One of the very nicest parts of having a blog and being a part of this creative community we have here is the mail. In a world of technology, the mail is tangible and real, made by your hands and I love that. Yesterday I opened my front door to this beautiful train case from dear Meg. We have been pulling a swap together for a long time (truth be told, it has taken me a year to put a swap package together, but I'm trying to get better!!! I swear that was only once!) I am so in love with my gorgeous train case, it is front and center in our home and I plan to get creative with whatever it will hold, something good for sure (the kids suggested candy). Meg, your work is just brilliant, I love it. And I promise that my end of this deal is not a year away!!!
The kids also benefit from all this good mail (although Peter has yet to reap much...I should work on that). We were paired up with Emily's family for Tracy's kids CD swap and the kids loved our package so much. An audio CD of the My Father's Dragon series (one of our all time favorites), a CD of some great music (Ian's favorite new song is this one), homemade chocolate chip cookies (yum!), Moleskine journals for each of the kids with stickers. Emma jumped right into composing a cartoon of bugs eating popsicles with her loot. It's all being thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, such a thoughtfully prepared box. Emily, yours is coming soon I promise! (shhh...don't tell Tracy how late we were).
Speaking of etsy, I've already started my Christmas shopping. I have taken the pledge to either make handmade gifts, or purchase handmade gifts for the holidays this year. The only exception I would make to this is books. Because I do love to give and receive books.