Its been a great mail week for me so far. I could hardly contain the embarrassing amount of childlike excitement I had when this bunch of goodies arrived from Jackie of Littlest Flower-
(Kids, I need a brief moment to myself to enjoy this goodness, please eat your lunch quietly...I'll be back.)
The piece de resistance, the reason this whole swap began, was because I so loved the linocut owl print she did for her son's 2nd birthday. And now, I have my very own. (sigh...) There is a wall in my house that's been waiting for its arrival. One of the reasons I love it so much (other than the fact that I adore owls) is because it's totally out of my area of knowledge and expertise. I could never do this. It is so so lovely, she was even so sweet as to give me info on the size IKEA frame that it would fit perfectly into. Oh my! Now I need to make a trip to IKEA (insert an evil, self-gratuitous laugh here).
But she surprised me with an owl softie she made! Although I couldn't really tell you how cute it was upon opening, because it was immediately confiscated by a small hand and taken to a bedroom tea party. ("Hey wait honey, that's mom's owl!")
I did get it back eventually, and got a closer look. He is sitting in my favorite knitting chair at the moment.
I love the "HOOT" on the back.
She also included a really beautiful embroidered piece she found "op shopping" (a term I love by the way, Jackie)-
and these sweet little wooden ornaments which are now on our Christmas tree-
Jackie, these are all treasures. It was so fun to get to know a fellow blogging buddy this way, especially one so incredibly talented. This will be hard to top this holiday season. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love it all so much!
On the crafting front, I am still knitting tiny sweaters and loving adding more and more details to each little one. And thanks for all the comments, you guys really know how to put a spring in a gal's step. I can't imagine what I'm going to do with all of these little guys, so if anyone is interested in a Christmas ornament swap, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and one could be yours. Currently, my beloved Nikon camera is on its way to a repair center in New Jersey, but I hope to be able to take pictures of the new ones I've made and post them on Friday.