Now my friend, Jackie (in Missouri), does lots of swaps. In a swap, a craft blogger throws down a creative challenge of some sort. All the participants create something, and then send it to another participant, selected at random. Kind of like a Secret Santa kind of thing.
Jackie and I did our own little swap. When she posted about these odd pod things, I was fascinated by them. So she offered to send me a few. So I offered to send her some goodies. And then true to our natures, we kept piling it on.
Here's what Jackie sent me:
Actually, the very cool framed quilt pieces are from a contest I won on her blog. (200th comment. Woo hoo!)
The green and black framed piece is a scherenschnitte that she made for me. The seed pods are from water lilies that she and her boys found on a canoe trip. The egg looks like one PapaMark brought into the house the other day, only his was a fragment. And that beetle. Isn't that the coolest looking thing? I am going to keep it on my dresser. (Hey, my friend, JoJo, has a collection of mouse skulls on her kitchen sink window sill......)
Here's what I sent Jackie: http://smoothpebble.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/mail-therapy/
Now bugs, bones and rocks may not be your cup of tea, but it is the perfect gift for nature loving blog buddies. Thank you, Miss Jackie!
Maybe education blogs don't really need swag. I love them for what they are. (But if any of my education blog buddies want to send some funky teacher supplies my way, I'm okay with it.)