Today’s healthy and happy Christmas countdown task is to “munch a candy” by enjoying a peppermint candy cane. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “peppermint oil in the cane acts as calming tonic for stress relief.” Just make sure the candy canes you buy contain real peppermint oil.
This post is full of pictures but I can’t leave out a single one—it just wouldn’t be right. So, I am munching on a candy cane to calm my heart twitters over the following wonderful things that have blessed me this weekend.
I am so amazed at how wonderful the blogging world (or Flickr if you don’t blog) has been for me. I’ve made fantastic friends and was able to meet the gorgeous Saucy from Bloggedy Blog Blog on Saturday. She greeted me with this huge bouquet of beautiful flowers and we had the best time discovering so many amazing things we have in common. She’s smart, clever, and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.
Deck the Halls Ornament Swap
A package arrived from my Deck the Halls Swap partner Caleen this weekend. She has a wonderful blog Caleenraes’ Creative Journey. The swap was hosted by lovely Monica of the Home is Where Your Heart Is blog.
I am overwhelmed by Caleen’s generosity and the amazing creations she sent to me. Each and every one is a treasure. Nothing I say can possibly due the justice Caleen deserves and certainly warrants my eating a calming peppermint candy cane.
Thank you, Caleem!
Here are the ornaments I sent to Caleen. I admit I feel totally inadequate in comparison to her creations.
I made a cross-stitched snowflake ornament entitled Snowflake 2007 from Heritage Series. The magazine featuring this and other ornament designs is Just Crossstitch Christmas Ornaments Issue 2007.
Kreinik metallic was used along with Swavorski crystals instead of the suggested beads because I wanted this ornament to be extra special for Caleen. After sewing and stuffing, I added cording around the outside edge and gave it a little hanging loop.
The purchased ornament is also a snowflake design but much more rustic in style—I love that contrast. It’s made from stiff cardboard-type paper and coated with wood shavings and has a tiny spray of pine.