I joined the Arkansas Women Bloggers Handmade Christmas Ornament Exchange (say that five times fast) this year. I really wanted to join the fun but was a little hesitant because, well, time gets away from me when it comes to stuff like this. Thankfully we were given a generous time frame and a lot of grace. I was able to get my ornament out the door just in time. I also managed to scribble a note on a little gift tag and add a cute ribbon to it. Even with the boo-boo on the back of my hand from a run-in with the hot glue gun, I was feeling pretty good about myself and happy that I decided to join the fun.

handmade ornamentI was even more giddy when I got home and found a package in my mailbox. I knew it was my very own handmade ornament! I opened the contents of the package and found a card (in an envelope with a cute little label) and this carefully wrapped bundle.  I was excited to see my secret pal was Sarah Shotts. We met earlier in the year at another Arkansas Women Bloggers event. She’s thoughtful and talented so I knew I was in for a treat.

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The card was beautiful and filled with a lovely handwritten message. I carefully unwrapped the bundle to find this adorable handmade ornament. It was perfect. I think I squealed a little bit with delight. I’m obsessed with nature. Tree hugger? Yep, that’s me. Arkansan? Oh yeah! Made in the South? That, too. Favorite color? Green. This ornament was made for me. It could not be more perfect. Thank you, Sarah!

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As we decked the halls, my special handmade ornament looks right at home on my tree. It’s hanging out with other Arkansas ornaments. Oh – by the way, Sarah has an etsy shop where she sells her amazing photography and other wooden treasures.Please go check out her gallery.

Speaking of Arkansas, I was fortunate that my recipient, Kaylin, is a fellow Razorback fan. I was relieved to know that the handmade ornament I crafted for her made it safely to her home a couple of days later. Whew!

For more handmade ornament inspiration, check out the other posts for the Handmade Ornament Exchange.

Thank you Arkansas Women Bloggers for hosting such a fun event! I continue to be blessed by this community.

~Carmella