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27/11/2015

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A surprise pear {handmade}

27/11/2015

In terms of simple pleasures, I think that surprise post would have to rate pretty highly on mine. Surprise nice post that is, less the unexpected white business envelope and more something with a handwritten address, or a pretty envelope or even better, a parcel.

and as last weekend was the momentous opening day for the Autumn Surprise Swap, my post this week included a little box, neatly wrapped, all addressed to me. And my outgoing post, safely delivered to the post office by Elma (with a bit of help from H) also contained a little brown box, bound up in as many layers of sellotape as I could manage to make sure it made it all the way north safe and sound.

So which one to tell you about first? Well let’s start with the box I put together.  My lovely swap buddy Sharon has, I suspect, very similar taste to me, and with two adorable little twins, about the same amount of time to be spoiled (or lack thereof) so I had a lot of fun finding bits and pieces that would just be pure fun for a fellow stationery addict.

Space for the Butterflies - Autumtime Surprise Project Swap

A pretty pen, some washi tape (I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like washi tape), a whole pack of grown up stickers (not a princess or tank engine in sight) and a little trio of clouds maybe for labels or bookmarks or just hanging up to be pretty.  Chocolate jazzie stars to bring a smile and then just a little something handmade to finish it off.

I thought about going all out deck the halls and making something Christmassy because it’s only about three weeks away or something (a fact to which I am remaining stubbornly oblivious for the time being) but for an Autumn surprise I thought we could mash up the genres, something autumnal that could also go on the Christmas tree if she wanted it to. And so I made a pear.

Space for the Butterflies - Autumtime Surprise Project Swap

Just a little dinky one, cut from the softest wool felt that the girls gave me for my birthday for playing with, roughly using the pattern from the Mollie Makes before last (the one with the partridge wreath on the front cover), sewn up with gold thread, decorated with sequins and gently stuffed with wool.

So much fun to make, I think maybe our Christmas tree needs some seasonal fruit on the lower branches this year!

And then there was the parcel I got to open.  Kitty guessed that it was a book and a drum, Elma said a wand, Pip said “Da!” and H said “Something stationery” and I opened up my box of creativity to find a pile of beautifully wrapped treasures (in butterfly paper no less!).  There was a book of writing paper and gorgeous post it notes that will obviously make me brilliantly erudite and organised, some body cream that smells so good I want to lick it, a gorgeous fabric flower brooch and a kit to make my own (yay!), a glittery red Essie nail polish that is pure Christmas in a bottle and my favourite of all, a print of a quote that is so completely genius (well it is Einstein) and very very me:

Space for the Butterflies - Autumtime Surprise Project Swap

“Creativity is Intelligence having fun!”

I’m going to frame it and put it somewhere where I’ll see it everyday.

So hugest of huge thank yous to Sharon and to the lovely Lucy who organised it all; you made my day all the brighter.

Joining in with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Crafting On