I've already shown you the dolls and the kitties I made for Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess, but today I want to share four more gifts from this Christmas that made me smile. The first is this pair of earrings The Mister picked out for me.
To say The Mister is not a fan of shopping is an understatement akin to "Gee, that Michael Phelps is a pretty good swimmer." If given the choice between Christmas shopping or poking himself in the eye with a sharp stick...OK, The Mister would still probably choose shopping, but he would think long and hard about it first. So that's why I really love these earrings from Bead Paradise. I appreciate that he was willing to show his love for me by going outside of his comfort zone. I also love them because...well look at them! Peacock feathers! I've always thought they were the prettiest feathers of all. When they were feeling particularly proud or victorious, my little cousins in Hawaii used to do what they called "The Peacock Dance." They would flap their arms, strut and chant "Peacock, peacock, peacock dance!" I think I might have to do this the first time I don these earrings.
The next gift is one that I finished for The Milk Belly Princess. I say finished because she actually started it herself on the night that we did this. She drew the picture and then lost interest before sewing it into a pillow. The clean lines and facial expression of the cat were too wonderful to stay stuck in the Milk Belly Princess' overflowing bin of works in progress. When I saw the blue patterned flannel on sale as a remnant at the fabric store, I knew it would be a perfect back for the cat. Here is the finished pillow that I made and gave to The Milk Belly Princess on Chrsitmas morning. The fabric it is sitting on is what I used for the back.
In this post I described my visit to Collective Upcycle and the beautiful necklaces made of vinyl flooring by Nicole McGee of Plenty Underfoot. After reading my post and listening to me rave about Nicole's store and her necklaces, my parents paid a visit to Collective Upcycle and this was waiting under their tree for me on Christmas morning.
Although Collective Upcycle is closed for the season, they will be popping up again this summer and I will keep you posted as more details become available.
In addition to receiving handmade gifts, my mom knows that I like to make my own to give to others. After all, she's probably been my most enthusiastic homemade gift recipient for upwards of three decades. She is a fan of estate sales and flea markets and is always on the lookout for raw material for my crafts. Here's the gift that elicited the biggest reaction from me when I opened it.
Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess laughed at me as I shrieked and flapped my arms up and down when I saw this giant bottle for the first time. The Mister was puzzled that I was so excited about something that he would have just thrown away.
If only I had the same enthusiasm for organizing the rest of my house.