The snowmen were made for a swap last Christmas by Kristin Strandlund, she took this adorable picture before she mailed them off. I think the picture alone could be a Christmas card. It's just priceless.
These charming critters were made for the same swap by Bethany Mann, aka Bitter Betty . The dachshund in the beret is my favorite, it just kills me.
This gal is a hoot. Note the cigarette in the mouth of the "punk rock" deer.
Sadly she can't sell these pets as they are the copyrighted design of someone else. She is open to trades, however.
BUT! She does have an Etsy store and look what I bought! She has more of the birds on the left, in different colors, but you'll have to ask about the owls if you're interested. I didn't see any in her store just now. I'm just thrilled. I bought the owl sight unseen. This is a picture of some she had made before. There's also a picture on her blog of more owls and other things.
Speaking of felt and yarn - have you guys ever checked out Linda's blog or Etsy store for her hand-spun yarn? Wow! It's awesome and she's just a spinning maniac. It amazes me, how much she gets done. She makes me want to take up those knitting needles again, but I've sworn not to add any more crafts to my world!!! .....Okay, you can all pick your laughing selves up off the floor now. We all know how futile that declaration is...
And speaking of craft addictions - um, I mean, fondness - I got a fantastic idea for my Secret Santa gift exchange recipient. And of course I didn't have all the supplies and so had to go supply shopping today - yippee! I managed to keep my purchases to about $25 total - and that's going to three different stores!!! I'm pretty sure that's gold-medal-worthy self control. Anyway, I'd tell you more - but then it wouldn't be a secret! When I know that she's safely received it I will post a picture.
Thanksgiving #2 on Sunday was great. It was spent with the loud, rowdy side of the family and was fun and silly and loud. Have I mentioned they're loud? Oh geez, I guess I have to say "we're" loud. (I am not exactly known for my shyness.) Since I've already got a long post here I will simply say that I am thankful that they don't change and really, really thankful to have them in my life. Thank you Blaus and Ammans, you guys are in the dictionary under "family," poking the next word with a stick and offering it a cocktail at the same time....love you.