One night back in August there was a silly gabfest on FB where there may have been alcohol involved on one or more parts, and the topic of squirrels came up.
We all know how Suzan (Simply Vintageous) feels about squirrels. Tina (What We Keep) quickly found a cute image of a squirrel in a scarf and beret. Names like Sammie and Samuel were thrown about.
Then Suzan pronounced him Samuel De Champlain. (Though she claims no memory of this event at all!)
I fell in love with the cute Canadian instantly.
I knew Tina had wicked Wonder Woman skills at embroidery.
I wanted her to make me a bag for my front door with the squirrel and his name.
Like those reindeer bags you find at Decor-something.
Now at this point in a post about receiving something in the mail from a fellow blogger, I would normally show off how beautifully the package was wrapped.
Chucks, the dogs, and I were crowded around the sofa to unveil what was inside. I was carefully pulling apart the tissue when Chucks yelled "CORN!!!" and grabbed the box from my hands.
Packing went everywhere.
I am highly allergic to corn.
However this was a dried ear so no harm was done to me, but the beautiful wrapping was now a mess.
A wonderful note.
An iron handle perfect for hanging Samuel.
The bag, not the squirrel.
The jute upholstery strips - perfect for a Christmas ornament.
Tina, I am so sorry but when Chucks was saving me from the corn, he tore apart the arrangement.
Look, look, look!
A wonderful grain sack bag with a Samuel De Champlain transferred to the front.
Exactly my favorite color of blue.
Isn't he adorable?
I was dancing about the house taking him to find a home.
I was in love.
Chucks yelled (again), "Hey, there is something in the bottom of the box."
A larger Samuel De Champlain.
On natural linen with a grain sack stripe.
And he was embroidered!
Those of you who follow Tina know she severely cut her thumb and has not been able to embroider so I was not expecting this beauty.
Oh, gosh, TWO Canadians in my life.
Luckily there are places to hang squirrels around here because I would never be able to choose between them.
Tina added a wire ornament with a leaf and a "W" to the top.
Notice how beautifully she distressed the fabric.
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