Another lovely thing was this banner that I got from Caitlin of Nice. Caitlin was one of the first people I met through Etsy and through having a blog, about a year ago now, and she's always been so kind and generous. I knew the banner was coming, the package itself was filled with Nice postcards and a package of Bow & Arrow notecards that I had had in my Etsy favourites for a while. I hung the banner up with tape for now, until I decide on the perfect spot. I think I will leave it up all year round. It will help me remember that every day deserves a "Hooray!" Sort of the anti-"TGIF, y'all!" TGIEveryday.
I didn't mention the slippers I got from Dear Birthday -- they are made of Liberty scraps and have been hand-quilted. I'm wearing them now and they are keeping my feet toasty warm, which is nice because earlier today I was seriously wondering how much time I had left before I lost my feet to frostbite. They have little suede hearts on the bottom; they also feature a stunning example of penmanship on the inside. I am so happy to finally own a Dear Birthday item.
Finally, I got this little pouch from Forest Bound, a little shop that is very much after my own heart, one that I adore. The pouch matches my bag perfectly, and came perfectly packaged. I keep my wallet and keys inside so that I don't have to spend too much time out in the cold digging for them. It was only $13. $13 seems like very little for such a burst of happiness when opening one's mail...
(Image from Forest Bound)