! : )

  9. What a wonderful gift! There was so much in the cracker.! Merry, Merry Christmas!

  10. A fun and festive idea!

    A very Merry Christmas, to you and your family, Amanda!


  11. Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas to you xx

  12. Hi Amanda. Thank you for your comment, my photos should now be back. Lovely treasures! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Pj x

  13. I see there is lots of wonderful gift giving over here! How thoughtful.
    Sending you warm wishes and hugs to you this magical season.......M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !
    I am so glad we have kept in touch though out the years
    xo Shari

  14. what an incredibly fun idea---those craft crackers!!! Hope you have (continue to have!) a very merry christmas!!!

  15. Amanda Merry Merry To you and YOURS!!

  16. Wowsa, Happy Christmas Amanda x

  17. Merry Christmas Amanda to YOU & Yours. Thanks for dropping in to see me. xx

  18. Merry Christmas dear Amanda to you and your family!Happy holidays!
    Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα με υγεία και ευτυχία!

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    * , Merry Xmas' • , * '

  19. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and filled with love and blessings

  20. Merry Christmas, Amanda. That's a lot of stuff in that cracker. What fun.

  21. Merry Christmas Amanda! What a lovely swap, filled with gorgeous little treasures.

  22. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, Amanda! I loved seeing your new Cracker Treasure, and all the creative opportunities it suggests! My teapot is hugged by the cozy you sent me. My Christmas tree is adorned with the wonderful ornaments you sent, I use the ceramic pieces you sent to hold afternoon snacks, the heart pin cushion is at the ready beside the chair where I sew, the magnet you sent is on our fridge and I recently pondered new projects I might complete with the other treasures you sent me last year. Thanks again!!!

    1. Hello Gracie
      So very glad you found use of the little bits and pieces I sent you. It is so gratifying when a swap partner follows up and comments about the goodies received. I have frequently handed out the postcard pack you sent me and your part of the USA has more than once been subject of comment. I still have the friendship bracelet and in fact use it to hold together some other little charms on my bag. I am reminded of you everytime. Happy New Year Gracie!!! Amanda xx

  23. Merry Christmas to you too! Whenever I see Feliz Navidad it makes me spontaneously burst into the song!

    I did a christmas swap, and received some lovely things. The swap things you sent and the things you received all look so lovely, its a brilliant thing to do at christmas isn't it!

  24. What a happy swap with lovely gifts both given and received.
    I've never seen that postage stamp fabric before. Love it.
    Wishing you lots of happy crafting hours in 2014. Good health and happiness too.
    Margaret x

  25. Such beautiful swap gifts, really lovely things! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year! I look forward to visiting you here in 2014!
    Helen xx

  26. What a great swap!! YAY!! Hope you had a great Christmas, and very best wishes to you and yours for 2014
    BH xx

  27. Enjoy your nice gifts, Amanda!!! The cracker you sent was also full of lovely things!!
    I wish you a very happy new year, full of good health, love and joy in your family!!!!!

  28. What lovely gifts! All the best to you for 2014 x

  29. You do indeed have treasures, and I see from catching up with your posts that the yarn fairy has been a frequent visitor and indeed set up shop hear you. I've said it before and I'll say it again, she's a minx that yarn fairy.

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Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)