It was a stroke of inspiration to be paired with Mary at Poppies and Milk. When I perused her blog and etsy shop and saw how talented this mama was I didn't want to disappoint her. It made me dig deep rather than chicken out. I used what I had around me and wasn't afraid to ask crafty neighbors for tips and help (thanks SuperJen!)
What an amazing thing to create something with your own two hands for a complete stranger. It was almost easier and more freeing than trying to make something for friends and family who I know too well. My second guesses tend to eclipse my meager creative instincts. But having a clean plate and an aura of creative energy from Mary made the whole experience enjoyable rather than nerve wracking.
But nothing could be more enjoyable than opening the incredible package today that Mary sent me. Feast your eyes on this!
(a very excited boy poses with our bounty of light. that fabulous little tree has a fish button and a whale button and a beautiful mother of pearl button on the other side. you'll have to take my word for it due to my camera situation.)
(the detail on this watercolor poem is amazing. the two sections are stitched together as is the star. beautiful sentiment beautifully presented!)
(i have a weak spot for beautiful paper and i feel like the luckiest mama in the world tonight with that gorgeous watercolor notebook. and the garland is all my favorite colors! zach LOVES the little walnut candles and jewels. the beeswax ornament is already hanging and smelling divine.)
Mary wasn't the only person I've been making things for who I don't "know". Nicole over at Gardenmama has a heart as big as the full moon. She met a bloggy mama, Kelly, who is battling cancer and put out the call for others to make her season bright by creating an ornament to give her strength and hope. I have to say, it was hard to even read Nicole's initial email because I lost my own mama to cancer, and the whole thing hit a little close to home. But I read it. And I am glad I did. Making something for The Wellness Tree was such a meditative endeavor. It took strength and hope and light to make it happen, and I only wish that a little of that was passed on to this brave mama Nicole is so warmly reaching out to.