I won Amy Quarry's contest (here's her shop), and when the package arrived yesterday I would describe my reaction as "ZOMG." I even thought maybe I shouldn't show it to you, because deliberately taunting people is MEAN.
Also, my camera is on the fritz. I need to replace it, but have been lazy about that, especially since the camera sometimes works. Today it works but not if I use the flash, so I brought everything out to the new dining room where there's good light. So you can see my painting stuff in the background, and also the boxes of flooring. Artistic!
First, take a look at this dress for Elizabeth. I GASPED. Those are EMBROIDERED DESIGNS ( <--possibly not the right term; am not someone who sews) on the fabric. Also, there are two awesome fabric things to hang on the wall, and the pink sweatery thing you can see to the lower right is a pair of leggings made out of the arms of a sweater, if you can imagine anything more creative and snuggly than that.
Then I just kept pulling out one thing after another. I'd pull out an awesome little container with a fabric lid, and INSIDE the container would be MORE THINGS. There's a necklace with TWO different pendants. A flower keyring made of buttons. Two magnets made out of bottlecaps. Two of those things that pinch big stacks of paper, but with pretty fabric on them instead of the usual plain black plastic. A little zippered fabric pouch. A barrette. Two ponytail holders.
There was also this headband, which is not in the photo above because Elizabeth wouldn't let me take it off of her. And this is a girl who says every morning as I'm combing her
If you have Facebook, you can join Amy Quarry's fan page and be automatically entered for a monthly drawing of a surprise package. This month she's doing a handbag. Do you remember the handbag she did for the Guess Swistle contests? DROOL.
This was not TECHNICALLY a pay-it-forward contest, but I'm turning it into one because I've been moody and crabby and it seems like a pay-it-forward contest is a cheering thing. But! You should not expect anything as good as the package I got from Amy, because GEEZ! I mean, honestly. I am only human, and I am not an artist. The package I put together will be more along the lines of "Things I find at Target while thinking of you," and will probably include brownies and/or fudge. And then if you win, you'll throw a contest yourself, and the prize for YOUR contest needn't be so astonishing, either. A typical pay-it-forward prize is significantly smaller: some brownies and some trinkets, say, or a paperback and some candy.
Leave a comment on this post, ANY comment but if you freeze up in that kind of situation why don't you tell me if I will be getting a NIECE or a NEPHEW in February? Contest will close on Sunday, September 21st, at noon U.S. Pacific time.