Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handmade Ornament Exchange

One of the best things about the holiday season is the bounty of snail mail.

I love opening my mailbox to red envelopes that don't look a thing like bills, and not long ago there was an even bigger surprise. I once again participated in the Arkansas Women Bloggers Handmade Ornament exchange. For years I have followed Talya's writing at Grace, Grits and Gardening, so I was very excited when I saw her name on a small brown package hiding in my mailbox.

PS: If you aren't already reading Talya's blog, you should consider. She's an incredible writer {with a book deal!} whose post subjects range from the most delicious easy-to-follow recipes to her hilarious everyday adventures.

Even though the box was addressed to yours truly, the Bauer Boys thought they hit the jackpot. They knew an ornament was coming and couldn't wait to see what it looked like {especially since Nathan was heavily involved in the one I sent}. Talya created a beautiful paper-craft Christmas tree with buttons and trim and a jingle bell on top. The boys were so proud to hang it immediately, and I am happy to have even more blogger representation in our home.

Although getting mail is a highlight of the season, sending it is fun, too. I met Amanda Farris at a conference in September, but I had been reading her blog long before that. I was given her name in the ornament exchange and thanks to Pinterest, I knew just what to do. I painted Nathan's hand white and he made a print on a red ornament. Then I asked my husband to paint each of the fingers to look like the five members of her family {in snowman form}. Click here to read her post and see her pictures.

Thanks so much to Talya for this adorable addition to our tree. If you're itching to see more handmade goodness, posts by bloggers from around the state are linked here. Have you made any ornaments with your family this year? I'd love to hear about it! Happy Thursday, y'all!

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LifeAsAConvert said...

What a cute ornament. I am loving seeing what everybody came up with.

Talya Tate Boerner said...

I'm so glad you and your boys like it!

alicia dowell said...

This is too cute! And your salt dough ornament get special treatment. It gets wrapped up in bubble wrap when it goes into to storage.

Jessica Bauer said...

You did great, Talya! I've loved looking at everybody else's posts, too - we have all sorts of creativity running through Arkansas Women Bloggers.

And I'm so glad, Alicia! One I made for my tree cracked a little over the past year so I was worried about yours.