I thought this would make a fun(ny) opening image. It is my new elfin door and lantern directly from my Christmas list. When the backyard is not so slushy, we will hang them at the base of a tree. Ever since I was little, I have always loved the idea of elves, fairies, or mouse families living behind wee doors.
While I'm showing presents here is a stack of favorites. (I believe they are all from Amazon)
Around Halloween I read this about myself at the sweet Mary's Meanderings blog:
I had never been involved in a swap before though Elyse over at cottage is always talking about swaps. Of course Elyse has things that people are just loving to have so I can see why they would want to swap with her!!!
I was so tickled when I read this that I asked Mary if she would like to do a little swap together. I don't think either of us were thinking about the approaching holidays but we happily planned our exchange. My treats from Mary arrived on Christmas Eve!
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Mary assembled the most wonderful assortment of pretty and unique and thoughtful things.
Test tubes! I think these are so cool when filled with glitter and mica. I found cork stoppers and am going to have fun filling these for experiments in the shabboratory. (tee hee)
Lip balm from Mary's shop. Did you know that Mary is a beekeeper? She is one cool lady!
A personalized packet of seeds from Mary's garden to mine.
Love this vintage ornament
This note touched my heart. It was attached to a box of mini hotel sewing kits. So fun! Thank you so much, Mary!
such pretty treats
I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Jessica at Such Pretty Things. I GASPed twice over my win because Jessica blogs about amazing shopping trips to NYC (although even her Target runs are made pretty amazing) and I knew that whatever she put together as the prize would be stunning.
Jessica packaged everything so artfully that I am thinking of keeping it as-is, maybe placing it in a frame or shadow box.
My enjoyment of decorating small matchboxes continues. I have just loaded up my shops with les petits tiroirs. Ooh la la!
a quiet FYI
I actually have some heavy things going on regarding my Mom that I choose to keep out of my blogging life. My blog is a happy place for me and I do want to keep it that way. Please just know that all of these "pretties" are much more than that; they bring bright cheer on dismal days, as do your sweet and thoughtful comments. thanks always. just wanted you to know.