Laurie, my partner in the Sweet Sister Holiday Swap apparently has mind-reading abilities in addition to her sewing skills. Just look at what she sent me for our November swap:
The theme for this package was "Tags & Swags". Laurie made me the neatest garland in my very favorite color combination of turquoise & red. She used wool felt and vintage fabrics & buttons to make yo-yos (which I LOVE) that are attached to a turquoise beaded garland. It is just gorgeous, and my lame-o flashed-out photo simply doesn't do it justice. I love that it looks festive but not exclusively "Christmas" so I can display it at other times of the year. I've thought of just the place to hang it so I just need to get a few more hooks and I'll be in business. Laurie also included some cute Christmas gift tags and one of darling handmade wool pigs (which I've coveted ever since I saw the one she made for Jane in the Pink & Brown swap earlier this year). What a delightful package, and how lucky I am to have been paired up with Laurie!
I got more good mail in the form of my order from a.bel emporium. When Amanda posted on her blog about her new Christmas miniatures, I just had to go check them out! I ordered some darling Hansel & Gretel scrap (destined for Valentines, methinks), a set of wee plastic deer, Halloween dresdens and the cutest little red & white toadstool cupcake picks, because I am obsessed with toadstools lately.
I was tickled when I got my order and found that Amanda included extra several goodies and it was all packaged up like a gift! Do go over and check out the Holiday Kitsch Samplers at her blog.
And the last bit of happy mail came from Sarah. A while ago she mentioned on her blog that she'd found an aqua Lu-Ray pitcher at the flea market. I commented on it--I adore Lu-Ray, but have only ever found 3 pieces in all my thrifting. Sweet Sarah rolled up that pitcher in a ton of bubblewrap and sent it to me as a wonderful surprise!
It is now one of my very, very favorite things and I just smile whenever I look at it. As I told Sarah, I could not be more delighted! :)
Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers I've met, the Happy Mail quotient around here has gone up substantially. :)