Saturday, December 5, 2009
I've always wanted to take part in a handmade ornament exchange. I've done a couple of "buy an ornament at the store, to swap" kind of exchanges, through previous jobs before, but never a "I made this with love, for you to hang on you tree" type of exchanges. This year, I signed up for more than one. In all, I have to make 9 ornaments. They're already made, and ready to be sent out to my swap partners. I still have some photographing to do for an upcoming tutorial (trust me, you'll love them. They're beautiful, and cost less than $1 each to make), and I don't want to spoil the surprise for any of them that might read my blog, so I can't share them with you just yet.
On Thursday though, I got my first ornament in the mail! And, my first Christmas card. Yes the card came inside the package with the ornament, but I think it still counts. The lovely Fallon (you can click on her name to hop over to her blog sweet fancy), is way ahead of the rest of us, apparently.
The packaging on her ornament was so nice, it took me a minute of studying it to determine if I should open it or not. "Is... this... the ornament? Or... is this just the packaging?", I wondered. I didn't see a string attached to it anywhere though, so decided it was just the packaging (swap partners- my packaging will not be nearly as nice, haha). Good call, Tia.
Lookit how cute! I really really like this ornament. It reminds me so much of home. Here in Texas, the rainy season is from March-May, in the winter everything is dry and brown. Having this adorable little umbrella on my tree reminds me of beautiful puddle stomping days that we have to look forward to in the spring. Thank you Fallon, I love it!
**On a side note. I put up a holiday banner. What do y'all think? Do you think holiday banners are tacky, because I'm kind of wanting to do them for every season now, haha. I had seen quite a few go up on friends blogs this past week, so decided to jump onto the holiday blogger bandwagon. Thank you for the inspiration, friends.