12 December 2010

Close to Home

Brrrrrrrrrr! Baby it's cold outside! On this fine Sunday afternoon, it's -28 degrees outside and -36 with the windchill. That's enough to make anyone want to hibernate, but J and I braved the cold for our warm holiday parties.  Last night my company celebrated with an intimate party at my owner's lovely home.

Every year, we at Fusion do a handmade and/or locally purchased Secret Santa gift exchange. Now let's be honest, the graphic designers at the agency are darn good at this task! In previous year's, I've bought my gift but they keep raising the bar, so I decided to make mine! I had seen something very cool on Etsy and decided to try my hand....here are the results.

It's a silhouette of my co-worker Flo's American Eskimo Max carved out of scrapbook paper (with an exacto knife) then paired with a map page from a vintage altlas behind it. I must say, I'm pretty pleased with myself and she seemed to like it too! I also present my very simple, very short (ran out of yarn at the last minute!) garter scarf I also gave her.  Good thing she's petite!

What did I get you ask? Well one of our designers Morris created me the most amazing original graphic print incorporating mine and Morris's favourite footwear - the Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars...how cool is that? It's going to look fabulous hanging in my office!

And as if that weren't enough, he threw in a gift card to my favourite local bake shop, Baked Expectations.  They make cheesecakes that are to die for! I can't wait to go for some sweet treats. Thanks Morris!!

Do you do any kind of fun, special gift exchange with your friends, family or co-workers? I'd love to hear about it!

Stay warm friends!


  1. wow, such creative secret santa gifts! really really fantastic! my box office girls & i do a gift exchange each year too ~ can't wait to find out who my partner is this year.

  2. Ugh. Baked Expectations. Now I want Shmoo torte.

  3. ooh i love what you made! and what you received! what an awesome tradition.

  4. Aww I miss Fusion Christmas... awesome gift for Flo, super cool print from Morris. Thanks for the post Lenore :)

  5. how crafty + thoughtful! i love it!

    my friends and i usually do small gag gifts, like DVDs of awful movies we love, or cards that represent inside jokes.


    xo Alison

  6. wowsers!! love your doggie map silhouette !! so fantastic!.....and your converse love makes me so happy!


  7. That is such a cute idea - the map print, I just love it!!!!
    and so sorry I've been MIA on your blog, I had such a busy w/e but am catching up now :)

  8. i am loving the doggie print, thank you! i showed it to max. don't think he got it :) now to figure out which room it should go into....

  9. Ok, you officially have the most awesome workplace. All we do at my work is maybe buy chocolates for each other, no secret santa sadly.
    Last year my best friend and I did a $20 christmas stocking swap, figuring 'Mum' usually gets stuck buying her own stocking. In my husbands extended family we always do a $15 gift exchange gift then play a game where everyone steals gifts from each other. It's usually a pretty good time!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I love reading all your comments! If you have a specific question, please email me at lhume1@mts.net. XO Lenore