First, I want to thank Michelle of Green Kitchen for organizing this ornament swap. With all the stuff she has going on (you know, life), it was great of her to initiate it and make it happen.
When I first saw the participant list, I thought, "Kick Ass. I totally want stuff from these people." Luckily, Michelle reassured me that my lack of Christmasness wouldn't disqualify me, so I've been waiting here for my avalanche of awesome ... and these women didn't disappoint.
Michelle from Green Kitchen
sent me two (two!) ornaments. They are exactly the kind of lovingly made, retro ornaments that hung on my Grandmother's Christmas tree. I love the vintage bulbs, chenille stems, and crochet bodies. They are heartwarming to look at and evoke a nostalgia for Christmas that I rarely experience.
Bethany from Bitter Betty
sent me this freaking adorable deer, Bad Bambi. Amazing! She knows, of course, that I love skulls and cute-edgy stuff and Bad Bambi is exactly that. It's smaller than any stuffie I've ever made. I'm totally in awe of her tiny handy work! Do you see the perfect minuscule cigarette!? Take a look at the rest of her tiny creations
Stephanie from Ruby Crowned Kinglette
sent me a wonderfully stylized reindeer. The design is amazing. I love simple graphic shapes. The suede body feels great and the natural twig legs and antlers are wonderful. It's just gorgeous! Check out the whole set
Tricia from Frizzelstixs
sent this awesome embroidered panel. I always love her animal characters and I can't believe I have one for my very own. A deer drinking coffee - he's so cool! I imagine he's home from a long day of lumberjacking and, before he even takes off his plaid over-shirt, he's warming up with a cup of joe.
Meg from Pixiegenne
sent this wonderful button wreath. Since my button stash isn't big enough for me to make one of these, it's especially appreciated. I like the way Soule Mama
used hers as a frame and I'm going to find a cute picture of us to put in it.
Cassi from Bella Dia
created this wonderful, graphic ornament. It's a bright, cheery decoration, perfect for combating the shortening days. I love the simplicity of the colors and shapes, but close up you can see all the detailed, careful stitches. It's beautiful.
Kristin from Kleas
sent me the cutest little elf girl. Do you see those tiny braids? The precious pointy shoes? The stripey tights? The elfin mushroom? She is so completely adorable. I love that her arms are thrown wide like she's ready to give everyone she meets a big hug.
Thank you, everyone, for making this such a *great* group swap!