I was invited to join a Jesse Tree ornament swap. Nevermind that I didn't even know what a Jesse Tree was. The cool kid asked. So I said yes.
The only requirement was to craft an ornament 28 times and ship it to Jessica's house by November 28th. I glanced at the blogpost and the words "Sword and Anvil" kept jumping out at me. So I picked Isaiah 6:1-8. But I still have no clue what it means. I have been so busy that I haven't really had a chance to look up what a Jesse Tree is or how it works.
So, in the mix of a little of this:
|Lacto-fermented cranberry chutney - Tastes like apple pie!!|
|Clone of a Cinnabon|
and a little of that:
|Corn Casserole (minus the cheese)|
|Butternut Squash Tart|
and a little more of that:
During the 2 hour drive to our Thanksgiving Feast with family. But certainly not during the feast!! Which was decadent, delicious, and slap yo momma good (many thanks to my sister-in-law Julie!!)
|check out her foot!!!|
and then again on the 2 hour drive back from our Thanksgiving feast and during our 2 day visit with Granny and Papa...
and even after Jessica announced we needed to make 32 now instead of the original 28. (28 sounded completely manageable. 32???? That's just insanity!!!)
I searched the web and found this awesome pattern for a crochet sword.
And since I really have no idea what I'm doing, I interpreted the directions. I made up my own pattern for the anvil loosely based on the sword pattern.
And somehow finished 32 of each without crying.
And even though I'm a sucker for homemade hand-crafted items, would I do it again?
Probably...I have issues.
By the way- if you need some cool gifts here are two awesome companies I have to plug:
The first is Come Together Trading based out of Texas:
I just stopped in their shop yesterday morning and love it. But they are also a web-based business and you can order their fair trade items from Africa, India, South America, etc. After having had a chance to walk through their store, I am beyond in love with everything. They have beautiful hand-crafted ornaments, home decor, purses, scarves, etc. If you have girls to shop for, consider some of their bracelets or necklaces. They are really so beautiful.
Check out these Handmade Ugandan Sseko Sandals
Or these hand-crafted Mortar and Pestle's
Or these adorable Peruvian Noah's Ark finger puppets!!
Come Together's Facebook page
The second company is owned and run by a close and awesome friend of mine. Alison is based out of Denver and started her own company Camino Coffee:
The coffee is fair-trade and is all hand-roasted by Alison. I ordered a pound and I am in love. The smell is beyond amazing!!!!
Camino Coffee Facebook Page
Please consider supporting either of these two small businesses for Christmas!!! I may not be as influential as some of the cool kids, but these purchases do not require jumping off a cliff :)