Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Swap-Choo and the Best Partner Ever!

My super sweet Swap-CHOO partner, Bonniebell at A Working Title, made my girls and me each a rolled-hem hanky! I can't believe she took the time to make each of us one. She also got my girls' personalities perfectly with the fabrics she picked out! The floral hanky is Fauna's, the funky colorful circle hanky is Araina's and mine is the pretty calming blue hanky. In the swap we were to include a handwritten poem with the hanky. Bonnie handwrote "The Stolen Child" by William Butler Yeats for the girls and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost for me.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference...
By Robert Frost

Here is the hanky I sent to Bonnie, I also sent her the purple blowing in the wind tree (which I put on a key ring) and a little acorn pendant for her little boy. I sent her the poem "The Oak and The Rose" by my favorite childhood poet Shel Silverstein.

The Oak and The Rose
An oak tree and a rosebush grew,
Young and green together,
Talking the talk of growing things-
Wind and water and weather.
And while the rosebush sweetly bloomed
The oak tree grew so high
That now it spoke of newer things-
Eagles, mountain peaks and sky.
"I guess you think you're pretty great,"
The rose was heard to cry,
Screaming as loud as it possibly could
To the treetop in the sky.
"And now you have no time for flower talk,
Now that you've grown so tall."
"It's not so much that I've grown," said the tree,
"It's just that you've stayed so small."
By Shel Silverstein

Thank you so much Bonnie! You really should check out her site A Working Title. She has a great site and a lot of good book reviews on children's literature!


The Magic Onions said...

Lovely poems... I learnt that first one as a little girl and still get moved when I read it. Such a brave and beautiful sentiment.

BonnieBelle said...

So glad you ladies like them. I really enjoyed making them. I did one for my husband, but ended up stealing it for myself. It now lives in my purse. I can't wait to do some more swaps!

Tara said...

The hankies are adorable - the fabrics are so bright and cheery.

I'm off to visit A Working Title...
we're always on the look out for good children's literature!

Juana said...

Lovely hankies! My partner, Joanie, got her along with the poem. I'm waiting for the one she sent to me. It was my first swap and I found it exciting! Thanks!