So they say that it’s better to give than receive, but after some of the things that have been coming to my mailbox lately, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to get back to you. I’m going to "give" at the end of this post, so I’ll let you know which feels better!
First of all my dear long-time blogging friend Kristen, sent me a nice little package a few weeks ago. In it were some of her fabulous fabrics, which are the nicest fabrics that have ever graced my fabric shelves, along with a MollyBirds print, in a new (my favorite so far) colorway. Who knew a little woodworking project could inspire something so great? Kristen also sent along two pads of her new line of papers. I love them and I’m beating my children off with a stick to keep them away from them. They’ve got sticky fingers those girls so I’ve taken to hiding them in different places around my desk.
And Kristen, for the record, Happy Belated Birthday! I made you a video message to send as a little "gift", but I chickened out. I’m working on "take 2". Thank you, friend! You know what I love.
As if that wasn’t enough, Molly,(whose new banner I love), my dear blogging friend and new penpal sent an extra large "letter" in the mail for our last exchange. In it she included this cute little puzzle wreath, these books that she scores at her "friends of the library" sales (I’m jealous), and some homemade marshmallows. Molly, the books were key–especially the horse-drawing one. I’m not turning it over to Emma quite yet because apparently my horses aren’t "real-ish enough" these days. I need some lessons.
Now about the marshmallows…I’m not sure if I should admit this openly, but I’ve never had homemade marshmallows. Whoa. Is there any ounce of comparison between powdery puffy store-bought nothingness and fluffy, sweet, perfect homemade? The bag was gone the next day–probably another thing I shouldn’t admit openly–but I did have lots of help with the finishing…
And last of all, one night when Dan was well into dreamland, I was up late on the computer and somehow stumbled upon the etsy shop DoggiePiggie. I’m not one for impulse buys, but as soon as I saw these animal tracks alphabet cards, I knew I needed a set for me, (I mean, the girls.) I love them. I’ll probably somehow use them to decorate in their new room. And tonight I see that the shop owner at doggiepiggie was holding out on me!! She now has a Memory Card Game, Counting Flash Cards, and great sets of flat and folded cards. Her profile says she’s combining her love of science and art. I think they’ve come together beautifully.
Now for the giving….I’ve somehow managed to have an extra copy of Amanda’s Creative Family book. And I would love to give it away to someone who doesn’t have a copy. If you are a mother, auntie (uncle? anyone?), grandmother….you should be reading this book. I can’t tell you how many times Amanda’s words come back to me throughout my day. Leave a comment indicating that you’d like your name in the hat. I’ll pick a name later in the week. You can read my review of her book here.
I actually have two other books to give away, but I’ll save them for another post soon. This turned into a longer post than I anticipated.
I gave the bloggity-blog a facelift today. I just needed something new. This was different. The seasons are changing and I get blog-design-ants-in-my-pants. I feel much better now.