27 November 2012

ornament swap

Early this month, I signed up for Dawn's ornament swap for the holiday season.  I was paired up with Meghan of The Magpie Blog.  Not only did I develop an immediate crush on Meghan's sense of style (for example, here, here, and OMG SHOES here), but also on this awesome photo of her announcing the arrival of the holiday season:

Um, hello?  Adorable much?  I'm definitely Meghan's newest fan.

As if she hadn't already won me over, Meghan scored some serious points with this right here:

I felt so spoiled opening up the package Meghan had packed for me!  It was just so pretty and carefully crafted.  I'm always so happy when someone takes the time to make the presentation of a gift special.  I almost didn't want to open it.  Almost.  And Fanny (below) was obviously jealous.

Here is an excerpt from the poem that Meghan enclosed for me, titled "The Gift":

A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for to rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped in was traveling
In the warmth of Maria's small hand.

She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time...

Maria brought the bird as an offering to the altar on Christmas Eve, embarrassed by her modest gift.  When she opened the door of the cage, however, the bird soared to the rafters of the church on his healed wing...

Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offering was lifted to heaven
By the very first nightingale's song.

Thank you so much, Meghan!  I adore my ornament and was truly touched by the care and effort that you put into sending me such a lovely package and equally-lovely gift enclosure!  It was a sincere pleasure to swap with you and get to know you -- many thanks to Dawn for partnering us together and for organizing the entire ornament swap!

I consider this an excellent beginning to a happy holiday season.


  1. What a beautiful ornament! And beautiful photos :)

  2. What an awesome idea! LOVE the ornament and pics!!!

  3. How adorable is that!! I love the entire thing!

    Xo, Courtney

  4. oh wow, that ornament is honestly one of the cutest and most precious ones I have ever seen!

  5. That is the cutest ornament ever!!

  6. Omg I hate how good people are at packaging things. I suck at that haha.

  7. Such a gorgeous ornament! I'm kind of sad that I missed out on this swap!
    Adore the picture of your pup snooping, too :)


  8. How cute is this idea!
    Love the trendy ornament too!
    XOX Angela

  9. So sweet! I love that whole idea/gift!


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