Years ago, in the early days of craft blogs, people used to do swaps. Do you remember that? I hadn't done one for ages, but then I read about a Secret Valentine Exchange organised by Sanae and Ute, and it sounded like fun.
I drew Shelley, which intimidated me slightly because she sews the most beautiful things (including almost everything from Little Things To Sew). She had said she liked things that are brown or grey, and natural fabrics. I made a Noodlehead zippered pouch, because they are cute & hopefully useful, and an apple pincushion because the one I made myself years ago is still in constant use.
... and then I wrapped it up and put it in the post.
... and worried that there might be too much red in there. But then it arrived and Shelley has been very kind about it, so hopefully it will be useful for future sewing.
My own parcel arrived from Michelle (who doesn't have a blog) and had loveliest felt garland and kimono-fabric coasters. I had to leave the house on Valentine's Day before the children woke up so it was fun to string up the garland and leave out some chocolate hearts and cards for them.
It was really fun to participate in a swap again after such a long time, and especially because this one was so well organised and I liked that we were encouraged to make something with materials we had on hand. A big thank you to Sanae and Ute for being such excellent organisers!