"Any arbitrary turn along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different." ~ Frances Mayes

After losing 112 pounds in almost a year and a half, I have come to realize how very much I was missing. I may be Late to the Party, but I am doing my best to catch up in my own unique way!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reveal time - Another swap, another friend

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
 ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

By now most of you know that I like to participate in craft swaps and the three I joined this fall were outstanding.  Each swap was different and unique and I received the most beautiful things - all gifts of the heart and imagination.  The last and latest was a Christmas ornament swap.

The rules were pretty simple.  Buy or create an ornament that reflected something about you and that also catered to your swap partner's taste.  Since I LOVE paper crafting, I decided to hand make my ornament for my swap partner.  Her name is Diane and she has a wonderful blog that you can see here !  She is getting ready for a huge holiday craft Open House and how she had the time to make my ornament is beyond me!

Before I reveal what she sent to me, here is what I sent her! 

I had lots of fun making it and hope she likes it.  She loves vintage and has a red and white tree.  The top paper had the cutest vintage looking snowmen on it.  I couldn't resist the bling!  And the "dangley" at the bottom was fun to create.
Now, let me show you what she sent me.  I love, love, love it! It will hang on my tree with pride and with much awe at the handiwork.

So without further ado - TADA!

Isn't it the cutest?  I don't know about you, but I think I got the cream of the crop!  It is even lined inside the little pocket!  And the whiskers on the mouse are krinkley and wiry, just like a mousey's whiskers should be. He's dressed for the weather, that's for sure, with his little wool scarf.  If you can't tell, the snowman is made from felted wool, down to his carrot nose and his eyes and teeth of "coal".

Now I can't wait to get my tree up and introduce my little snowman pocket to his new snowmen friends that hang on my tree.  But until the first week of December, my little snowman is tucked away safe and sound awaiting his debut. 

How lucky can a gal be?  A new friend, a new ornament and something to look forward to!  Life is sweet.  Thanks, Diane!

If you want to see the other ornaments that the other gals swapped, we are having a big reveal party on December 1st at  http://sassyminidolls.blogspot.com/.  It will be fun to see what everyone received!  Come and join us!


  1. Fun things!!! I love th egift you made for her
    swaps are so much fun

  2. Yes, they are! This is probably the last one before the holidays. But I am all in after New Years.

  3. What a sweet post!!! I LOVE what you made me, and anyone that comes in my house has to see it, too, they have no choice...LOL...I love the vintage paper you used on it, and it is so "me"...cannot wait til show is over so I can put it in its special place!!! After show is over today, I will check out your Etsy shop and be able to visit "blogland" again...I miss it so...have nice day!!!

  4. Cute, cute, cute Ÿ Wasn't this a fun swap Ü

  5. Both of you were great swap partners. I love both of the ornaments have enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful ornaments in this exchange. So fun!

  6. I'm really enjoying looking at all the peoples blogs, that were involved in the exchange and seeing what Ornaments they sent and received.