Let’s all just pretend this post went up two weeks ago mmk?
This year I was lucky enough to participate in
one of the coolest gift exchange ever, with a huge group of my tweeters. Coordinated by the awesome Ms. Bunny, nearly 50 of us got matched up so we didn’t know who was assigned to whom, and we were given a $15 maximum budget and a deadline of mid-December for a ship date, so we were sure everyone would receive their gifts before the major holidays.
Theoretically those of us with blogs would make a post about the gifts sent/received in a timely manner. I have epically failed at that part but I still have to tell you about the awesome gift(s!) I received from my secret santa, who turned out to be Bird.
Zach was nice enough to document the whole unwrapping excitement, so I have about a billion photos of my excited face. Instead of posting them individually I figured it would be better to just make a little collage.
The box – all by itself it would have been a lovely gift! it has my initials in mini scrabble tiles!!
The holiday ornament card – at least I think it’s supposed to be an ornament – included awesome pictures of Bird and her wife and their awesome menagerie of pets. It went on our tree whether it was supposed to or not! :)
Glittery penguins and glittery birds (pictured at the top of this post)! She saw my Etsy Treasury and MADE the little glittery penguins, and then a couple birds for good measure. Those went right on the tree as well.
And THEN. OMG. You can see from my face how amazing the next thing is. She made.. a stamp… OF MY DOG. and then she made a print. and she gave me both the stamp and the print, so I can put his cute little face all over anything and everything I want. Here’s a close-up.
But she didn’t stop there. The next thing I found in the box was a set of prints, of elephants and bicycles and a steaming cup of tea. Did she know how much I love elephants? Or was it just twitter magic? Elephants pictured above, bicycles and tea prints below (please note that I have an elephant shaped tea cup!!).
Another aspect of her gift was the way she went about investigating what I’d like. She created a special gmail account just to contact me anonymously and make intriguing requests for photos of things in my apartment, and to ask me veryyy cryptic questions about my preferences for random things. !!! is all I have to say about that. You can read more about her thought process on the gift exchange on her blog, Queer Skies Ahead.
From the stories I’ve heard so far of the gifts given in this exchange, I think everyone was pretty happy with what they got (though I can’t honestly imagine anyone was as happy as I was!). My gift recipient turned out to be Craftosaurus, famous for being from Maine and being awesome (I feel like I just repeated myself). I decided to make a portrait of her with Paint, and it sounds like she liked it ok. :)