My daughter found this cute board book about Penguins and decided with the addition of the beanie penguin and this delightful card I had a great beginning for a
themed box. What fun it will be to build a box around these.
She also had a shoe box which she kept under her bed and added to throughout the year as she found items that would work for my boxes. Board books was at the top of my list and she found some fun items. She knows I love dolls and this tiny one is adorable--I think I will add it with a larger doll. And of course my love of Pooh was represented, too. You will see Pooh themed boxes in the future. And while shopping after Christmas Sales she found some wonderful Pooh wrapping paper!
Two things I wanted to use for crafting were poker chips and shower curtain hooks--she bought both. I'll share as I make things with these.
Do you remember when I shared about these $11 Sewing Kits my daughter found for $1 each? I told her I wanted to add it to my Christmas wish list. She went back and bought me FORTY more! So excited for my 10 to 14 year old girls who will receive these. I'll add buttons, trims & fabric, too.
When I showed my mom this skirt I had made she asked if someone needed to buy more fabric for more skirts. I told her Yes! I have 12 nice knit tops my husband picked up and I want to make skirts for 5 to 9 year olds to go with them (I usually don't focus on 5 to 9, but when it happens that we end up with wonderful items for that age group I pack the boxes). So my daughter helped her make a coupon for a "skirt of the month club." I am having her go do the shopping each month so she gets a chance at an outing. We have a small discount, craft store very near by and so she shouldn't tire too much going and it will give her something special to look forward to -- an outing with my daughter and lovely fabric and ribbon to look thru. Plus the supplies will probably cost $5 or less per skirt.
I also received some handmade coupons for ribbon and a nightgown pattern I have been wanting to get and of course the storage shelves I received earlier and told you about in this post: Organizing Storage--New Shelves: Preparing for 2015 OCC Collection Part 3.
I also received some Christmas Cash, but I'll report that later in my shoe box shipping fund report.
From A Friend
The biggest surprise of Christmas came from a dear friend I met online thru our mutual love of packing shoe boxes. We will never meet, I am sure, and we don't even have each other's addresses, but that didn't stop her from getting a very special gift to me for my shoe box packing.
I shared in a post about a friend's online discount craft store, The Rag Bag of Shelby, and how she donated supplies for a Teddy Bear Dress. My dear online friend contacted her about the possibility of buying a gift certificate for me for Christmas. Joanne wrapped it all up special and made sure it was delivered in time to be hidden by my family in my stocking. I am very hard to surprise, but I totally had no idea this was hidden there and then when I went to open it I could never have guessed who it was from. It was an amazing surprise and is a gift that will keep Christmas around for a while as I spend it and create things for my shoe boxes. I already have my eye on a fabric to make a dress from!
Did you get any shoe box packing presents this Holiday Season?