So here's what I got this week!
From the Holiday Book Swap I participated in (thanks to Enna at Squeaky Books and Emily at Emily's Reading Room for setting it all up!): this awesome box of goodies from Nicole the Book Bandit!
Yay! I got a homemade Christmas CD and bookplates, a journal, pens, and bookmark, nutcracker ornaments for my tree, some Hershey Kisses in a cute tin AND two books I haven't yet read: Winter Town by Stephen Emond and Ferocity Summer by Alissa Grosso (on my must read list forever). Thank you so, so much!
Borrowed from the library:
- Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks
- Troop 142 by Mike Dawson
- Baby Mammoth Mummy! by Christopher Sloan (more potential award nominees)
And finally, I hope this doesn't offend anyone. I know it's not book-related, but it did come in my mailbox, and is so special to me I wanted to share. As you might remember, we lost my mom at the end of August, and the family decided on cremation rather than burial. I had been searching for some kind of jewelry to use some of her cremains in, and stumbled upon Vangie Collins' website, VClampwork. Vangie creates all different types of beads using some of your loved one's cremains. I liked that her company consists of her and her husband, and she was so sweet and kind when I emailed to ask her more about what she does. She asks for some information on your loved one, and a photo if you'd like to share, to get a better sense of the spirit of the person (or animal; this originally started as a pet memorial thing). Anyway, I finally got around to sending some of Mom out to Vangie, and ordered four Pandora-style beads--for me, Best Girl, Sis-in-Law, and my little niece. They arrived today and are absolutely beautiful, I think:
What I love most about them is that they're Mom's favorite color, but since my bracelet is primarily blue and purple, this bead will really stand out. The little speckles you see are Mom, so we'll always have a little bit of her with us.
What did you get?
Enjoy your reading!