I was visiting family this weekend for big Christmas celebrations. My Mom had all of her siblings, their kids, and THEIR kids (and assorted others) over on Saturday for a party (53 of us in all). The next day,my Dad's brother had that side of the family at his house. I'm exhausted from the traveling and from being my Mom's "right-hand girl,"but it was a blast to catch up with family.
This year's selections included a stuffed-and-mounted wild boar's head (no joke!), a box of seashells that's been traveling 'round the family for 9 years, a cordless drill (without a charger), and an extinguished fire extinguisher (which turned up at both celebrations--no use in holding on to a bad white elephant gift, right?). But check out my luck at the first exchange! A black fabric makeup case just begging to be painted or crystallized, a cute plaid fabric backpack that could definitely benefit from a little sprucing up—maybe an applique, and a pink corduroy purse with argyle accents that I could mimic with some embroidery. Once I unwrapped that treasure, I quietly hung onto it through the entire second round of trading and luckily, no one stole it, leaving me with the dreaded (but beloved) seashells. I couldn't imagine a present more suited for me! I can't wait until I have a little free time over the holidays to start embellishing.