In one of those 'best laid plans' sort of things, Sunday's Blog Hop didn't quite go according to plan. A couple of packages were delayed, and not everyone's ornaments were featured. What this means is we get to go again!
|whimsical Log Cabin Santas stitched up by Jane Knaub|
|JJ's presents within a present|
sent Mandi a Log Cabin Santa. A fun quilted cone that can be used as ornaments or bottle toppers, like the ones shown above. In a fun note, Jane wrote "I had
seen the Santa made from a Log Cabin Quilt Square at a recent quilt
guild meeting and I found the pattern online
. However, it was in
Italian. So good old Google translated it."
Meanwhile, JJ Jacob's
fused glass ornament got missed in the initial reveal. JJ creates delightfully playful, fused glass ornaments, often creating a new design each year. She even teaches classes on how to make your own fused glass ornaments! Swing by her blog
to see more of her designs.
package to me was another of those that took the adventurous route. But oh was it worth the wait! Inside I found the cutest miniature stocking, a beautiful card and two extra little gifts. Thank you Margo Lynn!
|Stocking and Stocking shadows!|
It's been terribly grey here the past week, something that I truly realized as I tried to photograph the stocking. To make it worse, I think all of my photography skills have flown out the window (perhaps Santa will catch and return them when he swings by next week). Margo Lynn knit the stocking from this lovely gold, glittery thread that's really, really hard to do justice with my current (lack of) skills. And something funny - I didn't even notice the purple bugle beads along the top edge until I had it under bright light to photograph. Remember what I said about how grey it is here?
Then I had to find its new home. First, I hung it on our Christmas tree.
|Hanging from the tree|
It looked nice there, but I wanted to put it somewhere a little more prominent. I have a thing for stockings. The stocking I still use was made for me by my grandmother, who passed away when I was seven. I still remember opening gifts at her house, that last Christmas with her.
|old and new stockings hanging together|
So I decided to hang Margo Lynn's stocking with my grandmother's. Oh, and I filled the little guy with a handful of treats, and am allowing myself one a day. There's just enough to make it from now until Christmas, so long as I don't get greedy!
Margo Lynn also sent:
|Two lotion bars - one for myself and one for my friend who acted as my mail drop|
| A lovely letterpress card. The buildings feel like they're embossed|
|sneak peak of Carrie's ornament, in process|
Carrie's package was another one that took the scenic route to its
destination. And the two of them agreed to both open their packages on
Wednesday. Carrie wrote a fantastic guest post
on what she made for Therese, with wonderful process photos of her design/creation process, over on Therese's blog
. Definitely head over and check it out.
Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!
And Happy Solstice, the days will be growing longer again after today!