AREtsy, the Arkansas Etsy street team, had a secret valentine swap. Dogwoodlane organized it. (Thank you, thank you, girlfriend!) She set up the swap so that the person to whom we sent a secret gift was not the same person from whom we would receive a secret gift. My treat arrived today, and I'm thrilled speechless. Good thing my fingers are still working so I can share this with you.
My swap donor is Erin Jepson, aka Idyll Hands. (You may remember her from her profile on December 9.) I ordered one of Erin's knitted wire bracelets for Polly's Christmas present. When it arrived in the mail, it was so delicately beautiful that, for a moment, I thought about just keeping it and finding something else for Polly. Exquisite.
When I opened my mailbox today and saw an envelope with Erin's return address, I closed my eyes and hoped this meant she was my swap partner. Yes! Maybe I was getting a pair of earrings from her delicious new line. No!
Well, yes, actually. I did get this gorgeous pair of her new earrings. Pretty freakin great present, huh.
But I also got this incredible pair of wire-wrapped, beaded earrings.
And I got this extraordinary bracelet matching earrings number 2.
And there's more. It was all wrapped beautifully, tied with colorful yarn from which this handmade heart dangled, and a charming handmade card was tucked inside.
I am so lucky! I am Miss America. And you wish you were me.