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Expect an e-mail from me soon to get your mailing info. Can’t promise when the little gifties will arrive, but I assure you they are in the works.

I was on the receiving end of some very happy mail this week from Jen of swallowfield. She recently had a drawing to celebrate her blog-iversery and my friend Sarah was one of the lucky winners. Apparently, giving Sarah a boatload of grief over her good luck had the unintended effect of getting me a happy, too. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and all.

BTW, I don’t expect that tactic to work more than once. Don’t tell my kids that it worked at all. It might bring the veracity of parent lecture #47, “You don’t get what you want by whining” into question.

As predicted, the kids and I spent part of Friday making fairies. I guess it would be more accurate to say that Lizzie and I made fairies. Joshua wanted to make a pirate (surprising, isn’t it?). His patience ran out long before the dread pirate was actualized (also, surprising, right?)  Sadly, I did not get a photo of Lizzie’s completed fairy before she was promptly gifted to a friend. Lizzie is more generous with her fairies than I have been thus far. Here is my latest:


I’ve talked some about the gifts we gave for Christmas, but have neglected to brag share the highlights of receiving.

Here is a hint:


Yeah, I didn’t get it either. Apparently, Hal Jordan was the “real” name of the comic book hero, Green Lantern. Had I known that, I could have guessed that the enclosed gift was a necklace from Green Lantern Glass. Ain’t it purty??


I first saw these at No Coast Craft-O-Rama. Sarah, Abby and I stood around for a while ooggling them. Having already purchased slightly more than intended I had to step away from the table. I went home and promptly handed Sabrina’s business card to Brad. Just a suggestion… I was expecting that he would just get whatever was available from her Etsy shop. Instead, in a remarkable feat of secrecy, he gathered information from Abby and Sarah to best describe my favorite from the craft show and had an ongoing e-mail discussion with Sabrina. This one was made just for me:


He may not bring me flowers, but he’s a keeper. Don’t you think?

The other big gift was a new camera. It was far from a surprise, but I did ask Brad to go purchase it so I didn’t have to sit through Christmas morning with 2 things to open and money burning a hole in my pocket. As happy as I am that we received enough (collectively) to buy this wonderful hunk of consumer electronics, it is not as exciting to just open envelopes containing checks on Christmas morning. I have plenty of work to do to learn the ropes and be able to really use it to its fullest, but I love it!