It’s the Little Things

Sometimes all it takes is an unexpected act of romance to show someone how much you care. A simple surprise that shows you were listening is not only an expression of love but a validation of how your partner feels and what’s important to them. Recently I had a chance to help someone fulfil a Hallmark style gesture of love. With their permission, here’s the story . . .

About a year ago I received an email from a young woman who, through some investigating, managed to track me down. More than 10 years ago her partner had purchased some of my original limited-edition elves at a show in New York State. Over the years, through a move and a breakup, she lost several of the elves and only had a couple left. Every Christmas she lamented the loss of her elves and how she regretted not buying more, she just loved decorating with them.

This young woman wanted to surprise her partner and was hoping I would still have some available. I felt bad, but I had discontinued this line many years ago, however I promised that I would put the word out if anyone was interested in selling their collection, but it might be unlikely since collectors don’t like to part with their pieces.

Well, as luck would have it, seven months later a collector got in touch that she was downsizing and selling off her collection. I asked her to send them to me because I had some interest. She sent me 10 elves who had seen better days. I managed to salvage and refresh 6 of them. When I emailed the young woman with photos, I expected she might take one or two, but she wanted all six. This was going to be the surprise of all surprises for her partner and sure enough it was.

Here she is with her new elves. This wasn’t just a beautiful romantic gesture in the moment – for this couple it will be one that will be relived and renewed every Christmas. Romantics everywhere – take note!

Although these wire bodies elves are no longer available you can learn how to make them yourself. Check out my online workshop called My Little Elf at

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Figurative Artist
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1 Response to It’s the Little Things

  1. Judy says:

    A great story

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