From across the pond…from the very artistic Andy…came a beautiful ornament, now featured prominently on our family’s Christmas tree.
I received the ornament late in November, just as we were readying for guests over the long Thanksgiving weekend. The weekend was filled with everything Thanksgiving—family, friends, food, and football. Before I knew it, it was time for another week of work. Time seemed to crawl because I wanted nothing more than the few hours necessary to decorate our tree, mostly so I could hang Andy’s elf ornament in its intended environment.
As shown in Andy’s post shortly before mailing, the ornament is hand-painted with smiling, pink-cheeked elves on both front and back. Their hats and jackets are decorated with buttons, and they are offering up a bow-topped gift. The finishing touch is on the bottom of the ornament, where Andy added a handwritten Merry Christmas wish and his blog address.
In the week or so between when “Andy” arrived (yes, I’ve decided to call it after its creator) and its placement on our tree, I kept the ornament on my desk so I could enjoy the elves’ cheery countenance while I worked. In fact, I became so used to its presence that I’m thinking of keeping it out all year round. It’s heavy enough to be a paperweight, and the elves will remind me to incorporate the fun and spirit of Christmas in my everyday life all year long.
Thank you, Andy, for a lovely ornament.
And Miriam, thank you for organizing this swap. It was a lot of fun, both to give and receive. I hope you will do this again next year.
Encouraged by Sian’s current “Blog Cos You Want To” prompt, I’m posting a revision of a holiday-friendly idea I shared back in December 2011.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably found yourself with a small-sized gift but no suitably sized box to wrap it in. The illustration and instructions below show how to convert a large shirt or robe box into a smaller size box that will be a better fit for a small gift (and there’s a link at the bottom of the post for a .pdf of the instructions). Give it a try—you will be surprised at how easy it is, and how nice the resulting box looks.
Back in October, Miriam invited her readers to a swap of Christmas tree ornaments. Participants were asked to create (stitch, paint, knit, crochet, etc.) or purchase an ornament to send along to someone else in the swap. Now, how fun is that? The due date for sending ornaments is today (yes, last-minute-me again!), but I’m happy to say that my package is on its way to Becky.
Some of us are alumnae of Shimelle’s 2011 Blogging for Scrapbooking classes. We have stayed in touch since, mostly via Sian’s Storytelling Sunday, a first-Sunday-of-the-month opportunity to share whatever story is on our heart that month and, more recently, via Alexa’s Simply a Moment meme, among other connections.
I revisited Becky’s site, mostly to re-read some of her Storytelling Sunday contributions, to be sure that what I had in mind was suitable (and I do hope she likes it!). Becky is far ahead of me, having already posted her ornament to Honorè a few days ago. And, via Andrew Lean’s blog, I’ve had a sneak peak at the holiday elf that will be on my tree this year—I can hardly wait!