I organize our Secret Santa gift exchange each year at work. This is the third year I've used elfster.com to organize our exchange, and it sure makes my job as head elf a lot easier than it used to be! We had a small group of us participating this year but it was still lots of fun. For our gift exchange, we anonymously give a small gift each day (valued at $2 - $3), Monday through Thursday, of the last week of school before winter break. On that Friday, we wait until after school to give our final gift, worth $10 - $12, at a short Secret Santa get-together in the faculty lounge.
I have to be careful and not give a handcrafted item the first four days because everyone would know it was me, but I wanted to give Theresa something handmade, so I waited for our final day. In addition to a Starbucks gift card and a beautifully soft and blue scarf I found at Kmart, I made up four glitter ornaments to give to her. This batch of four ornaments came in a nice box, so that's what I used to give them to her. I used Mop 'n Glo floor shine to coat the inside of each ornament, then added holographic glitter that I'd bought several years ago at a rubber stamping convention. It worked just great, and I was glad I didn't have to use up some of my reinkers to make the ornaments like I did last year. The ornaments I made using the reinker technique still look like new this year, so I hope the Mop 'n Glo ones last as well. Theresa loved them, and that's all that matters. Here's what I gave her:
I can hardly believe Christmas is nearly here! We're feeling rather water-logged here in Southern California - it's been raining since Saturday, and it's supposed to last through Wednesday night! I like the rain, but not all at once like this! Thanks for stopping by on this rather soggy day!