I was so crazed the weeks before our trip that I didn't post about some great packages that came in the mail. This is my extremely overdue post to thank some much deserving crafty buddies.
I couldn't resist buying one of Lisa's gorgeous owl patches (now sold out!), and she was such a sweetie and sent along some super pieces of bonus fabric! Her owl is so incredible, and I have all these thoughts brewing about an owl-themed project. But, I'm afraid it will have to wait until *after* the holidays!
I also rushed to order a set of Sarah's incredible ornaments, and she is such a sneaky girl! She sent along a surprise birthday present of her Five Senses stationery set! Sarah's creations are so adorable - I really wish I had her sense of creativity and originality... The ornaments are awesome and will look fantastic on our tree - if we ever get one!
I had a secret little surprise up my sleeve this year for Jerry's birthday. I discovered Annie's incredible Mexican wrestler paintings (not to mention her other incredible artwork!), and talked her into a commissioned work that included Geraldo (Jerry's full name is Gerald) somewhere in it. Jerry loves Mexican wrestling, and I jokingly call him Geraldo sometimes, so I thought this would be fun. Annie played along and sent this incredible, original work - now hanging in our bedroom! The colors and detail are incredible, and the fact that she wrote "Geraldo es Victorioso" (Gerald is victorious) is just too perfect! Jerry loved his gift, and he swears it's further evidence that I really *get* him.
I also promised a peek of my latest knitting trials. This past Saturday we worked on expanding our repertoire a bit:
from top: garter stitch in purl, stockinette, and 2x2 ribbing
and this fun drop stitch pattern that is making it's way into some holiday gifts. This stitch looks incredible with a ribbon yarn! I know I'm such a knitting newbie, but it's really fun to do these little swatch experiments and then see how different they look in different yarns. Obviously I still need loads of practice to get everything a bit more even, but I'm just going to dive right in!