Who knew a visit with my upline would yield a week's worth of fodder for my blog! As I mentioned earlier this week, Sue spoiled me rotten with gifts this week. These first two are the make-and-take projects she had for everyone back at her Christmas party (which I missed).
This third picture was an adorable little gable box she decorated ...
and she put THIS inside!!
Now I did not know about this pickle tree ornament tradition when I first created the user name PickleTree, which I have been using on AOL for many years. I stumbled upon the tradition a few months ago after an SCS user inquired about my user name and told me there's a pizza place by the name The Pickle Tree in Michigan (?? I think it was Michigan). For some reason, I did a google search on pickle tree and found this neat little Christmas tradition of German origin. A glass pickle ornament is the last ornament hung on the tree the night before Christmas. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle gets an extra gift and gets to be the first to begin unwrapping gifts. When I discovered that, I knew I'd have to get a pickle ornament, but I had never seen such a thing. How cool is it that Sue found one? And I don't think she knew of the tradition either!
Not only did she spoil me, but she spoiled my daughter as well. She had cleaned out her craft room a while back and had told me she didn't know what to do with all the stuff she wanted to get rid of (old stickers, die-cuts, etc.) I told her my daughter and future SU demo/downline was accepting any and all donations of unwanted crafting materials. She brought this ginormous bag FULL of stuff. My daughter's eyes were even bigger than mine were when I opened my last gift from Sue, which was a color caddy with extender (!!). Is she the most generous person EVAH?!!