One look at the sender and you'll know how excited I was to see it:
For those of you who do not know Michelle of The Raspberry Rabbits (and if you don't, shame on you! you just click on that link there and go check her out, then you can come back and read the rest of this.), she is a marvelous textile artist who makes some very lovely bunny-themed items with the help of her assistants, Sugie, Sir Harrington and the recently-departed-but-still-very-missed Razzy. When I saw one of her more recent creations, I knew I had to have it--and somehow, I was lucky enough to see it still available once I got home from our trip.
I immediately got out my scissors and with great care and trepidation, I opened all the carefully-wrapped packaging. I should have taken more pics during the process, because Shell had wrapped it up so lovingly, just like a present with patterned tissue paper and a gorgeous ribbon (and even added a little extra bonus packet of tea and a Ghiradelli chocolate), but I was so excited to get my hands on it, I just tore into it without thinking.
And there it was:
Isn't it gorgeous?! It's going up in my bedroom just as soon as hubby can install the little brackets that came with it so I can hang it up. I LOVE it, Shell, it's beautiful--and I will be having that tea tonight (hubby snagged the chocolate as his "installation fee").
I wasn't the only one getting something today; I finally gave Mickey his present from our trip:
It's a magnet I found at an army/navy surplus store, so of course there was only one place for it:
His Majesty was suitably impressed with the offering. Don't let that sweet face fool you; he is an attack rabbit--he attacks his food, he attacks his toys, he attacks cardboard...oh yes, and he'll hump your leg if he likes you enough, but that's a story for another post. ;)