After all, who else but my fellow Dizgeeks would appreciate tiny vintage glass plates from WDW?
Misty sent these all the way from Indiana - it's like they're coming home again! They're each about the size of my fist, and are a real bugger to photograph, since they're translucent with lots of shiny gold leaf. LOVE the vintage Jungle Cruise & Small World ones.
Next, a drool-inducing bag of shiny craft gears from Sharyn (yes, THE Sharyn, for you CW commenters):
Hoooo yes. The possibilities! (Seriously, Sharyn, you've got to stop spoiling me like this.)
Next, the one thing I spent all afternoon trying to get a decent photograph of, because my pictures just CANNOT do this beauty justice:
It's made of tiny seed beads!
HOW AMAZING IS THIS?!
Janet M., the genius behind this masterpiece, tells me every single bead was placed individually. (!!) She didn't tell me how many hours it took, and frankly, I'm afraid to ask.
The board it's on is a painted canvas, and I'm in love with the soft distressing around the edges; it's such a pretty contrast to the beads:
Janet is both a kindergarten art teacher and an artist, so you can see more of her beaded beauties at her etsy shop, and her clever classroom art projects over on her school blog.
But wait, there's more!
As if that weren't enough for one day, there was one final package today that John made me wait to open last. (He opens and inspects all my mail before letting me near it. Yes, he's really that awesome. I know.)
First, some quick background: reader Diane e-mailed me last week for my address, saying she'd spotted something at E3 (the big video game convention) that she thought I might like.
I immediately turned to John and launched into a babbling fit that went something like this:
"Ohhh, do you think it's the ears? WHAT IF IT'S THE EARS?! That would so soooo awwwwesome.
AAAA!! But, no, I'm not going to get my hopes up. It's probably not the ears. I'm sure it's something else. I mean, it's just sweet that she thought of me, right? Right. Of course. Whatever it is will be nice. I hope it's the ears."
John, meanwhile, had NO idea what I was going on about and so was giving me a panicked look of pure terror. Which was kind of awesome.
Ok, enough background: now for the dramatic un-boxing:
Could it be...?
I...I THINK IT IS....!
IT'S THE EARS!!!
[KERMIT FLAIL] [PEE WEE HERMAN SCREAM] AAAAAAAAUUU!!!
Then John interrupted my screaming to tell me to turn it over, and LOOK:
In case you were wondering, these are the exclusive Oswald ears that were only available at E3. They were being given away to promote Epic Mickey 2 (which I can't wait to play), and I am *amazed* that Diane managed to get Epbot embroidered on them, since the parks have a very strict policy about only putting actual names on ear hats, never nicknames or company names or whatnot.
And unlike most Mickey ears, these actually fit my giant head quite comfortably. So I may have to wear them next time we're at the parks. :D [squee!]
All flailing aside, though, it's the sweet notes you guys send me that mean the most. I keep every single one of them - e-mails, too! - and store them up like Scrooge McDuck with his money vault. Not sure I'll ever swim in them (helloooo, papercuts!) but they really do get me through the rough times.
Anyway, thanks for letting me share the highlight of my week, guys. I knew you'd understand. :)