A beautiful package landed on my doorstep today. I decided back in November to participate in one swap this year and Meg from Sew Liberated posted one that sounded perfect. The swap was about sharing family traditions and the rules were to send a Holiday decoration, a family recipe, and information about the way you and your family spend the holidays. My partner was Dawn. She writes a blog called artist reborne and shares her amazing talents there.
When I opened the door I couldn't wait to get the box open. As soon as I did I could hardly keep from getting all choked up. The beautiful package she put together really touched me and made me feel special.I should have known from reading her blog that she would go way above and beyond, but boy did she ever! Everything is perfect, Dawn! Thank you so much for your generosity. Your gifts will touch our hearts and home for many years to come.
Included in the package was:
1 A hand embroidered bird wall hanging in linen(my favorite fabric of all time) and my favorite color of red. (pattern available in her shop right here) (along with several other darling items)
2. A recipe for buckeyes (she's from Ohio) and a batch of the tasty little buckeyes.
3. A favorite book titled: The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston --Gorgeous!
4. Two pairs of magic Christmas Tree watching glasses
5. A gingerbread ornament
6. A vintage cloth napkin
7. A Family Holiday Almanac Hand Made (meaning she drew all the pages and bound them together for us to enter our favorite holiday memories on one spot for like 10 years!!! (!!!)
8. Two stamps, which she created from her very own drawings
9. A handmade ornament from her son Clay to Hadley (A. Dor. Able!)
10. A new journal...just in time to replace the one I've filled to the brim
I KNOW! Dawn, you are one generous and lovely new friend. Thank you for everything. The package I sent her can be seen right here. I should mention that Holli is the original creator of the Santa Long arms and legs I re-created for my swap gift. He is a favorite decoration around here and one of the very first decorations I received after moving out on my own. I thought the tradition should be passed on.