Santa’s grumpiest reindeer. (The doggy gifts from Michelle.) Gretchen was overwhelmed too, but it’s a darling concept, and you can bet your ham biscuits I’ll be attempting to get Christmas Card photos with them next year! There were cute booties too, to keep Gretchie’s tootsies warm and dry, but she wouldn’t cooperate in the least.
Do the photos look crisper? If so, there are two possible explanations. Firstly, the Knight was behind the camera, and secondly, as he is wont to do, the Knight gave me my big gift yesterday. It’s a new digital SLR camera, and he correctly figured that if he gave it to me early, I might have figured out how to use it by Christmas Eve. He took about 35 photos with it yesterday, almost all of his fur-girls. Boy, do they have him wrapped around Gretchen’s wee-est claw!
There were many packages received over the weekend. It was a busy Saturday too. We had a great lunch at It’s About Thyme with Rosanne and her SO, did a little shopping at The Frenchman’s Corner, and then had a delightful afternoon tea at their home, with their precious pups in their holiday attire. Then, I got home just in time to feed the fur-girls and head out to my girls’ night. THAT was awesome. Good food, good friends, good wine… Wish I could remember the name of the North Carolina wine I enjoyed so very much. Had the Hatteras Lighthouse on the label…
My custom ornament from Lynn’s Little Creations arrived on Friday. I found Lynn when Natalie got her custom cake topper from her. (Congrats, Gnat & Special K! I’ve had a sneak-peek preview of the wedding photos, and I can assure you they’re off to a great start!)
The Knight was even quite taken with it, so after the holidays, I’m going to order another ornament of two special angel dogs… What you must understand is that on most computers, that photo is larger than life!
Gaylen‘s package also arrived Friday. Aren’t the stockings beautiful? Gaylen spoils me; I admired the tissue case when she blogged it, so one found its way to Virginia for me! Makes me feel twice as guilty that her birthmasiversary gifts will have to sit in Virginia for a while, but they will be waiting for her when she returns. Aren’t those stockings incredible?! G modestly says her machine did all the work, but since I can’t even turn on the sewing machine I own, I’m impressed.
Last but not least, it seems that Jessi‘s package arrived here the same day our package arrived at her house. There was something for everyone. Because the girls wouldn’t give up their new toys and the Knight is a slow opener, there is no shot of the whole batch!
The girls love their toys. They share well, so there really isn’t much point in pretending either toy belongs to a particular dog. Do note the candy cane/peppermint stripes on both toys though, because I’m sure Jessi selected them for that reason, knowing the fur-girls lurvers some peppermint.
It’s an awful picture (taken by me, with my “old” camera) but you just had to see this cute “Christmas light” full of candy-coated sundflower seeds, my snack of choice. I thought it would be cute to take it with Gretch, but she was startled by something in the process…
Likewise here is a leaves something to be desired shot of the stitch markers Jessi made me. (In the future, all shots from home should be better, thanks to the camera that does all but turn itself on for me. Only those taken at work are likely to be funky, because I’m not carrying the big camera with me!) Aren’t they pretty though, despite my craptastick photo?
That’s the Knight’s ornament from Jessi. Homerun, girlfriend. He came to work telling everyone about it, and demanding that I share the photo for all to see. (And hey, I took that one myself, with the new camera!) Jessi, you’re in trouble if he makes one of these to hang on the front porch in life-sized proportions! (There was more, but in the interest of time and space, I shared a few of the more unique items.)
Thanks to all! We’re sure off to a tremendous start. This evening, I’ll buy the last two gifts I need, bind off the last knitted gift, start wrapping and baking.
Phew. I’m tired just thinking about it.
And good winter solstice and a very happy Hanukkah to my friends celebrating those holidays!