Isn’t it exciting getting parcels in the mail? Especially an unexpected parcel. My pen friend Gail from Canada said the other week that she was sending me a little something in the mail, and it had been especially chosen for me by her young daughter Natalie. And there it was, a neat little box, waiting patiently on the front doorstep for someone to notice and hurry it inside. How exciting! In no time at all the parcel was inside the house, and the wrapping paper was removed to reveal – what’s this, it’s a Jim Shore box!
Quilters worldwide all know about Jim Shore and the wonderful decorated figurines he produces. Taking authentic designs from quilting, rosemaling, appliqué and flat perspective folk art, Jim creates an intricate and colourful work of art that reflects shared cultural heritage yet is unmistakably Jim Shore. I carefully opened the box, unwrapped the tissue paper and bubble wrap and lifted out……
Selvedges were wrapped all around as extra protection. How kind – Gail knows I collect selvedges too. There were this many, in all sorts of different colours to add to my collection.
So what did all the wrapping finally reveal? It was this lovely little figurine of a brown bear with a Santa hat riding a polar bear, balancing on top of a globe of the world. All beautifully decorated in the Jim Shore style, and is part of the “Bearstone Collection.”
My beautiful Jim Shore ornament is safely wrapped up again and will come out at Christmas time. Thanks so much Gail, and Natalie, for your lovely gift.